Our Team

director Lilan Bowden

Lilan is an actor/comedian who plays Bex on Disney Channel’s Emmy nominated show “Andi Mack” (3 seasons/winner of GLAAD/nominated for Peabody Awards).

Her credits also include Future Man, LOVE, Parks and Recreation, Lifeline (Youtube Red), and I Am Watching You (Lifetime). She is a trained sketch and improv performer from Upright Citizens Brigade Theater LA. House teams include Rococo (Harold/improv) and Bonafide (Maude/sketch).

Lilan has written and directed material for Funny or Die, Samsung’s MILK app, and Casting Society of America with her writing and sketch comedy partner Wilder Smith. She continues to perform live under their two person group “Lilan and Wilder.” 

writer Ed Lee

Ed Lee is the writer and executive producer of Becoming Eddie. He wrote the script as a love letter to his childhood in 1980s New Jersey. Back then, there weren’t nearly as many Korean people in the U.S. as there are now, and it was difficult to feel accepted. A love of popular culture – films, television, music – helped Ed to find common ground with other kids and made him feel less alone.

Ed is currently a professor at Emerson College teaching screenwriting in the Department of Visual and Media Arts and the Comedic Arts B.F.A. Prior to joining the faculty at Emerson College, Ed wrote for many television shows, including The Drew Carey Show, Class of 3000 and Are You There, Chelsea?

In addition to his writing, Ed has written and performed at many comedy theaters in Los Angeles, including iO West, Westside Comedy Theater, and Upright Citizens Brigade Theater L.A.

Ed has taught at the American Film Institute Conservatory, USC School of Cinematic Arts, UCLA Extension, and the iO West theater. He has also run comedy writing workshops at Gettysburg College, Wesleyan University, California State University, Monterey Bay, and SeriesFest.

Ed is not a dog owner (yet), but IS an avid dog petter.

producer Joyce Liu-Countryman

Joyce Liu-Countryman is a born and bred San Franciscan, and award-winning producer for narrative shorts, features and music videos.  Her strategic plan for the feature, “Eat With Me,” resulted in a successful Kickstarter campaign that not only secured funding and an audience for the project but also helped to land a premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival and distribution through Wolfe Releasing.  Her projects target either social justice issues or increase diverse representation behind and in front of the camera.

Joyce is also an accomplished actor, recognized for her work in stage and film. Her onscreen television credits include “I Wanna Be a Soap Star,” “Days of Our Lives,” “The Bold and the Beautiful,” “All My Children” and the very not soapy, “Tim and Eric Great Show Awesome Job.” Her turn at theater in the lead role of Xi Yan in “Chinglish” earned her a Theater Bay Area nomination for Best Actress. She also has voice acting credits that include Disney’s “Planes” and “Funny People.”

Joyce earned her MFA from the American Film Institute Conservatory, BA from UCLA, MS in clinical psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and pursed doctoral studies at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa.  She currently serves on the Diversity and Inclusion team at Sony Pictures Entertainment and brings 15+ years of corporate experience in analytics, organizational development, and D&I for Fortune 500 companies including E*TRADE Financial and Nestle USA.  

She’s the serious one on the team.  It’s okay, she’s handling it.

cinematographerPatrick Ouziel

Patrick Ouziel is a Los Angeles-based cinematographer and a graduate of the American Film Institute Conservatory. Prior to working in film, he studied political science and international development at Yale University.

Patrick strives to work on projects that have a strong point of view and feature stories that often remain untold. Fluent in French and conversational in Spanish, he seeks out endeavors that allow him to engage with new people, places, and ideas.

editor Marc Sedaka

Marc Sedaka received his BA from Cornell University and MFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts where he wrote, directed, and edited numerous short films including the Emmy award-winning THE WORK AGAINST JASE.

His professional writing credits for film and TV include OVERNIGHT DELIVERY starring Reese Witherspoon and Paul Rudd, and two seasons on CBS’s THE KING OF QUEENS. He also taught screenwriting at UCLA and Columbia College.  On the post-production side, Marc edited the low-budget comedy feature SUBPRIME in addition to seven short films at the American Film Institute Conservatory.

co-producer/actress Helen Hong

In addition to being a fan favorite on the hit NPR podcast Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me,Helen Hong has performed standup comedy on The Arsenio Hall Show, Last Call with Carson Daly, and Comics Unleashed with Byron Allen. She hosts the live trivia podcast Go Fact Yourself on the Maximum Fun Network. 

Helen was featured in the Coen Brothers’ film, Inside Llewyn Davis and is a recurring character in two series, The Thundermans on Nickelodeon and Blunt Talk on Starz. Helen has also had roles on Jane the Virgin,Parks and Recreation, Pretty Little Liars, and Inside Amy Schumer. Helen’s sharp wit on current events has been featured on CNN, The Young Turks and The Stephanie Miller Show. Her opinion videos on NowThis have amassed over 11 million views. Helen has performed for the troops in the Middle East and for international audiences in Asia, Europe and Latin America. 

Helen recently co-wrote and produced Curious Georgina, a comedy short film finalist at the prestigious Just for Laughs comedy festival and a selection on Kevin Hart’s LOL platform. She always wants to pet your dog and have a bite of your donut. DO NOT LET HER HAVE THE WHOLE DONUT.

co-producer Julia Wackenheim-Gimple

Born in Reno, Nevada and raised in Atlantic City, New Jersey, Julia Wackenheim-Gimple received her BFA in Acting from Emerson College in Boston.

Julia can be seen in live shows in Los Angeles, on TV (Red Band Society, MOCKpocalypse, FlashForward, Jimmy Kimmel Live!), in commercials: Walmart, Applebee’s, Cars.com, eBay, Honda to name a few. She’s the executive producer and actor of the webseries “F’d.”

Julia is the co-founder of CAG: FBLA (Caring Across Generations’ Faith Based Los Angeles Alliance).  Caring Across Generations is a movement of families, caregivers, people with disabilities and aging Americans working to transform the way we care in this country. She’s a WRJ North American Board Member,  an active member of Bend the Arc: a Progressive Jewish Partnership for Justice, and the Social Action Chair for Temple Beth Hillel in Valley Village, CA.

Julia currently resides in Studio City, CA with her husband, son, three dogs and cat, and just really, really loves pizza. And coffee.