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The Filmmakers


Miao Wang (Director / Producer / Co-Editor) is an award-winning filmmaker who focuses on creative and cinematic documentaries that inspire cultural understanding and a humanist perspective of the world. Her critically-acclaimed documentary films Beijing Taxi (feature-length) and Yellow Ox Mountain have screened at over 70 international festivals and institutions such as SXSW and the Guggenheim Museum, with US theatrical release, and broadcast nation-wide. Beijing Taxi is digitally distributed by Sundance Artist Services. She directed Made by China in America, a documentary short in Morgan Spurlock's acclaimed We the Economy series. Wang is a recipient of grants and fellowship from the Sundance Institute, the Jerome Foundation, New York State Council on the Arts, the Tribeca Film Institute, Tribeca All Access, IFP Filmmaker's Lab, Independent Film Week, Women Make Movies, and the Flaherty Film Seminar.

Violet Du Feng (Producer) is an Emmy Award winning film producer and director involved mostly in non-fiction projects. Her recent films, including Please Remember Me and Nanking, have been showed around different film festivals in China and abroad including Sundance Film Festival, Tribeca Intl. Film Festival and the Golden Horse Film Festival. She worked as a TV producer for five years before learning filmmaking at UC Berkeley’s Graduate school of Journalism. She has extensive producing credits for Shanghai Television, CNN and BBC.

Robert Chang (Producer) is a New York-based filmmaker. He has been a producer on award-winning feature films that have premiered at Sundance and SXSW including Advantageous (Sundance 2015 Jury Prize Winner), Beijing Taxi (SXSW 2010), Half-Life (Sundance 2008), and Nae-boo-soon-hwan-seon “Inner Circle Line” (SXSW 2006 Jury Prize Winner) as well as Made By China in America (2014), a documentary short in Morgan Spurlock's acclaimed We the Economy series. He also has experience as a board director, venture capital investor, and executive. He is a graduate of the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, University of Chicago, and the Yale School of Management. 

Damon G. Smith (Producer) is a story architect, film producer, and co-founding partner at Cinelan, the award-winning digital-first media company. He was the curator and supervising producer of two high-profile short-film series, We The Economy and Focus Forward, which screened at over 90 film festivals worldwide, and has authored more than 200 articles for outlets such as The Boston Globe, Time Out New York, and Filmmaker Magazine. Currently he is creative producer on a new feature-length film, Kirsten Johnson’s Lord of Obstacles, filming in 2017/2018.

Sean Price Williams (Director of Photography) has become one of the most sought-after cinematographers working in independent film today. His films have been featured in high profile film festivals around the world, including SXSW, Sundance, Cannes, CineVegas, Tribeca, Hot Docs, Silverdocs, and Full Frame. He has photographed award-winning films including Frownland (Ronald Bronstein, 2007), Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo (Jessica Oreck, 2009), Beijing Taxi (Miao Wang, 2010), Kate Plays Christine (Robert Greene, 2016), Heaven Knows What (Sadie Brothers, 2015), Queen of Earth (Alex Ross Perry, 2015), Listen Up Philip (Alex Ross Perry, 2013), and Kati with an I (Robert Greene, 2014). He spent many years working with legendary documentarian Al Maysles and was assistant cameraman on films including Martin Scorsese‘s Shine a Light.  

Elizabeth Rao (Editor) is a film editor and producer based in New York. She got her start as an Assistant Editor on the Paramount remake of Nancy Meyers' What Women Want, following the film from production through post-production. She associate produced as well as assisted in the edit of In Transit, the last film of documentary filmmaker Albert Maysles, a film exploring the American dream through encounters on a cross country train journey aboard the Amtrak Empire Builder. She recently produced fiction feature film, Movie No.1, directed by Josephine Decker and starring Molly Parker (House of Cards) and Miranda July. Movie No.1 is now in post-production, with supervising editor Marie-Hélène Dozo (The Unknown Girl, Kid With a Bike, Stop the Pounding Heart). Liz is a graduate of the Academy Program of FAMU film school in Prague, and Yale University. In both her documentary and fiction work, she looks for projects that uncover new subjects and new voices. Ones that explore uncharted territories in unexpected ways.





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