Doan Hoang

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Doan Hoang
Native name
Hoàng Niên Thục-Đoan
Born1972 (age 46–47)
ResidenceNew York City, New York, U.S.
Other namesDoan Hoang Curtis[1]
CitizenshipUnited States
Alma materSmith College
OccupationFilm producer, director, editor, writer
Known for2007 documentary Oh, Saigon
Home townLouisville, Kentucky
Spouse(s)John Francis Campbell (1998–2006)[2]

Doan Hoang or Đoan Hoàng is a Vietnamese-American documentary film director, producer, editor, and writer.[3] She directed and produced the 2007 documentary Oh, Saigon about her family, after leaving Vietnam on the last civilian helicopter as Saigon fell. The documentary won several awards at film festivals and was broadcast on PBS from 2008 to 2012.[4] Hoang was selected to be a delegate to Spain[4] for the American Documentary Showcase.[5][6]


Hoang was born in South Vietnam, and is the daughter of a former South Vietnamese air force major from Saigon and a former Mekong Delta plantation heiress.[4][7] On April 30, 1975, she was airlifted on the final civilian helicopter out of Vietnam at the end of the war.[5] Four months afterwards, she settled in Louisville, Kentucky.[8] When she was nine, she wrote her first book on the Vietnam War.[9] At the age of 12, she made her first documentary The French Revolution.[4][9] She graduated from Smith College in 1994.[10]

Hoang worked as an editor and writer for national magazines, including Details, Saveur, House & Garden, Garden Design, and Spin.[9]

Hoang developed the film Oh, Saigon, in which she documented her family, over seven years. In 2005, the Sundance Institute awarded Hoang a grant for the then titled Homeland.[11] She also received funding from the Independent Television Service (ITVS),[12] the Center for Asian American Media,[13] and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.[12]

Hoang premiered Oh, Saigon in March 2007 at the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival,[14] and received a nomination for Best Documentary.[15] She had her New York premiere at the Museum of Modern Art in 2008.[12] At the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, her film received the Grand Jury Prize. It won the Best Film and Best Feature Documentary at the 42nd Brooklyn Arts Council International Film Festival in 2008.[9][12] It also screened at the Vietnam International Film Festival.[16] In 2011 and 2012, as part of the American Documentary Showcase, Hoang took the film to 16 countries, including Spain and Vietnam.[6] She screened the film in Vietnam for the US Department of State at the US Embassy and the US Consulate. She was also invited by the Ambassador of Vietnam to the United Nations, Lê Hoài Trung, to return for an overseas Vietnamese senate.[4]

Hoang heads her own film production company, Nuoc Pictures, located in New York City. She is producing a follow-up to Oh, Saigon called Scars For Eyes. Hoang describes the film as "about the women in her family who unbeknownst to each other, share the same terrible secret." The film will feature animation and is partly funded by grants from the Asian Women's Giving Circle and the Ms. Foundation.[4][17]

In addition to French Revolution, Hoang has worked on a number of short films: A Requiem for Vegetables describes "the massacre of vegetables by a scary 1950s homemaker."; Good Morning, Captains features two Gen-Xers that are involved in a car accident; and Agent depicts the impact of a CIA agent's life on his family.[4][9] American Geisha is a documentary of Hoang's aunt Yen, who had served as a geisha for Japanese businessmen in San Francisco.[4][5][9] In 2013, she helped produce and direct a music video for pop singer Emily Newhouse called "Addicted to the Internet", which was featured at the Greenpoint Film Festival in Brooklyn.[18][19][20]

Other ventures[edit]

In 2002–2006, Hoang had a yoga studio called Om Shanti in Weehawken, New Jersey.[4] Hoang also owns a bicycle helmet company called Tat Hats.[4][21] In 2009, Hoang founded the Los Angeles-based Camellia Creative Catering & Events, specializing in international cuisine made with locally-sourced organic food.[1]


Feature films[edit]

  • Oh, Saigon (2007)
  • The Trail of Ho (2008)
  • Legacy of Denial (2009)
  • Side Man, in post-production
  • Scars For Eyes, in post-production

Short films[edit]

  • French Revolution (1984)
  • A Requiem for Vegetables (1993)
  • How Not To Make A Video (1994)
  • Good Morning, Captains (1994)
  • Nuoc (2000)
  • Agent (2002)
  • American Geisha (2011)
  • Hard Times (2012) - co-producer[22]
  • "Addicted to the Internet" by Emily Newhouse (2013 music video)


  1. ^ a b "about us". Camellia Creative Catering & Events. Retrieved 2018-08-29.
  2. ^ "Doan Hoang bio". Oh Saigon official website. Archived from the original on 2014-08-08. Retrieved August 29, 2018.
  3. ^ "Doan Hoang". Brooklyn Arts Council. Retrieved 2018-08-29.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Doan Hoang - Full Bio". Retrieved 2014-08-02.
  5. ^ a b c "Interview with Filmmaker Doan Hoang: Oh, Saigon – Life After Vietnam War |". 2011-11-17. Retrieved 2014-02-19.
  6. ^ a b "American Documentary Showcase - Who Fact Sheet" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2014-02-28.
  7. ^ "Doan Hoang | DVAN". 2010-01-25. Archived from the original on 2014-02-25. Retrieved 2014-02-19.
  8. ^ White, Charlie (May 17, 2010). "Vietnamese community paved way for other immigrants and became part of Louisville's cultural fabric".(subscription required)
  9. ^ a b c d e f "American Documentary Showcase - Oh Saigon" (PDF) (Press release). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2014-02-26.
  10. ^ "Five College Calendar of Events: April 10th, 2006". Five Colleges. April 10, 2006. Archived from the original on February 25, 2014. Retrieved 2014-02-19.
  11. ^ "Indies : Sundance Documentary Fund Announces Grants For Thirteen Documentary Projects". Media Pro Tech. 2005-11-20. Retrieved 2014-02-19.
  12. ^ a b c d "Oh, Saigon - Photos and Press Kit". ITVS. 1975-04-30. Retrieved 2014-02-19.
  13. ^ "Funded Projects Archive | CAAM Home". 2009-07-21. Retrieved 2014-02-19.
  14. ^ "SFIAAFF : Browse - Documentary Competition". Archived from the original on 2014-02-24. Retrieved 2014-02-19.
  15. ^ Eddy, Cheryl (2007-03-13). "SFIAAFF: Freedom isn't free". SF Bay Guardian. Retrieved 2014-02-19.
  16. ^ "D Filmmaker Bios". Viet Film Fest. Archived from the original on 2014-02-25. Retrieved 2014-02-19.
  17. ^ "1994" (PDF). Smith Alumnae Quarterly. Fall 2011. p. 71. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2014-08-11.
  18. ^ "Music Videos". Greenpoint Film Festival. 2013-09-08. Archived from the original on 2014-08-06. Retrieved 2014-08-04.
  19. ^ "Jonathon Horton". Stage 32. August 2013. Retrieved 2014-08-04.
  20. ^ "The 2013 Greenpoint Film Festival: From Music to Micro-Budget". Greenpointers. 2013-09-30. Retrieved 2014-08-04.
  21. ^
  22. ^ Matthew Glasson (2012-06-03). HARD TIMES (Short, 2012) (Vimeo). Retrieved 2014-08-04.

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