EP. 27 Sahra V. Nguyen : Writer, Director, Filmmaker

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Sahra V. Nguyen is an award-winning filmmaker, director, writer & entrepreneur currently based in Brooklyn, New York.

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Under her own production company, One Ounce Gold LLC, in Spring 2014 Sahra created and filmed a documentary web series about NYC entrepreneurs called, “Maker’s Lane,” which was co-presented by the Smithsonian APAC and featured on Colorlines.com, NBCNews.com and Huffington Post. The series celebrates innovation, creativity and trailblazers in the entrepreneurial spirit of the American Dream. Sahra + Maker’s Lane was selected as a Top 25 Finalist in CineCause Women’s Initiative 2014 in Los Angeles, CA. In 2015, Sahra launched Season 2 of Maker’s Lane.
Sahra continues her passion for storytelling and giving light to underrepresented stories as a Digital Contributor for NBC News, Blogger for Huffington Post, and Contributor for Complex Media’s NTRSCTN.com
With a passion to constantly take on new challenges, Sahra along with three friends (all under the age of 30) opened up their first storefront business in Bushwick, NY, called “Lucy’s Vietnamese Kitchen,” in March 2015. She continues her love for storytelling and passion for promoting Vietnamese American culture as the company’s Head Creative + Communications Manager. Within the first 9 months, Lucy’s Vietnamese Kitchen won “Best Vietnamese Restaurant” by popular vote and has been featured in The New York Times, Time Out New York, Zagat, VICE, and more.
In late 2015, Maker’s Lane caught the attention of a Managing Editor at NBC News. Maker’s Lane eventually evolved into a brand new series exclusively for NBC News, titled “Self-Starters.” In early 2016, Sahra created, produced, and filmed “Self-Starters” which launched the video channel for NBC Asian America and published on NBCNews.com, the official NBC News YouTube Channel, NBC News app for mobile and smart TV, and NBC Asian America Facebook page. “Self-Starters” was nominated for the EPPY Awards and LA Press Club Awards.
Mid-2016, Sahra sold her second documentary series to NBCNews.com, “Deported,” which follows the grassroots fight to end deportation of Cambodian Americans from the U.S. to Cambodia. Under her own production company, One Ounce Gold, she filmed the doc in Seattle, Philadelphia, New York City, and Cambodia. “Deported” was nominated alongside CNN’s Lisa Ling’s “This is Life” and won the 2018 NAMIC Vision Award for Best Digital Media, Long Form.

 

On This Episode (Listen HERE)
How does a day look like as a filmmaker, production company owner and a restaurant co-owner?
Why it’s important to her to cover underrepresented voices in media.
Infusing her personal experiences in her storytelling.
Her Documentary Deported.
How did she get her work on NBC News
The business side of filmmaking.
Social Justice and Storytelling.

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