May May Tchao, Director, Writer, Producer
Born in PRC and raised in Hong Kong, May May earned degrees from University of Wisconsin-Madison and Syracuse University. She is pursuing film concepts that document PRC’s seismic economic and cultural shifts that give voice to a new generation of its women. She has produced and created shorts for YouTube and Evanston Community Media Center. She wrote, directed, produced and edited the concept trailer of “The Rise of the Phoenix.”
Prior to documentary films, she has spent a career serving blue-chip clients in creative leadership and consulting positions for Chicago-based advertising agencies.
Xan Aranda, Co-Producer
An award-winning independent filmmaker affiliated with acclaimed documentary powerhouse Kartemquin Films, Xan is a Producer of their 2008 release Milking the Rhino and Outreach Director for Prisoner of Her Past (2011). Both films aired on PBS. Her directorial debut, Andrew Bird: Fever Year premiered at the prestigious New York Film Festival and received Omaha Film Festival’s Jury Prize for Best Documentary, among others. The film is described by The Hollywood Reporter as “a gently illuminating look at a brilliant maverick musician… captured with grace and delicacy.” She’s currently working on her next project, Mormons Make Movies. Xan’s great-grandfather emigrated from China to Mexico during the Boxer Rebellion. She lived in China’s Sichuan Province during Dragon Year 2000.
Wenhwa Tsao, Associate Producer
Born and raised in Taiwan, Wenhwa Tsao is an award-winning filmmaker whose work has received numerous grants including KODAK Faculty Scholars Award and Illinois Arts Council. Her films have been screened in festivals such as Cannes, Women in Director’s Chair and others. Currently she is in preproduction on a dramatic feature about human trafficking titled “Snakehead.” IFP’s Independent Film Week has selected it for the Emerging Narrative program. In addition to her work as an filmmaker, Wenhwa is a passionate educator. She is a professor and Graduate Program Director in the Film & Video Department at Columbia College Chicago.
Karen Lynn Weinberg, Editor
Feature film credits include the documentary One Night Stand (nationwide & Canadian theatrical release, 2013), Frozen River (Sundance Winner, Oscar Nominee), Racing Dreams (Tribeca Winner, PBS POV), and Certainty (“Best Editing” award, Boston Film Festival & theatrical release 2012). She edited episodes of MysteryQuest and Clash of the Gods for the History Channel as well as the new documentary C-Rock. Producing credits include One Night Stand and multiple projects as the Creative Director of Ten Trees Productions. Karen is a published co-author of the acclaimed show “44 Plays for 44 Presidents;” on 44 Films for 44 Presidents – the recent film adaptation – she also served as producer/supervising editor.
Jason Lee Wong, Beijing Cinematographer
Jason moved to San Francisco and earned his BFA in Cinematography while working as a portrait photographer. He spent two years in Hollywood as a camera assistant in 35mm, 16mm, and digital prior moving to China. He has traveled extensively around the world and is now based in China to pursue his freelance cinema career in Beijing. He has shot and edited several documentaries, commercials, TV shows and narrative stories for CCTV, Nike, Google, Nokia, Pfizer and other international clients.
Johnny Byul Lee, Associate Producer
Johnny recently completed his first feature, ‘Innocent Blood’ starring Doug Jones (Hellboy, Pan’s Labyrinth), C.S. Lee (Dexter) and Justin Chon (21 and Over, Twilight Saga). In addition to working in the TV & Film industry, Johnny acts as a technology and media consultant for companies and nonprofit organizations. Johnny also plays an active role in key organizations combatting human trafficking globally.