who we are

Even on the first day we met, back in the spring of 2013, there was a camera present. She was looking for interviewees for a short film, and recruited me as I happened to pass by in a hallway at the college we both attended. Call it being in the right place at the right time, but years later, neither of us doubt that our encounter was anything but destined. As we've grown together in love, our interests and skills blossomed naturally into Olena Films. 


As creative director, MeiLi brings to Olena Films years of professional experience behind the lens as both a photographer and filmmaker. In the time spent between the dawn and dusk golden hours, she exercises her passion for producing social justice documentaries, cooking adventurously, and playing with our dog, Ijla.


With an education in audiovisual communication under his belt, Stephen offers up a lifelong passion for sight and sound to Olena Films. When he isn't scurrying around with a steadicam, he likes to write and produce music, collect records, and do the daily crossword.