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Filmmakers

May Yam

Director/Editor

 

May Yam is an awarded, international filmmaker known for her extraordinary eye for detail. As a visual storyteller and a cultural anthropologist, Yam has brought her prowess to projects ranging from Emmy-winning TV news segments to documentaries focused on solving humanitarian problems. 

 

Moving seamlessly between production and post-production, May has performed as producer, director, writer, and editor. Her production experience has given her the tools needed to create visually engaging pieces that not only deliver empowering messages but also make them stand apart. Notable works include contributions to KRON Channel 4’s 2013 Emmy-winning series, Office Crashers, and Emmy-nominated series Fireside Chats. Her film, Headwind, won both the 2018 Best Narrative Short Award at The World's Indie Film Festival and 2017 Best Cinematography Award at the Glendale International Film Festival. And her films Popped and Carrier 3 both won Audience Choice Awards at the International San Jose Short Film Festival 3DFCs in 2015 and 2016, respectively. See more of May's work here.

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Petra Hanson

Writer/Producer/Animator

 

Petra Hanson, a former pop star turned feminist storyteller, is the founder of Gaijin à Go Go, a pop band signed by Sony Japan from 2003-2006. She has been featured on NPR’s The World and The Japan Times. She’s a MainStage performer with The Moth, a scholarship winner of The Aspen Writers Foundation, a member of ASCAP (American Society for Composers, Authors, and Publishers), and a former NYC-based fashion designer for Saks Fifth Avenue and Oscar de la Renta. Petra’s most recent project “The B/Sider” [thebsider.com] is a live storytelling show and podcast she produces that inspires “midults” to re-imagine themselves as life-long creators with powerful stories to share.

 

Xmas Cake is Petra's first film and also her first foray into animation.