Sky Blossom
Seven years ago, I learned my father was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. I knew I might have to leave the journalism career I worked for and loved so much. But something unexpected happened.
Sky Blossom
Seven years ago, I learned my father was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. I knew I might have to leave the journalism career I worked for and loved so much. But something unexpected happened.

It started with my dad.

Seven years ago, I learned my father was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. I knew I might have to leave the journalism career I worked for and loved so much. But something unexpected happened.

"I wanted to show caring for other people is still an honor. Young caregivers are also doing the most difficult, but for family. This next greatest generation deserves all the effort we can muster."
— Richard Lui

Richard Lui’s vision

My life changed when my dad was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. I stepped back from my work as a cable news anchor, changing to work part time on weekends. I started to make a weekly commute from my work in New York and my family in San Francisco. My parents come from military families, and this experience has only brought us closer together. With Sky Blossom, I wanted to show the power of caring for other people. To tell stories of positivity despite pain.

About the Film

Sky Blossom is an Academy Award qualifying film salute to 2020. Filmed over three years, it is a raw, uplifting window into 24.5 million children and millennials stepping forward as frontline heroes. Caring for family with tough medical conditions, they stay at home doing things often seen only in hospitals. They are cheerleaders, work part time, and go to college – but also live double lives – quietly growing up as America’s next greatest generation.

What’s In a Name?

During the Second World War, troops used to look up and say, “Here come the Sky Blossoms” — paratroopers rushing to their aid. Today, there is a new generation answering that call. These are their stories.

An original score that transports us.
The film’s original score reflects the beauty, struggle, and joy of the caregiver experience.
An original score that transports us.
The film’s original score reflects the beauty, struggle, and joy of the caregiver experience.

An original score that transports us.

The film’s original score reflects the beauty, struggle, and joy of the caregiver experience.

The Orchestra

Stories Through Music

The film score was performed over a marathon three day scoring session with fifty of the top performers from Boston’s world-renowned Berklee College of Music at Futura Studios. Composer Maria Lineva and her team wrote original leitmotifs for each of the five families in the film, taking inspiration from each family’s story and hometown.

Music Heals

Director Richard Lui writes: “My mother loved music her entire life, starting as a church choir girl in Southern California. She would play the piano and violin when we would care for my father who had Alzheimer’s. The classical music she performed brought him back from his dementia. Music is a major part of my caregiving experience – I still take my mom to the symphony to remember her love of music and my father.”

Alvarados
Alvarados
Griers
Griers

The Crew

The majority of our production and editorial team have personal experiences with the military and/or caregiving communities. Many have chosen to volunteer their time and expertise to this project, collectively contributing over $1.5 million in pro bono in-kind commitments over the last four years. Diversity and inclusion remained part of the film’s DNA in front and behind the camera, including an all-female crew.

Richard Lui
A veteran journalist and news anchor, Richard Lui has more than 30 years in television, technology, and business. Currently at MSNBC and CNN Worldwide before, he is the first Asian American male to anchor a daily national cable news program. The film is inspired by Lui’s experience as a caregiver for his father.
Richard Lui
A veteran journalist and news anchor, Richard Lui has more than 30 years in television, technology, and business. Currently at MSNBC and CNN Worldwide before, he is the first Asian American male to anchor a daily national cable news program. The film is inspired by Lui’s experience as a caregiver for his father.
Director and Producer

Richard Lui

A veteran journalist and news anchor, Richard Lui has more than 30 years in television, technology, and business. Currently at MSNBC and CNN Worldwide before, he is the first Asian American male to anchor a daily national cable news program. The film is inspired by Lui’s experience as a caregiver for his father.

Donald Young
Donald Young is Director of Programs for the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM). He oversees programmatic work including filmmaker funding, talent support and development, national productions, and broadcasts. Most recently, Young was Executive Producer on “Asian Americans,” a five-hour history series for PBS.
Donald Young
Donald Young is Director of Programs for the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM). He oversees programmatic work including filmmaker funding, talent support and development, national productions, and broadcasts. Most recently, Young was Executive Producer on “Asian Americans,” a five-hour history series for PBS.
Producer

Donald Young

Donald Young is Director of Programs for the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM). He oversees programmatic work including filmmaker funding, talent support and development, national productions, and broadcasts. Most recently, Young was Executive Producer on “Asian Americans,” a five-hour history series for PBS.

