PRODUCER / DIRECTOR: Riayn Spaero
Riayn Spaero is a New York-based writer, independent filmmaker, and performing artist whose work has been featured in The Believer, Longreads.com, The Bushwick Daily, and an A Room of Her Own: Gift of Freedom compilation. Her short film Filter, an exploration of Body Dysmorphic Disorder which she wrote and produced, received an honorable mention from the 2011 Columbus International Film + Video Festival. In 2014, she had the privilege of interviewing Cornel West against the backdrop of unrest in Ferguson, MO and nationwide police brutality. The year prior, she addressed stranger photography's impact on domestic violence survivors for The Bushwick Daily. Her past three years have been spent spearheading and producing the documentary DAUGHTERS (f.k.a. Vanished: Disappearing Indigenous American and First Nations Women), in hopes of shining a light on an ignored trafficking and murder epidemic.
cinematographer: nada stjepanovic
Nada Stjepanovic, a Bosnian native, moved to New York City to pursue the art of cinematography and directing. She graduated from the BFA in Film and Video Production program at The City College of New York, with a minor in Studio Art - Photography. With a strong passion for visual storytelling, and a chaotic world teeming with stories, she lives to depict the daily struggles of ordinary people on the big screen.
CAMERA OP: ALVIN TSANG
Alvin Tsang is a New York-based filmmaker who graduated from the University of California, San Diego’s Visual Arts (Media) department, where he began his career as an editing assistant for That’s My Face (2001), an award-winning film by Thomas Allen Harris (Through A Lens Darkly). Tsang edited Josiah Lee’s Handling the A.M. (2006), a short about the absurdity and falsity of Asian American stereotypes, and Robert E. Holley’s HIV/AIDS awareness film, Love Me Through It (2008). He served as co-producer and post-supervisor for Ermena Vinluan’s award-winning documentary, Tea & Justice (2007), about the first female Asian-American NYPD officers on the force. He is a video documentarian for artist Meredith Monk and The Guggenheim Museum NYC, and has created promos for several of Michael Kors’ fashion collections. Tsang’s other films include the shorts Fish (2010), Preservation (2011), and the feature Reunification (2015).
cinematographer: STEVEN DE CASTRO
Steven De Castro is a trial lawyer who became a cinematographer and filmmaker later in life. In 2014, his first feature film Fred Ho's Last Year won Best Documentary at Asians on FIlm, the Mt. Hope Award at Int. Film Fest. of Manh., and was screened at Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, Asian Cinevision/ Asian American Int. Film Festival, Boston Asian American Film Festival, and CAAMFest in San Francisco. In 2015, he received funding under a US State Department grant to direct JazzAfrica, documenting the journey of four American jazz musicians to discover the roots of African American music. Currently he is in postproduction on Revolution Selfie, which brings the viewer face-to-face with the warriors of the New People's Army, a revolutionary group that the CIA has designated a Foreign Terrorist Organization. Aside from other commercial works, he produced and directed Newyorkustan, a series about the lives of muslim New Yorkers. Before he was a filmmaker, De Castro was a trial lawyer and served as Human Rights Commissioner of Jersey City.