Staff

Pacific Arts Movement Staff

Kent Lee

Executive Director

Kent Lee was born and raised in Southern California. He’s a proud UC San Diego alumnus and also Pac Art’s new Executive Director! You may recognize him as he’s been involved with Pac Arts since 2010. Kent and his wife Phuong are avid travelers, as they rack up points and miles the way you might save stamps… or cards… or even money. Despite his travels, his favorite city will always be San Diego, where he volunteers on several boards and organizations including the Asian Business Association, International Deaf Education Advocacy & Leadership, Asian Pacific Islander Advisory Group to the Mayor of San Diego, Mira Mesa Community Planning Group, and Alpha Phi Omega. On a typical evening, you might find Kent trying out a new recipe, relaxing over a glass of Scotch, or contemplating all of life’s great mysteries.

kent@pacarts.org | 619-400-5905

Brian Hu

Brian Hu

Artistic Director

Brian Hu has the rare ability to see an ungodly number of movies in a single day, which came in handy during his past lives as a film PhD student at UCLA and as a critic/editor for Asia Pacific Arts. When not force-feeding art cinema to college students and festival-goers, he’s contemplating transnational cultural formations, popping gummy bears, or sweating to Sam Cooke, Live at the Harlem Square Club. You may also catch him in the dark corner of a karaoke bar.

brian@pacarts.org | 619-400-5908

Glenn Heath Jr.

Glenn Heath Jr.

Managing Director

Glenn Heath Jr. is a lifelong San Diegan, cinema aficionado, and film festival veteran. He’s the film critic for San Diego CityBeat and contributes to international publications such as Little White Lies and Slant Magazine. These outlets give him the opportunity to get lambasted by his peers and readers for loving films like The Lone Ranger. Glenn also teaches various film classes locally at Platt College and National University. When he isn’t sitting in front of a flickering screen or editing prose Glenn’s usually sobbing uncontrollably at Petco Park watching his beloved Padres tank another game.

glenn@pacarts.org | 619-400-5909

Cynthia Kashiwagi

Cynthia Kashiwagi

Development & Engagement Manager

Known for sporting the fiercest nails on staff, Cynthia is a proud UCSD graduate with a double major in Ethnic Studies and International Studies. A native San Diegan, Cynthia spent her childhood in Japan, studied in Shanghai, and bounced her way through Hong Kong, Rome, and Beijing. Hidden talents include speed packing, Aztec Dancing, and Resident Evil games. Come to her for an opinionated discussion of globalism, hegemony, or sushi. And if you’re wondering, yes, she’s a natural blonde.

cynthia@pacarts.org | 619-400-5912

Seasonal and Part-Time Staff

Education Staff

Rizzhel Javier, Reel Voices Instructor
Frank Howley, Reel Voices Coordinator

Festival and Events Staff

Kao Vang, Volunteer Coordinator
Blake Faris, Guest Services Coordinator
Anthony Noceda, Theater Operations Manager
Chris Paffendorf, Production Coordinator
Mario Guerrero, Facilities & Logistics