Valerie Soe | Producer, Director, Writer
Soe is an award-winning filmmaker, artist, and writer. Since 1986 her experimental videos, installations, and documentary films have received dozens of awards, grants, and commissions, and have exhibited at venues such as the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, the Museum of Modern Art, and the New Museum in New York City, on cable and broadcast television, and at film festivals worldwide. Soe’s short experimental video, “ALL ORIENTALS LOOK THE SAME.” (1986, 1.30 min.), which she created while an undergraduate at UCLA, won Best Foreign Video at the 1987 Festival Internazionale Cinema Giovani, Torino, Italy, First Place, Experimental Category, at the 1987 Sony Corporation Visions of U.S. Festival, and Honorable Mention, Experimental Video, at the 12th Atlanta Film and Video Festival. Other awards include Director's Choice Award, Image Film and Video Festival, Atlanta; Best Bay Area Short, San Francisco International Film Festival; Making A Difference Award, Commffest Global Community Film Festival, Toronto; Mediamaker Award, Bay Area Video Coalition; and a Blue Ribbon Award Semi-Finalist, CSU Center for Community Engagement, among others. Her most recent experimental documentary, The Chinese Gardens (2012) was awarded Best Film With An Immigration Theme at the 2013 Humboldt Film Festival.
Soumyaa Kapil Behrens | Executive Producer
Soumyaa Kapil Behrens is the director of the Documentary Film Institute at San Francisco State University. Her latest film project, 780 Frederick, documents the forced demise of a community recycling center in Golden Gate Park and is due out in 2014. Behrens’ other films include Climate Change (2008) and My Garbage, My Neighborhood (2011), which have screened at festivals nationwide. Recent producing credits include Redemption Trail, which premiered at Mill Valley Film Festival in 2013 (MVFF 36) and Jaime’s Car (2014), a short film shot by Hiro Narita. Other credits include the award-winning films KUNJO (2009) and The Beijing Olympic Documentary Project (2009). Behrens has received residencies and grants from the Ninth Street Media Incubator Program, the Haight Ashbury Neighborhood Council, the SFSU Graduate Equity Council, and the US Embassy of Finland. She is President of the nonprofit, Bay Area Women In Film and Media (BAWIFM), and holds an MFA in Cinema Production
S. Leo Chiang | Production Consultant (U.S., Taiwan)
Chiang is an Emmy-nominated and international award-winning filmmaker. Recent titles include Mr. Cao Goes to Washington; A Village Called Versailles (both PBS) and numerous international TV programs with sales to more than 200 broadcast, educational and academic institutions. Born in Taiwan and based in San Francisco, Leo received his MFA in film production from University of Southern California.