Zhang Zanbo is a Chinese independent filmmaker. He graduated from Beijing Film Academy in 2005 with a Master’s Degree, and later established Asymptote Films. His works have been continuously focusing on individual dignities and living conditions in a fast developing China. He is also a freelance non-fiction writer. His non-fiction book has been published in Taiwan and Chinese mainland.
Richard Liang has been a documentary film producer, distributor and event organizer in China for over 10 years. Liang founded the company Galaxion Films in 2010 and is currently one of the most active producers building bridges between talented independent filmmakers and international broadcasters. His first production, The Next Life (2011), is the first international co-production led by a Chinese company that pitched to international broadcasters and received financial support from them. Liang has produced several documentaries with international partners, including The Rest of My Life Is for Sale, Dust in the Lung, Song of the Mulberries and The Road. In addition to being a producer, he is also a distributor. He runs the distribution company Cloud Thinker, a leading copyright agency for feature documentaries in China. Liang also organizes a monthly event that screens feature documentaries in Wuhan, the largest city in central China. The screenings have attracted thousands of viewers to the cinema to watch documentary films.
Jean Tsien has been working in documentary for 30 years as an editor, producer, and consultant. Tsien’s editing debut, Something Within Me, won three Awards at the 1993 Sundance Film Festival. Her notable editing credits include: the 2001 Academy Award, Best Documentary Feature nominee, Scottsboro: An American Tragedy; three Peabody Award-winning films: MALCOLM X: Make It Plain, Travis and Solar Mamas; Please Vote For Me , a 2008 Grierson award recipient for most entertaining documentary; Dixie Chicks: Shut Up and Sing and Miss Sharon Jones! both directed by two-time Academy Award winning director Barbara Kopple; A Place At The Table – which was presented in a special screening at the White House.
Tsien was the executive producer for The Road To Fame for BBC/Storyville; The Storm Makers for POV/PBS; Please Remember Me world premiere at 2015 IDFA. She also produced and edited Drivers Wanted, a documentary about New York City taxi drivers.
Tsien consulted on many award-winning films such as: Give Up Tomorrow; Wo Ai Ni Mommy; Dancing In Jaffa and Censored Voices. Tsien has served as an editing advisor at the Sundance Institute Edit and Story Lab since 2010. She is a proud member of American Cinema Editors.
Mette Heide (Producer) is an award-winning executive producer and owner of +plus pictures ApS, a Danish independent production company producing films and high quality factual television programs for the domestic and international market. She has worked as an executive producer for the past 18 years and has produced more than 50 films. Former titles include Jehane Noujaim’s SOLAR MAMAS, part of the Peabody award-winning series Why Poverty, Lauren Greenfield’s Sundance-winning QUEEN OF VERSAILLES, the award-winning short THE RECORD BREAKER by Brian McGinn and Alex Gibney’s Academy Award-winning TAXI TO THE DARK SIDE. She is a three-time winner of the Danish Academy Award for Best Documentary.