Qhia Dab Neeg committee members

 
 
XIA YANG - FESTIVAL COORDINATOR Xia Yang currently resides in Saint Paul, MN and graduated from Metropolitan State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Screenwriting. She is currently pursuing her Master of Science in Project Management from Saint Mary's University of Minnesota. Xia enjoys creative writing, photography, traveling, and event planning. Xia has been involved with the Qhia Dab Neeg Film Festival since 2012 and continues to support and coordinate the film festival each year.

XIA YANG - FESTIVAL COORDINATOR

Xia Yang currently resides in Saint Paul, MN and graduated from Metropolitan State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Screenwriting. She is currently pursuing her Master of Science in Project Management from Saint Mary's University of Minnesota. Xia enjoys creative writing, photography, traveling, and event planning. Xia has been involved with the Qhia Dab Neeg Film Festival since 2012 and continues to support and coordinate the film festival each year.

KAZUA MELISSA VANG - PUBLIC RELATIONS Kazua Melissa Vang, a Hmong American born and raised in Minnesota, is an artist, photographer, and multi-manager for various productions. She received her Bachelor’s of Arts from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, with a focus on Photography, Printmaking, and Book Arts. Since receiving her B.A., she has production managed and stage managed for Confession of a Lazy Hmong Woman: The Remix and Hmong-Lao Friendship Play/Lao-Hmong Friendship Play with Lazy Hmong Woman Productions, and Viva La Soul Power in Chicago with Kaotic Good Productions. Her most two most recent photography work was showcased at In Progress under the exhibit, “Love, Time, Diaspora,” (2014), and “Last Dinner,”(2015), where she took part as an artist and co-developed and curated the theme for the exhibit. Her current major photography project is taking portraits of Hmong refrigerators and freezers from all over the world and collecting stories of food and family. From her collection “F R I D G E S,” featuring fridges from Minnesota, a photograph from her collection was part of the 40th Anniversary We Are Hmong exhibit at the Minnesota History Center.

KAZUA MELISSA VANG - PUBLIC RELATIONS

Kazua Melissa Vang, a Hmong American born and raised in Minnesota, is an artist, photographer, and multi-manager for various productions. She received her Bachelor’s of Arts from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, with a focus on Photography, Printmaking, and Book Arts. Since receiving her B.A., she has production managed and stage managed for Confession of a Lazy Hmong Woman: The Remix and Hmong-Lao Friendship Play/Lao-Hmong Friendship Play with Lazy Hmong Woman Productions, and Viva La Soul Power in Chicago with Kaotic Good Productions. Her most two most recent photography work was showcased at In Progress under the exhibit, “Love, Time, Diaspora,” (2014), and “Last Dinner,”(2015), where she took part as an artist and co-developed and curated the theme for the exhibit. Her current major photography project is taking portraits of Hmong refrigerators and freezers from all over the world and collecting stories of food and family. From her collection “F R I D G E S,” featuring fridges from Minnesota, a photograph from her collection was part of the 40th Anniversary We Are Hmong exhibit at the Minnesota History Center.

YER HER - YOUTH COORDINATOR Yer Her is currently a middle school teacher at Hmong College Prep and a Professor at St. Catherine University. His focus of area in teaching is Hmong Literacy, History, and Culture. He's graduated with his Bachelor of Science and Master in Education at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities in Elementary Education. Aside from teaching, he is also an artist in the field of filming and stage performance. He has volunteered as an Executive Director at Pahauh Institute for over four years preserving the Hmong writing system Pahauh and teaching the Hmong Community Pahauh Literacy.

YER HER - YOUTH COORDINATOR

Yer Her is currently a middle school teacher at Hmong College Prep and a Professor at St. Catherine University. His focus of area in teaching is Hmong Literacy, History, and Culture. He's graduated with his Bachelor of Science and Master in Education at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities in Elementary Education. Aside from teaching, he is also an artist in the field of filming and stage performance. He has volunteered as an Executive Director at Pahauh Institute for over four years preserving the Hmong writing system Pahauh and teaching the Hmong Community Pahauh Literacy.

 
katherina vang - photo exhibit curator Katherina Vang is a photographer based in the Twin cities. She has immersed in photography and digital art since middle school. She is currently an Exhibit Curator and Graphic Designer for the Qhia Dab Neeg Film Festival as well as a photography mentor, exhibit curator and teaching artist at In Progress. Her work has been featured in exhibits such as the Best 100, SooFuze, Scholastics Arts, Love Time & Diaspora, QDN2013, and Creative Risings and Story of the Creatives in NYC. She has also been recently published in Genfacio Magazine, Editorial Magazine, & MMMagazine.

katherina vang - photo exhibit curator

Katherina Vang is a photographer based in the Twin cities. She has immersed in photography and digital art since middle school. She is currently an Exhibit Curator and Graphic Designer for the Qhia Dab Neeg Film Festival as well as a photography mentor, exhibit curator and teaching artist at In Progress. Her work has been featured in exhibits such as the Best 100, SooFuze, Scholastics Arts, Love Time & Diaspora, QDN2013, and Creative Risings and Story of the Creatives in NYC. She has also been recently published in Genfacio Magazine, Editorial Magazine, & MMMagazine.

