Wednesday, November 30, 2005
The Grace Lee Project -- Attention New Yorkers!
This letter from filmmaker Grace Lee is posted here with permission by Lisa Hanson of InThirdSpace. Lisa and I invite you to post the letter on your blog and/or listservs as well. I omitted e-mail addresses in the letter because they altered my formatting, but her contact info can be found at her website at www.gracelee.net.
Dear Friends, Grace Lees, and Friends of Grace Lee(s),
Greetings! As many of you know, I made a film called THE GRACE LEE PROJECT which opens theatrically at New York City's Film Forum from December 14-27. The film premiered earlier this year at the San Francisco Intl. Asian American Film Festival to sold out houses, and has continued to collect great reviews on its festival run from SXSW to the Los Angeles and Pusan International Film Festivals and many others in between. Variety called it a "funny and complex meditation on identity and cultural expectations." And the Los Angeles Times described it as a "fascinating portrait, told with humor and insight."
I'm really excited to be working with our distributor Women Make Movies on the release and am proud to premiere at the fabulous Film Forum. But we need your help to make sure this film finds its audience -- especially since performing well here will help us move on to other cities. AND, we're opening on the same day as King Kong! Yes, it's King Kong vs. Grace Lee. The battle lines are drawn. I'm writing to ask you to SAVE THE DATES (December 14-27) and urge you and everyone you know in the New York area to come out and support the film. I guarantee that you will be entertained, that you will get a fresh take on an identity crisis, and you will meet characters you have never seen before. And they all share my incredibly common Asian American name: Grace Lee. I'll be in New York from Dec 7-19 to help promote the film, but in the meantime, please help spread the word. Some of the ways you can help:
1. Send an email to all your friends, newsgroups, organizations, listservs, etc.
2. Link the Grace Lee Project banner to your blog/website (you candownload the HTML at www.gracelee.net)
3. Bring postcards to any events you attend.
4. Order tickets early from Film Forum and organize an outing with friends.
It's a perfect break from holiday shopping. Posters and postcards are available from Women Make Movies. Finally, if you know any Grace Lees who will be in the New York area, let them know that they're invited to our opening and to get in touch with me [via the website]. Anyway, here's the screening info. Thanks again for your support and see you in New York in December!
THE GRACE LEE PROJECTat FILM FORUM
(Two Weeks only! Dec 14-27)
209 W. Houston St. (w. of 6th Ave.)
Screens Daily 1:15, 3:15, 6:00, 8:00, 10:00
Order tickets online www.filmforum.org (beginning Dec 7)
More info on the film at www.gracelee.net
Distributed by Women Make Movies www.wmm.com