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Mini Bio (1)

Writer-director Allyna immigrated to the United States at a young age and grew up in a small Colorado town. Her love for storytelling stems from her family, who habitually sat her on their lap and told stories according to Asian oral traditions. She was an avid reader, which is still true, and in elementary school her teachers nudged her towards creative writing, which she did prolifically. Her fifth-grade teacher wrote in her yearbook, "I bet you're going to be famous someday." Childhood heroes include: Eleanor Roosevelt (whom young Allyna loved for "all the good she did and all the lives she touched"), Sacajawea (with whom she shares a love of adventure), and Louisa May Alcott (who wrote the free-spirited Jo March from Little Women, Allyna's favorite book as a child).

For a long time Allyna loved science and was set on becoming a neurosurgeon. Although the arts eventually eclipsed the sciences, she is still fascinated with diseases, which led to the making of "Mua Mua/Rain Season", a documentary that follows the life of a woman living with Leprosy in the jungles of Vietnam. The film premiered at the Tampere Film Festival.

Allyna attended film school in Los Angeles. She moved there at 18 knowing she wanted to pursue film although she had never visited the city before.

Combining her linguistic skills with filmmaking, Allyna aids in humanitarian efforts and is inspired by the refugee crisis in the Middle East and Africa. Her charity work means she often visits war zones and refugee camps, which she accredits to keeping her grounded and inspiring her to write real people in the most difficult of situations. Allyna holds a Masters from the prestigious University of Bradford which is considered to have the world's leading Peace Studies/Conflict Resolution department. She resides in the UK.

Upcoming productions include Yellow Jonquils (2009) and Red Betta (2010).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Jane D.

Trade Mark (5)

Loves saturated colors and her films have beautiful cinematography
Prefers to use all night or all day shots for her films (Rain Season was all shot in the day as electricity in Vietnam was unreliable so lighting was impossible at night).
Uses slow-moving dollies
Features strong female characters
Slow-moving dollies and deeply saturated color palette

Trivia (4)

Is fluent in Vietnamese, English, and Spanish and dabbles with French. Her Mandarin came from having lived in Beijing, although she admits to be passable when speaking but claims her reading and writing are 'atrocious'. She hopes to be fluent in Arabic someday.
Cannot swim but while filming Rain Season she traveled everyday by canoe during monsoon season without a life jacket.
Needed surgery after shooting Rain Season.
Speaks English, Spanish, Vietnamese fluently. Is also proficient in French and Mandarin, the latter she learned while living in Beijing. Hopes to learn Arabic because of her work with refugees in the Middle East.

Personal Quotes (1)

Regarding the News: The greatest danger is not ignorance, but the illusion of knowledge, for it permits us to stop the quest for truth or it enables us to commit the most heinous atrocities without even knowing what we have done.

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