Hui-Chen is an activist, documentary filmmaker, and a full time mom. Prior to embarking on her first feature doc, Hui-Chen worked for NGOs such as the Taiwan International Workers Association, China Time’s Trade Union and the Taipei Documentary worker's Union as Secretary General, advocating for labor rights and social justice. It was during this time that she began documenting the plight of the disadvantaged and the voiceless. Her intimate profiles of the less fortunate and the exploited became tools used for social change.
The powerful and unique filmmaking of HOU Hsiao-Hsien ''a cineaste of fragments and memories, emotions and sensations'' has attracted the attention of filmmakers, critics, and audiences worldwide. Most recently, HOU won Best Director at Cannes for The Assasin.
Producer | Diana Chiawen Lee
Diana Chiawen Lee has ended her participation in the international and domestic distribution works of Small Talk by mid- 2017.
Che is an independent media maker and activist. In addition to Small Talk, he regularly produced and shot for Hong Kong’s SunTV and Daai TV, as well as was a part of the award-winning documentary Beyond Beauty: Taiwan From Above. Lin is the recipient of the Taiwan Labor Film Awards, and Golden Tripod Award for his work in cinematography and photography. His works have shown on Voice of America, NHK, and several international outlets.
In addition to filmmaking and photography, Lin is a dedicated environmentalist who represented Taiwan at the UN’s Framework Convention on Climate Change in Copenhagen, as well as an active founding member behind the preservation movement around military dependent’s village in Taipei, Taiwan. Born in Tainan, Taiwan in 1981, Che has a BA in engineering and a Masters in Environmental Studies.
Lin is an independent filmmaker born in 1984, Taipei, Taiwan. She's working on various documentaries and video art projects. She often collaborates with sound art performers, choreographers, and theatre workers, including Shu-Yi and dancers, Very Mainstream Studio, and Kandala Records. She is particularly interested in arts and culture of minority groups and of the marginalized, as well as of different values of living. SMALL TALK is Lin's first feature doc as editor.
After graduating from the Audiovisual Program of the Department of Theatre Arts of Chinese Culture University, Lei entered the C.M.P.C. Studio in 1989 where she began from working as an editing assistant. After sixteen years working in the studio and experienced the transition from traditional film strips to digital editing era, Lei left the Central Motion Picture Corporation and started working as a freelancer. Meanwhile, she also teaches film editing at the National Taiwan University of Arts and the Taipei National University of the Arts.
She has edited for more than 40 works, and known for her work on He liou (1997), Help Me Eros (2008),
Stray Dogs (2013), Journey to the West (2014) and Cloudy (2017) .
Born in 1964, Lim Giong is renowned Taiwanese musician. His first album, “Marching Forward,” debuted in 1990 to critical success. For the next decade, Lim actively worked as singer, composer, DJ and producer. He also appeared in several films by respected director Hou Hsiao-Hsien, which pulled him into the world of cinema. After founding his studio in 2000, Lim began scoring for films and working with luminaries, such as Hou Hsiao-Hsien, Jia Zhangke, as well as emerging filmmakers. In addition to award winning film scores, he continues to present his unique music styles by combining image and sound through diverse art forms, such as installation, performance, etc.
Point began turn tabling in 1990, and performed in many music festivals, included being invited to perform at the Reflash Music Festival in Japan. Point released his first self-titled solo album in 2005, fusing the mysteriousness and vastness of East and West musical styles, creating a unique eclectic sound. Point also collaborated with Golden Melody Award winners Biung and Adia, using traditional Chinese instruments to create complete new electronic sounds.
Ryder is curious about the stories of strangers. He enjoys listening, watching, dissecting and collecting information in order to stimulate his mind. He loves making connections with people and working in new environments; therefore, Ryder is particularly drawn to topics around migrant workers, ethnicities, and societies. With a million ideas swarming in his head, Ryder can’t wait to realize them. In the process of realizing his ideas, Ryder is learning to gain a better sense of self.
Wei-hua is an apprentice in the study of humanity, and because she cares deeply about gender issues, she joined the production of Small Talk. She enjoys words and images, and hopes that we can live freely and honestly (but that’s currently not the case). She also wishes that we could be compassionate and fearless (but that’s also not the case). Wei-hua was an assistant researcher at the Institute of Ethnology, Academia Sinica, a secretary at the Taipei Documentary Filmmakers’ Union. Born in 1993, Wei-hua is currently a graduate student.