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goPOP FILMS is a creative content studio and production company founded by director/producer Van Ditthavong.

We love stories. We love telling them. With a pencil. A camera. With friends. Whether it’s for theatrical audiences or commercial brands – our mission is simple: to create visually stunning, emotionally compelling, and intellectually stimulating work. From concept to delivery – story creation is our very core. No matter the genre, scale, or media platform – we use our creativity and passion to execute memorable and powerful work.

MEET THE TEAM
Van Ditthavong
Writer / Director / Producer

Van Ditthavong was born in Vientiane, Laos and immigrated to the US when he was 4-years-old. He began his career as an award-winning still photographer before transitioning to filmmaking.

His short films have been screened at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, The Independent Filmmakers Showcase, The Atlanta Shortsfest, and The Pasadena International Film Festival. His work has been commissioned by Nokia, Men’s Health, Newsweek, AARP, Guitar World, Texas Monthly, Smart Money, TV Guide, Psychology Today, American Way and other national magazines. Van has taught at the New York Film Academy (Los Angeles) and UCLA Extension – where he received the 2015 Outstanding Instructor of the Year honor for the Visual Arts Department.

SLEEPING IN PLASTIC (starring Alex MacNicoll, Addison Timlin, Nick Chinlund, and Dash Mihok) and produced by Red Entertainment and goPOP FILMS is his feature directing debut.

Hugues Barbier
HEAD OF PRODUCTION

Hugues Barbier is a producer/production manager who is a long time genre films lover that grew up watching Giallos, American Grindhouse and other exploitation flicks. He’s been involved for over 10 years in the organization and programming of the Strasbourg European Fantastic Film Festival and is the head of international program at Cinepocalypse for the last year. He also Co-Founded the North Bend Film Festival, a vanguard focused film festival hosted in the town where David Lynch shot Twin Peaks. Hugues is also the Co-Founder of Yellow Veil Pictures, a New York City and Los Angeles-based international film sales company that focuses exclusively on boundary pushing genre cinema and emergent filmmakers.

When he’s not on set you’ll find him attending festivals such as Berlinale, SxSW, Tribeca, Cannes, BiFan, Fantasia, Fantastic Fest, or Sitges – talking films and science.

Michelle Beakey
Producer

Michelle Beakey learned at an early age you don’t do great things by yourself. You do it with a team and you do it with hard work plus a ton of laughter. Her goal as a producer is simple: Gets things done with a smile.

Samir Desai
Director of Business Development

Most people believe that Johnny Thunder’s 1999 hit song, “Born to lose,” describes a man who loses in everything he attempts. Samir Desai is not most people. Samir Desai knows that Johnny Thunder was not born to lose, but born too loose. This misunderstood lyric is known to the people who do everything with a free spirit and a purpose to have fun. The mantra, “Born Too Loose,” so deeply resonates with Samir that it is tattooed on his right arm in his niece’s handwriting.

Since a young age, Samir has been interested in film and technology. Having one of the first film recorders in history (as far as the 80’s go), he was obsessed with creating home films and movies. Now as an executive producer, he has taken his interest into the creative field by producing independent films. His love of photography, cult films, and world travel has influenced his vision and allowed him to bring a mix of classic literature and modern culture to the screen.

Mr. Desai’s educational background includes a masters degree in business, and a bachelors degree in psychology.  He was a founder of Global Wonders and Lost and Found Pictures.  Samir has appeared in all fields of the movie industry as an actor, producer, screenwriter and producer in multiple award winning projects.