Frances “Frankie” Rubio is a Filipinx-American filmmaker with a prior career in academia and advertising. She recently produced The New Yorker’s Herselves, directed by Kristy Choi and has since produced narrative short films around Asian women and their familial relationships. Frankie also runs an award-winning entertainment marketing agency called High End (highend.af). Frankie was an Upright Citizens Brigade Diversity Scholar, and a finalist for Wavelength Productions’ First-Time Director Grant and Sundance’s Creative Producing Lab. Sarah S. Kim is a creative producer of the critically acclaimed feature films August at Akiko’s (IFFR) and I Was a Simple Man directed by Christopher Makoto Yogi, which has been supported by the Sundance Labs and Sundance Catalyst, Gotham, Film Independent, Jerome Foundation, and Cinereach. She’s also produced several international co-productions and documentaries, most recently Crossings directed by Deann Borshay Liem. She is a Film Independent Producers Lab and IFP Cannes Producers Network fellow.
While we’ve seen the rise of anti-Asian racism, we’ve also seen the rise of solidarity efforts within Asian American communities, with Asian-Black solidarity movements, and with other BIPOC communities. Here are seven documentary shorts that reflect this moment in time as our community grapples with grief and how to rebuild our lives to make room for more joy and hope. This is a co-production with A-DOC and WORLD Channel.