The Rainbow MinuteThe Rainbow Minute
Tuesday, May 8
“Filmmaker, Alice Wu" (read by: Elaine Summerfield)
Born in 1970 in San Jose, California to Mandarin-speaking parents from Taiwan, Alice Wu was drawn to writing early on. Despite her love of science fiction and fantasy, she opted for a practical education, earning degrees in computer science and moving to Seattle to work for Microsoft. She realized her lesbian connection while taking a gender studies course.
Her big career shift came at age 28 with her interest in filmmaking, prompting a move to Brooklyn, New York to learn how independent films are made.
Ultimately, in 2004, she completed her first film from her screenplay, “Saving Face,” an Asian-American lesbian love story, which debuted at the Sundance and Toronto Film Festivals in 2005. Its success proved groundbreaking, showing other Asian-American lesbians a path for coming out.
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