High Flying Jade, Director (Documentary Film)

Logline: Walking the line between mindfulness and adrenaline rush, an American, bipolar, aerialist tries to reconcile her suicidal inclinations, her past life as an air traffic controller and the pressures of training for opening night at the Vietnamese circus.

Synopsis: High Flying Jade is the true story of a bipolar woman, one might even say a “valley girl” from Los Angeles, who moved to Vietnam and joined the communist government-sponsored circus in Hồ Chí Minh City. In the US, Jade was, among other things, an air traffic controller, but after repeated attempts at suicide that culminated in hospitalization, she was finally diagnosed and treated for bipolar disorder. Today she manages her unique brain chemistry with focused aerial training and learned-mindfulness that’s required for aerial performance. We meet her one week before the opening night of her first ever time in a real, big top circus.