Connor Sen Warnick
Writer, Director; Lead Actor - "Chris"
Connor Sen Warnick is a mixed race Chinese American filmmaker and researcher based in Chinatown, Manhattan. He received his B.A. in both Visual Art and Film Studies from Columbia University in 2018, and is the recipient of the Asian American Art Alliance’s 2022 Van Lier Fellowship. With an extensive background in fine arts and avant-garde cinema, Connor's work probes questions of personal identity, mysteries of the everyday, and the codes that people live by. His recent films - LATE, BY ANY CLOCK (2021) and THE COLORLESS CREEK (2019) - have screened at Anthology Film Archives, The Tank, and Syndicated Theater.
Director of Photography
Owen Smith-Clark is a New York-based cinematographer. His work spans narrative, fashion, music video, advertising, and fine art mediums. Past collaborators include Tyler Mitchell, Frank Ocean, Eliza Callahan, and Kit Zauhar. His images have been exhibited at MoMA, The Foam Museum in Amsterdam, The International Center for Photography, Locarno Film Festival, and Nowness.com, among other platforms and venues.
Lead Actress - "Mei"
Yuka Murakami was born in New York to Japanese parents and is a filmmaker and writer now in Los Angeles. She is currently a Film Directing MFA candidate at the California Institute of the Arts, where she was awarded the 2021 Alison Doerner Prize for Women Pioneers in Filmmaking. In 2020 she received an Emmy as a producer on the Artbound X series episode Masters of Modern Design. A short that she edited, Kay Sekimachi, was also nominated. Her films have screened at various festivals across the country.
Lead Actor - "Leonard"
Dylan is an actor, model, and writer represented by Wild Flowers LA Agency. Previously collaborated on LATE, BY ANY CLOCK and dissolve tissue massage (2018). Graduate of Syracuse University's Newhouse School with B.A. in Film & TV / African American Studies. Connor's dear friend since adolescence and longtime basketball teammate.
Lead Actress - "Popo"
Eleanor is a lifelong dancer, choreographer, and community organizer. She has been a Chinatown resident since the late 1960's, founded Asian American Dance Theater, and was a member of Basement Workshop and Asian American Arts Center from 1970s-1990s.
Joseph is a mixed race Filipino American producer who’s previously spearheaded the making of features, shorts, experimental films, commercials, and documentaries. After earning degrees in Film Studies and History from Wesleyan, he was a year-long filmmaking resident at Studio UNI in China. He is currently co-directing a documentary about the actors and collaborators of Éric Rohmer, and is in pre-production on the fourth feature by writer/director Jimmy Bontatibus.
Ruby Rose Krakower
Ruby is a Brooklyn-based producer, writer/director, & cinematographer from New York City. Ruby has shot over twenty narrative short films, music videos, and documentary-shorts, including co-DPing “PLUS”, which won the Sloan Discovery Award at the Tribeca Film Festival. She also worked as part of the casting team for indie-feature "Mickey and the Bear "(2019). Ruby received a BFA in Film with a focus on Cinematography from SUNY Purchase College, winning the outstanding senior award in filmmaking.
Oliver is a writer, filmmaker, and linguist from New York City. He spent much of 2022 in Italy working as a cast assistant on Michael Mann's forthcoming feature, Ferrari. He has helped produce films by Eliza Callahan, Matthew Barney, and Jacqueline Christie. Previously, he worked in documentary film as an associate producer for National Geographic and ABC News. At ABC, he won an Emmy as a segment producer on a documentary special called "The Shot: Race For The Vaccine." Oliver graduated from Columbia University with a degree in Comparative Literature.
A recent Yale graduate, Reina is a Filipino American director and producer. Her debut short film, “LAHI”, is making its circuit at Academy Award-Qualifying film festivals and has secured streaming distribution for release in 2024. Reina was an archival producer for Judy Blume Forever, premiering at Sundance 2023, and has worked in production at HBO. She comes from a family of AAPI activists, which she is proud to say deeply informs all of her pursuits as a storyteller.