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Sundance 2018 panel - World Building and AI

Jan 15 2018

If you're heading to Park City, please join me and my fellow artists from at this panel on Imagining Work in an A.I. integrated future. We will be sharing our outcomes and ideas from the Sundance New Frontiers Artist residency we were part of in 2017.  The panel is on Sunday 1/21 -- more info here.

Women's Convention - Detroit, MI

Jan 15 2018

I had the honor of being on a panel with Aimee Allison and Lucy Flores at the inaugural Women's Convention about the new politics of women of color. I spoke about the documentary series I am developing with fellow WOC filmmakers about women of color running for office in 2018! 

New Frontier World Building Residency

Jan 15 2018

I was one of three artists selected by the Sundance Institute to participate in an artists residency with the World Building Institute at USC.  The theme was The Future of Work in Los Angeles in 2037. Read more about it here.

Sundance/CNEX Story and Edit Lab in Beijing

Jan 15 2018

Earlier this year, I was an adviser for the Sundance Institute Documentary Story and Edit Lab in Beijing, which was organized by CNEX/CCDF.  I wrote about my experience working with a Chinese filmmaking team and how collaboration leads to creative breakthroughs. Read it here.

K-TOWN '92 is now live!

Jan 15 2018

K-TOWN ’92, an interactive online documentary disrupts  mainstream narratives of the 1992 Los Angeles riots/uprising/civil unrest while uplifting perspectives that have been overlooked.  Users will be able to explore interviews, and archival footage from the past and present, allowing a diverse cross section of Angelenos to share their stories.  Visit http://ktown92.com.  Made possible with the generous support of Just Films, Ford Foundation, California Humanities and the Center for Asian American Media.

K-TOWN '92 Reporters (Short) on WORLD Channel

Jan 15 2018

As a companion piece to K-Town'92, I directed a short documentary film, K-TOWN ’92 Reporters, (15 min.) that explores the experiences of several journalists of color during the 1992 civil unrest. The short premiered exclusively on Facebook Live on April 29th, 2017, presented WORLD Channel who will broadcast the film nationally during the month May (dates and times TBD). Watch K-Town'92 Reporters.

American Film Showcase - India tour

Jan 15 2018

I recently travelled to Chennai and Bhubaneswar, India as an envoy for the American Film Showcase -- a partnership between the USC School of Cinematic Arts and the U.S. State Department.  I spoke at various schools, doing workshops and screenings of my film "Off the Menu: Asian America," as well as engaging with audiences around "American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs," "Makers: Women in Politics" and "Janeane from Des Moines. More about the program here.

Breakthrough Award - Chicken & Egg Pictures

Jan 15 2018

I am one of five recipients of the Chicken & Egg Pictures Breakthrough Filmmaker Award. The program recognizes and elevates five experienced women directors with unique voices who are poised to reach new heights and to continue to be strong filmmaker-advocates for urgent issues and creative visions. More info on the award and the recipients here.

"Radical Brownies" short on The Guardian

Jan 15 2018

I am on executive producer on a documentary about the Radical Monarchs, an alternate girl scout group based in Oakland, CA for young girls of color.  We collaborated with The Guardian Documentaries to create this short film on them.  Feature film still in progress! 

TEDWomen short film "How Much is Enough?"

Jan 15 2018

A short film I made that explores working mothers and time screened at the 2016 TEDWomen conference in San Francisco.  Produced with Chicken and Egg Pictures and Lifetime. Thanks to all who participated! 

POV Digital Lab Participants Prize

Jan 15 2018

I participated in the POV Digital Lab (formerly known as the Hackathon) along with producer Eurie Chung, interactive designer Kelly Weldon and coder Philip Rhie to create a prototype for a new interactive project we're developing.  We won the Participants Prize for KTOWN 92. More info about the event and a link to our prototype here.

2016 International Documentary Association Getting Real Conference

Jan 15 2018

I gave the opening keynote speech at the International Documentary Association's Getting Real 2016 conference.  Along with my colleagues Leo Chiang, Renee Tajima-Pena and Chi-hui Yang, I organized a gathering of Asian American filmmakers, which has since branched into an online network.  Please contact me if you'd like more information about it.

CNEX China Documentary Forum

Jan 15 2018

I was invited to give a master class at the CNEX Chinese Doc Forum in Taipei in September, 2016.

Off the Menu: Asian America - now on Itunes!

Jan 15 2018

Rent or buy a digital download of the film here

Sundance Institute Women's Initiative

Jan 15 2018

I'm very excited to be one of six fellows participating in the Sundance Institute's Women's Initiative.  You can learn more about the program here.

Remembering Grace Lee Boggs 1915-2015

Jan 15 2018

I wrote a piece for Politico about Grace Lee Boggs, our relationship, and making American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs.

Off the Menu: Asian America DVD now available

Jan 15 2018

If you missed the national PBS broadcast in December, the DVD is now available from the PBS store.

GRACE LEE is an independent producer & director and writer working in both narrative and non-fiction film. She directed the 2014 Peabody Award-winning documentary AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY: THE EVOLUTION OF GRACE LEE BOGGS, which The Hollywood Reporter called ”an entertainingly revealing portrait of the power of a single individual to effect change.” The film premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival where it won its first of six audience awards before its broadcast on the PBS documentary series POV. Her previous documentary THE GRACE LEE PROJECT won multiple awards, broadcast on the Sundance Channel and was called “ridiculously entertaining” by New York Magazine and “ a funny but complex meditation on identity and cultural expectation,” by Variety.












Other credits include the Emmy-nominated MAKERS: WOMEN IN POLITICS and OFF THE MENU: ASIAN AMERICA, both for PBS; JANEANE FROM DES MOINES, set during the 2012 presidential campaign, which premiered at the 2012 Toronto Film Festival as well as AMERICAN ZOMBIE, a personal horror film, which premiered at Slamdance and is distributed by Cinema Libre. Grace received her MFA in Film Directing from UCLA Film School where her short film BARRIER DEVICE, starring Sandra Oh and Suzy Nakamura, won a Student Academy Award. Grace returns to her alma mater and other universities frequently as a guest speaker and lecturer. She has served on panels and juries including the Independent Spirit Awards, Los Angeles Film Festival, POV’s EdComm, Center for Asian American Media, and the International Documentary Association.