Alex Lo
Alex is among the “top 40 Young Journalists in America” as named by AAJA. His work in production for NBC News National, the NBA, and NHL have taken him across the globe. His work for this film honors caregivers in his family.
Alex Lo
Alex is among the “top 40 Young Journalists in America” as named by AAJA. His work in production for NBC News National, the NBA, and NHL have taken him across the globe. His work for this film honors caregivers in his family.
Producer

Alex Lo

Alex is among the “top 40 Young Journalists in America” as named by AAJA. His work in production for NBC News National, the NBA, and NHL have taken him across the globe. His work for this film honors caregivers in his family.

Hailey Lee
Hailey Lee is currently an MBA candidate at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Prior, she was the Economics Producer at CNBC, responsible for driving economics coverage across the network.
Hailey Lee
Hailey Lee is currently an MBA candidate at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Prior, she was the Economics Producer at CNBC, responsible for driving economics coverage across the network.
Producer

Hailey Lee

Hailey Lee is currently an MBA candidate at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Prior, she was the Economics Producer at CNBC, responsible for driving economics coverage across the network.

Montel Williams
Montel earned his media celebrity status as an Emmy Award winning TV personality whom Americans invited into their homes for over 17 years. He is a decorated former naval officer, inspirational speaker, author, entrepreneur and advocate for patients worldwide.
Montel Williams
Montel earned his media celebrity status as an Emmy Award winning TV personality whom Americans invited into their homes for over 17 years. He is a decorated former naval officer, inspirational speaker, author, entrepreneur and advocate for patients worldwide.
Executive Producer

Montel Williams

Montel earned his media celebrity status as an Emmy Award winning TV personality whom Americans invited into their homes for over 17 years. He is a decorated former naval officer, inspirational speaker, author, entrepreneur and advocate for patients worldwide.

Col Jack Jacobs
Colonel Jacobs is one of 69 living Medal of Honor recipients for his actions during the Vietnam War. He is a military analyst for NBC News and MSNBC.
Col Jack Jacobs
Colonel Jacobs is one of 69 living Medal of Honor recipients for his actions during the Vietnam War. He is a military analyst for NBC News and MSNBC.
Executive Producer

Col. Jack Jacobs

Colonel Jacobs is one of 69 living Medal of Honor recipients for his actions during the Vietnam War. He is a military analyst for NBC News and MSNBC.

Jean Tsien
Jean Tsien has been working in documentary for 35 years as an editor, producer, and consultant. Her editing credits include Scottsboro: An American Tragedy, a 2001 Academy Award nominee. Dixie Chicks: Shut Up & Sing and Miss Sharon Jones! both of which were shortlisted for the Academy Award.
Jean Tsien
Jean Tsien has been working in documentary for 35 years as an editor, producer, and consultant. Her editing credits include Scottsboro: An American Tragedy, a 2001 Academy Award nominee. Dixie Chicks: Shut Up & Sing and Miss Sharon Jones! both of which were shortlisted for the Academy Award.
Executive Producer

Jean Tsien

Jean Tsien has been working in documentary for 35 years as an editor, producer, and consultant. Her editing credits include Scottsboro: An American Tragedy, a 2001 Academy Award nominee. Dixie Chicks: Shut Up & Sing and Miss Sharon Jones! both of which were shortlisted for the Academy Award.

