Our sponsor FTI Consulting hosted us for the first Breakfast Bite of 2016 with the incredible Joanna Bowers.
Joanna made her directorial debut in Los Angeles in 2009 and has since gone on to direct TV pilots, documentaries, commercials, fashion films and corporate content in the US and throughout Asia.
Joanna runs Cheeky Monkey Productions creating original film and video content with a snazzy global outlook, striving to create television, film, commercials and digital programming that redefine a forward thinking, international audience, exploring stories that might not normally be given a voice, and finding compelling and often unique ways of telling them. Recent work includes the latest Cathay Pacific livery relaunch video as well as content for HSBC and The North Face.
Joanna and her producing partner Tony Verb are currently filming THE HELPER documentary. This film will spotlight the daily hardships and sacrifices faced by domestic helpers who must live and work apart from their own families who remain in the Philippines, Indonesia, or Nepal to ensure them a better life. Amongst other stories, this documentary follows members of a choir, ‘The Unsung Heroes’, composed of domestic helpers, as they prepare to perform at Clockenflap, the biggest music festival in Hong Kong. There, they sang in front of an audience of thousands, ‘I Wish I Could Kiss You Goodnight’, a song dedicated to their children.
Joanna and Tony used crowd funding to raise money to fund the film and you can find out more about it on their website: www.thehelperdocumentary.com
Joanna spoke to IWIRC HK members about her upcoming documentary, her work more generally in the TV and film industry and her experiences as a new working mother. We were also treated to some exclusive behind the scene images and a video trailer from THE HELPER which provoked a lot of tears and emotion from the audience. It looks like it will be an incredible documentary so best of luck to Joanna and her team.