Organizing Team

Gabriel Kuperman
Founder & Director

Hailing from Washington DC, Gabriel received a master's degree in Media Studies from the New School in New York City. It was there that he developed his professional foundation in both production and programming for television, film, and radio, working for companies such as MTV Networks and Clear Channel. After moving to Laos in 2008, Gabriel founded the Luang Prabang Film Festival a year later, with a desire to bridge the Southeast Asian film communities, while fostering the growth of the Lao film industry. He and his work have been profiled in media outlets across the world. Notable publications include: Time Magazine, Vogue, the Hollywood Reporter, the Nation, and the Bangkok Post.

Bree Fitzgerald
Board Member

Bree is an Emmy Award-winning producer and four-time nominee. She has also been nominated for an International Emmy Award and has twice been a recipient of the World Gold Metal at the prestigious New York Film Festival. Bree has been filming, directing, and producing documentary television and film for 20 years, covering conflict, humanitarian crises, children and women’s issues, poverty, development and health topics. She has worked with New York Times Television, Discovery Channel, and National Geographic, filming compelling stories in such countries as Afghanistan, South Africa, China, Peru, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos. Her films have been broadcast globally and translated into multiple languages as well as screened at film festivals worldwide.

Nicholas Simon
Board Member

Nicholas began his career shortly after attending Columbia University. After working with director Jonathan Demme at his production company, Clineca Estetico, Nicholas traveled to Southeast Asia and established the first international-caliber production company almost 15 years ago. In 2009, Nicholas launched his own film and production services company, Indochina Productions, which recently completed a shoot in Cambodia for Transformers 3 (Paramount Pictures) and in Bangladesh for Avengers: Age of Ultron (Marvel Studios). Nicholas has served as Producer on numerous feature films, including Pan (dir. Joe Wright), Step into Liquid (dir. Dana Brown), and City of Ghosts (dir. Matt Dillon). He has also worked hand in hand with noted directors and producers Terrence Malick, Oliver Stone and Tran Anh Hung (Scent of Green Papaya) and on numerous international TV commercials.

Liz Tynes Netto
Board Member

Liz is currently directing/producing a documentary in Cuba about the Mansion Camaguey. She began her career as a journalist and TV news producer in Southeast Asia, based out of Phnom Penh. She's shot and produced for New York Times Television, Granada, True Entertainment, and various others. For now, she lives in Los Angeles with her husband, daughter, and stepdaughter.

Siphai Thammavong
Festival Manager

Siphai was born in Bokeo Province in Northern Laos and moved to Luang Prabang in 2004 to study at the Luang Prabang Teacher Training College. He has worked as LPFF's Festival Manager since 2012, and in that time, he’s become skilled at event planning and coordination. Siphai received specialized training in Event Management with the DW Akademie at the Berlinale. He is also the lead storyteller at the Garavek Traditional Storytelling Theatre in Luang Prabang.

Jessica Arce
Festival Coordinator

After graduating from Temple University with a Bachelor of Arts in Film and Media Arts, Jessica pursued media education in Philadelphia. Before joining LPFF via the Princeton in Asia program, she spent the past few years teaching young Southeast Asian immigrants and refugees, cultivating them into young filmmakers through comprehensive training. Her students have won consecutive awards for their work at multiple film festivals. Jessica’s media experience ranges from directing a food documentary in Puerto Rico to working in the Digital Media department at the Sundance Channel, and on the press team for the American Pavilion at the Cannes Film Festival.

Eliza Mott
Festival Coordinator

A native of the Detroit area, Eliza received a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University, where she studied Art History and Creative Writing. She has an extensive art background, having worked at the Princeton University Art Museum, in the Press Department at MoMA PS1 in New York City, and at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, Italy. Eliza is working as a Festival Coordinator for LPFF through Princeton in Asia, a competitive fellowship program that sends skilled graduates to support partner organizations, companies, and schools throughout the region.