Tea & Justice: Defying Stereotypes, Changing Law Enforcement

Crew

Producer-Director Ermena Vinluan produced the award winning 16mm dramatic short, “Frog Baby” (John Outcalt, director). She was script consultant for Su-City Pictures then worked as Kuzui Enterprises' office manager, assisting in film acquisitions for Japan and in post-production for the company's 35mm feature, “Tokyo Pop” (Fran Rubel Kuzui, director). She also produced concerts and records for Paredon Records (now in the Smithsonian Institute collection); was Associate Director of the U.C. Berkeley Jazz Program; and Artistic Director for California-Hawaii-based Sining Bayan community theatre group. She is on the board of directors of FilCRA/Filipino Civil Rights Advocates.

Editor Sandrine Isambert specializes in documentaries, including award-winning films screened at Sundance and festivals in Rotterdam, South Africa and Korea. Her most recent, PERSONS OF INTEREST won the Humanitarian Award at the Chicago International Documentary Festival plus the Women's Eye Award and honors at the River Run Film Festival. Other credits include THE DALTON EXPERIMENT about minority, low-income students on scholarship at New York City's private, exclusive Dalton School. Sandrine's projects have been broadcast on A&E, the Sundance Channel and Oxygen. She is chief editor at Witness, the Human Rights media group founded by rock legend Peter Gabriel.

Co-Producer & Post Production Supervisor Alvin Tsang was assistant editor for Thomas Allen Harris’s "That’s My Face," which screened in Harris’s retrospective at the BAM Rose Cinemas, Brooklyn. Tsang directed and wrote "Rest Area" (2001) and "A Minute with the Elders" (2000) which screened at the Chicago Asian American Showcase, Dallas Video Festival and Chicago Underground Festival. He co-produced, shot, and edited "Night For Day", an experimental documentary about cinematic works of Holocaust survivors and which screened at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival Short Film Corner. Tsang also edited "Handling the A.M.", about Asian American male stereotypes and feature film, "Love Me Through It," a "dramedy" interweaving the issues of AIDS and spirituality in the African American community.

Co-Producer Alicia Ng is a free-lance video-journalist (New York Newsday, the United Nations), formerly with the Village Voice and the San Juan Star.

Director of Photography Keiko Tsuno is an Emmy-winning documentary filmmaker and Co-Executive Director of Downtown Community Television, which provides media training to high school students and community groups.

Original music is by Composer-Violinist Jason Kao Hwang, whose contemporary opera, “The Floating Box” was listed in Opera News' Top Ten Albums of 2005. He composed music for various PBS documentaries and produced music for Martin Scorcese's Kundun.

  • Director-Producer-Writer: Ermena Vinluan
  • Executive Producers: Susan Vinluan, Frank Morrison, Andrew Rosenthal, Linda & James Dobson
  • Editor: Sandrine Isambert
  • Co-producers: Alicia Ng & Alvin Tsang
  • Director Of Photography: Keiko Tsuno
  • Original Music: Jason Kao Hwang
  • Story Consultant: Fernanda Rossi
  • Post-Production Supervisor: Alvin Tsang
  • Cartoonist: Andy MacDonald
  • Graphic Designer: Lucy Blackwell, upsidedownit.com
  • Additional Original Music: Andy Cox
  • Audio Engineer: MediaRacket
  • Narration Recordist: Tom Gambale
  • Additional Videography:

  • Anil Singh
  • Jeff Alberts
  • Alicia Ng
  • Judith Escalona
  • James Monahan
  • Ryoya Terao
  • Maria Gambale
  • Rachel Gordon
  • Jose Carrera
  • Additional Editing:

  • Joseph Chow
  • Alicia Ng
  • James Monahan
  • Alvin Tsang
  • Trailer Editors:

  • Brent Renaud
  • Alvin Tsang
  • Assistant Editor:

  • Jamie Weiss
  • Assistant Directors/Co-Producers:

  • Fabiola Santos
  • Rachel Gordon
  • Assistant Interviewer:

  • Jodi Barias
  • Production Assistants:

  • Magdalena Albizu
  • Brent Renaud
  • Troy Matthews
  • Grace Pasion
  • Richard Butts
  • Chris Moyer
  • Ben Wang
  • Visual Artists – Goddesses – Heroines:

  • Ching Valdes-Aran – Bolak Sonday I and II
  • Laurie James – The Trung Sisters
  • Lewanda Lim – Gabriela Silang
  • Mika Oshima – Amaterasu and Samurai Queen Jingo
  • Christine Quisumbing – Bolak Sonday and The Trung Sisters
  • Fernando Salicrup – Samurai Queen Jingo
  • Dr. Elaine Soto – Guan-yin Blue & Kwan-yin Gold
  • Musicians:

  • Carl Albach, trumpet
  • Robert DeBellis, alto saxophone
  • Jason Kao Hwang, violin and programming
  • Timothy Keiper, percussion
  • Patti Monson, flute, alto flute
  • Consultants:

  • Leslie J. Yerman Communications
  • Susan Kouguell
  • Su-City Pictures
  • Tod Brody
  • Tracey Izatt, DCTV/Downtown Community Television
  • Prof. Casey Jordan
  • Dr. Mayu Gonzales
  • Prof. Clarice Fineman
  • Desi del Valle - Distribution and Outreach
  • Guillermo Mangaoang - Business
  • Cynthia Bonta - Outreach
  • Researchers:

  • Joan Yoshiwara
  • Emmanuel Bravo
  • Alexa Marie Hill, assistant
  • Still Photography:

  • Rick Cook
  • Ann Fremont-Smith
  • Frank Gimpaya
  • Tony “Tone” Valdez, for Campaign for Safer Subway Stations & NYU's “Take Back the Night”
  • Additional Footage:

  • Keiko Tsuno
  • Alicia Ng
  • James Ridgeway
  • National Archives, Washington, D.C.
  • Photographs-Archival Materials:

  • National Archives, Washington, DC
  • Library of Congress
  • Getty Images
  • New York Daily News
  • Chris Conybeare, Esq.
  • Cris Vinluan
  • Eric Lachica – American Coalition for Filipino Veterans
  • Kevin Masterman, Toronto Provincial Police
  • Mary Lum
  • Michael Hill and Lane Binkley
  • Rick Cook
  • Virginia Wing
  • The families of Agnes Chan, Christine Leung and Trish Ormsby
  • Ermena Vinluan
  • Narration Coaches:

  • Jean Tawfik Brookner & Yvette Mercedes
  • Photo Editing:

  • Sandy Santra
  • Website Assistance:

  • Ted Kuster & Renee Fidz
  • Kim Howe, kimhowe.com
  • Marketing Coordinator:

    Taina Traverso
  • Marketing Assistants:

    Chia-Li Chen, Cana Vinluan and Arianna Jade Hill