Van is an award winning photographer and filmmaker. His short films have been screened at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, The Independent Filmmakers Showcase, The Atlanta Shortsfest, and The Pasadena International Film Festival. His work has been commissioned by Nokia, Men’s Health, Newsweek, AARP, Guitar World, Texas Monthly, Smart Money, TV Guide, Psychology Today, American Way and other national magazines.
Van also served as Story Producer and cinematographer for Brave New Films – producing several short documentaries on social justice issues which reached millions of viewers through online distribution. He teaches at the New York Film Academy (Los Angeles) and UCLA Extension – where he received the 2015 Outstanding Instructor of the Year honor for the Visual Arts Department.
You're There in the Sun Let Go
Film (Short, Drama and Music) Director A 70 year old Laotian man finds musical inspiration through an unlikely encounter with an abusive father.
Kiss Me Gordon
Television (Comedy) Director Kiss Me Gordon is a comedy about the imbalance and dichotomy of marital comfort and sexual desire. It is the story of Gordon, a middle aged, married man, who becomes obsessed with Judy, a 20-something sexpot, hot mess. Gordon, although married to Tanya, a loyal, beautiful wife, thinks that a clandestine affair with Judy can save him from his boring, domestic existence and reassert his manhood and virility. When he offers Judy $2,000 to meet him in a hotel room in Hollywood, it sets the stage for hilarious disaster. Written by Albert Letizia
Milk & All the Wrong Things
Film (Short and Drama) Director Milk & all the wrong things is the story of Bill Wilbur and his quest to escape the odd life that he has created for himself.
Balloons Go Pop
Film (Short, Drama, Mystery and Thriller) Director BALLOONS GO POP is a story about one man's unusual ways to appease his desires and temptations. The short film explores a day in the life of a middle-aged loner who tries to go about his normal routines. But nothing is ever normal when your definitions of love, lost, and lust always blend together. Written by goPOP Films
The Grass Grows Green
Film (Short and Drama) Camera and Electrical Department A short look at a marine's relationship with life and death - shown from behind the recruiting-office desk.
UCLA Extension Instructor of the Year for the Visual Arts Department
Best Independent Short Film (You're There in the Sun Let Go) 19th Independent Filmmakers Showcase
Nokia Lumia Icon Film Challenge Finalist
Dominica Film Challenge Finalist
Best Dramedy Short Film (Milk & all the wrong things) Atlanta Shortsfest