March 18, 2011 Los Angeles – MANAA is pleased to announce the selection of Mr. Bao Nguyen as its recipient of the Student Scholarship Award for Academic year 2010–2011. His documentary film, “A Tree Falls in the Forest” was compelling and visually striking as it revealed the aftermath of 9/11 and its impact to the New York’s Chinatown community and business.
Mr. Nguyen is a student in the School of Visual Arts in New York. He was selected from a number of very talented candidates, but his work stood out. One of the scholarship committee members stated, “Bao’s piece shows great potential. His film on New York’s Chinatown post-9/11 proves that the community is lacking the attention it deserves.”
Another committee member stated, “The aesthetics, interview subjects, and production value of Bao’s film is exceptional. I can see him breaking into mainstream work.” One of his instructors, Deborah Dickson, stated in her nominating letter, “Bao’s work as a cinematographer stood out from the beginning. He brings care and vision to whatever he does… He will bring a special point of view and sensitivity to the story [of the Vietnamese fishing community after the BP oil spill] as a Vietnamese-American.” We look forward to Mr. Nguyen being an important voice in film in the years to come.