Key Crew Biographies
Carol Liu (writer/director/producer) was born and raised in Los Angeles and spent her formative summers in China. She graduated from Stanford University, where she was a Chappell-Lougee Scholar, with a degree in creative writing. She received her MFA in writing and directing from New York University’s Graduate Film Program, where she was awarded several distinctions, including the Dalio Family Foundation Scholarship for Excellence, Tisch Scholarship, and Alan Landsburg Documentary Production Award. While studying Classical Chinese and Modern Chinese Literature at Tsinghua University’s IUP language program, she produced her first feature project, Restoring the Light. The film has been presented at the United States Embassy in China, the World Health Organization, the Chinese Ministry of Health, the United States Consulate General’s Residence Special Dinner in Northeast China, and at various universities in China and the United States, among other venues. Restoring the Light has also toured international film festivals, receiving nominations for Best Documentary Feature at the Hawaii International Film Festival and the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, and was an official selection of the Beijing International Film Festival and United Nations Association Film Festival. Carol is currently based in Beijing, China, where she is writing and developing Chinese-language fiction film projects.
Walt Louie (editor) has been in the broadcast media business since 1974. His experience is as diverse as his expertise in the field of broadcast and communication arts. Originally from San Francisco he has worked on productions in Beijing, Kyoto, Amsterdam, Düsseldorf, Hawaii, England, and for over thirty years in Los Angeles. As a freelance editor, Walt Louie has edited award-winning documentaries and independent films. His documentary work includes Forbidden City, U.S.A produced by Arthur Dong, winner of Best Documentary of the Decade at the Hawaii International Film Festival. During his time as a DGA Associate Director, he supervised the finishing of prime-time sitcoms, including The Cosby Show, A Different World, and Growing Pains. More recently, Walt was instrumental in the recut of The Slanted Screen for its PBS broadcast. Walt received a regional Emmy for co-producing and editing Superkids, a weekly series for the CBS affiliate. His film studio clients have included Buena Vista Studios, TriStar Pictures, Columbia Pictures, and Twentieth Century Fox.
Clarissa de los Reyes (cinematographer) Born and raised in Manila, Philippines, Clarissa de los Reyes attended NYU’s Graduate Film program. Her work at NYU brought her several scholarships and awards including the 2006 Sara Driver Production Award, the 2006 New York Women in Film and Television Production Grant, the Maurice Kanbar Scholarship, the Tisch Graduate Assistantship for Cinematography and an Honorable Mention at the 2007 Director’s Guild of America Student Awards East Coast Division. She was also selected to be a part of the 6th Edition of the Berlinale Talent Campus. Clarissa de los Reyes has served as Director of Photography for several short films, documentaries and industrials, and has recently been nominated for the ASC Heritage Award for her work as a cinematographer. Most recently, she worked as 2nd Camera Operator for John Sayles latest film “Amigo.” She is currently working on her first feature-length screenplay and editing her latest short film.
Andrew Troy (Sound Editor and Rerecording Mixer) Andrew’s combined creative and technical background has been pivotal in managing and growing his various companies within the entertainment industry and over the past decade, he has worn many hats: Producer, Director, Post-Production Supervisor, Music Producer, VFX Supervisor, Technical Director, and Sound Mixing Engineer, in addition to President and CEO. Prominent entertainment clients include Dream Works, 20th Century Fox, Disney, HBO, New Line Cinema, and Sony Screen Gems. Additional recent credits include: The Fighter, Secret Shane Salerno Project, X-Men:Wolverine, Hairspray, Resident Evil: Extinction, Wild Russia (Nature Series), The Sopranos (47 Episodes), Bones (TV Series), Acid Test: A Global Challenge, Jock, The Devil and Daniel Johnson, On the Run, and Sugar.
