Featured Participants

Josh Kim, a participant of Creative Lab 2013 Writers Accelerator, is a Korean American filmmaker currently based in Asia. His motion picture “How to Win at Checkers (Every Time)” is set to premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival.

Berlin International Film Festival 2015, Germany – World Premiere
La Asian Pacific Film Festival 2015, USA – Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature Film
Film Out San Diego LGBT Film Festival 2015, USA 0 Audience Award for Best International Feature Film
Toronto Inside Out LGBT Film Festival 2015, USA – Jury Award for Best International First Feature Film
Tel Aviv LGBT Film Festival 2015, Israel – Audience Award for Best Feature Film
Torino LGBT Film Festival 2015, Italy – Special Jury Mention for Best Feature
Miami LGBT Film Festival 2015, USA – Runner-Up Jury Award for Best Feature
Bangkok LGBT Film Festival 2015, Thailand – Opening Film


2014 Creative Lab Writers Immersive Finalist, earned her MFA in Film Production. Her graduate thesis film:
The Midwife’s Husband, was nominated for a Student Academy Award (2013). Deja is currently in pre-production of her narrative feature, Half Angels; and has recently written the pilot for a series she created, Returning to Ananda (Austin Film Festival Pitch Finalist).


Kaveh Kardan, 2014 Creative Lab Writers Immersive Finalist, is currently a photographer and filmmaker based in Hawaii. Kaveh was a Senior Software Developer at Weta Digital in New Zealand for three years, working on visual effects software for the company’s film projects. These included Planet of the Apes, Tintin, and The Hobbit trilogy. Kaveh taught computer animation, game design, and visual effects at the Academy for Creative Media at the University of Hawaii for seven years, and was developing curriculum as well as advising on the program’s technological aspects. Kaveh was Manager of Software Research and Development at Square USA in Honolulu for five years, during which time he and his team developed software for the computer graphics feature film “Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within”, as well as software and tools for future-generation video games. Prior to moving to Honolulu, Kaveh was working in Montreal, Canada, as a reelance software, media, and game developer. While in Montreal, he also worked as software engineer at Taarna Systems, developing cloth and hair animation software, and at Softimage, where he developed their first animation package in 1988.


2014 Creative Lab Writers Immersive Finalist, Kristian House, is a writer and reality TV producer. In addition to over ten years’ experience producing unscripted series, pilots, and pitches, Kristian has written for IFC’s The Henry Rollins Show, and online and broadcast commercial content for Xbox, ArmorAll, and T–‐Mobile.