Every Day Is a Holiday

Theresa Loong, Director Theresa is an interactive media artist who creates intergenerational storytelling experiences focused on memory, identity, and immigration through the use of film, games and apps. As founder of the interactive production company, FORM360, Theresa provided editorial and strategic consulting services to AMC Networks (for shows such as Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead), New York Magazine, The New York Times, Milestone Films, Architecture for Humanity and Time Warner. Theresa is an award-winning multimedia director and producer whose work has been exhibited at the SVA, Triennale di Milano and Circulo de Bellas Artes. Theresa was a consulting producer on interactive documentary projects about Afghanistan, the Disability Rights movement, and Joseph Papp. Theresa worked as an associate producer on the film “So Very Far from Home” (PBS and SMG Documentary Channel, Shanghai). She was also a researcher for the one-hour PBS documentary “China Now: To Get Rich Is Glorious.” Theresa taught multimedia at NYU’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies, lectured at Hunter College, and is a lecturer at Parsons/The New School. She is a graduate of Harvard University, where she studied social anthropology and conducted ethnographic research using film and video.

In addition to “Every Day Is a Holiday,” Theresa is working on projects such as “Game On” and “Feed Me a Story.” She is a recipient of the Manhattan Community Arts Fund Grant and was a fellow with Feet in Two Worlds, a project of the Center for New York City Affairs at The New School. Theresa received an NEA Arts in Media grant and was an Artist-in-Residence at the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island National Monuments. She is chairperson of the board of directors of The Filmshop.

Kristen Nutile, Editor Kristen Nutile is an independent documentary filmmaker and editor based in New York City. Kristen has directed and edited nine documentaries, which have shown all over the world, including at the Sundance Film Festival and the Tribeca Film Festival. She is the 2006 recipient of the Albert Maysles Award for Excellence in Documentary Filmmaking and has received grants from the Jerome Foundation and NYSCA. Kristen collaborated with legendary filmmaker, Albert Maysles, and producer, Tanja Meding, on “Sally Gross – The Pleasure of Stillness,” a documentary about critically acclaimed dancer and choreographer, Sally Gross. The film premiered at the Locarno International Film Festival and had its US premiere at the Full Frame Festival in 2008, and was broadcast on PBS.

Kristen’s editing credits include the narrative “One Thousand Cranes,” directed by Zach Carver and written by Jennie Allen, and documentaries “Invitation to Dance,” by Simi Linton and Christian von Tippelskirch, “From Prison to Home,” by Adam Blank, and “Writ Writer,” by Susanne Mason. She has a co-editing credit on “The House of Suh,” which recently premiered at HotDocs. She has also edited for Maysles Films Inc. and Human Rights Watch, and her work has appeared on Showtime, Ovation, and PBS. Kristen has worked on several documentary films including “Miss America” and “Seabiscuit” for The American Experience (PBS). She holds Master’s degrees in both Documentary Film and Video from Stanford University and Biology from San Francisco State University. See her work at Soft Spoken Films.

Julia Dengel, Additional Camera Julia was producer, director, and cinematographer for “Cowboys, Indians, & Lawyers.” She has shot on films such as “I Bring What I Love,” a feature documentary on Senegalese superstar Youssou NDour and “Team Lionness.” Her work has been supported by NYSCA, ITVS and the Paul Robeson Fund.

Samuel Morgan, Assistant Producer Sam is a graduate of Hunter College, where he won honors in the student film festival. He has directed comedies and is working on historical films for PBS.

Sam Sutton, Composer Sam, a highly versatile composer, has written for the children’s cartoon “Rocky & the Dodos” for CITV/Nickelodeon, dramas (“The Outlaw” for Channel 4) and documentaries (“A Journey through Kew”, “Seasons in the Valley”, and “Somerset Hills”). She is a graduate of the National Film and Television School and Cambridge University. Sam is a winner of the Golden Hugo and her work has been presented at Cannes, the Chicago International Film Festival, London Film Festival and the Asian American Film Festival in New York.

Bill Einreinhofer, Advisor Emmy Award-Winner Bill Einreinhofer was the creative force behind “Innovation,” the long running PBS science and technology series. He has developed projects for 60 Minutes (CBS), The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer (PBS), the Discovery Channel, HBO and Good Morning, America (ABC). In addition, he was formerly an Executive Producer at Public TV station WNET in New York.

Bill has had extensive production experience in China, having produced, directed and written the one-hour PBS documentary China Now: To Get Rich Is Glorious. He directed “So Very Far From Home,” a documentary profiling American children who were sent to internment camps in Japanese-occupied China during World War II, and “Beyond Beijing,” a four-part international travel series keyed to the 2008 Beijing Olympics, seen by an estimated 250+ million viewers in 49 countries.

Bill Einreinhofer has won three Emmy Awards, two CINE Golden Eagles, a CINDY, a Gold Medal at the International Film & Television Festival of New York, a Telly Award and a Silver Hugo at the Chicago International Film Festival.

Gary Okihiro, Advisor Professor Okihiro is the pre-eminent authority on Asian American history. He is a professor of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University.

Professor Okihiro’s research interests include Asian-American Studies and Southern Africa. He is the author of Common Ground: Reimagining American History (Princeton University Press), Whispered Silences: Japanese Americans and World War II , The Columbia Guide to Asian American History (Columbia University Press), and Storied Lives: Japanese American Students and World War II (University of Washington Press).

Dr. Okihiro received a Ph.D from UCLA in 1976. He has served as a consultant to a number of film projects, including Karen Ishizuka’s film “Picture Bride.”

Rita Hao, Advisor Rita Hao graduated from Harvard with a degree in East Asian Studies and Fine Arts, and from Columbia Law School in 1997. Rita currently practices intellectual property law for the University of California in Oakland, CA. Rita has worked with the Asian Law Caucus, the Asian-American Bar Association, Bitch Magazine: A Feminist Response to Pop Culture, and the blog sfist.com.