Elizabeth Yuan
Elizabeth Yuan is a publishing editor at The Wall Street Journal and worked at CNN in Hong Kong and Atlanta. She distributed the Greek feature film “Hard Goodbyes: My Father,” which ran in more than 40 U.S. theaters. un.
Elizabeth Yuan
Elizabeth Yuan is a publishing editor at The Wall Street Journal and worked at CNN in Hong Kong and Atlanta. She distributed the Greek feature film “Hard Goodbyes: My Father,” which ran in more than 40 U.S. theaters. un.
Co-Executive Producer

Elizabeth Yuan

Elizabeth Yuan is a publishing editor at The Wall Street Journal and worked at CNN in Hong Kong and Atlanta. She distributed the Greek feature film “Hard Goodbyes: My Father,” which ran in more than 40 U.S. theaters. un.

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Co-Executive Producer

Michelle Ye Hee Lee

Eliana Alvarez Martinez
Eliana is an award-winning Director and Cinematographer. She’s logged thousands of miles for NatGeo and BBC Travel capturing surprising animal encounters. Her latest work in festivals as Director and Cinematographer includes “Spirit of Discovery.”
Eliana Alvarez Martinez
Eliana is an award-winning Director and Cinematographer. She’s logged thousands of miles for NatGeo and BBC Travel capturing surprising animal encounters. Her latest work in festivals as Director and Cinematographer includes “Spirit of Discovery.”
Director of Photography

Eliana Alvarez Martinez

Eliana is an award-winning Director and Cinematographer. She’s logged thousands of miles for NatGeo and BBC Travel capturing surprising animal encounters. Her latest work in festivals as Director and Cinematographer includes “Spirit of Discovery.”

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Sky Blossom
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Lead Production Sound Mixer

Mielle Ezra

Bret Sigler
Bret Sigler is an Emmy Award winning editor and director. His work has been on outlets including Netflix, Amazon, PBS, ABC and The New York Times, and screened in film festivals globally. Brooklyn-based, West-Coast reared.
Bret Sigler
Bret Sigler is an Emmy Award winning editor and director. His work has been on outlets including Netflix, Amazon, PBS, ABC and The New York Times, and screened in film festivals globally. Brooklyn-based, West-Coast reared.
Co-Editor

Bret Sigler

Bret Sigler is an Emmy Award winning editor and director. His work has been on outlets including Netflix, Amazon, PBS, ABC and The New York Times, and screened in film festivals globally. Brooklyn-based, West-Coast reared.

Zara Serabian-Arthur
Zara Serabian-Arthur is a non-fiction filmmaker and a founding member of the Meerkat Media Coop. Her work has been featured on PBS, the New York Times, the New Yorker and National Geographic.
Zara Serabian-Arthur
Zara Serabian-Arthur is a non-fiction filmmaker and a founding member of the Meerkat Media Coop. Her work has been featured on PBS, the New York Times, the New Yorker and National Geographic.
Co-Editor

Zara Serabian-Arthur

Zara Serabian-Arthur is a non-fiction filmmaker and a founding member of the Meerkat Media Coop. Her work has been featured on PBS, the New York Times, the New Yorker and National Geographic.

Bryan Chang
Bryan is a documentary filmmaker who has directed films including BRASSLANDS, edited ISLAND SOLDIER and NARCO CULTURA, and additionally edited Oscar-shortlisted DARK MONEY. He’s a member-owner of Meerkat Media Coop.
Bryan Chang
Bryan is a documentary filmmaker who has directed films including BRASSLANDS, edited ISLAND SOLDIER and NARCO CULTURA, and additionally edited Oscar-shortlisted DARK MONEY. He’s a member-owner of Meerkat Media Coop.
Supervising Editor

Bryan Chang

Bryan is a documentary filmmaker who has directed films including BRASSLANDS, edited ISLAND SOLDIER and NARCO CULTURA, and additionally edited Oscar-shortlisted DARK MONEY. He’s a member-owner of Meerkat Media Coop.

Catherine Devlin
Catherine is a Gilder Lehrman History Scholar, an award given to fifteen students demonstrating excellence in U.S. history and commitment to public service. She attends Boston University, where she is a trustee scholar.
Catherine Devlin
Catherine is a Gilder Lehrman History Scholar, an award given to fifteen students demonstrating excellence in U.S. history and commitment to public service. She attends Boston University, where she is a trustee scholar.
Associate Producer/Lead Researcher

Catherine Devlin

Catherine is a Gilder Lehrman History Scholar, an award given to fifteen students demonstrating excellence in U.S. history and commitment to public service. She attends Boston University, where she is a trustee scholar.

