AA/PI Heritage Month Keynote Speaker Reception & Speech

Celebrate national Asian American/Pacific Islander (AA/PI) Heritage Month with,

Keynote Speaker:

Justin Lin

Film Director, Writer, & Producer

Wednesday, May 23rd



Ethnic Resource Center (map)



Jack Baskin Engineering Auditorium (map)

To learn more about Justin Lin,

Born in Taipei, Taiwan, and raised in Buena Park, CA, Lin received his BA and MFA at UCLA School of Film and Television where he began directing, writing, and producing numerous award-winning short films. His work as a director, writer, and producer led him to be named one of Variety’s “Top 10 Filmmakers to Watch”. In July 2003, he was named the “It Auteur” on Entertainment Weekly’s annual “It List” citing the 100 most creative people in the entertainment industry. Lin serves on the board of directors for Visual Communications – the pioneering Asian American media arts organization based in Los Angeles providing mentorship and guidance for emerging filmmakers. In addition, he continues to speak at film schools and colleges across the states and in Taiwan sharing his knowledge with young directors.

Early in his career, Lin served as the Production Coordinator of the Media Arts Center for the Japanese American, National Museum in Los Angeles, where he created several educational television pilots and documentaries such as: Passing Through, and the multi-media J-Town Rhapsody project, an eight-screen video installation, which received several awards including the Crystal Communicator Award of Excellence. Lin’s solo directorial debut, the critically acclaimed Better Luck Tomorrow, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and Paramount Classics/MTV Films picked up the film and released it in 2003. Renowned film critics including Ebert and Roeper listed Better Luck Tomorrow as one of the top five films of the year. With the success of Better Luck Tomorrow, Lin directed his second solo feature Annapolis, and shortly after directed Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift. Lin wrote and directed his third solo feature, Finishing The Game, premiering at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival marking Lin’s second film to be screened at this prestigious festival.

The Asian American/Pacific Islander (AA/PI) Heritage Month commemorates the history and contributions of AA/PIs and addresses issues currently affecting the community. This year’s theme, “Divergent Paths and Unifying Perspectives, ” focuses on the diversity of experiences, talents, and interests in the community. Heritage Month also recognizes the dedication of activists, leaders, and organizers who create their unique paths to strengthen the community. Justin Lin will share his experiences building a path as an Asian American filmmaker in Hollywood, while staying grounded in the community.

For more information and/or disability needs, call (831) 459-5349 or email aapirc@ucsc.edu