The Filmmakers

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Director / Producer Socheata Poeuv

Socheata Poeuv made her filmmaking debut with the feature documentary NEW YEAR BABY which won the 'Movies That Matter' human rights cinema award (an Amnesty International initiative) on its premiere at the International Documentary Film Festival in Amsterdam. The film went to sold out screenings on three continents and to win nine international awards including awards in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, the $25,000 AFI Dallas Target Filmmaking Award and the Crystal Heart Award for expressing "hope and respect for the positive values of life."

NEW YEAR BABY aired on national PBS in 2008 and was a finalist for the PBS Independent Lens Audience Award. PBS also created a 30 city national outreach and educational tour to disseminate the film. PBS went on to submit the film for both Emmy and Peabody Award consideration. Poeuv is working with the Open Society Institute to take a Cambodian language version of the film across Cambodia, partnering with human rights organizations.

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Producer / Writer Charles Vogl

Charles Vogl co-founded Broken English Productions LLC in New York City. The company focused creating high social impact through non-fiction media.

He produced the independent feature documentary NEW YEAR BABY which has won nine international awards to date, including the 'Movies That Matter' human rights cinema awards (an Amnesty International initiative.) The film aired on national PBS' Independent Lens Series. PBS also created a national education and outreach tour to disseminate the film. The U.S. State Department screened the film in Southeast Asia in 2010.

Vogl worked with Directors Sarah and Emily Kunstler on the feature documentary WILLIAM KUNSTLER DISTURBING THE UNIVERSE (ITVS / CPB), about the legacy of the most famous constitutional lawyer in 20th century America. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival then released theatrically in the United States before airing on national PBS' POV.

He also worked with Director Chris Wong on WHATEVER IT TAKES (Sundance Institute / CAAM / CPB), following one year in the life of a rookie Asian American high school principle in the South Bronx. It aired nationally on PBS's Independent Lens series.

Vogl consulted on Cynthia Wade's documentary BORN SWEET about a Cambodian teenager's dream to overcome arsenic poisoning and become a karaoke star. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Earlier Vogl also worked with Cynthia Wade on the Sundance Film Festival premiere of her HBO documentary FREEHELD which went on to win an Academy Award.

Vogl was a founding Executive Board Member for the Yale Law School - Visual Law Project. He collaborated with Rebecca Wexler and the Yale Law Information Society Project to use cinematic arts to grow a public conversation on how law impacts society.

Vogl is a recipient of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting INPUT Fellowship and the Working Films Documentary Institute Residency at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art. Vogl's work has been funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Independent Television Service, the Open Society Institute, the Movies That Matter Foundation and the New York State Council on the Arts.

Earlier in his career Vogl worked for New Regency Productions at Fox Studios in Los Angeles and in Exhibition Development and Research at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C.

He is also the author of The Art of Community: 7 Principles for Belonging (Berrett-Koehler Publishing 2016).

Vogl has a B.S. from the University of Southern California Annenberg School. He has an M.Div. from Yale where he studied religion, ethics and business. At Yale he was also named a Jessie Ball duPont Foundation Scholar.

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Producer Jason Bolling

Jason Bolling currently works as a freelance artist for MTV Networks and has produced segments and series for the Emmy award winning journalist Linda Ellerbee. Jason graduated from New York University, Tisch School of the Arts, with a major in film and television and a minor in psychology. He also wrote, directed, and produced the short film Asylum, which debuted at the New York Film Festival at Lincoln Center.

Editor Sandra Christie

Sandra Christie's numerous credits include: the Sundance Freedom of Expression Award winner "Family Name", part three of the nine part series for PBS' "An American Love Story", the Emmy nominated series "Jazz" produced by Floretine Films and the PBS series "This Far By Faith" produced by Blackside, Inc. and "Matters of Race" produced by Roja Production. She was also associate editor of the Peabody Award-winning documentary "Malcolm X: Make It Plain". She has a B.A. in film production from Hunter College.

