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.
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.
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.