The Team

Stephen MaingDirector/Producer/Cinematographer/Editor

Stephen Maing is a New York-based filmmaker. He is a fellow of the Sundance Institute’s Documentary Film Program and a grant recipient of the MacArthur Foundation, New York State Council on the Arts, and the Independent Television Service. His filmmaking merges an interest in underrepresented individuals and communities, and the ever-evolving considerations of identity, visual language and narrative structures. He recently co-directed and edited the half-hour New York Times documentary Hers to Lose - one of the first long-form style film projects produced at the Times. He edited and co-produced the award-winning documentary Lioness and directed the narrative film Little Hearts. His recent film High Tech, Low Life won Best Documentary awards at the Independent Film Festival of Boston and the Little Rock Film Festival, and Best Cinematography at the Woods Hole Film Festival. Stephen works as a cinematographer, editor and director on documentary and narrative films and teaches classes in documentary cinematography at the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston. 

Trina Rodriguez – Producer

Trina is a graduate of The New School’s Documentary Studies program. Her work has appeared in festivals and museums and her short film Our Lady Queen of Harlem screened at MoMA’s Documentary Fortnight and is being distributed by Third World Newsreel. She works as a freelance editor and producer in New York City.

Richard Liang – Co-producer

Richard Liang is an independent film producer. In 2010, his feature documentary project “The Next Life” was selected for the Asian Side of the Doc, Hong Kong FilMart. In 2008, his feature film project “My Shambhala” was selected for the Tokyo Project Gathering, TIFFCOM. During 2005 – 2007 He worked as Line Producer on “Stories of the Misty Mountains”, a TVE feature documentary about China’s wild western provinces.

Jonathan Oppenheim – Co-Editor/Editing Consultant

Jonathan Oppenheim’s editing credits include Children Underground, which was nominated for an Oscar and won the Sundance Special Jury Prize, and Paris Is Burning, awarded the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance as well as the New York Film Critics, Los Angeles Film Critics and IDA Awards. Among Oppenheim’s other credits are: Sister Helen, Youssou Ndour: I Bring What I Love, Out of the Shadow (PBS), Caught in the Crossfire (PBS), and Phyllis and Harold. He was the editor of Arguing The World, which received a Peabody Award. Most recently, Oppenheim edited and co-produced The Oath, a highly acclaimed psychological portrait of Osama bin Laden’s former bodyguard.

Eric Daniel Metzger – Editing Consultant

Eric is an Emmy-nominated documentary filmmaker. In 2005, he completed his first feature-length documentary film, the critically acclaimed and Independent Spirit Award-nominated The Chances of the World Changing (POV). His second film, Life. Support. Music. was also broadcast on POV. His third directorial effort, Reporter, which follows Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof through Congo, premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival in the U.S. Documentary Competition. Metzgar is also an award-winning cinematographer and has shot for several Oscar-nominated directors.

Anne Marie Stein – Consulting Producer

Anne Marie is currently Dean of Professional and Continuing Education at The Massachusetts College of Art and Design. From 2001 to 2005 she was Director of Development for Northern Light Productions, a documentary film production company, and was Executive Director of the Boston Film/Video Foundation from 1987 to 2001. Before that, she lived and worked for seven years in Paris, France, where she was Director of the Center for Media Art at the American Center for Students and Artists. She has served on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the National Coalition for Media Arts (NAMAC), was a co-founder of the Boston International Festival of Women’s Cinema and co-director of the New England Film and Video Festival.

Sally Jo Fifer – Executive Producer for ITVS
Meng Xie – Field Producer
Yuanming Chen – Field Producer
Zoe Meng Jiang – Head Researcher
Robb Moss – Creative Advisor
Laura Poitras – Editing Consultant
Jean Tsien – Editing Consultant
Rebecca MacKinnon – Academic Advisor
Richard Gordon – Academic Advisor
Xiao Chen – Translation/Research
Austin Woerner – Translation/Research

And a HUGE THANKS to all the amazing Kickstarter supporters who helped make this film possible!  A full list can be seen here.