For this project, I was so fortunate to have friends who are professionals in their field to assist me on this project.
Dr. Toni Shapiro-Phim
Toni received her Ph.D from Cornell University in cultural anthropology, exploring the relationship between war, migration and the arts, and worked in refugee camps in Indonesia and Thailand with people who had come from Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. She has conducted ethnographic research in Cambodian communities in Southeast Asia and the U.S. She has also designed and implemented public arts, educational and documentation programs in diverse settings, and has held teaching and research appointments at the University of California-Berkeley, San Jose State University, Yale University and Mills College. Toni currently teaches part-time in the anthropology and dance departments at Bryn Mawr College. She’s participated in trainings with the Peacebuilding and the Arts initiative of Brandeis University, and is a founding member of the Cambodia/Southeast Asia Working Group at Rutgers University’s Center for the Study of Genocide and Human Rights. A dance ethnologist with a particular specialization in the performing arts of Southeast Asia, her dissertation, books and other publications focus on the history and cultural context of dance around the world, particularly in relation to violence, migration, conflict resolution and gender concerns.
Hieu Tran – Lead Videographer
Hieu Tran received a Bachelor of Science in Game Art and Design from Art Insitution of Los Angles. His latest film he worked on as Cinematography on Beyond Yesterday 2018. His past film also include Wissahickon Night 2017.
Hieu is a partner of Phoenix & Hawk Studios Inc., a start-up company in Philadelphia, PA to provide production services.
Phuong Nguyen – Videographer
Phuong received a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Temple University and a Master of Science degree in Organizational Development and Leadership from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. In 2013, Phuong was the Festival Director for the Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival and is a former board member of the organization. Phuong is currently a board member of the Philadelphia Women in Film and Television (PWIFT). Phuong is also the Co-Founder and Executive Director of The Women’s Film Festival in Philadelphia, PA that helps support women in film and television both behind and in front of the camera. She has also worked as a production consultant for a short film piece called “In My Little Corner of the World, Anyone Would Love You” that was presented in London in spring 2016. She was chosen to be a film juror for QFlix Film Festival 2016. Phuong is interested in many things including film, business, theater, the arts, music, dance, culture, health, and community development, just to name a few. Phuong is a partner of Phoenix & Hawk Studios Inc., a start-up company in Philadelphia, PA aiming to provide production needs to those worldwide.