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Martha Burr

Martha Burr received her PhD in American Studies at New York University, where she also studied filmmaking after attending Harvard as an undergraduate. She has directed music videos for record companies such as Interscope, which aired on MTV's various shows, and worked in other film production capacities. Burr is a consultant for museums, including the Cowgirl Hall of Fame Museum, Fort Worth, Texas, and for documentaries such as the recent Kungfu: The Animal Within for the Discovery Channel. From 1997-2003 she was the Executive Editor of Kungfu magazine. In this role she pioneered three Special Issue magazines devoted exclusively to the Shaolin Temple. She has traveled extensively throughout China and works with many international martial arts organizations, including the leaders of the Chinese Wushu Association and Shaolin Temple. Burr was honored by her peers with the Outstanding Contribution award in the Hall of Fame of the USA Wushu Kungfu Federation in 1999.

Mei-Juin Chen

Mei-Juin Chen is a native of Taipei, Taiwan. After graduating from Taiwan University in 1989, she moved to Los Angeles, where she received an M.A. in Film and Anthropology at the University of Southern California and embarked on a career as a documentary filmmaker. Her award-winning films have been shown on television in the U.S., Asia and Europe, and in major international film festivals. Her previous work, The Worlds of Mei Lanfang, on the life and art of the extraordinary Chinese Opera star, Mei Lanfang, debuted at the Berlin Film Festival 2000 and won honors from Lincoln Center and Women in Film. Chen has translated and subtitled some 250 films from English into Chinese. She also has translated and subtitled a number of vintage kungfu movies from Chinese into English. She frequently writes on American culture and film for Taiwanese and Chinese publications. She is currently producing TV documentaries for Sony Columbia Pictures and making a new documentary on ancient Chinese musical theater with support from the Taiwanese National Culture and Arts Foundation.

Teodoro Maniaci
Director of Photography

Teodoro Maniaci has shot 20 commercial and documentary features since graduating from New York University with an MFA in film production. Several of these critically acclaimed features have premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and at Cannes, including The Business of Strangers and The Tao of Steve. His experimental documentary for Laurie Anderson premiered at Berlin International Film Festival in 2002.

John Zorn

John Zorn is a New York based avant-garde musician who has longtime interests in cultural collisions and interfaces. Zorn is known for his eclectic compositions and improvisational style. He often works with Asian musicians and Asian themes. He has composed dozens of film scores and scored Mei-Juin Chen's first documentary, Hollywood Hotel, in 1994.

Beau Bridges

Beau Bridges is the son of actor Lloyd Bridges and brother of actor Jeff Bridges, with whom he co-starred in The Fabulous Baker Boys. Bridges has starred in many films and television shows since he began acting in 1967, and has won several Emmy awards. He has four children and lives with his wife Wendy in Southern California.

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