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S. LEO CHIANG started his documentary career directing and editing Directing: How to Get There for Directors Guild of America, in which he documented early careers of several well-known filmmakers including Robert Wise, Norman Jewison, and Steven Spielberg. He went on to make One + One, a documentary about mixed HIV-status couples (CINE Golden Eagle Award, 2002). Leo has worked on many non-fiction programs for commercial cable television as a director and/or producer. Most recently, he spent almost two years working on such productions in Asia. Leo returned to the US in 2006 to complete To You Sweetheart, Aloha for its US public television broadcast.

Leo is also an experienced editor and cinematographer. His projects have been broadcasted nationally on HBO, Discovery, PBS, Showtime, and screened at various film festivals around the world. Leo holds a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering and received his MFA in film production from University of Southern California.

MERCEDES COATS has directed and produced the award-winning documentaries Little Stars, about the unpredictable and challenging world of child actors, and Seoul II Soul, about a Korean/African-American family in post-riot Los Angeles (National PBS premiere presented by NAATA, Feb 2002). Her work has been seen on PBS, in educational video series for the California Science Center and others, and in family films and television seen on Showtime and distributed theatrically by Sony Pictures. She is the recipient of several awards and honors, including the Alfred P. Sloan Award, an Entertainment Weekly film scholarship, and the Women in Film/Paramount Pictures Crystal Award scholarship. Mercedes recently collaborated with her USC film school classmate, S. Leo Chiang, to make To You Sweetheart, Aloha which won the Audience Award at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival in 2005. She earned her MFA in Film Production from USC’s School of Cinema-Television in 1999, and holds a BA in Theatre from Occidental College.

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