Walk Run Cha-Cha

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Paul and Millie Cao fell in love as teenagers in Vietnam but were soon separated by the war. Years later they finally reunited in California. Now, after decades of working hard to build new lives, they are making up for lost time on the dance floor. Shot over a period of six years, Walk Run Cha-Cha is an intimate, beautifully-crafted story about immigration, transformation, and the power of love. 

Walk Run Cha-Cha was supported through Laura Nix’s 2018 Chicken & Egg Award.




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Laura Nix (she/her) is a director, writer and producer. Her short film, Walk Run Cha-Cha, was nominated for a 2020 Academy Award® for Best Documentary Short Subject, and the New York Times series, From Here to Home, in which the film appears, was nominated for an Emmy®. Her feature documentary Inventing Tomorrow premiered in the U.S. Documentary Competition at Sundance 2018, and won a 2019 Peabody Award. Awarded the 2017 Sundance Institute/Discovery Impact Fellowship, Nix previously directed The Yes Men Are Revolting (Toronto Film Festival 2014, Berlinale 2015), which was released domestically and in multiple international territories. Other feature directing credits include documentary The Light in Her Eyes (IDFA 2011, PBS *POV*), the comedic melodrama The Politics of Fur, which played in over 70 festivals internationally and won multiple awards including the U.S. Grand Jury Prize at Outfest; and Whether You Like It Or Not: The Story of Hedwig. She is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, a film expert for the U.S. State Department’s American Film Showcase, and her nonfiction work has screened at hundreds of film festivals internationally, and on television via HBO, Arte, ZDF, VPRO, CBC, NHK, Canal+, and IFC.




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Colette Sandstedt (she/her) was nominated for a 2020 Academy Award® for Best Documentary Short Subject for producing Laura Nix’s Walk Run Cha-Cha, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and won Best Short at Viet Film Fest. Colette also produced Academy Award® nominee Rebecca Cammisa’s short narrative film Sunset Tuxedo and the Oscar®-qualifying animated short Confessions Of A Professional Eulogist. She has written, produced, and directed short documentaries for outlets such as The New Yorker and Facing History, and is currently directing the feature documentary Rocketman. Colette is based in Los Angeles.