Mina T. Son is a Los Angeles-based Korean American filmmaker whose films have screened at film festivals and museums including the National Gallery of Art, Margaret Mead, Traverse City, Mill Valley, and Cinequest. A two-time Student Academy Award Regional Finalist, Mina has been awarded fellowships and funding from Independent Television Service, Stanford Institute for Creativity and the Arts, Film Independent, PBS/CPB Producers Academy, the Japan U.S. Friendship Commission, and Center for Cultural Innovation. Mina holds an M.F.A. in Documentary Film from Stanford University and a B.A. in Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Films by Mina T. Son
TOP SPIN follows the lives of Ariel Hsing, Michael Landers, and Lily Zhang – three teenagers competing their way through the world of competitive table tennis. These young athletes face unusual challenges coming of age in a niche sport, and reveal the sacrifice and passion it takes to pursue Olympic-sized dreams.
Making Noise in Silence follows two Korean-born students who attend the California School for the Deaf and explores how they navigate adolescence within the intersection of Deaf and Korean culture.