The Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA)

Ky N. Nguyen
Ky N. NguyenKy N. Nguyen has been writing about films since 1995. Since 2000, he has served at "The Washington Diplomat" as Contributing Writer, Film Reviewer, and Cinema Editor — specializing in movies with international and political themes. He's contributed to other DC-area publications including "On Tap Magazine" and The Washington, DC Film Society's "Storyboard."

Since 1995, he's served on the Coordinating Committee of The Washington, DC Film Society. He's worked with Filmfest DC, the Washington, DC International Film Festival. He's acted as the moderator of film panels at the DC Independent Film Festival and the Avalon Theatre. He helped plan DC Shorts in its founding year. He was a board member of the Association of Independent Video and Filmmakers (AIVF)-DC Salon, organizing programming and educational events with guest speakers including John Pierson, Haile Gerima, and Cameron Bailey. He's produced films for the 48 Hour Film Project.

He's interviewed noted filmmakers, actors, and other subjects including Al Gore, Wong Kar-Wai, John Woo, Wayne Wang, Werner Herzog, Errol Morris, John Sayles, Neil Jordan, Michael Haneke, Giuseppe Tornatore, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Darren Aronofsky, Neil Labute, John Waters, Gilliam Armstrong, Kim Ki-Duk, Bong Joon-Ho, Sarah Polley, John Malkovich, Nicole Kidman, Daniel Craig, Tilda Swinton, Nicolas Cage, John Travolta, Joaquin Phoenix, Alan Rickman, Don Cheadle, Aaron Eckhardt, David Strathairn, and Norah Jones. He's covered events with Clint Eastwood, Martin Scorsese, Jim Jarmusch, Spike Lee, Jonathan Demme, and Michael Moore.

He's attended and covered local festivals including AFI/Discovery Channel's Silverdocs, Filmfest DC, the Maryland Film Festival, the DC Independent Film Festival, DC Shorts, the DC Asian Pacific American Film Festival, the Washington Jewish Film Festival, the European Union Film Showcase, New Films from Germany, the Latin American Film Festival, and Reel Affirmations — as well as national and regional festivals such as Sundance, Tribeca, San Francisco, and Austin.

Besides festivals and first run screenings, his film education took place in the repertory theaters of DC including the National Gallery of Art, the American Film Institute (AFI) National Film Theater at the Kennedy Center, the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, the Library of Congress's Mary Pickford Theater, the Freer Gallery of Art, the Hirshhorn, the Goethe-Institut, and La Maison Française at the Embassy of France. He's been known to go out of his way to catch rare repertory screenings while on vacation in Paris, London, Los Angeles, Seattle, Austin, and Houston.

The turning point in his cinephile career, when the slippery slope began, took place at Filmfest DC in 1995 when he was blown away by screenings of Krzysztof Kieślowski's 10-part masterpiece "The Decalogue." Other favorites of all time include Wong Kar-Wai's "In the Mood for Love" and David Lean's "Lawrence of Arabia" — in 70mm only, please. Once a very strict film purist, he's lately been known to reluctantly succumb to video on occasion. He still misses the shuttered first run theaters of DC such as the Biograph, Key, Foundry, and Visions Cinema|Bistro|Lounge.

He has a BS with Honors and an MS, both from Stanford University. He works out of New York, NY and Washington, DC.

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