WRITER, DIRECTOR & PRODUCER
Laurieʼs screenplays have been finalists for the 2014 Sundance/ A3 Foundation Feature Film Fellowship and the 2013 Sundance/Sloan Commissioning Grant & Fellowship.
She is winner of the 2006 Santa Barbara Intʼl Film Festival's 10-10-10 Screenwriting competition, winner of NexTVʼs 2011 Directing Talent Search, and winner of the 2013 Asians on Film Festival Best Director & Best
Short Dramatic Film category. Laurie was a 2012 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival Golden Reel Award Nominee, 2012 Adobe Design Achievement Awards Semi-finalist (Live Action) and 2013 Nokia & Burton Talenthouse Photography Finalist. Her films have screened at Academy Award qualifying film festivals, the MNET Television Network, and other venues.
Laurie received a B.A. in Art Studio and a B.A. in Art History at University of California Santa Barbara and attended the International HSK program at the Beijing Film Academy before earning her MFA from the School of Cinematic Arts, Production at University of Southern California in 2011. Russian Red #7 is her directorial debut.
SARAH ZERINA USMEN
Sarah Zerina Usmen earned her B.A. at Wellesley College in International Relations and Middle Eastern Studies, and received an MFA in Film Production from University of Southern California, School of Cinematic Arts.
She researched Iranian-American relations for NPR’s foreign affairs program America Abroad Media, produced a short film that became a Blue Ribbon Finalist at the 2009 College Television Awards, and directed the documentary Muslims in Love, currently in distribution. She received the Multicultural Motion Picture Association's Young Filmmaker Award in 2008, sound designed the College Television Awards finalist animated film, "Topi", and production managed the Lifehouse music video Make Me Over. Russian Red #7 is her third project with director Laurie Tsou.
TINA XIULI CHEN
Ms. Xiuli (Tina) Chen is an accomplished Hollywood film producer, bi-lingual educator, and proven leader committed to developing and implementing projects that foster greater cultural exchange between the East and West.
She gained her MEd. degree from the University of Bristol (UK) and has focused her professional endeavors on early childhood development for social improvement through arts education curricula for K-12 students since 2014. She organized performances and art exhibitions at the United Nations with the themes of “live green” in 2014 and “peace” in 2015.
She is highly committed to international film projects between China and other nations with the aim of cultural exchange, particularly those based on true stories that share positive life values. She is a credited producer of the Oscar winning film, Hacksaw Ridge, directed by Mel Gibson. She is currently the appointed Coordinator to manage China Basics by Harvard University AGI “ The Basics” Project .
XIANKAI YE (SOL)
Born and raised in China, Sol is an international filmmaker and has worked on a number of short films as a producer. From Cannes to New York, she has worked for some of the most well-established companies in the industry such as Participant Media, Film Independent, and Magnolia Pictures.
She is currently earning her B.F.A in Creative Producing at the prestigious Dodge College of Film and Media Arts at Chapman University.
Max Schmige is a trained cinematographer from the prestigious American Film Institute. His work has been seen on national television such as the Oprah Network, BET and HBO. His TV & Documentary work includes Manufacturing Stoke and shooting for Danish TV3 and Kanal5. Schmige was awarded the Hollywood Foreign Press Award for his extraordinary achievements as a director of photography. His films such as Salvation Road, are FujiFilm, Caucus and DGA Award winners.
Brands Schmige has photographed for include Samsung, Time Warner Cable, and Skechers. Schmige studied film history and theory at the University of California Santa Barbara before gaining his Masters at AFI.
NANCY ANN LAI
Nancy Ann Lai, a native Los Angelian, studied at Cal State University Northridge where she received a B.S. in interior design. She has production designed numerous independent music videos and shorts, screened at LA shorts fest, Atlanta film festival, and Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film festival. Nancy also works as a union set dresser and draper.
Her latest shows include the upcoming tv series for HBO Hello Ladies, Sony/Columbia Pictures After Earth, Paramount Pictures Transformers 4, Disney's Saving Mr. Banks, and Christopher Nolan's Interstellar.