Film phase: Completed
Steven, a 60-year-old, white American parking lot attendant, dreams of marrying a young Asian woman. Debbie, a Chinese American filmmaker, documents his obsession hoping to make an exposé of his “yellow fever.” When Jianhua or “Sandy,” a 30-year-old woman from Anhui, China agrees online to move to California to be his fiancée, unexpected complications arise for all three: bride, groom, and filmmaker. With comic twists and turns, this roller coaster romance becomes a challengingly honest love story for the ages.
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
Debbie Lum is a San Francisco-based filmmaker. For years she worked as a documentary editor; her credits include A.K.A Don Bonus (winner of national Emmy®) and Kelly Loves Tony (nominated for Best Documentary by the IDA), which she also co-produced. She has also written several short comedies, Chinese Beauty, A Great Deal!, and One April Morning. She has a BA from Brown University and an MFA from San Francisco State University.
Seeking Asian Female premiered at SXSW Film Festival. It was selected for “Best of Fest” at the AFI Discovery Channel / Silverdocs Film Festival based on audience popularity and buzz. It won Best Documentary at the San Diego Asian Film Festival and CAAMFEST, and was awarded Best-Female Directed Documentary by the Alliance of Women Film Journalists at the St. Louis International Film Festival. Director Debbie Lum was awarded Outstanding Director at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival. She was featured on PRI’s This American Life in a behind-the-scenes radio documentary about the making of her film. The film premiered on U.S. television as part of the Spring 2013 season of PBS’ Independent Lens. In conjunction with the broadcast, PBS and the filmmakers launched theyreallsobeautiful.com, an online forum and short video series that helped ignite an international conversation about interracial relationships and the objectification of Asian women.