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For Your Consideration for Best Documentary Short: World Channel and Al Jazeera Airs Yung Chang and Annie Katsura Rollins’ PANDEMIC19

PANDEMIC19, a new documentary short by Yung Chang and Annie Katsura Rollins, is a co-production of Pandemic19 Productions Inc, the  Center for Asian American Media (CAAM) and Tencent Video with Jean Tsien executive producing the film.

PANDEMIC19 captures the story of three doctors in the United States fighting COVID-19, told through their own voices while the chaos of the pandemic rages on outside the frame of their video confessions. In March 2020, as “shelter in place” orders began rolling out, the majority of the populace felt distanced from the opponent they were fighting…the virus was invisible and so was the frontline.

The film sidesteps the salacious news headlines by focusing on Dr. Virginia Brady, Dr. Brian Chang, and Dr. Pooja Aysola as they prepare for the “calm before the storm” and their direct experiences with COVID-19 patients. As the days unfold, the doctors record their changing impressions: fears, hopes, challenges, and triumphs – laying bare their emotional feelings. They are unfiltered and subjective.

PANDEMIC19 brings the doctors’ reflections to the forefront of this historic outbreak in order to awaken the American people to the stark realities of defeating an intangible virus.

PANDEMIC19 received the Matt DeCample Audience Choice Award Short Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival 2020, the Best Documentary Short Special Jury Mention Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival 2020 and the SPE Media Festival 2021 Best Multicultural Film Award.


Watch now in the USA on WORLD Channel

Watch now internationally on Witness – Al Jazeera

Below are selected Q & A’s.

CAAM presented a special talkback featuring an introduction by Donald Young, CAAM’s Director of Programs, Directors Yung Chang and Annie Katsura Rollins in conversation with Dr. Pooja Aysola and Dr. Brian Chang, and moderated by S. Leo Chiang, (Our Time Machine)

Directors Yung Chang and Annie Katsura Rollins in conversation with Dr. Virginia Brady (Harvard) and filmmaker Jeff Reichert, and moderated by James Roosevelt III (DNC)

Directors Yung Chang and Annie Katsura Rollins in conversation with MSNBC Anchor and filmmaker Richard Lui (Sky Blossom).

Dr. Pooja Aysola, MD, is a practicing Emergency physician in Boston and an MBA Candidate and McGowan Fellow at MIT Sloan School of Management. She completed her medical training and residency at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, where she served as president and site chief resident for her institution. Her experiences with the single-payer system in Canada are instrumental in her desire to realign incentives in the U.S healthcare system and she is passionate about improving healthcare through innovation and technology.

Dr. Virginia Brady is currently faculty at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and a clinical instructor at Harvard Medical School. Originally from New York, Ginny received degrees in neuroscience and classics at Brown University before attending Tufts Medical School. At Tufts both her clinical performance and humanistic skills were recognized through induction into AOA, the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award and the Janet Glascow Memorial Achievement Citation. Brady went on to complete an internal medicine-pediatrics residency at Yale and was named chief resident in 2014–2015. She subsequently completed a pulmonary and critical care fellowship at Yale. Her passion for teaching was recognized through the Fellow of the Year Award at Yale in 2016. Since joining the faculty at BIDMC in 2018, Brady has continued to pursue her passion for medical education. She was quickly named the MICU clerkship and capstone director, as well as director of critical care education, through which she oversees the educational needs of residents, fellows and medical students. She has also been the co-director of the integration track for Harvard Medical Students and completed the Rabkin Fellowship in Medical Education in 2020. Most recently, she has been named the associate program director for the internal medicine residency program. Despite being a Boston transplant and working for the official hospital of the Boston Red Sox, Dr. Brady is a die-hard Yankee fan.

Dr. Brian Chang graduated from Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University in 2018. He is a board certified emergency medicine physician in San Francisco, California and currently licensed to practice medicine in California. He is affiliated with UCSF Medical Center and Adventist Health Clear Lake and has a number of emergency medicine interests, includingInternational EM, critical care, and sports medicine.

