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New Frontier World Building Residency

May 31 2022

Along with Tony Patrick and Lauren Lee McCarthy, I was selected by the Sundance Institute New Frontiers 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! 

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
GRACE LEE is an independent filmmaker who most recently produced and directed two episodes of the Peabody Award-winning ASIAN AMERICANS series as well as AND SHE COULD BE NEXT, POV’s first broadcast series about women of color transforming politics and civic engagement, which was nominated for an NAACP Image Award. Other credits include the Peabody-winning AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY: THE EVOLUTION OF GRACE LEE BOGGS, THE GRACE LEE PROJECT MAKERS: WOMEN IN POLITICS, OFF THE MENU: ASIAN AMERICA and K-TOWN’92, an interactive online project about the 1992 Los Angeles civil unrest.

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 SXSW. She is co-founder of the Asian American Documentary Network (A-Doc), a Directors Guild of America member as well as a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. She’s also host and executive producer of a podcast investigating systemic inequities at PBS called VIEWERS LIKE US.