Filmmaker Bio

Deann Borshay LiemDeann Borshay Liem has over 20 years of experience working in the development, production and distribution of educational and public television programming. Her first film, First Person Plural (POV 2000; encore Aug. 10, 2010), was nominated for an Emmy. She was also co-executive producer for Spencer Nakasako's Kelly Loves Tony (POV 1998) and the Emmy-winning a.k.a. Don Bonus (POV 1996). She served as co-producer for Marianne Teleki's Special Circumstances. Liem is the former director of the National Asian American Telecommunications Association (now the Center for Asian American Media), where she supervised the development, distribution and broadcast of new films for public television and worked with Congress to support minority representation in public media. She was a Sundance Institute Fellow and a recipient of a Rockefeller Film/Video Fellowship for In the Matter of Cha Jung Hee. She lives in the San Francisco Bay area with her husband, Paul, and her son, Nicholas.