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Elizabeth Sung, From Actor to Icon


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

Co-presented with Community Partners: OCA-GLA

In this program


Directed by Victor Wong Huey

The decade-old relationship of a world-weary couple who met and fell in love in China years before reaches a breaking point.


Directed by Erin Li

A once-renowned Chinese painter is kicked out of her son’s home, prompting her to enroll in a controversial school that claims to teach people how to start life anew.


Directed by Elizabeth Sung

A struggling dancer loses a brother to AIDS.


Directed by Elizabeth Sung

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.

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