Van Ditthavong was born in Vientiane, Laos and immigrated to the U.S. when he was four years old. He began his career as an award-winning still photographer before transitioning to filmmaking. His feature directing debut, All Roads To Pearla, starring Alex MacNicoll, Addison Timlin, Nick Chinlund, and Dash Mihok and produced by Red Entertainment and goPOP FILMS, is in theaters and on demand from September 25th. It world premiered in competition at the 26th Austin Film Festival and is nominated for the 2020 Texas Independent Film Award by the Houston Film Critics Society. Van is also the founding partner and executive producer of goPOP FILMS – a creative content studio and production company representing some of the most exciting directors working today. He has taught 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.