Lynn True, Producer/Director
Lynn True is a New York-based filmmaker. After growing up in South Korea, India, Chicago, Washington D.C., Arizona's Hopi reservation, and suburban Oregon, Lynn and her family settled in New York City. She received a joint degree in Urban Studies and Architecture from Brown University and began her film career as an assistant editor at NBC News and PBS. She has since gone on to make independent films including iThemba|Hope (Sundance Channel, 2005), about an HIV+ choir from South Africa; and LUMO (Student Academy Award winner, PBS's POV, 2007), a documentary that intimately follows a young woman in the Democratic Republic of Congo and her process of recovery after being violently raped.
She is also an independent curator at New York's Maysles Cinema in Harlem where she and Nelson Walker are co-founders and directors of the Tibet in Harlem and Congo in Harlem film festivals which are aimed at presenting and promoting the works of established and emerging Tibetan and Congolese filmmakers and artists.
Nelson Walker, Producer/Director
Nelson Walker began his career working on documentaries for Discovery Channel, History Channel, and PBS's NOVA. His directorial debut, iThemba|Hope – a documentary about an HIV+ choir from South Africa – aired on Sundance Channel in 2005. Nelson has worked extensively in Tibet, as a visiting instructor at Tibet University in Lhasa and contributor to the Tibetan & Himalayan Library. His film LUMO – about a young Congolese woman recovering from a traumatic fistula – won a Student Academy Award, the President's Award at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, and aired nationally on PBS's POV series in 2007. Nelson holds a B.A. from Brown University and an MFA in Film Directing from Columbia University.
Tsering Perlo, Co-Director
Tsering Perlo founded Rabsal, a local Tibetan NGO that engages Tibetans in filmmaking to preserve and regenerate Tibetan culture and customs. He lives in Dzachukha (Shiqu) County, Ganzi Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture and graduated from the Sichuan Province Tibetan School (SPTI). Perlo has worked with numerous organizations, including the Tibet Fund, The Bridge Fund, and the Tibetan & Himalayan Library at the University of Virginia. Perlo is the first recipient of the Machik Fellowship, a program designed to support dynamic Tibetan change-makers working to strengthen their communities and environments.