OXFORD UNIVERSITY CLINICAL RESEARCH UNIT - VIETNAM
THE WELLCOME TRUST UK
As part of Fact & Fiction Films, we won multiple International Public Engagement Grants from The Wellcome Trust UK to run public engagement projects. In collaboration with Oxford University Clincial Research Unit Vietnam (OUCRU-VN) we ran media projects throughout Vietnam that focused on health and science: Health in the Backyard, Place of Change and GameLAB.
HEALTH IN THE BACKYARD
Health in the Backyard is a public engagement project in connection with the zoonotic research being conducted at OUCRU. It explored perceived health risks of animal workers and the result was over 60 community generated films where each participant, wrote, photographed, voice-recorded and edited their own film with the assistance of the project facilitators. Topics ranged from drinking and eating fresh animal blood, prevention methods and materials, experiences with avian bird flu, antibiotic use and treatment methods for sick animals.
The films were used as points of discussion at community forums, as supporting material for researchers and as a case study at international public engagement conferences.
Date: 2013 - 2015 | Location: Vietnam
PLACE OF CHANGE
Place of Change (POC) is a unique health project that encouraged participants to consider key factors that affect their health and wellbeing through community generated films. The project had four workshops based around pertinent health issues in Vietnam: HIV positive intravenous drug users; professional sex workers with STIs; ethnic minorities in the malaria endemic border province of Binh Phuoc and duck farmers in the Mekong delta. These films were used by local public health government and researchers to engage discussion and public health communication strategies.
In this extension phase of the POC project we built a prototype website exploring HIV and Malaria in Vietnam. The website housed community-generated media from the first phase and new community and professional content produced during the second project phase.
Date: 2013 - 2016 | Location: Vietnam
GameLAB is a public engagment project which aims to engage young Vietnamese's interest in science through gaming. GameLAB ran various activities online and offline, including a booth at the two-day Youth Union Technology Festival and press conference. It all accumulated to the 48 Hour Game Jam, where teams of scientists and game developers worked for 48 hours straight to create exciting science themed games.
Date: 2013 - 2016 | Location: Vietnam
U.S. EMBASSY YANGON, MYANMAR
During this three-day workshop, we trained the U.S. Embassy Yangon's local staff's Inclusion and Diversity Leadership Team in storytelling using photography. The aim of this workshop was to introduce the participants on how to create engaging digital stories and to take those learnings to create stories with the Yangon community.
ASIAN FOOD CHANNEL
As Marketing Manager for Thaole Entertainment, we ran and executed multiple events for the International television channel Asia Food Channel (AFC), which included promotional tours for celebrity chefs Martin Yan and Anna Olson for the launch of their new TV series. These included online, print and activation marketing campaigns.
"MARTIN YAN'S ASIAN FAVORITES" PROMOTIONAL TOUR
The promotional tour included a cooking demo press conference for leading Vietnamese press and a large scale one day event at Crescent Mall, which included public cooking competitions, games, giveaways and a cooking demo by Martin Yan.
"INSPIRED BY ANNA OLSON" PROMOTIONAL TOUR
The tour included an inspirational talk to at risk kids who are part of the social enterprise program at KOTO and a cooking masterclass where Anna instructed a selection of Vietnamese press and VIP guests including Masterchef US winner Christine Ha.
FACT & FICTION FILMS
Fact & Fiction Films a media production company based in Ho Chi Minh City for over six years. It was run by Linh Phan and Nicholas Fernandez and the company's focus was to create engaging short digital content exploring art, music and culture in Vietnam.
SEEN IN SAIGON
Seen in Saigon is the brainchild of Fact & Fiction Films. It is a series of short digital content that explores the underground music scene in Saigon. Seen in Saigon shot exclusive interviews and live performances with international artists as they rolled into town, such as The Vaccines, Stanton Warriors, Tippa Irie, The Lemonheads, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Mykki Blanco.
Seen in Saigon also covered the local scene through their Hardcore Vietnam Festival mini series and the Promoters series, where they interviewed local promoters about what makes them do what they do, the struggles they face and what they hope for the underground music scene in Vietnam.
A TALE OF TWO CITIES
A Tale of Two Cities is an international interactive dance project that examines the issues of time, construction, destruction and development. One part dance film, one part documentary, one part interactive dance performance it weaves together the stories and connections between the two cities.
All set photographs were kindly shot and post-produced by Christian Berg for the project.
MORE THAN LOVE ON THE HORIZON
More Than Love on the Horizon is a multimedia project by Vietnamese-American artist Genevieve Erin O’Brien, with Linh Phan as the Hanoi Project Producer and Graphic Designer. The project goal was to maximise the visibility of the LGBTQ community in Vietnam. This is achieved through a variety of activities: 1)Interactive performance workshop; 2)Holographic videos made by and featuring the local LGBTQ community; 3)Online platform to access the videos; 4)Small grants for community participants exploring themes and stories of the LGBTQ community; 5)A public exhibition of the co-created work.
It was funded by American Arts Incubator (AAI) and in collaboration with the US Embassy, Vietnam and Nha San Collective in Hanoi. AAI is an international creative exchange program developed in partnership with the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and managed by ZERO1.