Edward Burger is a documentary filmmaker. He grew up in a small Ohio town, spending long days in forests and fields. His microscope was his favorite toy. He would trade it in for a camera lens much later in life. Edward studied Religious Studies at The College of Wooster and studied Buddhism abroad with Antioch University in Bodh Gaya, India. During that time he travelled to Myanmar and temporarily ordained as a monk for one month’s time, a common tradition for young Burmese men of his age - and a pivotal experience that fueled his fascination of and commitment to East Asian culture and spiritual practices.
Following graduation, Edward moved to China, where he would live for 12 years, and learned to speak and read Mandarin. Hired once as an interpreter on a film set, it was then that he picked up his first camera and learned about film production. Edward then convinced his parents to buy him a now classic Sony PD-150 DV camera and he went off to the Zhongnan Mountains to direct his first feature documentary film - Amongst White Clouds. Since that time, Edward has directed a second feature documentary - A Life in Shadows and is producing a series of short films including Vows and Alms. Currently in production are two feature documentaries, One Mind and River Dhamma.
Since 2012 Agnes Lam has collaborated with Edward Burger as both producer and writer in her work with Commonfolk Films. But that’s just what keeps her busy on evenings and weekends. From Monday to Friday she’s a humanitarian aid and development professional working with International NGOs on issues threatening the safety and dignity of vulnerable women and children in developing countries.
Agnes was born in upstate New York as the child of refugees who fled Vietnam after the war. Life for her family wasn’t always easy, and at a young age she understood what it means to be helped and supported by community and kind-hearted people. After university, Agnes spent several years as a Peace Corps volunteer and thereafter as a Fulbright scholar in Bulgaria. Later she received a Masters Degree in public management at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.
After moving to Asia in 2008, Agnes began practicing vipassana meditation, which has radically changed the way she sees her work. She believes that it is essential to ground social action in contemplative practice if we hope to build a kinder and healthier future for humanity and for Earth. As a filmmaker Agnes enjoys helping people find their voice. She produces films that empower through telling stories with dignity and authenticity. Most recently she acted as both producer and writer for Commonfolk Films’ newest film, ONE MIND.