WHO WE ARE
The film is created by Vietnamese director Sally Tran and an awesome group of Asian creatives living in different corners of the world. By coming together in this project, we want to celebrate our diverse and universal community, and to heal collectively through telling our own story of the Asian diaspora.
Behind the film
Sally Tran is a writer and director from New Zealand by way of Vietnam, living in New York City. Tran’s filmmaking expertise focuses on creating unique stories through her multicultural experiences. Tran’s work displays her love for color, bold styles, and conjuring distinctive images without relying on digital effects. Her film career started in New Zealand where she directed three short films and a feature before moving to New York and crafting ads for brands like Dunkin’ Donuts, U by Kotex, and Schick.
Phuong Vo is a New York-based art producer and photographer. Born and raised in Saigon, Vietnam – Phuong moved to New York City to earn her BFA, and later, her Master degree at the School of Visual Arts in Digital Photography.
Phuong’s journey into Production started at Pixel, a Vietnamese/US company where she worked with global tech companies such as Canon and JBL to release new products to the US Market.
Isabella Tan is an award-winning storyteller from south east asia. Born in Taiwan and raised in Malaysia, she found another home in New york.
She is a director and cinematographer. Her work aims to craft stories with a sense of surrealism and keen focus on conveying raw human emotions. Her narrative projects have travelled to various film festivals globally. Aside from her film work she also freelances as a fashion and portrait photographer.
Travels globally. Third culture kid. Doesn’t like scallions.
Thuy is a Ha Noi-born, New York-based art director and artist. Working across disciplines, Thuy aims to push the boundaries between art, design, and technology. Thuy's work has been shown in New York, Boston, Tokyo, Paris, Guangzhou and Ha Noi. She is the founder of A Home Visit, a Vietnamese collective in NYC.
Don Tagala and Scene 13/Spa Shootings
Nhiyc (she/they) is a Swiss, Vietnamese and American Creative Director, Storyteller and Strategic Marketing Consultant. Artist at heart and contemporary in mind, Nhiyc bridges socio-cultural and generational gaps through storytelling, brand journalism, neuro-marketing to create purpose-driven brands. With 8+ years of experience in corporate, grassroots organisations and startups, Nhiyc has been privileged in developing a highly effective blend of Emotional Intelligence (EQ), Cultural Intelligences (CQ), that helps entrepreneurs and C-suite decision-makers build brands that aim to last 100+ years.
Scene 1+2+9, Vin Pak Ho, Watsonville Riots
Originally from South Korea, Sang lived in New York for 9 years working in live and on-screen entertainment as a costume designer and as the head of art department. She specializes in developing abstract & creative concepts into tangible design products from scratch. She has relocated to Charleston, South Carolina, and is currently working as a professional illustrator.
Born and raised in LA, Danni spent her childhood reading fantasy novels, building robots and bringing home every stray animal she could find.After years of drawing, painting, and sculpting for fun, she decided to take a chance and attend Otis College of Art and Design. There she discovered a passion for cel animation and character illustration.
Vivian Zhang is a visual designer who was born in Shanghai, China and now resides in Brooklyn, New York. While her design career began in advertising and technology, she now works as a freelancer specializing in logo and branding design, typographic illustration, and visual storytelling. She is currently a design consultant for Amtrak and the Head of Design at Side Projects Film.
Lorraine Nam is a first generation Korean-American illustrator with a love of storytelling and craft. She is the illustrator of the picture book biography ‘Look Up With Me: Neil deGrasse Tyson: A Life Among the Stars’ by Jennifer Berne. She lives with her partner and dog in Brooklyn, NY.
Scene 5 “Oriental” Woman
Nhung Le is a freelance illustrator who was born in Hanoi, Vietnam and previously based in Brooklyn, New York. Currently, she is living and working in Sydney, Australia with her husband, their 4-year old daughter and their 9-month old twin girls. Nhung is mostly known for her portrait illustration and editorial work. Bold, feminine and powerful, Nhung’s illustration is inspired by incredible people, especially women, doing incredible everyday things. Her work has been featured in The New Yorker, The New York Times, NBC News, The Guardian, MIT Technology Reviews, and many other publications.
