Director and Producer
The producer and director, Nancy M. Tong, was born in Hong Kong and educated by the Maryknoll Sisters. She currently splits her time between New York City where she makes documentary films and Hong Kong where she teaches at the University of Hong Kong. She is renowned for making the seminal film on the Nanjing Massacre, In the Name of the Emperor, which won the Special Jury Award at the San Francisco International Film Festival in 1995. She also collaborated on films including Cancer: From Evolution to Revolution (as Line Producer), which won the George Foster Peabody Award in 2001, and Who Killed Vincent Chin (as Associate Producer), which was nominated for the Best Documentary Film Category of The Academy Awards in 1989.
In 2008 she participated in a women empowerment project where she taught Muslim women in Pakistan, Iran, Indonesia and Hong Kong to make their own documentary shorts. She is currently Visiting Associate Professor at the University of Hong Kong’s Journalism and Media Studies Center.
Executive Producer Katy Lang is the Managing Director of Legal Labs Greater China and North Asia. Based in Hong Kong, she has specialized for the past twenty years in recruiting lawyers for top international corporations and law firms in the Asia-Pacific region. Katy enjoys fundraising for local charities and has led a project building schools in remote regions of China.
The Associate Producer, Vivien Ng, is Associate Professor of Women’s Studies and Chair of Women’s Studies at the University at Albany. Prior to becoming department chair, she was Associate Dean for General Education and Associate Dean for Undergraduate Research. She also was the first elected president of the National Women’s Studies Association, serving in 1993-1994.
Ng has published groundbreaking work in the field of Chinese social history. These include her book Madness in Late Imperial China: From Illness to Deviance (University of Oklahoma Press), articles “Ideology and Sexuality: Rape Laws in Qing China” (Journal of Asian Studies), “Sexual Abuse of Daughters-in-Law in Late Imperial China” (Feminist Studies), and “Homosexuality and the State in Late Imperial China” (a chapter in Hidden From History). She also has published a number of short stories, including “Redemption” (13th Moon: A Feminist Literary Magazine).
Ng is currently working on two projects: the first is a book about her maternal grandfather, a Chinese American restaurateur, writer, and filmmaker. The second project is a study of the Maryknoll Sisters’ medical ministry.
Steven Wechsler, a multi-award-winning editor, whose greatest strengths are storytelling, dialogue and humor, has lent his considerable talents to a variety of broadcast, documentary and entertainment projects.
Wechsler worked on high visibility programs including American Masters – John Ford/John Wayne: The Filmmaker and the Legend, for which he received an EMMY nomination, and Walter Cronkite: Witness to History. Wechsler was Senior Editor for New York Times Television on 29 documentary programs. He has edited dozens of projects for Great Performances, Bill Moyers, NOVA, Art: 21, Sesame Workshop, and City Arts, all of which aired on PBS; and others which aired on NBC, CBS, ABC, TLC, National Geographic, Oxygen, A&E, Bravo, Discovery, FOX, CNBC and Bloomberg.
Wechsler taught postproduction at NYU, The New School, SVA, and SUNY/Purchase. Fluent in Spanish, Wechsler edited, produced and directed for the South American market.
He earned his MFA in film from New York University and his BA from City College of New York.
Born and raised in Switzerland, Elia Lyssy came to the United States in 1988. After graduating from the film program at New York University, he started working as a cinematographer. In the last 18 years, he has filmed numerous documentaries and several feature films all over the world in a variety of formats. The Longoria Affair was nominated for an Emmy and his other documentaries have been on HBO, PBS, ARTE, Swiss TV, ARD (German TV). His films have been shown in theaters in the United States and in Switzerland.
Original music composer
Thomas Wagner is a composer, writer and producer who unites a love of storytelling and film scoring to give a unique voice to his work. His awards include a Primetime Emmy for the American Masters special, Finding Lucy, which he wrote and produced, and two Writer’s Guild of America nominations for Best Documentary Script. In addition to producing and writing, Mr. Wagner has composed and produced scores for dozens of films over the last twenty-five years. His score for Patrick was nominated for an Emmy Award.
Liz DeLuna is an Assistant Professor of Graphic Design at St John’s University and the principal of main5design. She received an MFA in Graphic Design from Yale University. Additionally, she has extensive experience working in film production.
DeLuna acts as visiting critic for classes and portfolio reviews at SUNY Purchase, Parsons, School of Visual Arts, University of Connecticut at Storrs, Rowan University, Rutgers University and Studio in a School.
DeLuna’s client list includes: Showtime (2 years as a staff designer), HBO, Cinemax, The History Channel, The Sundance Channel, TruTV, Cablevision, Lee Miller Design, Public Affairs Television and PBS.