a feature documentary

We believe that our documentary exposes inequality and inspires the courage to do what’s right.


YU GU director/producer

YU GU is a filmmaker born in Chongqing, China and raised in Vancouver, Canada. She works in both narrative and documentary film using a lyrical approach to explore themes of identity, migration and systemic injustice. Yu’s hybrid documentary A MOTH IN SPRING premiered at Hot Docs International Film Festival and was broadcast by HBO. Her first feature documentary, WHO IS ARTHUR CHU? was funded by the Center for Asian-American Media and premiered at the 2017 Slamdance Film Festival. The film will have its theatrical premiere in the fall at the Music Box Theatre in Chicago, followed by the Arclight Cinemas in Los Angeles. In collaboration with artist Gu Xiong and Academy Award-winner Mark J. Harris, Yu is directing INTERIOR MIGRATIONS, a multi-platform project documenting the memories of migrant workers in Canada. A 3-channel video in the series is now on view at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto, Canada. Yu received her MFA in Film Production from the University of Southern California, and a BA from the University of British Columbia in English Literature and Cinematography.

ELIZABETH AI producer/writer

ELIZABETH AI has over a decade of experience producing narrative, documentary, and branded content. She writes and produces for various companies such as VICE, ESPN, and National Geographic Channels for which she and her team have won a News & Documentary Emmy in 2012. She is currently co-directing and producing, IN THE SHADOW OF THE HILLS, a longitudinal documentary tracking the lives of the indigenous Black Hmong tribes women and the effects of modernization on their culture and environment in the foothills of the Himalayan Mountains in Northern Vietnam. Her independent documentary and narrative projects have received support from: Sundance Institute, Berlin Talent Campus, Tribeca Film Institute, Film Independent, National Association of Latino Independent Producers, Independent Television Service, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. She received her BA in Creative Writing from the University of Southern California, resides in Los Angeles, and geocaches in the backcountry.

JIN YOO-KIM co-producer/ impact producer

JIN YOO-KIM is a Korean American producer/director hailing from Bolivia. She is an inaugural fellow of the 2017 Firelight Media Impact Producing Fellowship and recently co-produced Grace Lee’s interactive web documentary as well as a short companion documentary about reporters of color covering the 1992 LA Riots/Uprising called “K-Town ‘92: Reporters.” In the past, she worked for documentary filmmakers like Bill Guttentag and Rory Kennedy, and recently joined Kennedy’s Moxie Firecracker Films at Sundance 2017 for the premiere of TAKE EVERY WAVE: THE LIFE OF LAIRD HAMILTON, a feature documentary on which she served as Production Coordinator. Jin received an MFA in Film and TV Production from the USC School of Cinematic Arts and a BA in Psychology and Cinema & Media Studies from Wellesley College. 


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