Based on director Elizabeth Sung’s childhood in Hong Kong and her journey to New York City as a ballet student, REQUIEM tells the story of a struggling dancer who loses a brother to AIDS. Produced through the American Film Institute’s Directing Workshop for Women.
FREE PROGRAM | Even as she was hard at work carving out a career on both the big and small screen, Elizabeth Sung (1954-2018) actively sought opportunities to transcend her one-dimensional persona as an actress, the better to become an all-encompassing artist and auteur. From her early work with future acting colleagues and an extended career on daytime network soap operas, a pivotal invitation to the American Film Institute’s Directing Workshop for Women set the stage for Elizabeth’s development into a multi-hyphenate artist: as actor, director; writer, producer, and even mentor. In this special tribute program, we recognize Elizabeth’s wide-ranging career and, in particular, her impact on generations of Asian Pacific American cinematic and performing talents who would follow her. — Abraham Ferrer