grace lee

Grace Lee’s most recent feature film, which takes place during the 2012 presidential campaign, JANEANE FROM DES MOINES, premiered at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival. Prior to that, she wrote and directed AMERICAN ZOMBIE, which premiered at Slamdance and SXSW before being released by Cinema Libre. She also produced and directed THE GRACE LEE PROJECT, a feature documentary that was called "ridiculously entertaining" by New York Magazin, broadcast on Sundance Channel and is distributed by Women Make Movies.

Grace received her MFA in Directing from UCLA Film School, where her thesis film BARRIER DEVICE, won a Student Academy Award and Directors Guild of America award, screened in dozens of festivals, aired on Sundance Channel, and is distributed by Shorts International. She is the recipient of the Henry Hampton Award for Excellence in Digital Media, a Rockefeller Media Arts grant, the PPP Pusan Prize as well as funding from the NEA, Center for Asian American Media, UCLA Institute for American Cultures and others. Other documentary credits include BEST OF THE WURST, which is permanently featured at the Currywurst Museum in Berlin and CAMP ARIRANG.

Grace is currently in post-production on the feature documentary AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY: about 97-year-old Detroit philosopher and activist Grace Lee Boggs and is developing other fiction and documentary work. She has also taught production courses at UCLA Film School, UC-Irvine Department of Studio Art, and at Objectifs Film and Photography Center in Singapore and has appeared on panels and guest lectures ranging from the True/False Film Festival, the PEN/Faulkner Center, Stanford University, Scribe Video Center, UC Berkeley, the Smithsonian Institution, and many others.

American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs
American Zombie
Barrier Device
The Grace Lee Project
Janeane From Des Moines
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A conservative Iowa housewife’s personal and political convictions are severely tested as she seeks answers from the Republican presidential candidates leading up to the 2012 Iowa Caucuses.
Two filmmakers set out to shoot a documentary about high-functioning zombies living in Los Angeles and their struggles to gain acceptance in human society.
A researcher for a female condom study (Sandra Oh) loses all objectivity when she realizes one of her subjects (Suzy Nakamura) is dating her ex. Winner: Student Academy Award.
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When Korean American filmmaker Grace Lee was growing up in Missouri, she was the only Grace Lee she knew. Once she left the Midwest however, everyone she met seemed to know "another Grace Lee." But why did they assume that all Grace Lees were reserved, dutiful, piano-playing overachievers? The filmmaker plunges into a funny, highly unscientific investigation into all those Grace Lees who break the mold -- from a fiery social activist to a rebel who tried to burn down her high school. With wit and charm, THE GRACE LEE PROJECT puts a hilarious spin on the eternal question, "What's in a name?"
A documentary about Detroit philosopher/activist Grace Lee Boggs, 97, whose life and work has encompassed the major social movements of the last century: labor, civil rights, Black Power, feminism, environmental justice and beyond. More than a biography, the film explores how the daughter of Chinese immigrants born in 1915 devoted her life to revolutionary social change and whose unflagging devotion to Detroit is inspiring a new generation of 21st century leaders.

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