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Sky Blossom
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Composer

Maria Lineva

Zack Newman
Newman is an investigative data producer for KUSA-TV in Colorado. The University of Missouri graduate & Eagle Scout came to Denver by way of MSNBC & ABC News in NYC. When not reporting, he's likely hiking or doing improv.
Zack Newman
Newman is an investigative data producer for KUSA-TV in Colorado. The University of Missouri graduate & Eagle Scout came to Denver by way of MSNBC & ABC News in NYC. When not reporting, he's likely hiking or doing improv.
Field Producer

Zack Newman

Newman is an investigative data producer for KUSA-TV in Colorado. The University of Missouri graduate & Eagle Scout came to Denver by way of MSNBC & ABC News in NYC. When not reporting, he's likely hiking or doing improv.

Gabby Sturgeon
Gabby is a film worker from MD. Her role as assistant camera gave her newfound appreciation for documentaries. Previously crewing narrative & commercials, she found there is something incomparable about capturing real lives.
Gabby Sturgeon
Gabby is a film worker from MD. Her role as assistant camera gave her newfound appreciation for documentaries. Previously crewing narrative & commercials, she found there is something incomparable about capturing real lives.
Lead Assistant Camera

Gabby Sturgeon

Gabby is a film worker from MD. Her role as assistant camera gave her newfound appreciation for documentaries. Previously crewing narrative & commercials, she found there is something incomparable about capturing real lives.

Davy Liu
Davy Liu is the president of Kendu Films in Los Angeles. After immigrating from Taiwan, his artistic talent led him to Walt Disney Feature Animation on classics such as Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, The Lion King and Mulan.
Davy Liu
Davy Liu is the president of Kendu Films in Los Angeles. After immigrating from Taiwan, his artistic talent led him to Walt Disney Feature Animation on classics such as Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, The Lion King and Mulan.
Lead Animator

Davy Liu

Davy Liu is the president of Kendu Films in Los Angeles. After immigrating from Taiwan, his artistic talent led him to Walt Disney Feature Animation on classics such as Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, The Lion King and Mulan.

Nicholas Kiray
Nic is an animator / motion graphics designer from the New York City area with a passion for storytelling and mysticism.
Nicholas Kiray
Nic is an animator / motion graphics designer from the New York City area with a passion for storytelling and mysticism.
Lead Animator

Nicholas Kiray

Nic is an animator / motion graphics designer from the New York City area with a passion for storytelling and mysticism.

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Sky Blossom
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Head of Business Development

Madeline Peters Mesa

Patricia Anderson
Patricia is one of very few people you'll meet who has worked for two Presidents, two Vice Presidents and Mickey Mouse and that's just the headline of a remarkably diverse career spanning two decades and multiple industries.
Patricia Anderson
Patricia is one of very few people you'll meet who has worked for two Presidents, two Vice Presidents and Mickey Mouse and that's just the headline of a remarkably diverse career spanning two decades and multiple industries.
Head of Events

Patricia Anderson

Patricia is one of very few people you'll meet who has worked for two Presidents, two Vice Presidents and Mickey Mouse and that's just the headline of a remarkably diverse career spanning two decades and multiple industries.

Adrien Solano
Adrien is a business development and finance professional currently working at the Censeo Consulting Group in Washington, D.C. He is a graduate of Boston University’s Questrom School of Business. His favorite hobby is travel.
Adrien Solano
Adrien is a business development and finance professional currently working at the Censeo Consulting Group in Washington, D.C. He is a graduate of Boston University’s Questrom School of Business. His favorite hobby is travel.
Director of Finance

Adrien Solano

Adrien is a business development and finance professional currently working at the Censeo Consulting Group in Washington, D.C. He is a graduate of Boston University’s Questrom School of Business. His favorite hobby is travel.

