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Not only are our filmmakers good at making documentaries, they're good at talking about them. Their lively and engaging presentations help students learn more about the issues and at the same time learn about the process of filmmaking.

 

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March 27, 2017

Renee Tajima-Peña

Rutgers University

March 22, 2017

Wendy J.N. Lee

University of the Pacific

October 27, 2016

Virginia Espino

Young Women United/UNM

October 25, 2016

Renee Tajima-Peña

University of Redlands

October 13, 2016

Renee Tajima-Peña

Cedar Crest College

October 12, 2016

Renee Tajima-Peña

Drexel University

May 24, 2016

Renee Tajima-Peña

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

May 16, 2016

Grace Lee

Occidental College

May 2, 2016

Virginia Espino

University of Chicago

April 28, 2016

Renee Tajima-Peña

Princeton University

April 22, 2016

Grace Lee

Tucson Chinese Cultural Center

April 19, 2016

Renee Tajima-Peña

Indiana University

April 5, 2016

Virginia Espino

University of Denver

March 30, 2016

Richard Ray Perez

Cal State San Marcos

March 21, 2016

Richard Ray Perez

Texas A&M University

March 10, 2016

Grace Lee

De Anza Community College

March 10, 2016

Renee Tajima-Peña

UW Oshkosh

March 2, 2016

Virginia Espino

San Jose State University

February 18, 2016

Renee Tajima-Peña

Southwestern University

February 16, 2016

Wendy J.N. Lee

Davidson College

February 6, 2016

Shaun Kadlec

LGBTQ Awareness Day

December 7, 2015

Wendy J.N. Lee

Augustana College

November 10, 2015

Richard Ray Perez

Texas A&M University

October 21, 2015

Wendy J.N. Lee

Illinois Weslyan University

April 11, 2015

Wendy J.N. Lee

ASIANetwork

April 2, 2015

Wendy J.N. Lee

Yale University

March 25, 2015

Amir Bar-Lev

Erie Art Museum

March 23, 2015

Grace Lee

Bloomfield College

March 18, 2015

Grace Lee

Carlow University

February 19, 2015

Richard Ray Perez

Allegheny College

February 19, 2015

Grace Lee

Grossmont College

March 28, 2014

Grace Lee

Indiana University

February 17, 2014

Richard Ray Perez

University of Arizona

February 3, 2014

Grace Lee

UC Davis

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Julie Wyman talks about STRONG!

Gender Studies, Body Image, Filmmaking

Julie Wyman is an award-winning filmmaker, performer, writer, and professor. Her lively, engaging and participatory workshops have been featured events at many universities, galleries and conferences nationally and internationally. Wyman’s new documentary STRONG! has been spotlighted on PBS, CBS, ESPN, and at festivals nationwide. Her films include A Boy Named Sue (2000) which aired on Showtime, the MTV’s Logo TV, won the 2001 Sappho Award for Best Documentary and was nominated for the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation’s Media Award for Best Documentary. Her work has shown at venues including MoMA/New York, The British Film Institute, The Museum of Fine Arts/Boston, and the Wadsworth Athenaeum, Hartford. Wyman holds an MFA from the University of California, San Diego. She is currently a Professor of DigitalFilmmaking in the Cinema and Technocultural Studies Department at UC Davis.

Vonda Viland talks about The Bad Kids

Education, At-Risk Youth, Sociology, Adolescent Development, Leadership.

Vonda has led the Morongo Unified School District’s alternative program for at-risk students for the past five years, working with students who have been disenfranchised from the traditional school system. Approximately 90% of her student body lives below the poverty level with many struggling to deal with issues no child should have to face, including abuse, neglect, parenthood, depression, anxiety, and addiction. She and her staff have developed an individualized program where they work to educate the child, not just teach the curriculum. Vonda's presentations and workshops center around the new Sundance award-winning documentary film The Bad Kids, which features her educational approach and offers viewers a practical model for how public education can address and combat the crippling effects of poverty in the lives of American schoolchildren. Vonda has presented numerous staff development programs, including California Middle School Symposium trainings on portfolio development and integrated instruction and district trainings on rubric development and utilization with her presentations ‘The Good Things They Do’ and ‘The Power of Positive.’

Renee Tajima-Peña talks about No Más Bebés

Asian American Studies, Latina Studies, Social Issue and Historical Documentary

Renee Tajima-Peña is an Academy Award nominated filmmaker whose credits include Who Killed Vincent Chin? , MY AMERICA...or Honk if You Love Buddha, Calavera Highway, The New Americans: Mexico Story, Labor Women, The Last Beat Movie, and The Best Hotel on Skid Row. Her new film and transmedia project No Más Bebés (No More Babies) premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival. Tajima-Peña’s films have screened at the Cannes Film Festival, New Directors/New Films, Sundance Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, the Whitney Biennial and many other venues. Tajima-Peña teaches social documentary at UCLA, where she is a professor of Asian American Studies, the director of the Center for EthnoCommunications and holds an endowed chair in Japanese American Studies. Prior to UCLA, she was a professor of Film & Digital Media at UC Santa Cruz, where she was co-founder and graduate director of the Graduate Program in Social Documentation. 

