Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival

OUR BOARD

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Rob Buscher

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Board Chair

Rob is a film and media specialist, educator, arts administrator, and published author who has worked in non- profit arts organizations for over a decade. As a person of biracial Japanese American heritage who is deeply involved in his community, Rob also has an expertise in cultural sensitivity training, community organizing, and advocacy issues related to the Asian American & Pacific Islander (AAPI) community. Robʼs expertise is Japanese and Asian American & Pacific Islander Cinema although he has worked as a professional film programmer, critic, and lecturer across a variety of fields. Rob currently lectures at University of Pennsylvania and is a contributing writer at Pacific Citizen. Rob also serves as a National Board Member for the civil rights group Japanese American Citizens League.

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Brad Baldia

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Corporate Relations and Community Affairs

Brad, a graduate of Bucknell University (Bachelor’s) and Temple (Master’s), works extensively with the Asian American community on a local and national level.
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Michael Wingate Jones

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Managing Director

Michael is one of two remaining founding members of PAAFF since 2008. As a multi-degree graduate of Villanova University, (BA/JD/MBA), and actor/independent filmmaker, he brings a diverse background to management of the festival. Recently, he appeared in a small co-starring role in a Season 2 episode of Kevin Spacey’s acclaimed “House of Cards” Netflix series.
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Tricia Coonrad

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Tricia has worked in the content and entertainment industry for over 16 years and is currently a Programming Partnerships and Strategy Lead at Comcast Cable Communications. She promotes diverse content programming partnerships and strategic initiatives around the inclusion of Asian American, African American, International, and Hispanic-focused networks on Comcast platforms.

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Patrick Xi Hao Chen
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Patrick Chen is a filmmaker from Queens, New York. His works typically draws from the lives of Asian American characters. He attended Hunter CUNY where he studied writing and film. His films have been screened at various film festivals such as CAAMFest, LAAPFF, and Asian Cinevision, and featured on Xfinity, Museum of Chinese in America, and Sinovision. Currently, Patrick Chen in the midst of developing a feature-length script based on New York’s Chinatown, and more recently collaborated with author Henry Chang on adapting his crime novel series, Detective Jack Yu into a pilot short.
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Fariha Khan

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Fariha Khan is the Associate Director of the Asian American Studies program at the University of Pennsylvania where she also teaches courses on South Asians in the U.S, Asian American Communities, Asian American Food, as well as Muslim Identity in America. She received a Master’s degree in Arabic and Islamic Studies from Yale University and a PhD in Folklore and Folklife from the University of Pennsylvania. Her current research focuses on South Asian American Muslims, Pakistani American culture, and the Asian American community.  Dr. Khan was appointed in 2015 to the Pennsylvania Governor’s Advisory Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs and served until 2019. 

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Kris Mendoza

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With an NYU Film degree and a Wharton MBA, Kris seamlessly balances creativity and business at his flagship company, Maestro Filmworks, an Emmy Award-winning video production company founded in 2005 known for strong visual story-telling. Kris has produced hundreds of projects ranging from broadcast, commercial, narrative, and documentary in nature, and continues to serve clients ranging from Fortune 100 brands to startups and nonprofits. Currently, Kris also serves on the board of the Pennsylvania Film Industry Association, the advisory board of PHLCVB Diversity, and is a Film Industry Partner at the Greater Philadelphia Film Office.

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Scott "Chops" Jung

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Bio coming soon…