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Shaun Kadlec talks about Born This Way

LGBT Studies, African(a) 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.



Amir Bar-Lev talks about Happy Valley

Sociology of Sports, American Studies, Criminal Justice, Filmmaking


Amir Bar-Lev’s most recent film, Happy Valley, premiered at Sundance 2014. This award-winning documentary is a multidimensional look at this complicated and tragic tale of the sexual abuse scandal at Penn State, and creates a parable of guilt, responsibility, and identity for a small town caught in the

glare of the national spotlight. Amir Bar-Lev’s directorial debut, Fighter, was named one of the top documentaries of the year by Newsweek, Rolling Stone, and The Village Voice..Bar-Lev’s second film, My Kid Could Paint That, was released internationally by Sony Pictures Classics in 2007, with broadcast on Starz, A&E and BBC. He co-produced Trouble The Water, about Hurricane Katrina which was a 2009 Academy Award Nominee. He also directed The Tillman Story, a feature documentary about NFL safety Pat Tillman, who joined the Army Rangers in 2002 and was killed in a friendly fire incident two years later. The Tillman Story was named the top documentary of 2010 by The San Francisco Critics' Circle, The Florida Critics' Circle, and The St. Louis Critics' Circle, the National Board of Review Documentary award, the PGA Documentary award, and the Cinema Eye Audience Choice award.



Linda Goldstein Knowlton talks about Somewhere Between

Documentary Filmmaking, Adoption Studies, Asian American Studies


Linda co-directed and co-produced the feature-length documentary, The World According to Sesame Street. The film examines Sesame Street's international co-productions, made primarily in some of the world's political hotspots, including Kosovo, Bangladesh, and South Africa. The film made its World

Premiere in competition at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival as an Official Selection in the U.S. Documentary category. Previously, Goldstein Knowlton produced the New Zealand film Whale Rider (2002), which was the winner of the Audience Awards at Toronto, Sundance, Rotterdam, Seattle, San Francisco, and Maui film festivals. Born and raised in Chicago, Goldstein Knowlton studied neuroscience at Brown University. She worked raising funds for film preservation at The American Film Institute, in Washington, D.C., and, later, in Los Angeles. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and daughter.



Filmmaker Amir Bar-Lev
talks about Happy Valley

03.25.2015 @ Erie Art Museum


Filmmaker Grace Lee talks about American Revolutionary

04.22.2016 @ Tucson Chinese Cultural Center
03.22.2016 @ University of Sydney
03.10.2016 @ De Anza Community College
05.16.2015 @ Occidental Colleges
03.23.2015 @ Bloomfield College
03.18.2015 @ Carlow University
02.19.2015 @ Grossmont College
02.03.2014 @ UC Davis
03.28.2014 @ Indiana University


Filmmaker Wendy J.N. Lee talks
about Pad Yatra- A Green Odyssey

04.11.2015 @ ASIANetwork
04.02.2015 @ Yale University
10.21.2015 @ Illinois Weslyan University 
12.07.2015 @ Augustana College


Filmmaker Richard Ray Perez talks about Cesar's Last Fast

03.21.2016 @ Texas A&M University
11.10.2015 @ Texas A&M University
02.19.2015 @ Allegheny College
11.03.2014 @ South Texas College
02.17.2014 @ University of Arizona


Filmmaker Renee Tajima-Peña
talks about No Más Bebés

02.18.2016 @ Southwestern University
04.19.2016 @ Indiana University


Producer Virginia Espino
talks about No Más Bebés

03.02.2016 @ San Jose State University 
Southwestern University

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.



Virginia Espino talks about No Más Bebés

Asian American Studies, Latina Studies, Social Documentary


Virginia Espino is a native daughter of California, born and raised in northeastern Los Angeles. She is an interviewer, project coordinator, and historian of Latina and Latino history for UCLA’s Center for Oral History Research. Her oral history series La Batalla Está Aquí: The Chicano/a Movement in Los Angeles

relates the intimate, eyewitness stories of those who brought radical activism to the streets of Southern California during the Vietnam War era. Her oral history series Mexican American Civil Rights Pioneers documents 1960s civic activism and its precursors in the Los Angeles and Southwest of the 1940s and 50s. In addition to interviewing, Espino teaches oral history theory and methodology in the Southern California region and is an active member in both the Southwest Oral History Association and the Oral History Association. Several of her essays have been published in the Chicano Studies Journal, Aztlan. Her doctoral research on the history of coercive sterilization at the Los Angeles-USC Medical Center provided the impetus for the documentary film, No Más Bebés/No More Babies, for which she is a Producer and Lead Historian. 



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. Mr. 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. Mr. 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. Mr. 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. Mr. 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.



Julie Wyman talks about STRONG!

Documentary Filmmaking, Gender Studies, Body Image


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.

Renee Tajima-Peña talks about No Más Bebés

Asian American Studies, Latina Studies, Social 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.