"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
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.
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.
The film’s original score reflects the beauty, struggle, and joy of the caregiver experience.
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.
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.”
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 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 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 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 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.
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 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 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.
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.”
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 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 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 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.
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 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 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.
Nic is an animator / motion graphics designer from the New York City area with a passion for storytelling and mysticism.
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 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 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 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 is the Communications and Engagement Associate at the Asian American Journalists Association.
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 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 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.
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.