First Vote (working title)

About the Film

The film explores the political awakening of a new generation of Chinese immigrants, now the largest single group of arrivals each year into the United States.  Featuring new American voters living in battleground states in the South and Rustbelt, the film chronicles their unexpected political journeys as they embrace democracy and freedom of speech in a divided America.  

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Filmmakers

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Yi Chen, Director/Producer/Cinematographer 

Yi Chen is an independent documentary filmmaker based in Washington, DC. Her work has been supported by ITVS, Center for Asian American Media, Southern Documentary Fund, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, and the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center. She’s a 2018 Associate of the Investigative Reporting Program at UC Berkeley and a 2017 Docs In Progress Fellow. Yi was named “Filmmaker of the Month” by the DC Film Office in 2013. She has produced multimedia content for the Smithsonian Institution, United Nations, Financial Times, WAMU 88.5, National Geographic, and Voice of America. Her most recent film, Chinatown, aired on PBS station WHUT and won an IndieCapitol Award for Best Documentary Short. Yi received her Master of Fine Arts in film production from American University and has taught documentary production and editing at George Mason University.

image1.jpegDiane Quon, Producer 

Diane lived in Los Angeles for over 17 years before moving back to her hometown of Chicago. While in LA, Diane worked at NBC and at Paramount Pictures where she was last the Vice President of Marketing. Diane is producing multiple documentaries with Kartemquin Films including the 2018 Sundance award-winning film, Minding the Gap directed by Bing Liu; Left-Handed Pianist along with Chicago Tribune arts critic Howard Reich, and co-directed by Leslie Simmer and Kartemquin founder Gordon Quinn; and The Dilemma of Desire with Peabody Award-winning director Maria Finitzo. Diane is a Film Independent Doc Lab (2017) and Fast Track Fellow (2017, 2018). She is also developing a fiction film based on the New York Times best-selling book Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

Su Kim, Consulting Producer  su

Su Kim is a documentary producer in New York City. Her work has received numerous grants including from ITVS, Sundance Documentary Fund, NYSCA, California Humanities Council and Tribeca Film Institute. She was a 2015 Women at Sundance Fellow. Currently, she is producing One Bullet Afghanistan with director Carol Dysinger, Sanson and Me with director Rodrigo Reyes, Free Chol Soo Lee with directors Eugene Yi and Julia Ha and Midnight Traveler with director Hassan Fazili and producer Emelie Mahdavian. Her most recent film Hale County This Morning, This Evening with director RaMell Ross and producer Joslyn Barnes premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival and won U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Creative Vision. 


Contribute to the Film

Help us offset production costs.  Every donation makes a difference.  Donations are tax-exempt through our fiscal sponsor Southern Documentary Fund, a nonprofit arts organization that cultivates documentary projects made in or about the American South. 

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Grants, Workshops & Pitches

  • Tribeca IF/Then Midwest Pitch, St. Louis International Film Festival 2017 
  • Docs In Progress Fellowship Program 2017 
  • Southern Documentary Fund Filmmaking Grant 2017 
  • Docs In Progress Peer Pitch 2017 
  • UC Berkeley Investigative Reporting Program Professional Workshops for Independent Documentary Filmmakers Spring 2018 
  • ITVS Diversity Development Fund 2018 
  • CAAM Documentary Fund 2018 
  • Docs In Progress Documentary Roundtable 2018 
  • Double Exposure Investigative Film Festival Docs In Progress Industry Pitch 2018