A mystical encounter with a spirit trapped under the waters of a lake helps a young Chinese American girl overcome the death of her mother and frees the ghost from her watery prison. Director Elizabeth Sung’s master’s thesis degree film 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