Bao Nguyen is an emerging Vietnamese American filmmaker whose past work has appeared in the New York Times, Rolling Stone, MTV, Vogue, HBO, ARTE, PBS, among many others. He has directed and shot a number of short films, which have played internationally in numerous festivals and museums including MoMA PS1 and the Smithsonian. He has served as the cinematographer on a number of feature narrative and documentaries in the past, including Saigon Electric, a feature narrative set in Vietnam which won the Silver Kite Award for Best Film at the Golden Kite Awards (Vietnam’s equivalent to the Oscars), Where Heaven Meets Hell, a feature documentary that he also co-produced which won the Grand Jury Prize and Best Cinematography Award at the 2012 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, and Half the Sky, an ambitious, multi-part series on PBS based on Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn’s best-selling book. His graduate thesis film, Julian, won the Best Student Documentary award at the Palm Springs International Short Film Festival and the Special Jury Prize at DOC NYC. The first feature he produced, Once in a Lullaby, made its world premiere at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival. He served as both the Producer and Director of Photography of 2030 (Vietnamese title: Nuoc), a near future film set in Vietnam, directed by Minh Nguyen-Vo, and a recipient of the Tribeca Sloan Filmmaker Award. He is a 2011 PBS/WGBH Producers Workshop Fellow and a participant of the 2012 Berlinale Talent Campus. He earned his BA in Politics/International Relations at New York University and his MFA in Social Documentary Film at the School of Visual Arts.
Bao’s Graduate thesis film, Julian, made its world premiere at the Palm Springs International ShortsFest where it won the Best Student Documentary Award. It also screened at the San Diego Asian Film Festival and DOC NYC .
Here is a Q & A with Bao from DOC NYC where he premiered his thesis film in 2013.