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Bao Nguyen


"As a filmmaker, I don't find beauty and authenticity to be mutually exclusive.
My goal as a filmmaker is to find the harmony between the two..."


Google "OK Google"

NBC/Saturday Night Live "Live From New York!"

US State Department "Rhino Man"

ABOUT Bao Nguyen

Born and raised in the suburbs of Washington, DC, Bao grew up in a Vietnamese immigrant household where creativity was not necessarily encouraged. His parents, who fled war-torn Vietnam as refugees, owned a small business which Bao worked at on the weekends starting at a young age. However, even as a child, he often escaped into his own imagination, sketching out stories in his mind and on paper. He would draw storyboard after storyboard and when he ran out sheets of paper to sketch on, he began drawing images onto thin air. He shot his first video when he was 8, taking what was supposed to be a written school assignment one step further. His love for the visual arts grew as time went on and is now fortunate enough to have turned his childhood passion into a career.

His past work has been seen in the New York Times, HBO, NBC, Vice, ARTE, and PBS and past clients include Google, McDonald’s, the US Department of State, Microsoft, Hugo Boss, Hewlett Packard, Amnesty International, Disaronno, Intercontinental Hotels, among many others. He has directed, produced, and shot a number of short films, which have played internationally in numerous festivals and museums including MoMA and the Smithsonian. His graduate thesis film, “Julian”, won a CINE Golden Eagle Award, the Best Student Documentary Short at the Palm Springs ShortsFest, Special Jury Prize at DOCNYC, and was nominated for an IDA Award. He was the producer and cinematographer of “Nuoc 2030”, a feature narrative set in near future Vietnam which opened the Panorama section of the 2014 Berlin International Film Festival and was a recipient of the Tribeca Film Institute Sloan Filmmaker Award. His feature doc directorial debut, “Live From New York” opened the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival and was broadcast nationally in primetime on NBC, preceding the 41st season premiere of Saturday Night Live. He is a 2011 PBS/WGBH Producers Workshop Fellow, an alumnus of the 2012 and 2014 Berlinale Talent Campus, and a Firelight Media Fellow. He earned his BA at NYU and his MFA at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. He currently splits his time between Asia and the United States.

“People often say documentaries don’t look cinematic and that narrative/scripted projects don’t feel real and authentic enough. As a filmmaker, I don’t find beauty and authenticity to be mutual exclusive. My goal as a filmmaker is to find the harmony between the two; making the reality in front of us cinematic and beautiful. Working with real locations, real people, and bringing those true-to-life stories and worlds into my film aesthetic is my passion.”

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