Yung Chang is the director of Up the Yangtze (2007), China Heavyweight (2012), The Fruit Hunters (2012) and This Is Not a Movie (2019). He is currently completing a screenplay for his first dramatic feature, Eggplant, which was selected to participate in the prestigious Sundance Labs. Chang’s films have premiered at international film festivals, including Sundance, Berlin, Toronto and IDFA, and have played theatrically in cinemas around the world. Up the Yangtze was one of the top-grossing documentary releases in 2008. In 2013, China Heavyweight became the most widely screened social-issue documentary in Chinese history with an official release in 200 Mainland Chinese cinemas. His most recent feature, This Is Not a Movie, world premiered at the Toronto Int’l Film Festival in 2019 and is traveling to cinemas and festivals.  He is a member of the DGC, WGC, and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science.

Annie Katsura Rollins is a researcher, artist and educator. Combining a BFA degree in performance from Carnegie Mellon University, an MFA in scenography from the University of Minnesota, and an interdisciplinary Ph.D. from Montreal’s Concordia University, Rollins’ artistic work combines storytelling with deeply researched phenomena in modern society and cultures. She was named valedictorian for her Ph.D. dissertation (2019), which focused on the fragility of traditional performance forms in modern China. Rollins has received a Fulbright Fellowship, the Confucius Institute Joint Ph.D. Research Fellowship and a Canadian SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship, among many other awards, for her research. Recent presentation venues include Toronto’s AGO, The Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry, Luther College, and Bucknell University. She is an adjunct professor at the University of Connecticut and has two book chapters forthcoming this year.

Tiffany Hsiung’s Critically Acclaimed Documentary SING ME A LULLABY, Now Streaming on POV.ORG

Award-winning PBS documentary series POV Shorts has acquired the broadcast and streaming rights for Sing Me a Lullaby, directed by Tiffany Hsiung.

Sing Me a Lullaby, now streaming on POV.org and the PBS app, is an intimate story about Hsiung’s fourteen-year journey to connect with her mother’s birth family. In 1965, Tiffany’s mother was separated from her parents; she never saw them again. 40 years later, Tiffany flies to Taiwan to try & find her grandparents–armed only with two names scribbled on a napkin. Told through the intertwined journeys of daughters and their mothers, this is a story about recovering familial history, healing inherited pain, and understanding that love comes in many forms. Sing Me a Lullaby is a Canadian Broadcasting Corporation production in association with American Documentary | POV. The film won the Shorts Grand Jury Prize at DOC NYC and is also available streaming on The New Yorker.

Click here to watch the film.

Sing Me a Lullaby will have a broadcast release as part of the upcoming fourth season of POV Shorts later this year.

A-DOC and OYEATMF are celebrating the record number of Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) documentary filmmakers representing 17 features and 6 short films that are recognized as awards contenders through filmmaker conversations.

2021 AAPI Documentary Contenders is presented by: Asian American Documentary Network (A-Doc)Open Your Eyes & Think MF (OYEATMF).

Tiffany Hsiung is a Peabody award-winning filmmaker based in Toronto, Canada and is listed as one of DOC NYC’s 40 under 40 this year. She recently won the inaugural Toronto International Film Festival ‘Share Her Journey Short Cuts Award’ after the world premiere of her recent film Sing Me a Lullaby (2020) As well as a DGC award for Best Short Film. Tiffany received the prestigious Peabody award for her debut feature The Apology (2018) along with the DuPont Columbia Award and the Allan King Memorial Award.

Sing Me a Lullaby, written, directed and produced by Tiffany Hsiung.

