Sami Chan

DIRECTOR

SAMI CHAN is a New York based filmmaker, who grew up the San Francisco Bay Area. Sami earned her BA degree in Anthropology and Documentary from New York University. She has directed and produced several short student films. More Than a Face in the Crowd marks the second time that she has explored her family’s history and the history of Chinese Americans through film. Sami also works at the Lower Eastside Girls Club, shooting and directing short videos, and teaching film and photography classes to girls ages 8-22. Her previous work includes a short documentary about Locke, California, the last surviving Chinese town in America, and a short portrait film of illustrator James Yang.
 

Cheryl Furjanic

PRODUCER

CHERYL FURJANIC is an award-winning filmmaker who has been teaching documentary video production at NYU for over a decade. Her short documentary and fiction films, which range in length from 30 seconds to 13 minutes, have screened at 100+ festivals worldwide and on television. Her first feature documentary, Sync or Swim screened at festivals nationwide including Slamdance (2008), Silverdocs (2008), and MoMA’s Documentary Fortnight Series (2009). Sync or Swim received numerous awards, including a Billie Award for Journalism from the Women’s Sports Foundation, and is now available on DVD and iTunes. Her new film Back on Board (2013), is a feature-documentary about the life and legacy of Olympic champion diver Greg Louganis. Cheryl holds a BFA in Film & Television production from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and a Masters from NYU/Tisch's Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP).
 

Noelle Stout

PRODUCER

NOELLE STOUT is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and an anthropologist. Her film, Luchando, chronicles the lives of queer sex-workers in Havana, and has been screened all over the world. Noelle is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at New York University. She holds a PhD in Anthropology from Harvard University and a BA from Stanford University.
 

Sue Fawn Chung

CO-PRODUCER

SUE FAWN CHUNG, Professor of History at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, began working in Hollywood productions in the 1950s until the late 1970s. She sang with Johnny Carson in a Christmas special and with Humphrey Bogart in Left Hand of God. She graduated from UCLA, Harvard, and UCB. She has written extensively on Asian Americans, particularly Chinese Americans, and her latest book, In Pursuit of Gold: Chinese American Miners and Merchants in the American West (Urbana, 2011) won the Bancroft Honor Award in 2013. She is the daughter of Jane B. Chung, the subject of this film, who died in December 2012 at the age of almost 102 years old.
 

Lindsay Chan

CO-PRODUCER

LINDSAY CHAN was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and recently graduated from New York University as a Media, Culture and Communications major. She currently works in New York City and enjoys working on film projects in her spare time.
Credits
director   Sami Chan
producer   Sami Chan
Cheryl Furjanic
Noelle Stout
co-producer   Sue Fawn Chung
Lindsay Chan
director of photography   Sami Chan
editor   Sami Chan
graphic design and website   Ron Chan
additional cinematography   Jeeheh Oh