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Mina T. Son

Mina T. Son

Documentary Film and Video


Mina T. Son is an award-winning Korean American documentary filmmaker originally from Garden Grove, California. She ventured into the world of filmmaking in 2006 with her first short documentary, In My Home, about her experience as a full-time caretaker for her mother. In 2007, she was awarded the Armed with a Camera Fellowship from Visual Communications, a premier Asian Pacific media arts center in the United States, and completed her second short documentary, Past the Food, about a Vietnamese American man’s experience with compulsive binge eating. Mina’s films have screened at several prestigious film festivals and museums including the National Gallery of Art, Margaret Mead, Mill Valley, Starz Denver, and Cinequest. She is a two-time Student Academy Award Regional Finalist and her other awards include Best Short Documentary at the San Diego Asian Film Festival and a CINE Golden Eagle Award. A recent graduate of the M.F.A. in Documentary Film and Video at Stanford University, Mina makes films on an eclectic range of topics that share a common thread of offering glimpses into underrepresented and rarely seen subjects. Her thesis film is a short observational documentary following two Korean students who attend the California School for the Deaf. She is a recipient of the 2010-11 College Art Association Professional-Development Fellowship in the Visual Arts.


College Art Association Professional-Development Fellowship in the Visual Arts, 2010
Korean American Scholarship Foundation, 2010

Making Noise in Silence 

hd video
JUNE, 2011
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Making Noise in Silence immerses viewers into a completely Deaf world.  From the perspective of two Korean high school students, whose families immigrated to the U.S. in search of a better life, the film explores the richness and complexities of Deaf culture.

Awards, Festivals, and Screenings

Loni Ding Award in Social Issue Documentary, Center for Asian American Media (CAAM), San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival, 2012
Best Documentary Short, San Diego Asian Film Festival, 2011
Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival, 2012
Deaffest (UK), 2012
Bernal Heights Outdoor Cinema, 2012
Korean Film Festival - Australia, 2012
DOCUTAH Southern Utah International Documentary Film Festival, 2012
NextFrame International Student Film Festival, 2012
Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, 2012
Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, 2012
Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival, 2012
United Nations Association Film Festival (UNAFF), 2011

An Architect's Vision 

16mm color film
JUNE, 2010
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A short documentary that questions the relationship between sight and architecture, An Architect's Vision is a glimpse into the world of Chris Downey, an architect who is blind. Discover with him what makes a building beautiful if you cannot see it and how one overcomes the challenge of designing structures without sight.

Awards, Festivals, and Screenings

Director’s Choice (3rd Prize), Black Maria Film + Video Festival, 2011
Finalist, Region 1, Student Academy Awards, 2011
KQED Truly CA, 2015
Newport Beach Film Festival, 2011
Webcast on Truly CA Shorts, KQED, San Francisco, 2011
Kinoki Film Festival, 2011
San Francisco Film Society - Cinema by the Bay, 2010

Top Spin 

hd video
Co-directed by Sara Newens
MARCH, 2010
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With hard work and family sacrifice, a young table tennis champion works towards becoming one of the top players in the world.

Awards, Festivals, and Screenings

Regional Finalist, Student Academy Awards, 2010
CINE Golden Eagle Award, Student Division – Documentary, 2010
Best Short Documentary, San Diego Asian Film Festival, 2010
Cinema by the Bay, San Francisco Film Society, 2011
Traverse City Film Festival, 2011
Asian American International Film Festival, 2011
Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, 2011
Newport Beach Film Festival, 2011
San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival, 2011
Cinequest Film Festival, 2011
Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, 2011
IAWRT Asian Women’s Film Festival, 2011
LUNAfest, 2010
Mill Valley Film Festival, 2010
BendFilm, 2010
Starz Denver Film Festival, 2010
Cantor Arts Center, Party on the Edge, 2010

The Final Chapter 

16mm black and white film
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A film that explores the meaning of death for two individuals who confront mortality on a daily basis.

Awards, Festivals, and Screenings

Buying and Selling: Stanford Student Filmmakers on Bay Area Economies, Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University, 2013
Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, 2011
NextFrame International Student Film and Video Festival, 2011
Bay Area Student Experimental Film Festival, 2010 
Margaret Mead Film and Video Festival, 2010
FilmLab Festival, (UK), 2010



June 11, 2011

Free and open the public

June 11, 2010

Free and open to the public

March 18, 2010

Free and open to the public

December 10, 2009

Free and open to the public