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Saigon, U.S.A. was produced and directed by Lindsey Jang and Robert C. Winn. Lindsey and Robert met at the USC School of Cinema-Television through a common interest in social activism, Asian America and the power of documentary film.

Lindsey Jang’s USC thesis film, Flames in the Heart, won Best Fiction Film in the MediaOne Student Film Competition. He also produced and directed the documentaries Stolen Ground, about Asian American men revealing how racism has affected their lives, which won a Golden Gate Award at the San Francisco International Film Festival, and No Evidence, about a doctor who returns to serve his boyhood community in South Central Los Angeles. His tongue-in-cheek manifesto for Asian American filmmakers, "Through the Mirror, Sideways", was published in the anthology Countervisions: Asian American Film Criticism by Temple University Press.

 

Robert C. Winn is a former lawyer who previously worked on international trade and human rights issues. His documentary projects as a producer and director include Grassroots Rising, a documentary about the new Asian American labor movement in Southern California, in conjunction with Visual Communications, and Sandman, a documentary about an artist whose canvas is the beaches of Northern California (produced with Chesley Chen), and At the Crossroads: Women Leaders in Hong Kong, about prominent women in Hong Kong being affected by the change in sovereignty, which won the Roy W. Dean Award. He also co-wrote Plowshares and Swords: The Economics of Occupation (Beacon Press), which won the Rafael Lemkin award for writing in Human Rights.

He is currently directing Childhood in Translation, funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, The California Endowment and the Pacific Pioneer Fund.


Many thanks:

Prof. James M. Freeman
Prof. Chorswan Ngin
Vu H. Pham, PhD
Prof. Dorothy Rony
Dr. Dora Wang
Lynne Aoki & Don Robinson
Jed Dennenbaum
Lisa Leeman
Doe Mayer
Amanda Pope
Nicolas Blair
Marianne Blank
Kieu Chinh
Chuong Hoang Chung
Mai Cong
La Vada Cordasco
Sanny D.
David DeVries
Ahn Do
Yen Do
Michael Duong, Olen Rowe, Edna Reed
of Westminster Memorial Park
Viet Dzung
Anne Frank
Mr. & Mrs. Hoang
Michael Jao
Priscilla & Kevin Kehoe
David Le
Hoan Le

Joy Neugebauer
Jimmy Tong Nguyen
Katherine Nguyen
Peter Nguyen
Lan Quoc Nguyen
Long Nguyen
Michael Nguyen
Nam Loc Nguyen
Robert Nghiem Nguyen
Trung Quang Nguyen
Peter Pham
Ronald Talmo
John Thai, LSTV
Ann P. Tran
Truong Van Tran
Van Thai Tran
Officer Nicholas Tran
Swan Vu
Detective Tim Vu
Steve Anderson
Ted Braun
Annie Chu & Lee Cannon
of AT&T Digital Media Center
Alicia Dwyer
Linda Hess, KABC
Janet Howard
Laura Pak
Renee Tajima-Pena

CREDITS

Produced & directed by
Lindsey Jang and
Robert C. Winn
Associate producers
Jeffrey Brody
Eric Koyanagi
Music Score by
William Brendle
Sound editing & mix
Michael Kowalski
Vietnam footage by
Long Nguyen
Additional Camera
Matthew T. Irving
Charles Swanson
Irene Turner
Archival Research
Jeff Krulik
Kenn Rabin
Helen Weiss

Participants

Kathy Buchoz
Xuyen Dong-Matsuda
Kathy Kim Thy Hoang
Frank Jao
Andrew Lam
Tony Lam
Colonel Le Khac Ly
Vi Ly
Q. Bao Nguyen
Chuyen, Thuy, Vu & Viet Nguyen
Thi Ha Pham
Qui Duc Nguyen


Editorial advisor
Mark Jonathan Harris

For the California Council
for the Humanities
Felicia Kelley
For ITVS
Claire Aguilar
Robby Fahey
Elizabeth Meyer
Heidi Schuster
Heather Searles
Patrick Wickham
For NAATA
Toni Tabora
Don Young
For Visual Communications
Linda Mabalot
Amy Kato
Abe Ferrer
Leslie Ito
Cheryl Head, CPB
Cheryl Jones, PBS

And thanks to all the wonderful
people at KOCE including:
Bruce Reed
Jo Caines
Bette Kain
Allison Badger
and especially
Director of Production
Ed Miskevich

Special thanks

Deniz, Aydin and Ziya
Lourdes, Amelia Naomi and Auggie

 

 

© 2008 Lindsey Jang and Robert C. Winn. All rights reserved.