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May Lin Au Yong

May Lin Au Yong

Documentary Film and Video


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

Under a Storybook Sky 

hd video
JUNE, 2008

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.

Awards, Festivals, and Screenings

Honorable Mention in Documentary, Next Reel International Film Festival, Singapore, 2010

Keeping House 

16mm color film
JUNE, 2007

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.

Awards, Festivals, and Screenings

National PBS Broadcast, P.O.V., 2007
Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica Student Film Festival

Gentle Creatures 

digital video
Co-directed by Kelcey Edwards
MARCH, 2007

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.

Awards, Festivals, and Screenings

Silverdocs AFI/Discovery Channel Documentary Festival, 2008
Director's Choice (3rd place), Black Maria Film Festival, 2008

Bullet Proof Vest 

16mm black and white film

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.

Awards, Festivals, and Screenings

Honorable Mention, Best Documentary Short, Worldwide Short Film Fest, 2007
Nominee, David Wolper Student Award, 2007
Honorable Mention, Documentary, Angelus Student Film Festival, 2007
Grand Jury Prize, Independent Lens Online Festival, 2007
Nominee, Cinematic Vision Award, Silverdocs AFI/Discovery Channel Documentary Festival, 2007
Best Student Director, San Francisco Frozen Film Festival, 2007
San Francisco Frozen Film Fest, 2007
National PBS Broadcast, P.O.V., 2007
Edinburgh International Film Festival, 2008
Flickerfest, Australia, 2008
Los Angeles Film Festival, 2007
Ann Arbor Film Festival, 2008
Cinequest Film Festival, 2008
True/False Film Festival, 2008
IFP Center, New York, Short Attention Span Cinema, 2008
Independent Exposure Touring Program, 2007
Rhode Island Film Festival, 2007
Mill Valley Film Festival, 2007



June 14, 2008

Free and open to the public

June 12, 2007

free and open to the public

March 20, 2007

Free and open to the public

Annenberg Auditorium
December 12, 2006

Free and open to the public

Annenberg Auditorium