Filmmaker Biography:

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TYRUS – Pamela Tom

Pamela Tom is a writer, director, and producer whose work includes documentary and narrative film and television. Tom served as a production executive at KCET and was the post-production producer on the BBC/PBS national series WW2: Behind Closed Doors: Stalin, The Nazis, and the West and the network producer on Wired Science, a PBS national primetime series produced in partnership with Wired magazine. She was also the field producer on the PBS pilot, Becoming the Buddha in Los Angeles.

Tom’s award-winning narrative short film, Two Lies, about a divorced Chinese woman who has plastic surgery to make her eyes rounder, screened at hundreds of film festivals including the Sundance Film Festival, New Directors/New Films, the Smithsonian Institution, and aired on numerous PBS stations, including KCET, WNET, and WGBH. Tom is the recipient of the Walt Disney Writing Fellowship, the Dorothy Arzner Award For Outstanding Woman Director, the Edna and Yu Shan Han Award, and the Asian Pacific Women’s Network Award. She has taught documentary film at UC Santa Barbara and Loyola Marymount University as well as film directing at UCLA Extension. She served as the Director of Diversity at Film Independent, where she was a leading spokesperson on issues related to diversity in the film industry. She received her BA with Honors from Brown University and an MFA in film from UCLA’s School of Theater, Film, and Television.

Film Synopsis:

TYRUS is a feature-length documentary film that tells the unlikely story of 105-year old Chinese American artist Tyrus Wong, and how he overcame poverty and racism to become a celebrated modernist painter, Hollywood sketch artist, and ‘Disney Legend’ for his groundbreaking work on the classic animated film, Bambi.


Friday, September 16, 2016: The Tennessee Valley Art Association/Ritz Theatre, Sheffield, AL, 7:00 PM CT
Monday, September 19, 2016: Troy University, Office of Service Learning & Civic Engagement, Troy, AL, 6:00 PM CT
Tuesday, September 20, 2016: Union County Community Arts Council/Wingate University, Wingate, NC, 7:00 PM ET
Wednesday, September 21, 2016: Crossroads Film Society, Jackson, MS, 7:00 PM CT
Thursday, September 22, 2016: Union College, Barbourville, KY, 7:00 PM ET
Friday, September 23, 2016: City of Hapeville Association of Trade & Tourism, Hapeville, GA, 7:00 PM ET
Tuesday, September 27, 2016: City of Roswell, Roswell, GA, 7:00 PM ET

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