Subway Cinema

Subway Cinema Inc. is America’s leading 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the exhibition and appreciation of Asian popular film culture in all its forms, with year-round festivals and programs, and a view to building bridges between Asia and the West.

Subway Cinema was the first organization in America to recognize the works of directors Johnnie To and Tsui Hark with retrospectives, and the first programming entity to bring major attention to New Korean Cinema with the first New York Korean Film Festival in 2001.

In 2002, Subway Cinema launched its flagship event, the annual New York Asian Film Festival (NYAFF), which has been presented in collaboration with the Film Society of Lincoln Center since 2010. Now entering its 15th year, NYAFF is North America’s leading festival of popular Asian cinema.

Subway Cinema’s other events and initiatives include the annual Old School Kung Fu Fest (showcase for the best of classic martial arts films) and the New York Korean Film Festival (presented in collaboration with the Korea Society since 2014).

Subway Cinema receives generous, year-round support from the Kenneth A. Cowin Foundation.


Samuel Jamier, Executive Director

Stephen Cremin, Deputy Director | Senior Programmer
Claire Marty, Programmer
David Wilentz, Associate Programmer
Karen Severns & Koichi Mori, Kismet Productions, Consulting Programmers

Lisa Wisely / Blue Spark Consulting, LLC., Business & Accounting Manager
Frank Djeng, Hospitality & Operations Manager
Rufus de Rham, Senior Manager
Rob Domingo, Manager
David Powers, Manager
Gregory Chang, Manager
Patrick Nance, Marketing
Christopher Simpson, Designer
Yujin Lee, Designer
Yeon Ju Hong, Assistant Manager

Sonia Huang, Director of Development
Elaine Y. Sheng, Business Development

Marketing & Public Relations
Emma Griffiths / Emma Griffiths PR, Public Relations

Board of Directors

Kenneth Cowin, Secretary
Grady Hendrix (Co-founder), President of the Board
Paul Kazee (Co-founder)
Goran Topalovic (Co-founder)