Director / Writer
Born in Saigon, Ham Tran immigrated to America with his parents through the Orderly Departure Program in 1982. His explorations in playwriting, prose, poetry, music, drawing, painting, film and video became a journey to assemble new and lost history and culture. Ham graduated from UCLA with a Master of Fine Arts degree in Film and Television, where his short films have won numerous accolades including the title of National Finalist for the Student Academy Awards for 2 years in a row for his short films The Prescription and Pomegranate. Ham's thesis film The Anniversary won over 30 international awards, including the prestigious USA Film Festival award for Best Short Film. In 2004, The Anniversary was a Semi-Finalist for the Academy Awards for Best Live Action Short. Ham's first feature debut Journey from the Fall world-premiered at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival and has garnered over ten awards in worldwide film festivals, including the Trong Dong Award at the Vietnamese International Film Festival (ViFF) 2007. Imaginasian Entertainment released the film theatrically in Spring 2007.