Co-Produced by Priscilla Galvez

Executive Produced by Tiffany Hsiung, Jean Tsien

Edited by Ricardo Acosta, Xi Feng

Original Music by Tom Third

Cinematography by Jason Lee Wong [2019], Eugene Weis [2005], Tiffany Hsiung [2006]

Sound Design Supervisor / Re-Recording Mix by Daniel Pellerin

povmagazine.com: TIFF Talk: Tiffany Hsiung on ‘Sing Me a Lullaby’

The New Yorker: A Daughter’s Search in “Sing Me a Lullaby”

Feb. 5: Arts Emerson to Screen Ursula Liang’s Documentary “Down a Dark Stairwell”; Q & A to Follow

On Friday, February 5 at 7:30PM EST, Arts Emerson will premiere Ursula Liang’s documentary,  Down A Dark Stairwell.

The screening will be followed at 9:15PM by a live post-film panel discussion featuring Director Ursula Liang and moderator Umass Boston Professor Denise Khor. This conversation will be ASL interpreted and will be recorded and available on demand with the film through Sunday, February 7.

For more information, click here.

When a Chinese-American police officer kills an unarmed Black man in a darkened stairwell of a New York City housing project, it sets off a firestorm of emotion and calls for accountability. In 2014, Peter Liang became the first NYPD officer convicted of an on duty shooting in over a decade, inciting a complicated fight for justice wherein two subjugated communities were thrust into the uneven criminal justice system together. Down a Dark Stairwell captures both one of the largest Asian-American protests in history and a key event in the emerging Black Lives Matter movement. In this unflinching documentary directed by Ursula Liang, the insidious effects of white supremacy in American society are starkly revealed, persisting even when the participants on both sides of a conflict are people of color.

The film will air on PBS on April 12, 2021. 

Down A Dark Stairwell has received the 2020 Ashland Independent Film Festival-Best Documentary Feature Award and the 2020 Indy Film Fest-Best Documentary Award.

Ursula Liang

Ursula Liang is a journalist who has told stories in a wide range of media. She has worked for The New York Times Op-Docs, T:The New York Times Style Magazine, ESPN The Magazine, Asia Pacific Forum on WBAI, StirTV, the Jax Show, Hyphen magazine and currently freelances as a film and television producer (“Tough Love” (POV), “Wo Ai Ni Mommy” (POV), “UFC Countdown,”“UFC Primetime”) and story consultant. The New York Times described her debut feature “9-Man” as “an absorbing documentary.” The film won numerous awards, including the CAAMFest 2015 Grand Jury prize, and aired on public television’s America ReFramed series. Liang also works for the film publicity company, the 2050 Group, is a founding member of the Filipino American Museum, and sits on the advisory board of the Dynasty Project.  noncompliantfilms.com

SHARED STORIES Film Series is a collaborative effort of Boston Asian American Film Festival, Boston Latino International Film Festival, Roxbury International Film Festival with ArtsEmerson.

UMASS Boston is a community partner for this engagement, UMASS Boston supporters include Cinema Studies Program, Asian American Studies Program, American Studies Department, and the Mellon Foundation.

Asian American Documentary Network (A-DOC) and Open Your Eyes & Think MF (OYEATMF) celebrated the record number of Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) documentary filmmakers representing 17 features and 6 short films that are recognized as awards contenders through filmmaker conversations.  Below is a Q & A with Ursula Liang & Yu Gu on ‘Down a Dark Stairwell’ and ‘A Woman’s Work: The NFL’s Cheerleader Problem’

Jan. 30-31: A-DOC: Asian American Documentary Network, Open Your Eyes & Think MF (OYEATMF) Highlight AAPI Documentary Awards Contenders Hao Wu, Ramona S. Diaz, Bao Nguyen, Richard Lui, Yung Chang, Ursula Liang, S. Leo Chiang, Diane Quon, Jiayan “Jenny” Shi, Carol Nguyen, Jeff Orlowski, Yi Chen, Elizabeth Lo, Annie Katsura Rollins, Joanna Vasquez Arong and More