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A Village Called Versailles
September 12th, 2009

Please join us for the Houston premiere of A Village Called Versailles, the story of a Vietnamese community in New Orleans battling both the devastation of Hurricane Katrina and the threat of a government imposed landfill that moved in next door after the storm. S. Leo Chiang, the film’s produer and director, will be in attendance at the screening.

A Village Called Versailles - 67 minutes

Director: S. Leo Chiang
Date: Saturday, September 12th, 2009
Location: Houston Community College/Spring Branch Campus- Performing Arts Center Theatre
1010 W. Sam Houston Pkwy N. Houston, TX 77043
(northeast corner of I 10/Beltway 8 cloverleaf)
Tickets: $10.00 online or $10.00 cash/check at the door
HCC students with ID, $5.00
Ticket price includes free refreshments: soft drinks, water, and popcorn
Chiang Reception: 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Screening Time: 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Chiang Q&A: 9:00 pm – 9:30 pm
A signed DVD of the film

A Village Called Versailles is a full-length documentary about Versailles, a community in eastern New Orleans first settled by Vietnamese refugees. After Hurricane Katrina, Versailles residents impressively rise to the challenges by returning and rebuilding before most neighborhoods in New Orleans, only to have their homes threatened by a new government-imposed toxic landfill just two miles away. A Village Called Versailles recount the empowering story of how this group of people, who has already suffered so much in their lifetime, turns a devastating disaster into a catalyst for change and a chance for a better future.

About the Director:
S. Leo Chiang started his documentary career directing and editing Directing: How to Get There for Directors Guild of America, in which he documented early careers of several well-known filmmakers including Robert Wise, Norman Jewison, and Steven Spielberg. He went on to make One + One, a documentary about mixed HIV-status couples (CINE Golden Eagle Award, 2002). Leo has worked on many non-fiction programs for commercial cable television as a director and/or producer. Most recently, he spent almost two years working on such productions in Asia. Leo returned to the US in 2006 to complete To You Sweetheart, Aloha for its US public television broadcast.

Leo is also an experienced editor and cinematographer. Leo’s work as a cinematographer has been broadcast nationally on HBO, PBS, Discovery, The Learning Channel, ABC Family Channel, among others. Leo holds a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering and received his MFA in film production from University of Southern California.

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