Valerie Soe

Writer, Director, Producer, Editor

Valerie Soe is a San Francisco writer, educator, and artist whose experimental videos and installations, which look at gender and cultural identity and anti-racism struggles, have exhibited at venues such as the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles the Museum of Modern Art and the New Museum in New York City, and at film festivals worldwide. Her most recent award-winning documentary, The Chinese Gardens (2010) has exhibited widely across the country. Soe is also the author of the blog, which looks at Asian American art, film, culture, and activism. beyondasiaphilia is the recipient of a 2012 Art Writers’ Grant from the Creative Capital/Andy Warhol Foundation, one of only seven such grants awarded in the U.S. She is an Associate Professor in the Asian American Studies Department at San Francisco State University, where she teaches film history and production, cultural criticism, art and social practice, and media

John M. Kiffmeyer


John M. Kiffmeyer is a San Francisco based digital cinematographer with premier status on three different airlines. His documentary work screened at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, his corporate work is all over the Internet and infomercial work appears nightly on obscure cable channels. He is currently shooting documentaries about income inequality and toxic chemicals in furniture.

Ryan J. Frias

Supervising Sound Editor and Re-recording Mixer

Ryan J. Frias (supervising sound editor and re-recording mixer) is a San Francisco based audio engineer, sound editor and re-recording mixer, and his experience spans all forms of media, from film to music to interactive to video games. His intentions with each project are to help support the story through sound to the point where his work is invisible to the audience. Ryan was the sound designer for Valerie Soe’s The Oak Park Story and his more recent work includes Star Wars: The Old Republic and Guild Wars 2.

Charlie Corriea

Title Animator

Charlie Corriea is the director of the short animated film, Fu-de. He is the recipient of the Best Emerging Filmmaker award at the 2011 Mendocino Film Festival. Charlie has completed animation on a number of independent documentary film projects including Watershead, produced by Robert Redford, The Chinese Gardens by Valerie Soe, and Ed Hardy: Tattoo the World by Emiko Omori.


Funded by

San Francisco Arts Commission Cultural Equity Grants

San Francisco Arts Commission Cultural Equity Grants

San Francisco State University Office of Research and Sponsored Programs

San Francisco State University Office of Research and Sponsored Programs

César E. Chávez Institute