MOMO LEE AOI
Born in a traditional Asian family, but Momo was raised all over the world. A curiosity and interest in different cultures and how they interact has always been a part of her background and influenced her work.
After receiving an LLB with honors in International Law, she realized that being a lawyer was her parents’ wish, not hers. Her passion and sensibility in film landed her a job as a trailer editor in Singapore for such titles as Infernal Affairs (which later was adapted into the Oscar-winning film The Departed), Kiss Ass Miracle (BBC), and Hell’s Kitchen (FOX).
In 2010, she moved to New York and received an M.F.A in film directing. Since then, Momo has edited over 30 films while producing and directing her own projects. “Street Girls”, a documentary she edited won the story development award at Sundance London. The series “Hollywood’s Last Holocaust Survivors,” she edited for the Hollywood Reporter, received wide recognition. Momo has written and directed four short films that have screened over at 20 film festivals and won awards including best actor and best short. Yoshi: Wake Up With Me will be her feature debut.
JAKE LEE HANNE
Jake Lee Hanne is a graduate of NYU’s Tisch Asia MFA film program. He was a quarter-finalist for the Nicholl Fellowship for his feature screenplay Goat, and sold the option of his series Brandywine to Endemol Studios in 2013.
Jake is currently partnered with David S. Goyer and IM Global for his new series, Golden State, an anthology drama series about the origins of the LAPD.
After studying Engineering in Belgium and Sweden, Steven earned a Masters in Nanotechnology and Nanoscience. Yep, really nerdy stuff. While working on a film project with a friend, he discovered cinema was his true calling. Steven gave up Belgian beers and moved to New York to attend film school where he developed a love for camera and lighting.
Steven has since shot for SNL’s Digital Shorts Unit for Season 39 & 40, History Channel’s mini-series ‘American Ripper’ as well as the indie film ‘All Relative’ (2014) starring Sara Paxton and Connie Nielsen, Popstar (2016) starring Andy Samberg. Steven has also worked on documentaries for the Discovery Channel and shot numerous commercials for major brands including Playstation, J&B liquor, Pledge and VDL Cosmetics. When he’s between projects he can be found windsurfing with friends.
“Yoshi - Wake up with me" will combine Steven’s love of travel with his yearning to tell people’s stories and his endless search for the most beautiful natural light. Or maybe he was just brought on board because he’s got really long legs which make all the walking easier.
AMANDA ALVAREZ DIAZ
Amanda Alvarez Diaz was born in Cadiz, Spain. She graduated in Communications from Seville University and took part in the first European Master of Performing Arts, where she worked with young artists in theater, arts, and cinema. In 2010, Amanda was awarded a Talentia scholarship to complete her studies in New York City, where she graduated in the Filmmaking Program at the New York Film Academy.
Amanda has worked for producers Ben Barenholtz and Academy Award winners Frida Torresblanco and Robert Levi.
She has directed a number of short films, each of which won international film festivals, and is preparing her first feature film.
As a producer, she has extensive experience in short films, has worked in the production of the feature films “Skippers” and “Crossroads of America”, and she is about to release her first documentary feature “Atlantic Exile”, and she' working on another one about flamenco in the South of Spain.