CATHERINE KYUNGEUN LEE _ director
Catherine Lee is an economist-turned-award-winning-filmmaker and a humanitarian worker with experience in 18 countries across Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Born in South Korea, she dedicated her studies at Yale and Harvard Universities and a decade of professional work to policies and projects addressing injustices.
With increasing indignation, Catherine saw failure over and over again. Concluding that hearts must be moved for social change, she began storytelling via film and eventually left full-time work to do. In addition to 9at38, her directorial debut which has screened across four continents including Tribeca Film Festival and UN in Geneva, Lee has produced award-winning films for European, American, and Asian broadcast outlets. She is currently completing several projects including a feature documentary about a former child soldier turned Harvard graduate who brings together young leaders from warring tribes in his country, South Sudan, the world's youngest and also called "most broken." She is currently based in East Africa, with frequent travel to New York and Seoul.
T.R. BOYCE JR. _ producer
T.R. Boyce, Jr. is an award-winning producer who has had the privilege to work on sets with filmmakers ranging from Steven Spielberg to Mike Nichols, from Frank Marshall to Scott Rudin. An IFP Filmmaker Alumni, TAP Fellow and a TFI All-Access Alum, Boyce produced the Chrysler Million Dollar Film Festival winning short “Gabriel Y Gato” and in 2013 completed his first feature, THE FORGOTTEN KINGDOM, a feature narrative set in Southern Africa that won numerous awards including three Africa Movie Academy Awards. His second feature AMIRA & SAM was released in 2015 by Drafthouse Films and his latest, THE YELLOW BIRDS, premiered in competition at Sundance 2017 and is scheduled to release nationally in May 2018. With Catherine, he is co-directing and producing a feature documentary titled SEEDS OF A NATION set in East Africa and has narrative films ADAMS APPLE, EXPECTING GRACE and RECESS in development.
CIARA LACY _ producer
Ciara Lacy's documentaries have shown across theaters as well as aired on Netflix, PBS, ABC, TLC, Discovery, Bravo and A&E. Ciara is honored to have been selected as the inaugural Sundance Institute Merata Mita Fellow, Firelight Media's Documentary Lab, the Sundance Institute and Time Warner Foundation, the Sundance Institute’s NativeLab, Tribeca All Access, the Princess Grace Foundation, and IFP. Her feature-length documentary OUT OF STATE premiered this June at the LA Film Festival and most recently won Best Documentary Feature Film at the Cayman International Film Festival. She is proud to say that she was one of 16 directors who worked on the film 11/8/16, which chronicles last year's turbulent elections in the U.S. After its premiere at LACMA this October, the film will go to theaters and Netflix on November 3rd. Ciara holds a BA from Yale University, and is a lecturer at the University of Hawaii West Oahu.
SARAH S. KIM _ producer
Sarah S. Kim, born in Busan, South Korea and now living in New York, received her BA at UCLA School of Theater, Film & TV for production and MFA from the City College of New York where she studied under Chantal Akerman. She has produced features including an international co-production period feature shot in North Korea. Currently she is producing a Sundance Feature Film labs supported feature called I WAS A SIMPLE MAN. Previously, she worked as a screener in the programming committee for AFI Fest, the Sundance NHK award and Sundance Documentary Fund, and worked as program coordinator for the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival and the Korean American Film Festival New York. She has also worked as an assistant director and an editor for Mnet TV and Yahoo. She is a recipient of the Motion Pictures of America Association Award, Peter Stark Memorial Award, Armed With a Camera Fellowship, and the New York Women in Film & Television scholarship award.
CHAPIN HALL _ director of photography
Chapin Hall is a Director of Photography and Camera Operator with over 10 years of experience shooting narrative fiction, avant-garde art, and documentary films around the globe. He has lensed projects for HBO, Showtime, MTV, PBS, NOVA, as well as fashion giants such as ELLE and Le Magazine EVER in Paris to name just a few. Offering the very best mix of technical expertise and artistry, his energetic approach to cinematography and deep trust for the collaborative spirit of film consistently brings about images dripping with meaning.
