Đoan Hoàng - Director/Producer - Full Bio

Đoan Hoàng is an award-winning director, producer, writer, and editor of films, heading her production company in New York City and Los Angeles, Nuoc Productions. Doan's documentary Oh, Saigon (streaming from Netflix, Amazon) is about her family's experiences being taken out on the last helicopter out of Saigon at the end of the Vietnam War, and the division and reuniting of her family. Doan was born in the former Republic of South Vietnam.

Oh, Saigon, funded by the Sundance Institute, ITVS, the Center for Asian American Media, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which won the Grand Jury Prize for Non-Fiction Feature Film at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival and the Best Feature Documentary & Best Brooklyn Film at the Brooklyn Arts Council International Film Festival. The film has been screened and broadcast in 16 countries, translated into five languages, and has had 7 national US airings on PBS.

Doan traveled with Oh, Saigon throughout Spain and in both Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi, Vietnam for the U. S. Department of State under Hillary Clinton and has lectured at universities, colleges, institutions such as the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Yale, Columbia, Smith, University of Southern California, University of Bilbao, Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona, the Weisman Museum, the US Embassy and Consulate in Vietnam and many others. The United Nations Vietnam delegation and Le Hoai Trung, the Ambassador to the UN from Vietnam, invited Doan back to Vietnam at the end of 2012 for a senate of overseas Vietnamese.

Born in the former Republic of South Vietnam to an air force major and a Mekong Delta plantation heiress, Doan was raised in Kentucky, where she wrote her first book about the Vietnam War at age 9 and made her first documentary film about war at the age of 12. A graduate of Smith College, Doang spent years as an editor and writer, working for national magazines such as Details, House & Garden, Spin, andSaveuras she wrote a family history that eventually turned into her first feature documentary, Oh, Saigon. Some of her other film titles include Legacy of Denial, Side Men, Agent, and A Requiem, and she directed and produced Doritoholics Anonymous, Addicted to the Internet, Good Morning Captain, Remma's "Sincerity" and various music videos.

She is currently working on Scars for Eyes, a partly-animated follow-up to Oh, Saigon, which received a grant from Asian Women's Giving Circle and the Ms. Foundation for Women. The film about the women in her family who unbeknownst to each other, share the same terrible secret. The film is slated to finish in 2015. Doan is also a yoga & meditation teacher, and volunteers with organizations assisting survivors of war, trauma, rape, and addiction such as One Billion Rising, V-Day with Eve Ensler, who had written in Doan as a minor character in the Vagina Monologues.

To hear interviews with Doan Hoang:

National Public Radio's New America Now (at 44:00 min)

KUCI's Subversity with Dan Tsang, Episode #93.

Q&A with Doan Hoang



SCARS FOR EYES, Feature documentary, In Post Production, 2014
A follow-up to Oh, Saigon about the women of the director’s family, who unbeknownst to each other, are all survivors of rape. GRANTS RECEIVED: Asian Women’s Giving Circle, Ms. Foundation,

Side Man, Feature documentary, In Post Production, 2014
A film about the music industry of New York City in the 1960s and 1970s, featuring the music of Van Morrison, Simon & Garfunkle, Aretha Franklin, Bob Dylan, Frankie Valli and the Four Season & the Beatles.

Legacy of Denial, Feature documentary, 2009
Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul & Mary tours Vietnam, discovering the continuing effect Agent Orange poisoning.

The Trail of Ho, 2008
About the worship of Ho Chi Minh in Vietnam and the hatred of him among American diasporic Vietnamese. With Academy Award-nominee, Sam Cullman.

Oh, Saigon, 2007
The last family airlifted out of Saigon at the end of the Vietnam War attempts to resolve its divided past. Three brothers, one capitalist, one communist, and one anti-war meet again after decades and confront their differences.  Meanwhile, two first generation Vietnamese-American sisters try to reconcile a difficult past that altered the course of their lives:  one was airlifted out of Saigon at the end of the war while the other was left behind and imprisoned.

Sundance Institute Documentary Fund Award, 2005
ITVS Open Call Award, 2005 
Center For Asian American Media's Media Fund Award, 2006
Fund for Reconciliation & Development Award, 2005
Vietnam Relief Effort Humanitarian Project Award, 2008
Grand Jury Prize – Best Documentary – Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, 2008
Best Documentary Award -  42nd Brooklyn Arts Council International Film Festival, 2008
Best Brooklyn Film -  42nd Brooklyn Arts Council International Film Festival, 2008
Best of the Fest – Austin Film Festival, 2008
Best Documentary Nominee - San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival, 2007
Best Documentary Nominee – Vietnam International Film Festival, April 2009

Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Brooklyn Museum
Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
Director’s Guild - Los Angeles, California
United Nations conference, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
United States Embassy, Madrid, Spain
United States Embassy, Hanoi, Vietnam
United States Consulate, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Weisner Museum, Miineapolis, MN
Cineteca del Matadero, Madrid, Spain
Columbia University. New York, NY
The Frontline Club, London, England
Gene Siskel Film Center, Chicago
Georgetown University
Hanoi Cinemateque,Vietnam
Harvard University
Louisville Public Library
New York University (various screenings)
Opera Plaza Theater, San Francisco, California
The New School
Quinnipiac University
Smith College
Trocadero Cinema, London, England
Tisch School for the Arts
Tisch School for the Arts Asia, Singapore
Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Madrid, Spain
Universidad of Bilbao, Bilbao, Spain
Universidad del Deusto, Bilbao, Spain
Universidad de Sevilla, Seville, Spain
University of Alabama, Montgomery, Alabama
University of California-Berkeley
University of California-Irvine
University of California-San Diego
University of Florida

University of Maryland
University of Southern California
Vassar College
Yale University

SELECTED FESTIVALS (2007 to present)
American Documentary Showcase, US State Department, national tours of Spain & Vietnam
Austin Film Festival
Austin Film Festival Documentary Series
Barcelona Asian Film Festival
Berlin Asian Film Festival
The Big Read Festival
Brooklyn Arts Council International Film Festival
Chicago Asian American Showcase
Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival
Oslo Melafestivalen
, Oslo, Norway
Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival
Muestra Interactional Documental, Bogotá, Columbia
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) Documentary Exhibition
Raindance Film Festival, London, England
San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival
Semana de Cine Experimental de Madrid Film Festival, Madrid, Spain
Toronto Reel Asian Film Festival
Warsaw Vietnamese International Film Festival, Warsaw, Poland
Vietnamese International Film Festival
Zimbabwe International Film Festival


Television Broadcasts (2008 to 2012)
PBS (multiple national airings)
HTV4, Vietnam
Yes Television, Israel
UR Swedish Public Television, Sweden, Denmark
ETB, Spain

STREAMING (2012 to present)
Amazon  Hulu Roku Tubi.tv
Netflix (2012-2014)

S H O R T S   &  V I D E O S

Starbucks, Advertising campaign, 2014: producing various shoots all over Vietnam

Hasbro, Consultant, Official Furby Demo, Introducing Furby Boom, Furbling Unlock, and various Furby videos, 2013

A colorful, fun music video for pop artist Emily Newhouse about her internet addiction.

Doritoholics Anonymous  - Commercial, 2013
An addicted young man goes to his first Doritoholics Anonymous meeting.

FOOLED HIM, and 1, 2, 3
Co-director & Editor - Music videos by Will Lee of the Paul Schaeffer Band of the Late Show with David Letterman and the Fab Faux.

Hard Times – Narrative, 2012
A producer gets the tables turned on him by an actress. Exec. Produced by Billy “Silver Dollar” Baxter (Dawn of the Dead). Co-director, co-producer, co-screenwriter, cinematographer.

American Geisha - Documentary, 20 min. - 2011
A documentary about Yen, a high class call girl for Japanese businessmen in San Francisco, who came to America as a boat person.

Agent - Documentary, 20 min. - 2002
About a former CIA agent enamored of war, and his wife and children, who were affected by his violence and inability to live in peacetime.

Nuoc- Narrative, 2000
Examines the meaning of the Vietnamese words, nu’ó’c (water, tide, country) and tiê´ng (language, sound, voice) with beautiful images of the Mekong River as small trickle to a river going out to sea, inhabited like a city on water yet resonating war.

Good Morning, Captains - Narrative, 1994
About a car accident between two disaffected Gen-Xers.

How Not To Make A Video– Narrative, 1994
A 20-minute comedic short about the foibles of videomaking.

A Requiem for Vegetables – Narrative, 1993
A comedic short about the massacre of vegetables by a scary 1950s homemaker.

French Revolution – Docudrama, 40 min, 1984, About the French Royal Family as they were being overthrown by the French Revolution.


Đoan met Obie-winning Eve Ensler in 1996 and Ensler interviewed Đoan for the Vagina Monologues. Đoan was a minor character played by Rosie Perez on stage in 2000 and appears in the Vagina Monologues book, published in 1998. In 1997, Doan became a committee member for Ensler's non-profit, VDay, and still volunteers for V-Day and its spin-off, One Billion Rising.

Đoan won Junior Olympics medals for the Great Lakes region. In 1987, she won her first Silver Medal in foil, and in 1988, won a Gold Medal in épee, and Bronze Medal in foil. She also won a silver medal for the 1986 Under-20 Kentucky State Fencing Championship. She was invited to study fencing in the then Soviet Union.

From 1986-1988, Đoan was signed as a teen model to Cosmo/Casablancas in Louisville. In 2012, she modeled for Starbucks artwork in Vietnam, shot by National Geographic photographer Ami Vitale, and for her own bicycle bump cap company, Tat Hats, shot by fashion photographer Mimi Nguyen.

From 2002-2006, Đoan owned a yoga studio in Weehawken, New Jersey called Om Shanti, where she taught yoga and meditation.

Currently, Đoan is owner and model for a bicycle bump cap company, Tat Hats, and has a farm-to-table catering company with an international flair, Camellia Creative Catering.