How to make a Documentary Film – “Builders of The Silicon Dream” Trailer – Interview with Tony Shyu

How do you make a documentary? How do you cut over 20 hours of footage into an attention-grabbing trailer? Diana Ding talks to Tony Shyu, the director and the producer of the documentary “Builders of The Silicon Dream”. Tony Shyu is a noted award-winning director, whose previous documentary about Anti-Asian sentiment caused by COVID-19, “The Race Epidemic,” won numerous Best Documentary feature film awards and was released nationwide on PBS Sept 1.

A new documentary film titled “Builders of The Silicon Dream” is set to premiere this year, exploring the experiences of Asian American entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley. It screened in Cupertino in May this year. The documentary film tells the story of the immigrants who have made significant contributions to the growth and success of Silicon Valley. The film examines the foundation of the American spirit by looking into Silicon Valley, where many immigrants have become successful entrepreneurs. It highlights the stories of immigrants who have started businesses, joined the tech workforce, and brought diverse perspectives and experiences to the region.

The film delves into the history of Silicon Valley, from the early Chinese immigrants who came to California during the Gold Rush and the building of railroads to the Immigration Act of 1964, which led to a new wave of highly educated overseas students studying in the US. It features interviews with successful Asian American entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley from a variety of backgrounds who have made their mark on the tech industry, including founders of successful startups and engineers who have contributed to groundbreaking technologies. Their story of achieving their American dream by overcoming traditional traits and odds to become thriving leaders of their corporations will inspire generations to come, and it’s what makes Silicon Valley unique.

The film includes interviews with notable Asian American entrepreneurs, scholars, and leaders in Silicon Valley, including Kenneth Fong, Tai-Li Hsu, Hsing Kung, and the family of David Tsang, Rose Tseng, Annabell Saxenian, Chenming Hu, Evan Low, etc. “Builders of the Silicon Dream” is a must-see film for anyone interested in entrepreneurship, leadership, and the immigrant experience. It provides a unique perspective on what makes Silicon Valley a special place for entrepreneurs and how Asian Americans have contributed to its success.


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