Rodrigo Reyes talks about Lupe and Purgatorio

Latinx Experience, Border Studies, Film Studies, Migrant Workers

The grandson of migrant farmworkers, Rodrigo works as a Spanish Interpreter in the Criminal Courts. His GOOD TALKS focuses on challenging preconceived notions of migration and borders. He directed Purgatorio, a bold and compelling journey into the heart of the U.S./Mexico border that challenges audiences to reevaluate their notions of this conflicted space. The film has toured more than 40 festivals around the world. His latest work, Lupe Under the Sun, is a neorealist film following an aging migrant worker living in California, who longs to return to Mexico before it is too late. Featuring a cast of real farmworkers and authentic locations, Lupe tackles issues of depression, homesickness and the immigrant myth of the American Dream. Rodrigo has received the support of Tribeca Film Institute, Sundance Institute, Film Independent, both IFP Filmmaker Narrative and Documentary Labs, California Council for the Humanities and more. He is a MacDowell Colony Fellow and in 2013 was named one of the 25 New Faces of Independent Film by Filmmaker Magazine. 

Richard Ray Perez talks about Cesar's Last Fast

Civil Rights & Democracy, Chicano/Latino Experience, Documentary Filmmaking

In addition to his work as Director, Writer and Executive Producer of Cesar’s Last Fast, Richard Ray Perez has been a featured speaker, panelist and moderator a Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, Skoll World Forum, Sundance Film Festival, and the Los Angeles Congress for Religious Education. His work, speeches and presentations address the role of documentary film in creating social change and are informed by his 14 year career as a documentary film director and producer. Perez’s film work includes executive producing the multiplatform documentary series In Their Boots a 29-episode project about the impact the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have on communities across America. The series was nominated for a 2009 International Documentary Association Award for best single subject documentary series, and began broadcasting on Public Television Stations across the U.S. in July 2010. Perez also produced and directed the seminal political documentary Unprecedented: The 2000 Presidential Election, which The Los Angeles Times called “a riveting story about the undermining of democracy in America.” Unprecedented was an official selection at over 50 international film festivals, winner of nine festival awards and premiered on the Sundance Channel in 2004. Perez was also the co-executive producer of The Freedom Fils, Season II, a 9-episode documentary series about the impact civil liberties violations have on the daily lives of real people. The Freedom Files was broadcast on Public Television Stations throughout the U.S. in 2007. Perez is currently a senior staffer in the Documentary Film Program at Sundance institute and holds an A.B. in Visual and Environmental Studies from Harvard University.

Wendy J.N. Lee talks about Pad Yatra

Himalayas, Volunteerism, Asian American Experience, Buddhism / Spirituality in Action, Women and Filmmaking

Wendy J.N. Lee is a writer/director from Los Angeles, California. Her debut documentary feature film, PAD YATRA: A Green Odyssey, is an environmental adventure documentary (executive produced by Michelle Yeoh, narrated by Daryl Hannah) with nearly a dozen awards to date, including Best Documentary and several Audience Awards. The film will be released at the end of 2013. Lee’s award-winning fiction short, Three Times Me, (2010) screened at 30 film festivals around the world, including Seattle International Film Festival, and her music videos have been distributed by MTV Networks and Fox Searchlight. Lee has also worked with Vanity Fair, Coca-Cola, and Cisco Systems on a variety of projects. Lee is an alumna of Film Independent's talent lab, Project:Involve (2009), USC School of Cinematic Arts MFA Program (2008), and Boston College (2003). While she is currently writing the screenplay for her next feature film, she volunteers regularly in the Himalayas, and hobbies include surfing, performing improv & stand-up comedy. Wendy has presented and spoken at University of Oxford (UK),  University of London (UK), Columbia University, Yale University, the ASIANetwork Conference, the NYCAS Conference, and at several other schools throughout the US. She has presented and sat on panels at numerous international film festivals and events. 

Grace Lee talks about American Revolutionary

Asian American Experience, Women in Politics, Documentary Filmmaking

Grace Lee is a Los Angeles-based filmmaker of both fiction and documentary films. She is currently producing and directing an episode for the PBS MAKERS series on Women and Politics to air in Fall 2014. Her recent feature film about the 2012 Presidential campaign, Janeane From Des Moines, premiered at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival. Prior to that, she wrote and directed American Zombie, which premiered at Slamdance and SXSW before being released by Cinema Libre. She also produced and directed The Grace Lee Project, a feature documentary on Asian American identity and stereotypes that was broadcast on Sundance Channel and is distributed by Women Make Movies. Grace received her MFA in Directing from UCLA. Grace is a nationally sought out speaker and guest lecturer on documentary filmmaking, the Asian American experience, and women in film. She has presented her work nationally and internationally at venues including the PEN/Faulkner Center, Sundance Film Festival, UC Berkeley Center for Korean & Asian American Studies and the Smithsonian.

Shaun Kadlec talks about Born This Way

LGBT Studies, Africana Studies

After completing a degree in musicology at Carleton College (focusing on twentieth-century experimental music), Shaun spent a year in Sri Lanka on a Fulbright fellowship studying the country’s ethnic conflict. He made his first documentary during that time, a short piece on the murder of a prominent Sri Lankan journalist. Since then, Shaun has produced and directed short documentaries and commercials around the world. Born This Way, his first feature-length documentary, premiered at the 2013 Berlin International Film Festival and won the Outfest Grand Jury Award for Outstanding Documentary Feature.