Associate Editor Jacob Okada

Jacob Okada worked as assistant editor for the PBS series Matters of Race and the upcoming Citizen King, a biography on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Jacob is the recipient of the Warner Brothers Pictures Production Award for his documentary Curtis. Curtis was also an official selection of the 2004 Sundance Festival. Jacob was also awarded NYU's prestigious Russell Hexter Filmmaker Grant and graduated from the New York University Tisch School in Film Production.

Animators Paul & Sandra Fierlinger

Among accomplishments in a long career, Paul Fierlinger created "Sesame Street's" Teeny Little Super Guy series in 1971, which runs to this day. He was nominated for an Academy Award in 1979 for "It's So Nice to Have a Wolf Around the House". In 1997, Paul received a PEW Fellowship in the Arts award for the body of his work. In 2002, the Fierlingers received the Peabody Award for the PBX film "Still Life with Animated Dogs". He now also teaches animation at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design.

Composer Gil Talmi

Gil Talmi is a world-renowned Emmy nominated composer. His music can be heard in a variety of feature films, documentaries and television programs. Gil's most recent work includes music for "The Mummy Who Would Be King", a documentary for Nova/PBS, a TV series for Bravo called "TV Revolutions" and music for the Mayan exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In addition to this, Gil has written music for Warner Bros., Paramount, BBC, CBS, NBC, HBO and various independent productions.

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Trailer Editor/Post-production Andrew Pakenas

Andrew Pakenas is an award winning filmmaker in New York City. He has been with Emmy award-winning Lucky Duck Productions for five years as an Editor and Technical Supervisor. He makes documentary and news magazine style programs for Nickelodean, A&E, lifetime, HBO and others. He is also a founder of SpinnMedia, a DVD authoring and duplication company also in New York City. He graduated from Ohio University with a major in video productions.

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Post-production Elliot Mebane

Elliot Mebane is founder and President of Roguish Studios, an internet development and consulting firm whose clients include Hilton Hotels, Honda, Fox Broadcasting, non-profits and celebrities. He is a Board Member of the Los Angeles Macromedia Flash Users Group and contributes Cinematography and Post-Production skills to "Tashpix", a filmmaking collective that produces narrative and art short films.


Audio Design Nathan Smith

Nathan Smith is President and founder of NL3 Audio. He is an industry leader in sound design for film, television and games. His film credits include "The Matrix" and "Go". He was lead Sound Designer for the best selling Pixar/Disney "Incredibles" video game and his clients include Lucas Arts, Electronic Arts and Microsoft. Nathan is a graduate of the University of Southern California.

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Associate Producer, Development & Events Angela C. Gee

Angela brings more than 8 years of expertise planning and developing advertising and event strategies. She is now at US Concepts, an award winning event marketing agency in Manhattan where she designs strategic campaigns that connect brands effectively and efficiently. Specifically, she specializes in entertainment marketing; creative development, music, comedy, and celebrity integration. She has developed premium sponsorship opportunities for brands including Tanqueray, Baileys, Ford Motor Company, and Mercedes Benz. Angela has created events from coast to coast working with celebrities like Mike Epps, Damon Wayans, and John Legend.

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Associate Producer, Events & Development Amy Yan

Amy Yan is a member of Standard & Poor's Structured Finance Product Management and Marketing group, handling event planning, advertising, promotion and marketing analysis. She has also worked with Perry Ellis Menswear's retail-marketing department and in the media planning department of Young & Rubicam advertising agency.

Production Coordinator Hoa Duong

Hoa Duong has coordinated numerous community health, education, research, media, and development projects in the U.S. and abroad for 8 years. She conducted the oral history project Conversations with Survivors of the Killing Fields to document Cambodian refugee women's experiences escaping the Khmer Rouge regime and subsequent life in America. Hoa co-produced the multi-lingual public health video Tuberculosis: The Illness, Lifestyle, and Treatment to educate Laotian, Vietnamese, and Cambodian residents. Hoa received the Commitment to Social Change in the City Award. She is also founder of the Pan Asian American Community House at the University of Pennsylvania, where she earned degrees in Urban Studies & Philosophy, Politics, and Economics.