Bao Nguyen is an emerging photographer and filmmaker whose past clients have included 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. In the past, he has worked on productions such as the Emmy Award winning Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations, LENNONYC, and Spike Lee’s If God Willing and Da Creek Don’t Rise. In 2010, he served as a DP on four feature films including Saigon Electric, a feature narrative set in Vietnam, Where Heaven Meets Hell, a feature documentary that will premiere at the 2012 Hong Kong International Film Festival, and Mr. Cao Goes to Washington, a PBS commissioned documentary about the first Vietnamese American Congressmen.
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. He is currently based in both New York and Saigon.
Recently, he traveled with Nicholas Kristof of the New York Times to Vietnam and Cambodia, shooting the adaptation of his best-selling book, Half the Sky. He is a 2011 PBS/WGBH Producers Workshop Fellow. Additionally, Bao was awarded the Digital Innovation Fund by the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM) to create a web series for CAAM and PBS about Vietnamese abroad living in Vietnam. He recently served as the Director of Photography on the ITVS funded feature length documentary, Code Red, about internet censorship in China. Bao is currently producing the documentary Monk by Blood, which was selected as one of the 10 out of 200 projects to participate in the first ever Al Jazeera Viewfinder Asia Workshop at the 2012 Busan International Film Festival. Projects will potentially be commissioned by Al Jazeera for a 2013 broadcast. He is also currently directing ITVS funded project, In the Shadow of the Hills, a one-hour documentary set in the northern Vietnamese town of Sapa.
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 will be screening at the San Diego Asian Film Festival and having its East Coast premiere at DOC NYC in November.