May Lin fell into the clutches of documentary by accident when she tired of her growing collection of unwieldy corporate ballpoint pens and traded business journalism for the more pastoral current affairs unit down the corridor of Singapore's only dedicated television news channel. After spending five years cutting her teeth directing TV shows on topics from celebrities to pets, health to technology, and political and economic analysis to social-investigative pieces, May Lin came to Stanford to learn the documentary craft so she can tell the stories of extraordinary dignity in ordinary lives.
May Lin's work has been chosen to represent Channel News Asia at international competitions such as the New York Festival, CBA Broadcasting Awards and the International Emmy Awards.
Media Education Scheme Scholarship, Media Development Authority (Singapore), 2006-2008
The Harvey Fellows Program, Mustard Seed Foundation, 2007-2008
VIDEO DURATION: 14:08 MIN.
An exploration of the space between reality and make-believe, the film peers into the curious charm of America's oldest storybook theme park - Oakland's Children's Fairyland, through the eyes of its best volunteer, 9-year-old Melyssa.
16mm color film
VIDEO DURATION: 7:07 MIN.
A reflection on a mother's resolute love as she confronts the fragile promise of life through the eyes of her son. A quiet film about finding an anchor in the uncertainties of the everyday.
With implacable resolve and well-worn boots, two plain-speaking California cowgirls steward both land and beast through the uncertain seasons. Their trusty mares accompany them in the craggy valleys and in the brokenness of their own lives, bringing redemption and restoration.
16mm black and white film
VIDEO DURATION: 5:20 MIN.
Welcome to Richmond California where children neither walk to school, nor go to the park; not if they want to live past the age of 18. Fed up with the gun violence decimating the city's young male population, residents took over the four most dangerous parks; camping in 'Tent Cities' in a desperate stand for peace. Let 9-year-old twins Mustapha and Jyeshria explain why kids are killing kids in Richmond.