EUGENE YI _ editor, co-producer
Eugene Yi is an award-winning editor, filmmaker and journalist. He has edited documentary and narrative feature films, including OUT OF MY HAND, which premiered at the 2015 Berlinale, was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award, and won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2015 Los Angeles Film Festival; and FAREWELL FERRIS WHEEL, which premiered earlier this year at AFI Docs and was selected to be part of the 2014 Film Independent Documentary Lab. His video work has been featured in The New York Times, where he worked as a video editor, and at other online outlets, including Frontline and Deadspin. He served as assistant editor on INSIDE JOB (2010), which won the 2010 Academy Award for Best Documentary. He is a native of Los Angeles and a graduate of Brown University
JONATHAN ZALBEN _ music supervisior
Jonathan Zalben’s music for film and television has been featured at Sundance, Slamdance, SXSW, Tribeca, Berlin, LA Film Festival, and AFI Docs. He has written music for documentaries including: Oscar-nominated REDEMPTION (HBO), THE GREATEST MOVIE EVER SOLD (Sony Pictures Classics), THERE'S SOMETHING WRONG WITH AUNT DIANE (HBO), HOTEL 22 (New York Times Op-Docs), DOUBLETIME (Discovery), CITY OF BORDERS (ITVS), HOW I GOT OVER and THE PERFECT LIFE. Zalben received an MA in music composition and multimedia from New York University, a BA in music from Yale University, and studied violin and music composition at Juilliard Pre-College.
JOSE GONZALEZ PALMA _ music composer
Jose Gonzalez Palma is a composer, producer, and audio engineer in Brooklyn, NY. He has composed scores for several independent short films, online ad campaigns, fashion projects, and commercial music for other artists and bands. Originally from Venezuela, Jose has been working in music in the United States for over 15 years and his wide range of styles allow him to create music that touches the heart of everyone and enhances the emotional impact of any project he sets music to. Working closely with director Catherine Lee on 9 AT 38, Jose wanted to express her precise vision and unmatched passion for the project and convey a message that resonates deeply with him due to similar political tensions existing in his home country Venezuela. Jose's other work can be found at www.soundcloud.com/SoundKitect.
DANIEL PAGAN _ sound supervisor and designer
Emmy-nominated Daniel Pagan is a post Supervising Sound Editor and Sound Designer based in LA. Known for major studio films such as A BEAUTIFUL MIND, WATCHMAN, INFERNO and THE DAVINCI CODE, Pagan has also contributed to independent films. He brings over 20 years of post experience in sound effects, sound design, and sound editing.
Y. MICHELE KANG _ executive producer
Michele Kang founded Cognosante in 2008 to transform the U.S. healthcare system through innovative IT solutions. Under her leadership, Cognosante has emerged as one of the most trusted partners to key Federal and state health agencies. In 2015, she was named EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® and honored on the 2017 FedHealthIT100 list, recognized for driving change and advancement in the Federal health IT market. Consistent with Cognosante’s overall vision, Michele founded Cognosante Foundation to give back to the community, and she founded Cognosante Ventures to identify, invest in, and mentor early-stage health technology and data analytics companies. Ms. Kang received a BA in Economics from the University of Chicago and an MBA from Yale.
JEFF HOFFMAN _ executive producer
Jeff enters his third career with the founding of a new entertainment and media company—Above the Clouds. Jeff’s first career was that of a clinical psychologist and researcher before he founded social impact consulting-management firm Danya International, where he provided strategic leadership in public health communications and research, monitoring and evaluation, and training and technical assistance across the United States and East Africa. He also is the co-author of the best-selling substance abuse treatment and relapse prevention program titled Living in Balance: Moving From a Life of Addiction to a Life of Recovery and co-developer of the Adolescent Smoking Cessation Escaping Nicotine and Tobacco (ASCENT) program. Jeff received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, an M.A. in Family Studies and Child Development from Stanford University, and a B.A. in Liberal Arts from Michigan State University.