Production Team

Production Team

Deann Borshay Liem

Deann Borshay Liem (Director, Producer, Writer) has over twenty years experience working in development, production and distribution of independent documentaries.  She is Producer, Director, and Writer for the Emmy Award-nominated documentary, First Person Plural (Sundance, 2000), and Executive Producer for Spencer Nakasako’s Kelly Loves Tony (PBS, 1998) and AKA Don Bonus (PBS, 1996, Emmy Award). She served as Co-Producer for Special Circumstances (PBS, 2009) which follows Chilean exile, Hector Salgado, as he attempts to reconcile with former interrogators and torturers in Chile.  She was the former director of the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM) where she supervised the development, distribution and broadcast of new films for public television and worked with Congress to support minority representation in public media.  A Sundance Institute Fellow and a recipient of a Rockefeller Film/Video Fellowship, Deann is the Director, Producer and Writer of the new feature-length documentary, IN THE MATTER OF CHA JUNG HEE.  She is currently Executive Director of Katahdin Productions, a non-profit documentary production company based in Berkeley and Los Angeles, California.

Charlotte Lagarde

Charlotte Lagarde (Producer) is the award-winning Producer/Director of Heart of the Sea: Kapolioka’ehukai (2002), a documentary about the Hawaiian surfing legend, Rell Sunn, which won numerous awards including the Audience Award at the San Francisco International Film Festival, Best Documentary Award at the Ashland Independent Film Festival and the 2003 PBS Independent Lens Audience Award. Her most recent project, Beautiful Son, which chronicles one family’s journey to find treatment for their autistic son. Lagarde's productions Voting in America (2004), Every Child Should Have a Chance (2001), Tribal Sovereignty: Unplugged (1998) and Juvenile Justice: Unplugged (1997), are distributed in public schools throughout the United States. Her films Swell (1996), about four generations of  female surfers (Gold Apple from the National Educational Media Network) and Zeuf (1994), a documentary about a woman surfer's struggle with breast cancer (Directors' Choice award at the Black Maria Film and Video Festival) were broadcast on PBS stations and the Sundance Channel. Lagarde was the executive producer of Reporter Zero, nominated for Best Documentary at the 2006 Berlin International Film Festival. Lagarde holds an MA in documentary filmmaking from Stanford University.

Michael Chin

(Director of Photography) has over twenty years of experience photographing documentary and feature films. He has served as Director of Photography for Eyes On The Prize 1&2; America's War On Poverty; The Great Depression; Academy Award-winning, In The Shadow of The Stars; Dancing; A Hymn For Alvin Ailey; Malcom X: Make it Plain; Irish In America; Cadillac Desert, Yesterday's Tomorrow (Showtime); Africans In America; America's Hero: The Joe Dimaggio Story; First Person Plural; The Floating World of Masami Teraoka; Zoot Suit; The Roman Empire in the First Century; Chicago: City of the Century; Peter and Paul-The River and the Rock, among many others. His feature film credits include: Wayne Wang's Chan is Missing and Dim Sum, Philip Gotanda's The Kiss and Life Tastes Good; Raoul Peck's Haitian Corner, and Lawrence Hott's The Boyhood of John Muir.

Byung Ho Lee

(Cinematographer) has extensive experience in the commercial and independent film industry as a Director of Photography in Korea. Award winning films where he was a Director of Photography are: 2002 Late Night (Music Video) which won First Prize at the Korea Festival; 2001 Looking for Bruce Lee by Director Lone Gong where it was awarded ‘Best Camera’ at various international film festivals (Thailand, Japan); and 1999 Shoot the Sun by Lyric (documentary film) by Director Jae Hong Jo. Other Korean narratives and documentaries include: 2009 Magic demonstration video; In the Matter of Cha Jung Hee by Director Deann Borshay Liem; 2006 Brothers by Director Joo Heon Lee, Producer Yaimoto and Japanese actor/producer Hakuryu; 2004 Yin by Director Wes Miron.

JT Takagi

(Sound Recordist) is a much sought-after Sound Recordist having worked on numerous award-winning documentaries, including Spike Lee's Four Little Girls, American Master's Paul Robeson, and American Experiences' Marcus Garvey and Massachusett's 54th. In the past year, she has recorded sound for Citizen King for Roja Productions/ American Experience, Sweet Honey in the Rock for Firelight Media, Mali to Mississippi/History of the Blues for Blues, Inc., Maters of Race Series for Roja Productions for PBS, and Role Reversal for Optomen USA for A&E. Takagi has also directed and produced a number of films, including Homes Apart: Korea, and with Hye Jung Park, The Women Outside, both of which have focused on Korea and the impact of the Cold War, the militarization of the Korean peninsula, and the role of the U.S. in contemporary Korean history.

Vivien Hillgrove

(Editor) has over 40 years of experience as an editor for both narrative feature films and documentaries. Her documentary credits include Lourdes Portillo's The Devil Never Sleeps, Senorita Extraviada, and Corpus: A Home Movie For Selena; First Person Plural by Deann Borshay Liem; Homeland: Four Portraits of Native Action by Roberta Grossman; Heart of the Sea; and Future of Food. She was also music editor for the Academy Award winning documentary, Broken Rainbow. The narrative feature films she has edited include Henry and June (picture editor) and The Unbearable Lightness of Being (picture editor and supervising dialogue editor) by Phil Kaufman. She was supervising dialogue editor for Blue Velvet by David Lynch, The Mosquito Coast by Peter Weir, and Amadeus by Milos Forman. She also served as dialogue editor for The Right Stuff and Never Cry Wolf, and as picture editor for Emiko Omori's Hot Summer Winds.

Todd Boekelheide

(Composer) started working in film in 1974 at American Zoetrope, Francis Ford Coppola’s production company in San Francisco.  In 1974 he worked as an assistant editor on Star Wars, and went on to edit picture and sound on The Black Stallion.  This film kindled an interest in film music, so he began music studies at Mills College.  As he began to develop his film-scoring career, he also specialized as a rerecording mixer, and won an Oscar for mixing the music on Amadeus.  He has scored several feature films, including Dim Sum and Nina Takes a Lover, and documentaries, notably Hearts of Darkness:  A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse.  In 1999 he won an Emmy for his score for the documentary Kids of Survival:  The Life and Art of Tim Rollins and the KOS.  Up-to-date credits information can be found at www.tobomusic.com.

Jongsuk Lee

(Production Manager) served as First Assistant Director for the Korean feature film, Return, by Lee Kyu-man which was released theatrically in South Korea in 2007. He was Assistant Director and Script Supervisor for a narrative/music video short film, Back, by Kim Sung Soo, featured at the Daum Internet Film Festival, and Assistant Director/Casting Supervisor for the short film, Blind Battle, by Kim Sung Soo. He is the Producer/Director of Sister Sound, a portrait of a Korean activist women's drumming group in Oakland, California and Dream, a short stop motion animation film about a young boy's dreams (winner of UC Berkeley's Student Film Festival Award, Eisner Film Festival Award). A graduate of UC Berkeley's film program, he currently lives in Seoul, South Korea.

Chelsea Walton

(Assistant Editor) is an editor and animator. Her short films are screened internationally and nationally and in museums, alleys, backyards, and driveways. She has an M.F.A in Cinema from San Francisco State University and is an Apple Certified Trainer of Final Cut Pro. When not editing or animating she teaches animation and Final Cut Pro classes in the San Francisco Bay Area www.chelseawalton.com.

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