KYUN EUN YOU
Scene 6 The people vs. Hall
Kyung Eun You is a visual artist from Korea, currently living and working in New York. She completed a certificate program in printmaking at the National Academy Museum and School in 2017. Kyung Eun has received the Artist's Book Residency Grant from Women's Studio Workshop in Rosendale, NY and NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship in Printmaking/Drawing/Book Arts from New York Foundation for the Arts. Her work has been exhibited and published in the US, Korea, Hong Kong and UK.
Scene 7 Massacres
Lys Bui is an illustrator and printmaker alternating between New York and Saigon. Lys received her MFA illustration as visual essay at School of Visual Arts, NY in 2016 and worked as a production assistant for Takashi Murakami in his NY studio in 2018. Lys has been experimenting with different materials and techniques as a printmaker. Her illustrations feature city identities, the culture of her homeland, and her experience as an artist living in New York.
Scene 11 Vincent Chin
Maria Tran is a half Danish half Vietnamese illustrator and graphic designer, living and working in Copenhagen, Denmark. She graduated with a Master’s Degree in Design from The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in 2011, and been working independently as a freelancer ever since. Maria works with various clients and has a broad range of projects in her backlog, including newspaper illustrations, museum identities, music artworks, children’s books and crazy GIFs. When not drawing things, she likes horror movies and spicy noodles.
Scene 13 Protest signs
When she’s not working as a graphic and UX/UI designer for a healthcare technology company, Hoa Nguyen spends her time exploring New York City and all of its artistic glory. Lifelong learner, theater fanatic, and aspiring performer are some of the labels that she calls herself, but getting involved with and supporting community projects with like-minded people is what gives her true joy in life.
Ditte is a Copenhagen born, NYC based producer and marketing strategist passionateabout supporting and empowering creators. She’s ¼ of the collaborative production company Side Projects Film, along with managing marketing and communication for the music marketing platform Linkfire.
Nam Phuong T. Doan is a NYC-based design strategist working at the intersection of design, technology and community. Her work has allowed her to explore different sectors, from art-tech to impact investing. Besides design-related matters, Nam connects communities through creativity, food and social justice. She also enjoys writing about migration, cities and identity. In her free time, you can find Nam cooking up a storm, or celebrating anything Viet, queer, and artistic.
‘Oriental Women’ Writer and Voice Over
Joyce Keokham is a storyteller based on earth. They practice in fusions of film, biography, and poetry rooted in community and radical self-love.
‘People vs. Hall’ Writer
Cyrena Lee is a writer based in Paris and studied anthropology at Barnard College. Her work has been published in Whetstone Magazine, Into the Void Magazine, The Climbing Zine, Epiphany Magazine, and others. She has also published a non-fiction book on lucid dreaming, and likes rock climbing in her spare time.
Giullian Yao Gioiello is an Actor, Musician and Producer from New York. Most recently, you can see him in A Nightmare Wakes on Shudder, or hear him in Kipo &The Age of Wonderbeasts on Netflix, and he will be joining the likes of Sandra Oh, Michelle Yeoh and Henry Golding in the animated adaptation of The Tiger's Apprentice for Paramount. You can also find his solo music projectTarune on Spotify and Apple music.
Ayumi Ashley is the global lead colorist of Ntropic. Born to continent-jumping musician parents, Ayumi spent her childhood in both Japan and California. Prior to moving to New York where she is currently based, she co-founded Mission Film & Deisgn, a top finishing facility in San Francisco.
Dada Shikako is a Brazillian-Japanaese Filmmaker and light artist. Currently exploring all mediums of photo while selling out at a corporate ad agency. He loves hammocks, and lens flares. Dislikes shooting rehearsals and scripts that are too vanilla…. or white-centric.
1st Assistant Camera
Tommy Chen was born and raised in NYC and owns and runs Wyckoff Studios in vibrant Bushwick. A Director of Photographer and a massive car enthusiast, you’ll see him either playing with ‘CamerA’ gear or parts of a car engine any time of the day.
He’s of Fujianese and Taiwanese descent and recently vaccinated.