SAO HER - FILM CURATOR Sao Her is a Multimedia Artist with a Masters of Fine Arts from the National Taiwan University of Arts with an emphasis in Film Directing. She is a narrative and experimental Hmong Filmmaker focusing on preserving cultural and identity roots. It is very important for her to preserve the Hmong Culture and define her own path to share and educate the world about these values. She is currently collaborating with other directs and artists in film and photography projects.

SAO HER - FILM CURATOR

Sao Her is a Multimedia Artist with a Masters of Fine Arts from the National Taiwan University of Arts with an emphasis in Film Directing. She is a narrative and experimental Hmong Filmmaker focusing on preserving cultural and identity roots. It is very important for her to preserve the Hmong Culture and define her own path to share and educate the world about these values. She is currently collaborating with other directs and artists in film and photography projects.

pa na lor - FILM CURATOR Pa Na Lor is a storyteller working in an array of multimedia and experimental animation to tell her stories - grand or miniscule. Currently, she is creating an experimental animation through digital collaging hand drawn and paint on glass animation, printmaking and painting. She currently resides in Saint Paul, MN.

pa na lor - FILM CURATOR

Pa Na Lor is a storyteller working in an array of multimedia and experimental animation to tell her stories - grand or miniscule. Currently, she is creating an experimental animation through digital collaging hand drawn and paint on glass animation, printmaking and painting. She currently resides in Saint Paul, MN.

 
TONG HER - COMMUNITY Liaison Tong Her currently resides in Minneapolis, MN and has been involved in the film scene since 2010 and took part in Qhia Dab Neeg since 2013. He started getting involved in film scene to help pave a pathway for youth since he realized that media has a huge impact. Over the years, he's had the chance to work with KARE11, Standy Production, Urban Mountain Media and many more independent filmmakers. He's had the chance to learn and grow as he continues to work in different atmospheres to help improve not only his skills he's gained but to also share what he has learned. 

TONG HER - COMMUNITY Liaison

Tong Her currently resides in Minneapolis, MN and has been involved in the film scene since 2010 and took part in Qhia Dab Neeg since 2013. He started getting involved in film scene to help pave a pathway for youth since he realized that media has a huge impact. Over the years, he's had the chance to work with KARE11, Standy Production, Urban Mountain Media and many more independent filmmakers. He's had the chance to learn and grow as he continues to work in different atmospheres to help improve not only his skills he's gained but to also share what he has learned. 

touchaingkong yang - technical coordinator Touchaingkong Yang is a visual artist and storyteller currently based in the Twin Cities. He has worked with Minnesota Historical Society, St. Paul Almanac, and In Progress to capture stories through an optical lens. He is currently working on a feature-length film with mentor, Bryan Vue. When he is not spending time behind the lens, he coaches fellow artists at In Progress about storytelling techniques and methods.

touchaingkong yang - technical coordinator

Touchaingkong Yang is a visual artist and storyteller currently based in the Twin Cities. He has worked with Minnesota Historical Society, St. Paul Almanac, and In Progress to capture stories through an optical lens. He is currently working on a feature-length film with mentor, Bryan Vue. When he is not spending time behind the lens, he coaches fellow artists at In Progress about storytelling techniques and methods.

dan yang - Hmong filmmakers guild liaison Dan Yang, 23, was born and raised in Saint Paul, MN. After finishing High School, he began his undergraduate degree in Economics. However, after a year of Economics, he began to realize how much film had become a part of his life and decided to pursue film not only as a hobby, but also as a form of education and career. He decided to attend Columbia College Chicago to gain a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Cinema Science. While attending school for his BA, he started the Hmong Filmmaker's Guild: A group dedicated towards advancing and bettering the Hmong Filmmaking Community. Not only that, he also started his own production group, which not only has created freelance videos but also concentrates on the teaching aspect of films as well. As a graduate, he works as the Video Producer for the National Sports Center. There, he leads not only the content creation aspect of videos but also the marketing and curation of creative content. In the future, he hopes to direct a feature and write a book on films.

dan yang - Hmong filmmakers guild liaison

Dan Yang, 23, was born and raised in Saint Paul, MN. After finishing High School, he began his undergraduate degree in Economics. However, after a year of Economics, he began to realize how much film had become a part of his life and decided to pursue film not only as a hobby, but also as a form of education and career. He decided to attend Columbia College Chicago to gain a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Cinema Science. While attending school for his BA, he started the Hmong Filmmaker's Guild: A group dedicated towards advancing and bettering the Hmong Filmmaking Community. Not only that, he also started his own production group, which not only has created freelance videos but also concentrates on the teaching aspect of films as well. As a graduate, he works as the Video Producer for the National Sports Center. There, he leads not only the content creation aspect of videos but also the marketing and curation of creative content. In the future, he hopes to direct a feature and write a book on films.