FESTIVALS AND AWARDS
- Los Angeles FF 2013 (World Premiere): (16 June) Winner, Audience Award, Best Documentary
- AFI Docs 2013 (21 June): Best of the Fest
- Woodstock FF 2013 (New York Premiere) (4 October): Best Documentary Feature, Audience Award
- Toronto Reel Asian FF 2013 (12 November): Best Feature
- Caamfest 2014 (16 March): Winner, Audience Award
- San Diego Asian FF 2013 (8 November): Winner, Audience Award
- Seattle Asian FF 2014 (8 February): Winner, Audience Award
- Wisconsin FF 2014 (5 April): Winner, Audience Award
- Doc NYC 2013 (16 November)
- Shanghai Film Festival 2013
- Havana Film Festival 2013 (13 December)
- DocWeek Adelaide 2014
- Los Angeles Asian Pacific FF 2014 (11 May)
- Docaviv 2014 (13 May)
- Crossroads (Graz, Austria) 2014 (21 May)
- Documentary Edge (NZ) 2014 (31 May)
- 2014 Peabody Award Winner (POV)
Grace Lee is a Los Angeles-based filmmaker of both fiction and documentary films.
Her most recent feature film about 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 on Asian American identity and stereotypes that was 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. 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, Chicken and Egg Pictures and the Ford Foundation.
She is currently producing and directing a documentary for PBS about Asian American food culture.
The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs took the black-versus-white dichotomy even one step further and rendered it colorblind through the eyes of its 98-year-old rebel protagonist. The feisty, Chinese-American civil rights pioneer is not only older and wiser – but so wise that she forces the younger Grace Lee to step up her own filmmaking artistry just to keep up with her.
FILMMAKER MAGAZINE, Lauren Wissot
97-year-old Detroit fixture Grace Lee Boggs doesn’t just explode the docile-Asian-female stereotypes Lee set out to question with her earlier pic; she makes an inspiring case for self-determination and intellectual fortitude regardless of background
VARIETY, Justin Chang
One of our best documents of the civil rights era...Grace Lee's documentary is a glorious feat of editing — in content, visually, and of sound. Lee began her work with the superficial idea of interviewing the many other Asian women also named "Grace Lee," but in Boggs she found a formidable force and an agent of one of the most dramatic political movements of our time.
THE VILLAGE VOICE, Daphne Howland
An entertainingly revealing portrait of a remarkable woman... In an era in which social activism is far too often derided, American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs represents a deeply moving examination of the power of a single individual to effect change.
THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER, Frank Scheck
Superb... Cinema is full of unlikely heroes, and yet the real-life activist Grace Lee Boggs is more improbable still: a Chinese American black-power radical armed with a doctorate in philosophy.
LOS ANGELES TIMES, Inkoo Kang
In sharing her subject's life achievements, [Lee] raises meaningful questions and keeps them profitably open.
THE NEW YORK TIMES, Nicolas Rapold