RHYME "SHIYU" LU
Rhyme graduated from Brown University in 2013 with a BS in Applied Math and Economics. However, he has been preparing for a filmmaking career since sophomore year. In the last two years after graduation, Rhyme has worked on four Chinese feature films as assistant director. He was fortunate enough to have collaborated with and learned from great Chinese directors such as Ho-cheung Pang, Jeffrey Lau and Stanley Kwan. Feature productions honed his execution and communication skills. Rhyme also directed many commercial videos, enhancing his directing and creative skills.
Danwen graduated from Beijing Film Academy, China, with a BFA in Film Visual Effects. She accomplished more than 10 student film projects in different positions including editor, production designer, VFX producer, producer and director. She was also involved in production of the 3D feature film THE MONKEY KING as an assistant to the VFX supervisor. Last year, she did pre-production for a 3D large-format film, MYSTERIES OF ANCIENT CHINA, as assistant to the producer. Danwen's graduation project, WHERE THE DREAM BEGINS, was a finalist for Outstanding VFX in a Student Project at the 12th Annual Visual Effects Society Awards.
Ashish Dawar is a practicing DP and filmmaker based out of Mumbai, India. He graduated with an MBA in Finance in 2005 and studied film basics from Maine Media College in 2009, in Rockport, U.S. He formed a small production house in 2011 to create short-format films such as promos, commercials and multicam live events. He produced a documentary, CRABCATCHERS, that received the special jury mention at the prestigious Mumbai Film Festival and Dada Saheb Phalke Film Festival. He has shot three feature-length films as DP and worked on the 2014 Oscar® shortlisted film BALLAD OF RUSTOM as first assistant to the DP.
Matt Allen is a graduate of Pepperdine University with a BA in Media Production. He served as office intern at CBS Films and provided support on the films THE DUFF, WHAT IF and PRIDE. While studying in London, Matt attended courses at the VET Post Production Facility in East London and received his Avid Media Composer User Certification. He interned with the Weinstein Company at the 2014 and 2015 Cannes Film Festivals. Matt edited the independent feature film MY FRIEND VIOLET that will be released next year.
Matthew Pancer is a recent graduate of Toronto's York University, with a BFA in Film Production. His short film WAVELENGTHS competed at the Cannes Film Festival, and his short film BILLY THE KID was a finalist at the Austin and Oaxaca Film Festival. Matthew has won several awards, including Best Upper Year Project for his multidisciplinary research project, "The Certainty Paradox." He has written scripts for AFI alumni Eleanor Lindo and has been mentored by AWAY FROM HER cinematographer Luc Montpellier. Matthew's favorite film is Elem Klimov's COME AND SEE, and his favorite director is Andrei Tarkovsky.