Alvin Tsang, Director
Alvin Tsang is a graduate of University of California, San Diego’s Visual Arts (Media) department where he also began his film career as an editing assistant for THAT’S MY FACE (2001), an award-winning film by Thomas Allen Harris (director, THROUGH A LENS DARKLY) exploring the mythical African “face” found in Brazil, East Africa and the United States. Tsang edited Josiah Lee’s HANDLING THE A.M. (2006), a short film about the absurdity and falsity of Asian American stereotypes, and Robert E. Holley’s HIV/AIDS awareness film, LOVE ME THROUGH IT (2008). He served as co-producer and post-supervisor for Ermena Vinluan’s award-winning documentary, TEA & JUSTICE (2007), about the first female Asian-American NYPD officers on the force. Also co-produced with Vinluan, Tsang filmed and edited a documentary short profiling legendary independent film director John Sayles’s making of his film AMIGO (2010) about the Philippine-American War. He serves as a video documentarian for the pioneering artist Meredith Monk and The Guggenheim Museum NYC, and has created promos for several of Michael Kors’s fashion collections. Tsang’s other films include the shorts FISH (2010) and PRESERVATION (2011). REUNIFICATION (2015) is his first feature.
Joanna Karselis, Music Composer – website
Joanna Karselis is a competition winning composer based in Birmingham, UK. Born in Oxford, Karselis initially moved into music performance as a violinist and pianist, but discovered a passion for composition during her undergraduate degree at the University of Birmingham. Since then Karselis has received several commissions and won several competitions, notably winning the University’s Composition Competition (2013) and being selected as a finalist at the Iris Theatre Christmas Songwriting Competition (2013). Karselis has also scored two plays (HOUSE OF BERNARDA ALBA, 2013, and HIDE & SEEK, 2013) and completed her masters in composition in 2014. After finishing work on REUNIFICATION, Karselis has recorded her debut EP as a singer-songwriter, and has begun work on a new theatre score. Karselis has a strong interest in acoustic, electro-acoustic and mixed composition, and how music can be used to add to visual drama.
Amy Epstein, Editing/Script Consultant – website
Amy Epstein’s film I’VE GOT YOU BABE (an action/adventure pic) which she wrote, produced and directed, premiered at the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s 2000 New Directors/New Films Series at the Museum of Modern Art. It featured Fredrick Neumann of Mabou Mines and Lisa Welti and was sold to the Sundance Film Channel. It has also played at the 30 Festival de Cine Alcala de Hanares Comunidad in Madrid, the Clermont-Ferrand Festival in France, the 20th Women in the Director’s Chair Festival in Chicago, the Not Hollywood Film Festival in New Paltz, New York, the Kino Film Festival in Manchester, England, the Chashama Arts Festival and the Coney Island Film Festival in New York. She has recently completed writing, producing and directing a new twenty minute film entitled BUT THIS IS HOW IT WILL END which stars Obie award winning actor Steven Rattazzi. Other works include a five minute music film HOMAGE TO DRINK, which she directed, edited, co-wrote and co-produced with Obie award winner Cynthia Hopkins, who also performs in the film as well as the short piece JOSEPH (which played last spring at The American Film Festival of New York) – about a 13 year old boy and his love of writing – produced and directed by Ms. Epstein and edited by Jeff Drury of Mad Mad Judy Productions. In support of her playwrighting and screenwriting, Ms. Epstein has received fellowships from the Edward Albee Foundation and the MacDowell Colony.
Consultant – Ermena Vinluan – website
Poster Design & Website- Boon Khoo – website
Community Promotion Consultants – Corky Lee, Bayer Lee, Rick Eng
DVD Distribution (HK) – Ying E Chi – website
“Modern” DVD Cover Concept (HK) – Peter Bird Studio – website
Supported by – The United States Consulate General Hong Kong, Hong Kong Economic Trade Office New York & DC (HKETO), Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA), Maysles Cinema, Third World Newsreel, City College of New York, UC San Diego, Queens Memory Project, Memories of Migration