Mei-Juin Chen is a Taiwanese independent filmmaker based in Los Angeles and Taipei. She has directed and produced more than a dozen films in a career spanning 25 years, including twelve documentaries, one feature-length fiction film and six shorts. Her award-winning work has appeared in major film festivals and on TV stations around the world. After graduating from Taiwan University in 1989, Mei-Juin moved to Los Angeles, where she studied ethnographic filmmaking and received an M.A. in visual anthropology from the University of Southern California. In 1993, she founded Lotus Films, and embarked on a career as a documentary filmmaker, pursuing projects in Asia and the United States. Mei-Juin has received the Most Outstanding Asian Artist Special Award from Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, and honor from Women Make Film; and the Silver Chris Award from Columbus International Film Festival, the oldest film festival in the U.S.
Established in 1993, Lotus Films is a production company specializing in cross-cultural projects that span East and West. It is best known for a series of films that depict social outsiders who pursue big dreams but are caught between different worlds. These stories are sometimes set against the struggle of Chinese cultural traditions to stay relevant in the modern world. Several examine the lives of creative pioneers in the arts, entertainment, and popular culture who seek to bridge the divide between Asia on the one hand and Europe and America on the other. More recently, Lotus has produced works that explore the historical experience of Taiwan and the question of Taiwanese cultural identity.
Ned Anthony is a producer and writer specializing in films on East Asia. His work with Lotus Films includes the documentaries Woman of the Southern Wind and The Double Life of Li Xianglan. He also has assisted Lotus in the development of new projects. In addition to his work in film, Ned has helped initiate and obtain support for a wide array of educational and cultural ventures. Among these is a multivolume publication series, the Culture and Civilization of China, published by Yale University Press. Ned graduated with honors with a BA degree in History from the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Martha Burr received her Ph.D. in American Studies at NYU, where she also studied filmmaking, after attending Harvard College as an undergraduate. Martha was Executive Editor of Kungfu magazine from 1997-2002, has traveled extensively covering wushu around the world, and has directed and produced documentary films for PBS and National Geographic. She is currently Communications Director of the International Wushu Federation (IWUF). Martha also writes and produces video content for Jetli.com.