SASHA FRIEDLANDER – DIRECTOR/PRODUCER/CINEMATOGRAPHER/EDITOR
Sasha Friedlander is a filmmaker based in both Brooklyn, NY and Berkeley, CA. Sasha completed her BA from UCLA in 2007, and received her MFA in Social Documentary Film from the School of Visual Arts in New York in 2011. After UCLA, Sasha received a Darmasiswa Fellowship to study at the Indonesian Art Institute in Bali. While in Indonesia, Sasha began an internship at Bali TV, and because of her fluency in the Indonesian language, was asked to join a team of journalists from the BBC and the Bali Post to launch the first edition of the International Bali Post. Inspired by a brief trip she took to Kawah Ijen crater in East Java in 2009, she returned to Indonesia a year later, to produce Where Heaven Meets Hell, her first feature documentary film, which was selected for funding and co-production by ITVS. Where Heaven Meets Hell has won numerous awards including the Grand Jury Prize for Best Feature Documentary Film and a Special Jury award for Outstanding Cinematography at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, and the Halekulani Golden Orchid Award for Best Documentary Feature at the Hawaii International Film Festival. At the One World International Human Rights Film Festival in Prague, the Václav Havel Jury gave a Special Mention Award to the film for being a documentary that has made an exceptional contribution to the defense of human rights. The Alliance of Women Film Journalists (AWFJ) awarded Friedlander with an EDA Award for Documentary Artistry at the Salem Film Festival in March 2013.
BAO NGUYEN – CO-PRODUCER/CINEMATOGRAPHER
Bao Nguyen is an accomplished photographer and filmmaker whose past clients have included the New York Times, Rolling Stone, MTV, Vogue, HBO, MoMA, ARTE, PBS, among many others. He directed and produced two award-winning PSAs raising Hepatitis B awareness in the Asian-American community, airing on major broadcast channels in both LA and San Francisco. He served as a Director of Photography on Saigon Electric, a narrative feature film about hip-hop in Vietnam that recently won the Silver Kite Award for Best Film at the Golden Kite Awards, Vietnam’s equivalent of the Oscars. He recently worked as the Director of Photography on the upcoming PBS project about the first Vietnamese-American Congressman Joseph Cao. He received his BA from NYU and his MFA in Social Documentary Film from the School of Visual Arts.
DAVID OSIT – CO-PRODUCER/COMPOSER/SOUND RECORDIST
David Osit is a producer/director and composer whose work and music has appeared on Arte, PBS, HBO, TLC, CNN and Channel4 among others, and whose clients have included both commercial and non-profit entities. David received his bachelor’s degree at the Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies at the University of Michigan, and studied refugee law at the American University of Cairo before pursuing a career in filmmaking, receiving his MFA in Social Documentary Film from the School of Visual Arts in 2011. His first feature documentary film, Building Babel, will be broadcast on PBS in 2013