Kathy Chow
Kathy is nonprofit leader with 20 year of experience in nonprofit management and has led 2 membership associations. She has worked in the public and private sector and is known as being a collaborator and servant leader.
Kathy Chow
Kathy is nonprofit leader with 20 year of experience in nonprofit management and has led 2 membership associations. She has worked in the public and private sector and is known as being a collaborator and servant leader.
Sponsor Relationship Manager

Kathy Chow

Kathy is nonprofit leader with 20 year of experience in nonprofit management and has led 2 membership associations. She has worked in the public and private sector and is known as being a collaborator and servant leader.

Simone Migliori
Simone Migliori is a PR professional with MBP Consultants and a recent Boston University graduate. She is driven to give back to the veteran community in memory of her late grandfather, Duane Benavidez, retired U.S. Navy.
Simone Migliori
Simone Migliori is a PR professional with MBP Consultants and a recent Boston University graduate. She is driven to give back to the veteran community in memory of her late grandfather, Duane Benavidez, retired U.S. Navy.
Marketing Coordinator

Simone Migliori

Simone Migliori is a PR professional with MBP Consultants and a recent Boston University graduate. She is driven to give back to the veteran community in memory of her late grandfather, Duane Benavidez, retired U.S. Navy.

Jessica Xiao
Jessica Xiao is the Communications and Engagement Associate at the Asian American Journalists Association.
Jessica Xiao
Jessica Xiao is the Communications and Engagement Associate at the Asian American Journalists Association.
Social Media Manager

Jessica Xiao

Jessica Xiao is the Communications and Engagement Associate at the Asian American Journalists Association.

Elena Bernstein
Elena is a 2020 graduate from Boston University. Born and raised in Rochester, NY, that is where she found her passion for politics and helping out local communities.
Elena Bernstein
Elena is a 2020 graduate from Boston University. Born and raised in Rochester, NY, that is where she found her passion for politics and helping out local communities.
Government Affairs Coordinator

Elena Bernstein

Elena is a 2020 graduate from Boston University. Born and raised in Rochester, NY, that is where she found her passion for politics and helping out local communities.

Zev Burrows
Zev is a composer for film & musical theatre. His new musical The Pledge was selected for the New Works Lab at James Madison University in 2019, and has released two albums: "Diamond in the Rough" and "Pillows & Ice Picks."
Zev Burrows
Zev is a composer for film & musical theatre. His new musical The Pledge was selected for the New Works Lab at James Madison University in 2019, and has released two albums: "Diamond in the Rough" and "Pillows & Ice Picks."
Assistant Composer

Zev Burrows

Zev is a composer for film & musical theatre. His new musical The Pledge was selected for the New Works Lab at James Madison University in 2019, and has released two albums: "Diamond in the Rough" and "Pillows & Ice Picks."

Ying Ting Luo
Ying-Ting Luo is a Taiwanese film and game composer who graduated from Berklee College of Music with multiple awards. Luo also has a bachelor degree in flute performance from the top school in Taiwan.
Ying Ting Luo
Ying-Ting Luo is a Taiwanese film and game composer who graduated from Berklee College of Music with multiple awards. Luo also has a bachelor degree in flute performance from the top school in Taiwan.
Assistant Composer

Ying-Ting Luo

Ying-Ting Luo is a Taiwanese film and game composer who graduated from Berklee College of Music with multiple awards. Luo also has a bachelor degree in flute performance from the top school in Taiwan.

Omer Lahmany
Born and raised in Israel, Omer Lahmany is a composer and orchestrator for film, television, and live concerts. He worked on numerous musical productions, and collaborated with filmmakers and orchestras from around the world.
Omer Lahmany
Born and raised in Israel, Omer Lahmany is a composer and orchestrator for film, television, and live concerts. He worked on numerous musical productions, and collaborated with filmmakers and orchestras from around the world.
Assistant Composer

Omer Lahmany

Born and raised in Israel, Omer Lahmany is a composer and orchestrator for film, television, and live concerts. He worked on numerous musical productions, and collaborated with filmmakers and orchestras from around the world.