| GRANT RECIPIENTS: SONYA CHI, PRODUCER
Chi was born and raised in Miami, Florida
and studied film at the University of Miami.
After graduating with a B.S. in
Communications (Motion Picture and Graphic
Design), she began her career as a boom
operator on commercials and narrative films.
She then went on to work as a videographer
and interviewer for Steven Spielberg's
documentary, "The Survivor of Shonah."
Following this project, she moved to London
to produce her first feature length film,
"Melody's Her 2nd Name." In 2000, she served
as a board member of the Film, Print and
Broadcast Advisory Board in Miami. Ms. Chi
earned her MFA in producing from the
American Film Institute (AFI).
Ms. Chi's interest in film began as a child
born into a family with a multi-cultural
background. Raised in a traditional Chinese
home that was heavily influenced by both the
Latin and American cultures, Ms. Chi
developed a desire to produce films about
her unique upbringing and cultural roots as
a Chinese-Cuban-American woman. "Shui Hen,"
Ms. Chi's thesis film at AFI is based on her
mother's journey as a teenage girl raised in
China who had to cope with rejoining her
estranged family in Cuba after fifteen years
of separation. Ms. Chi is thrilled to be the
recipient of the Caucus grant and looks
forward to completing her film.