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Debbie Vu began her childhood as an avid reader to escape to new worlds and pursue exciting adventures. It didn’t take long for her to start journaling and writing fiction, something she still does to this day. Her whole world suddenly and rapidly expanded when she started taking drama classes in high school. Debbie may not have been the best actress in her class, but she had a knack for directing. She eventually decided to study electronic journalism at UNC-Chapel Hill after her parents urged her to major in something more “practical” than creative writing or dramatic arts. She figured she would simply combine her two high school passions and attempt to become a TV news anchor. It was through this process that she was introduced to documentary-filmmaking. This seemed to be the healthier route to sharing stories, rather than having to spew bad news based on the idea that “if it bleeds, it leads.” In contrast, documentary-filmmaking could be used to share stories of hope and inspiration. 

Debbie Vu


Why not use media to highlight the good, especially in dark times?


Soon after she graduated in 2012, Debbie traveled to Malawi in Africa, with a team of six other media makers to create promotional documentary content for the P&G’s Children’s Safe Drinking Water program. That experience solidified her passion for working with non-profit organizations using her skills in story-telling and filmmaking. 


Since 2012, Debbie has worked with numerous non-profit organizations such as StepUp Durham, ReCity Network, The 1947 Partition Archive, and Well Constructed on a volunteer basis. She also serves small businesses such as Project Shift, Zweli's, Connell's Best and Kai Thai Academy of Martial Arts .


By 2017, Debbie was able to build and network her way to running her first media organization. 

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