Town Hall

July Town Hall: Film & Media

Tuesday, July 30, 2024
6:30 – 8:15PM

For our July Town Hall, A4 is focused on the nuanced stories and topics explored through film and media from our AAPI community. Narrative filmmaker Nick Hartanto will share about his short film “Daly City” – and the winding journey of securing an all-Indonesian cast and majority Asian crew. We’ll also hear from documentary filmmaker Ligaiya Romero about their short film “Becoming the Moon”, about Filipino American artist, Maia Cruz Palileo. The evening will also feature a line-up of two-minute pitches from the community.

After the presentations, we’ll host a potluck meal, so please bring something to share; homemade or store bought items are welcome. A4 will provide drinks.

This event is FREE and open to the public. RSVP is required to pitch and/or attend, but please note you do not have to pitch to attend.

Accessibility: BRIC is ADA compliant with a ramp, elevator access, and all gender public restrooms. They also have high-resolution visual assets available.

If you need CART Transcription, ASL interpretation, large print, or any other accommodations for this event, please email at least one week before this event.

To keep everyone safe and healthy, if you are not feeling well or have been exposed to COVID-19, please stay home. We will provide masks.

Interested in pitching? Please carefully read about the pitch process below.

About the Pitch Process
A4 Town Halls are a forum to share an upcoming project or exhibition, promote an event or opportunity, find collaborators and venues, or simply introduce yourself to the creative community.

Please note: The pitches are not for any specific opportunity with A4 or otherwise. It is not a pitch to potential funders or programmers. It’s low-stakes and presented among a group of AAPI creatives, artists, and arts workers. To give you a sense of the format, here is a recording of a past Town Hall.

There are two ways to pitch at an A4 Town Hall: a two-minute pitch which requires pre-registering, and a thirty-second pitch which you can sign up for at the event.

Two-minute pitches
You must complete the below steps in order to reserve your two-minute pitch slot.

UPDATE: Two-minute pitch signups have reached capacity. Please consider giving a 30-second pitch at the event.

  1. Register for the event and
  2. Complete this pitch form at least three days before the event.

If you do not complete the form by the deadline, you risk not being included in the line-up.

We typically cap two-minute pitches to 14 total presenters on a first come, first served basis. If we reach capacity, we encourage you to give a thirty-second pitch at the event.

In your pitch form, please include any images, video, or slides you would like presented during your pitch. We encourage you to share your website and social handles so that we can promote on the event page and in the slides – which we share with all attendees after the event.

Slides will be presented in the order in which they are uploaded. If you would like to ensure your slides appear in the correct order, please number them. We recommend no more than 20 slides. A4 Staff will be compiling and driving the slideshow. Presenters will not be able to use their devices to present.

We will send the pitch order to all presenters by the morning of the event.

Thirty-second pitches
After the two-minute pitches, we invite anyone from the audience to provide a thirty-second pitch. This requires signing up at the event and does not include the use of slides or any supplementary media assets.

About Nick Hartanto
Nick Hartanto is an Indonesian-American filmmaker based in New York. His short film, “The Dishwasher,” which he co-directed, was awarded a Special Jury Mention at Tribeca 2019 and was then acquired by HBO Max. His next film, “Atrophy,” a genre bending story about his mother’s fight to recover from a stroke, premiered at Fantasia 2021 and toured the genre festival circuit, winning Best Performance at Brooklyn Horror and North Bend Film Festivals. Also a skilled Cinematographer, he shot the Adult Swim series “Hot Package.“ His commercial clients include Condé Nast Traveler, Netflix, FiveThirtyEight and Wieden+Kennedy. He just completed his new film, "Daly City,” which explores subject matter that recurs frequently within his work: food, exoticism and the immigrant experience. Learn more at:

About Ligaiya Romero
Ligaiya Romero (they/he) is a trans non-binary documentary filmmaker and visual artist, working with collective memory and the decolonial imagination. They directed the film, “Becoming the Moon”, about Filipino American artist, Maia Cruz Palileo, for PBS American Masters, Firelight Media, and Topic. He was also the Video Producer & Editor for The Argus Project, a transmedia documentary on police violence and citizen counter-surveillance. The project was a collaboration with CopWatch NYC, supported by Tribeca New Media Fund, and presented at Tribeca Film Festival. Ligaiya was a Firelight Media Documentary Lab fellow, a CAAM fellow, and a Karen Schmeer Diversity in the Edit Room fellow. They are currently working on a project about the end of the world. Learn more at:

About A4’s Town Hall
Town Hall is A4’s bi-monthly community gathering event that features presentations, pitches, and power networking! We welcome artists of all disciplines, as well as arts organizations, to pitch upcoming projects, find collaborators, or discover new opportunities in a lively space.