Who We Are
What do a rescuer of thousands of stray dogs, an award-winning female cinematographer, and Time magazine’s Asian hero of 2004 all have in common? They were ostracized by Korean society for being an ardent animal rights activist, the only female cinematographer working in TV, and Korea’s first celebrity to come out as gay.
But fortunately, WE are also the proud leading actress, director of photography, and producer of the short film, Pepper. With a cast and crew hailing from various faiths, sexual orientations, and a dozen different countries, we believe that our process has been as multicultural and diverse as the result you will witness on screen.
Writer / Director
After graduating NYU in 2008 with a degree in film production, Jayil has worked as a director and editor of commercials, music videos, and short films in both the US and South Korea. His directorial work, such as The Housewife (2014) starring Ye Ji-Won, has screened in numerous FIAPF-accredited and Oscar-qualifying film festivals including the Jeonju International Film Festival and Seattle International Film Festival. His short film, Pepper (2018), was shortlisted by the Lexus Short Films competition and won the Grand Jury Award for Best Short Film at the Richmond International Film Festival. In 2019, Jayil was a recipient of the Independent Film Production Grant by the Korean Film Council. His screenplay, Georgia (2020), was awarded the Merit of Excellence by the Shin Young Kyun Arts & Culture Foundation and received a production grant from the 18th annual Film Gate competition in South Korea.
Lee Yong Nyeo,
A household name in South Korea, Lee gained prominence as a character actor in film and theater and for her regular supporting roles in Park Chan-wook films. Some of her notable projects include The Handmaiden (2016), The Wailing (2016), Alice in Earnestland (2015), Manshin (2014), Night Fishing (2011), and I'm a Cyborg, But It's Okay (2006). She is also a passionate animal rights activist, providing a personal animal sanctuary for over a hundred homeless dogs while frequently protesting the Korean government for animal rights reform.
After graduating from NYU with a BFA in Cinema Studies, Aaron worked as an editor at MTV and in acquisitions at Sony Pictures Classics. In 2012, he founded his own production company, Baby Volcano Films, focusing on nonprofit projects. His company has a comprehensive list of clientele including the National Eating Disorders Association and the Horticultural Society of New York. Currently, he is a freelance commercial editor and VFX artist for ad agencies in NYC. His first feature-length film Boblo Boats: A Tale of Two Sisters, a hybrid documentary starring Motown legend Martha Reeves, is scheduled for release in 2020.
An acclaimed Korean-Canadian filmmaker of humanitarian cinema, Wesley received his bachelor’s degree in film studies and theater at Chung-Ang University and PhD in film production at Dongguk University. Since then, he has directed and produced a number of features and shorts such as Yellow Wind (2016), TranSiam (2011), and Alive in Havana (2010), which have screened in numerous film festivals all across the globe. Among his documentary work, Bira (2015), which screened at the DMZ International Documentary Film Festival, received much critical acclaim and media attention as it captured unprecedented footage of daily life in North Korea. Wesley is currently a professor in the journalism and visual communications department at Keimyung University in South Korea and regularly travels abroad in pursuit of his documentary work.
As the first openly gay actor in the Korean entertainment industry, Hong is considered a prominent figure in the LGBTQ+ rights movement in South Korea. After facing public scorn and being blacklisted by the entertainment industry for coming out in 2000, Hong has since regained prominence as a television personality and successful restaurateur. In 2004, Hong was selected by Time magazine as one of Asia's heroes for his gay rights activism in South Korea. In 2020, Hong plans to run for district head of Korea's Yongsan district to become the first openly gay Korean in office.
Won Soon Ae,
One of less than a handful of female cinematographers working in South Korea's entertainment industry, Won has shot a variety of commercial projects all across the world. From K-pop music videos to Chinese variety shows, Won's repertoire of work spans over 20 years and seven continents. A prominent Korean cinematographer working in TV, music videos, and commercials, Won is also a passionate supporter of human rights and independent cinema.