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cinepod roger garcia


Executive Producer/Host

Roger was born in Hong Kong and educated there and in England.

He writes books and articles about cinema including Hollywood director Frank Tashlin, Joe Dante, Cantonese cinema, and Asians in American cinema (British Film Institute, Cahiers du Cinema, Far East Economic Review, Film Comment, Variety among many others). His latest book, published in English and Italian, is Asia Sings! A Survey of Asian Musical Films (2006).

He was Director of the Hong Kong International Film Festival and program consultant for festivals in the US and Europe including Berlin, Hong Kong, Locarno, London,Pesaro, New York Asian American. He is program consultant for Torino International Film Festival and the Far East Film Festival Udine (both in Italy), San Francisco International Film Festival (USA).

He has produced box-office hit movies in Hollywood (The Big Hit, Columbia TriStar) and independent award winning films in Europe (Macao oder die Rückseite des Meeres) and Asia (Happy Berry, Thailand; and Sa Ilalim Ng Cogon, Philippines).

In radio and TV, Roger was producer and critic for programs on cinema and the arts for Radio Television Hong Kong; creator and Executive Producer of the award-winning Cinema AZN series for Comcast Cable's AZN television.

Roger has been featured on television in Europe, US and Asia and profiled in publications Cahiers du Cinema (France), Screen International (UK), Film Comment (US), South China Morning Post (Hong Kong) among others.

Chanel Kong


Associate Producer

Chanel is a graduate of UC Berkeley. She was Associate Editor of ASIA SINGS! a survey of Asian musicals.



Los Angeles Correspondent

Philip is Co-Artistic Director and Co-Founder of Lodestone Theatre Ensemble, the award-winning Asian Pacific American theater company based out of Los Angeles. His recent credits for the company including writing the acclaimed productions of "The Golden Hour" and "One Nation, Under God" (also director).

Chung also writes a regular column for Asian Week covering film, TV and theater and worked with Roger Garcia on the "Cinema AZN" series.

His film and TV credits include writing for the television series "Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman" and making a number of short films where he worked with artists such as Brett Ratner (director of "Rush Hour") and legendary Japanese American actor James Shigeta ("Flower Drum Song").

Currently, he is developing several scripts/projects including a documentary about the life of Toraichi Kono who worked as Charlie Chaplin’s personal valet for two decades, "The Crimson Flower" which is an Asian American film noir which was recently accepted into the Korean Film Council's inaugural film development lab and writing the screenplay adaptation of Gail Tsukiyama's best-selling novel "The Samurai's Garden."

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