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TFT alumna Grace Lee selected for Film Independent Documentary Lab

"America Revolutionary" revisits one of the subjects of the filmmaker's "The Grace Lee Project"

Posted on March 23rd 2012 in Accolade

"American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Boggs," a documentary written and directed by TFT alumna Grace Lee MFA '02, about a 96-year-old Chinese-American activist and philosopher, was recently selected by Film Independent for the 2nd annual edition of its Documentary Lab, an intensive, seven-week completion program for films in post-production.

"American Revolutionary" grew out of the Korean-American filmmaker's work on her 2005 award-winner "The Grace Lee Project," about the surprising prevalence in America of Asian women who shared her name. Bogg's story, according to the filmmaker's website, “embodies the major social movements of the last century. Born before women could vote, Boggs has built movements from within the African-American community for 70 years and remains a passionate writer and advocate for the rebirth of her adopted hometown” of Detroit.

TFT alumni Quyen Tran and Jerry A. Henry MFA '02 worked on the film as cinematographers.

Grace Lee's previous film, the narrative horror satire "American Zombie" (2008), premiered at the Slamdance Film Festival, screened at SXSW and Sitges and was released by Cinema Libre.

Her TFT thesis film, "Barrier Device," starring Sandra Oh, won a Student Academy Award and a Directors Guild of America award, screened in dozens of festivals, aired on the Sundance Channel and is distributed by Shorts International.

Lee was Opening Night Special Guest at TFT's Festival of New Creative Work in 2005.

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