Talent Guide

Elizabeth Ai

  • Discipline:Writer
  • Program Year:CNN Docuseries Intensive 2020, Documentary Lab 2017, Fast Track 2016, Producing Lab 2010, Project Involve 2010


(Director/Writer/Producer) Elizabeth Ai is an Emmy award-winning producer. She directs, writes, and produces independent narratives as well as branded content for companies such as National Geographic, ESPN, and VICE. She produced documentary features; Dirty Hands: The Art and Crimes of David Choe (2008), on the titled artist after his prison release and before his meteoric rise and A Woman’s Work: The NFL’s Cheerleader Problem (2019), examines wage theft and exploitation of the only visible NFL women. Additionally, she produced Saigon Electric (2011), a feature narrative set in Vietnam’s world of breakdancing. During her tenure at VICE, she created an original pilot, BONG APPETIT (2014), which got picked up for series on Viceland. She’s directing and producing two in-progress feature documentaries; In The Shadow of the Hills, about the effects modernity has on the indigenous Himalayan tribes in Sapa, Vietnam and New Wave a historical coming-of-age story set in the “new wave” music scene in 1980s California. She’s a fellow of Berlin Talent Campus, Film Independent, Sundance, and Tribeca. Her film projects are supported by California Humanities, Firelight Media, Knight Foundation, and ITVS. She received her B.A. from the University of Southern California.

Current Project

New Wave


New Wave is a historical coming-of-age story about Vietnamese refugee youth that survived the trauma of losing their homeland, after the fall of Saigon in 1975, and fought to build community and redefine their identities through the “new wave” music scene.