Dec8 Productions is a full-service production company that takes visual stories from concept to completion, with a commitment to inspire and edify audiences.
We are passionate about telling stories that are both genuine and thought-provoking. By integrating the authenticity of observational filmmaking with the analytical depth of journalism, we create narratives that are rich in detail and full of depth.
Born in China, Qinling Li studied and practiced journalism in China, Australia, and the United States. Her work has appeared on PBS Frontline, Al Jazeera English, Newsweek, Politico, the Christian Science Monitor, among other outlets. In 2018, Qinling went back to her alma mater, Columbia Journalism School, as an Adjunct Professor. In 2021, her video reporting on transgender sex workers won First Place award in the Gender and Society category, and her short film on Black gun rights won Second Place in the National Political/Government Reporting, at the 63rd Southern California Journalism Awards.
Arthur Nazaryan was born in St. Petersburg, Russia and grew up in the United States, where he works as a filmmaker and photojournalist. His long-term photography projects have been featured in the New York Times, BBC, The Guardian, ABC, The Atlantic, CNN, and Public Radio International, for whom he was also a regular contributing writer. After living and reporting in Myanmar for two years, he returned to the US to focus on his filmmaking career. Since then, his work as a filmmaker has been featured on Al Jazeera Witness, PBS Frontline, and Reason and supported by the Tribeca Film Institute, ITVS, and Chicken & Egg Pictures.
Originally from the California Bay Area, Aaron Adler graduated from CUNY Journalism Graduate School in New York City, where he began his career as a photojournalist. After spending several years working for outlets like NBC, NYDailyNews, and the New York Observer, he joined Dec8 as a producer, with a focus on developing original film ideas and producing editorial content. His film and photography projects have appeared in publications such as the Mail & Guardian, Narrative.ly, Rizzoli Press, NBC.com, New York Observer, Newsday, Mashable, NYDailyNews, City & State, NY Family, Avenue Magazine, NYPress, Metro and others.
Maria Chiu was born in a Hong Kong taxicab and grew up New Jersey and Los Angeles. Her work as a director and producer appeared on VICE, BBC, CNN, Buzzfeed, Esquire and Hulu. She co-produced the feature film THE EXILES, receiving the Sundance Grand Jury Prize in 2022 and co-directed the short film THE TOWERS, which received the Tribeca Film Institute & ESPN Future Filmmaker Prize. Maria's love for documentary film began at UCLA and she went on to pursue her masters at Columbia Journalism School. A blend of storyteller and journalist, Maria likes to go between telling stories of quirky subcultures to investigating multi-billion dollar companies.
Phoebe McFarb grew up in Prince George’s County, Maryland where she currently resides and works as an editor and videographer. For the past few years, she has worked as the Executive Director at Greenbelt Access Television, where she refined her skills by managing productions, teaching filmmaking classes, as well as filming and editing content for broadcast. She currently serves as an editor at Dec8 Productions, where she works on the post-production of branded, editorial, and documentary content.