Winners 2022 - HBO APA Visionaries
Lloyd Lee Choi
Lloyd Lee Choi is a writer/director based in Brooklyn who has a passion for telling stories about those on the fringes of society. His work focuses on discovering the nuance and beauty in the everyday moments, told with a cinematic and curious eye.
Named 30 under 30 by Marketing Magazine, as well as winning awards at the Cannes Lions, Clio’s, Spike Awards, and Arc Awards, he has helmed global campaigns for major brands. He balances his work slate with socially conscious projects every year, writing and directing short films and PSA’s for ACLU, Zappos, AARP, and Stress Health. Lloyd is passionate about representation in front and behind the camera, and is deeply driven to highlight the minority and immigrant experience - one rich with new and compelling stories to tell. Stories that reflect the real world around us. Choi's HBO Max Visionaries film, Same Old, follows a food delivery driver in New York City who spends the night trying to find his lost e-bike.
Hung Mao Lin
Lloyd Lee Choi
Lloyd Lee Choi
Gauri Adelkar is a San Francisco Bay Area based screenwriter and director. A former electrical engineer, she received her MFA in screenwriting & directing at Columbia University, where she was a recipient of the Breaking Barriers Award. She is also a 2021 writing mentee as part of the inaugural Salon Mentorship program, supporting the next generation of South Asian creatives in Hollywood.
In 2020, Adelkar was the only participant selected by Film Independent as a Writer-Director Project Involve fellow and a finalist for Tribeca's Through Her Lens program. Her films have been shortlisted for the BAFTA student film awards and screened globally at several film festivals. She is currently developing a TV series with Ivanhoe Pictures (CRAZY RICH ASIANS, DELHI CRIME) and writing a commissioned feature film that she will direct.
Adelkar's HBO Max Visionaries film, The Gift, follows Rosa, an in-home caregiver in Los Angeles, who is unable to see her ailing mother in the Philippines. She wishes to send a gift, but to do so, Rosa must decide if she will leave her elderly employer unattended.
Skin Can Breathe
Chheangkea is a Cambodian-American filmmaker based in Brooklyn, NY. He is currently in his third year as a Dean’s Fellow in the NYU Tisch Graduate Film program. Prior to film school, Chheangkea received his Bachelor degree in Architectural Design from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Currently, Chheangkea is developing his thesis short inspired by his late grandmother in Cambodia, while writing a feature-length film exploring a Cambodian woman’s life and her familial roles.
Chheangkea's HBO Max Visionaries film, Skin Can Breathe, is about a Cambodian-American teenager who finds home inside the water of his high school pool.
Jason Adam Maselle