March 7, 2014, 7:00 P.M.

The Albert and Dana Broccoli Theatre, SCA 112, George Lucas Building, USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007


Outside the Box [Office], USC Center for Transpacific Studies, and USC East Asian Studies Center (EASC), invite you and a guest to a special screening of

Seeking Asian Female

Directed/Produced/Written by Debbie Lum
Co-Produced/Written/Edited by Tina Nguyen
Written/Edited by Amy Ferraris
Followed by a Q&A with Debbie Lum

7:00 P.M. on Friday, March 7th, 2014

The Albert and Dana Broccoli Theatre, SCA 112
900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

This screening is organized within the framework of "Transpacific Intimacies", a screening series by The Center for Transpacific Studies at USC and with support by the East Asian Studies Center.

World Premiere: SXSW Film Festival in 2012
US Broadcast: PBS’ Independent Lens in 2013

‘Best of the Fest’ at AFI - Discovery Channel Silverdocs Film Festival 2012
Silver Spectrum – Maryland (Washington DC)
Outstanding Director Award, Documentary
Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival 2012
Best Feature Documentary
San Diego Asian Film Festival 2012

About Seeking Asian Female

Seeking Asian Female is a feature-length personal documentary about the unlikely romance of Steven and Jianhua (“Sandy”) - an American man obsessed with marrying any Asian woman and the Chinese woman half his age who agrees online to become his fiancée. Chinese American filmmaker Debbie documents everything, with skepticism and humor, from the early stages of Steven’s search through the moment Sandy steps foot in America for the first time, to a year into their precarious union. From one unexpected turn to the next, as these two online pen pals attempt to overcome vast differences in age, language and culture for the sake of a real-life marriage, the filmmaker gets pulled deeper into their story. And as her role morphs from documentarian to translator to couple’s counselor, this rollercoaster relationship becomes more intimate and more human, ultimately becoming a strangely compelling love story for the ages.

Provided courtesy of the filmmaker. Not rated. Running time: 82 minutes. In English and Chinese, with English subtitles.

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About the Guest

DEBBIE LUM (Writer/Director/Producer/Editor)

Debbie Lum is a Chinese American woman whose work raises questions about what it means to be an Asian woman in America. As an editor and producer, she has worked with Wayne Wang, Spencer Nakasako and Philip Kaufman. Recently she directed and produced two short documentaries for Wayne Wang about his early two works, CHAN IS MISSING and DIM SUM (distributed by Koch Lorber Films). She also co-produced and edited the award-winning KELLY LOVES TONY (directed by Spencer Nakasako), which aired on the PBS series POV and played at festivals internationally. Her documentary editing credits include, among others, TO YOU SWEETHEART, ALOHA (winner, Audience Award, VC LA Film Festival) and the acclaimed A.K.A. DON BONUS (winner, National Emmy), which aired on the PBS series POV. Debbie’s writing and directing work has focused primarily on fictional films, including CHINESE BEAUTY, A GREAT DEAL! and ONE APRIL MORNING, which have screened at The San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival among many other festivals. Previous awards include a Media Grant for Script Development from the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM/formerly NAATA) and the Murphy Cadogan Fellowship for the Arts. She was also nominated for a Rockefeller Media Arts grant. Debbie was an editing instructor at the Vietnamese Youth Development Center’s Media Lab and San Francisco State University. She recently completed the PBS Producer’s Academy, holds an M.F.A. in Cinema from San Francisco State University and a B.A. in Religious Studies from Brown University.

About Outside the Box [Office]

Outside the Box [Office] is a weekly showcase for upcoming releases highlighting world cinema, documentary and independent film titles. Recognizing a need for greater diversity on campus, the series will draw from around the globe to present movies that may challenge, inspire or simply entertain.

To view the calendar of screenings, click here.

Check-In & Reservations

This screening is free of charge and open to the public. Please bring a valid USC ID or print out of your reservation confirmation, which will automatically be sent to your e-mail account upon successfully making an RSVP through this website. Doors will open at 6:30 P.M.

All SCA screenings are OVERBOOKED to ensure seating capacity in the theater, therefore seating is not guaranteed based on RSVPs. The RSVP list will be checked in on a first-come, first-served basis until the theater is full. Once the theater has reached capacity, we will no longer be able to admit guests, regardless of RSVP status.


The USC School of Cinematic Arts is located at 900 W. 34th St., Los Angeles, CA 90007. Parking passes may be purchased for $10.00 at USC Entrance Gate #5, located at the intersection of W. Jefferson Blvd. & McClintock Avenue. We recommend parking in Parking Structure D, at the far end of 34th Street. Metered street parking is also available along Jefferson Blvd.

Contact Information

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