Daniel Rojas (composer) Guitarist and composer Daniel Rojas was born and raised in Costa Rica into a musical family. He received a full-tuition scholarship to attend the prestigious jazz program at the University of North Texas, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree in Jazz Arranging & Composition. In 2009, along with audio engineer Justin Shelton, he co-founded Vesper Sound Productions in Dallas, TX. Working between Texas and New York, Daniel composed and arranged extensively for orchestra, big band, short films, trailers, news broadcasts and dozens of commercials and TV shows; including work for the National Geographic Television and CNN Headline News. Rojas has assisted German film composer Klaus Badelt (Pirates of the Caribbean, Gladiator, Beijing Olympics) in more than 20 feature films, video-games and live shows. During his time with Badelt, Daniel has also worked on the arrangement of songs by Bryan Adams, Peter Gabriel and the multiple time Academy-Award winning duo of Alan Menken and Sir Tim Rice. He currently works out of Klaus’s Theme Park Studios in Santa Monica, CA.
Tina Guo (featured cello soloist) Tina Guo has an international multi-faceted performing career as a solo classical cellist, rock/metal/fusion electric cellist, and acclaimed recording artist known for her distinctive sound and improvisatory style in major motion picture and television scores. Tina’s musical education commenced at the age of 3, when she began her piano studies in Shanghai, China. After coming to America at the age of 5, she began violin lessons with her mother and later switched to cello under the instruction of her father, Lu-Yan Guo. Tina recently recorded solo cello for John Legend and Tila Tequila, played on the soundtrack for Hancock, Inception, Battle: Los Angeles, Clash of the Titans, Predators, The Fast and the Furious, and on the TV shows Family Guy, American Dad, King of the Hill, among many others. Tina has appeared as a soloist with the San Diego Symphony, the State of Mexico National Symphony, the Thessaloniki State Symphony in Greece, the Bari Symphony in Italy, the Petrobras Symphony and the Barra Mansa Symphony in Brazil, and the Vancouver Island Symphony in British Columbia.
Lang Kehua (line producer) started working in film 16 years ago, when she joined as an English-speaking assistant to director Joan Saffa’s documentary about a cancer club in China. She later collaborated with another American film crew on a documentary about tourism in China. That project took her to Hunan province and Mao’s hometown, which afforded her an opportunity to critically evaluate the shift in what Mao represents to the Chinese people, given the rapid economic changes of these past few decades. She is currently preparing her own documentary about a Flying Tiger Chinese pilot, who left for Taiwan and came back to China, only to face imprisonment by the same country he helped to save during WWII. Besides her film work, Lang Kehua is an English-to-Chinese translator of several books and is a librarian based in Beijing.
Connie M. Florez (publicist) has taught in film studies since 2006 at the University of Hawaii-Manoa, the Academy for Creative Media. She is the founder of Hula Girl Productions LLC and has produced for Honolulu Symphony Productions in music and film such titles as: “Princess Kaiulani” and “Hiromi in Love,” feature projects released by Lionsgate, Roadside Attractions, Music Gate and Warner Music Group. Connie is directing and producing the feature documentary project titled “The Glades Project.” She is also mentoring and executive producing through Pacific Islanders in Communications (National PBS Consortia) for the feature documentary project titled “Tongan Tatatau.” Her awards include the CINE Golden Eagle Award and The Accolade Award for documentaries and pilot projects such as “State of Aloha” and “The Willing.”
Simon Lee (story consultant) has been involved in film and video production for over 10 years. He began working as a runner in London’s Soho on various independent productions, including the shooting and editing of a video for a disability organization. He later moved to Hong Kong, where he joined CNN International for 2 years as a video editor and director for Live TV shows. Since 2003, Simon has been based in Beijing, China, where he first served as ZDF’s East Asia Bureau Editor for news, reportage and documentary films, and later began his own freelance production company.
Ryan Walsh (assistant editor china) graduated from the University of Tasmania’s prestigious School of Art & Conservatorium of Music with a Bachelors in Time-Based Multimedia, following a sponsored study abroad program to the City University of Hong Kong’s School of Creative Media in 2009. Working as a professional editor & filmmaker from an early age alongside his studies, Ryan now heads the post-production department at an international film service company in Beijing.
Minda Paglinawan (communications manager) is an Editorial Coordinator at the Therapeutic Research Center, an independent pharmaceutical research publisher serving patients and the medical community. Her duties have included contacting and informing residency program coordinators from various medical schools and hospitals of current marketing promotions. Previously, she served as an online Adwords representative at Google. Minda is a graduate of UCLA, with a degree in sociology.