Annabel Park

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Annabel Park
Born 1968
Seoul, South Korea
Residence Silver Spring, Maryland
Occupation Documentarian, Filmmaker, Activist
Website
http://www.annabelpark.com/

Annabel Park (Korean: 박수현) is a documentary filmmaker, political activist and community volunteer.

Early years[edit]

Born in 1968 in Seoul, South Korea, Annabel immigrated to the United States with her family when she was nine years old, and was raised in Texas and Maryland. She studied Philosophy at Boston University and Political Theory at Oxford University as a Marshall Scholar.[1][2]

Career history[edit]

Park has worked in her family owned truck diner, worked as a nanny in New York and briefly worked in strategic planning at the New York Times as a strategy analyst. She has also worked as playwright, theater director, and documentary film maker. [3][4][5]

Political activism[edit]

Park was the national coordinator for a network of second-generation Korean Americans, the 121 Coalition, and was instrumental in the passing of House Resolution 121.[6] She co-directed and produced the documentary, 9500 Liberty, about the battle over the "Immigration Resolution" law in Virginia.

She is a co-founding member and was initially the defacto-coordinator of Coffee Party USA, an organization which describes itself as a fact-based, non-partisan and solutions-based network that considers itself to be a "more thoughtful and reasoned alternative to the Tea Party."[1][2][7][8] Park is now a spokesperson for Coffee Party USA, and is on their Advisory Board.[9] She was a volunteer for Jim Webb's 2006 US Senate campaign and for Barack Obama's 2008 presidential campaign.[10][11]

Filmography[edit]

"9500 Liberty" was directed by Annabel Park and Eric Byler. It chronicles the only eight weeks in American history where an "Arizona style" immigration crackdown was actually implemented, and why it was quickly repealed. "9500 Liberty" began as an "interactive documentary," allowing its viewers to not only comment, but suggest new directions and additional coverage of the story, which was uploaded almost immediately after it was shot. Today there are more than 100 installments on the YouTube channel,[12] most of them posted between September 2007 and June 2008. These videos were combined with never-before-seen footage, including a behind-the-scenes portrayal of Park and Byler's challenge with citizen journalism and civic duty in the midst of a divisive culture war, to create the critically acclaimed feature film. "9500 Liberty" is the winner of four film festival awards. It was released theatrically in more than 30 cities, and picked up by MTV Networks for a Sept. 26, 2010 cable premiere.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b 9500 Liberty Profile of Annabel Park
  2. ^ a b Washington Post Coffee Party activists say their civic brew's a tastier choice than Tea Party's
  3. ^ Coffee Party activists say their civic brew's a tastier choice than Tea Party's Washington Post; February 25, 2010
  4. ^ Personal Website Biography; March 8, 2012
  5. ^ Coffee Party Fact Check; Coffee Party USA; March 19, 2012
  6. ^ Korean Times
  7. ^ The Coffee Party Website: About Us. Retrieved 2011-08-01
  8. ^ Gerth, Joseph (2010-09-23). "Coffee Party, a Tea Party alternative, to meet in Louisville". The Courier-Journal. Retrieved 2011-08-02. 
  9. ^ Coffee Party USA Management; Coffee Party USA; March 10, 2012
  10. ^ Tea Party Alternative? Palm Beach Post; March 11, 2010
  11. ^ Killian, Linda (2010-03-15). "Meet the Coffee Party, a Kinder, Gentler, More Liberal Tea Party". U.S. News & World Report. Archived from the original on 22 March 2010. Retrieved 2010-03-16. 
  12. ^ 9500 Liberty YouTube

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