Working within a broken criminal justice system, a team of rebel heroines work to change the the way women arrested for prostitution are prosecuted. With intimate camerawork that lingers on details and brings the Queens criminal courtroom to life, BLOWIN’ UP celebrates acts of steadfast defiance, even as it reveals the hurdles these women must face.
Stephanie Wang-Breal, Director
Stephanie is an award-winning filmmaker and commercial director. Blowin' Up is her third feature length film. Her first film, Wo Ai Ni Mommy (I Love You, Mommy), was nominated for an Emmy®, and was the recipient of three Grand Jury Best Documentary Awards at the AFI/ Discovery Silverdocs Film Festival, the Asian American International Film Festival and the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival, as well as a 2011 CINE special Jury Award. The film had its national television broadcast in 2010 on the award-winning PBS series POV. Stephanie’s second film, Tough Love, premiered at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival in April 2014. The film premiered on PBS’ POV in July 2015. Stephanie has also directed and produced pieces for Facebook, Minwax, ESPN, Vocativ, Verifone, Tiffany & Co., Apple, Nickelodeon, Goldman Sachs, UNICEF, CNN, A&E Television and MTV Networks. Stephanie sits on the Board of the New York Women's Foundation and resides in Brooklyn, New York with her son & daughter.
Carrie Weprin, Producer
Carrie is a film, television and digital video producer. Carrie has produced content for A&E Television Network, MTV Networks, The Travel Channel, EPIX, Google, Facebook, The New York Times and PBS. Blowin' Up is the second feature-length film Carrie has produced. Her first feature-length documentary film, Tough Love, premiered at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival in April 2014 and premiered on PBS POV in July 2015. Tough Love is the recipient of the 2016 American Bar Association’s Silver Gavel Award. Carrie lives in Brooklyn with her husband and son.
JOnathan oppenheim, editor
Jonathan’s editing credits include Paris Is Burning, Streetwise, Sister Helen and Oscar nominee, Children Underground. He edited and co-produced the second film in Laura Poitras’ post 9/11 trilogy, The Oath. He was co-editor of William and the Windmill, winner of the 2013 Grand Jury Prize at SXSW, and he was the editor and co-producer of Before and After Dinner. He edited the critically acclaimed feature documentary, Arguing The World, which received a Peabody Award. He has been a story consultant on many films which include How to Survive a Plague, Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry, (T)error, These Birds Walk, Song of Lahore, American Promise and the Cinema Travelers, which is having its premiere at Cannes this year. He has been both an Advisor and a Fellow at the Sundance Institute Documentary Edit and Story Lab and has made presentations to film students at NYU, Yale, Columbia and The New School.
ERIK SHIRAI, DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY
Erik is a NYC based Director and Cinematographer working around the world on renowned documentaries, TV shows, and fiction narratives. Erik’s work can be seen on the Emmy award winning TV show No Reservation with Anthony Bourdain and his ‘Eye What You Eat’ series was featured at the 2012 Ted Conference. More recently his film, The Birth of Saké, was awarded Best Documentary Director Special Jury mention at Tribeca Film Festival in 2015. The Birth of Sake also premiered at the prestigious 63rd San Sebastian Film Festival and at the 51st Chicago Film Festival.
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