Athena Film Festival
PEOPLE OF INFLUENCE | Alice Wu
Director, Screenwriter

Designed software for Microsoft before pursuing filmmaking full-time


Most well-known for directing and writing romantic comedy Saving Face (2004) which was an official selection of the Sundance and Toronto Film Festivals.


She gave herself 5 years to get her script turned into a film


The 5 year deadline hit the day right after the film’s wrap


Advised to make her characters white…


… and heterosexual…


… and to get rid of the Mandarin dialogue…


She refused

IMDB | NYT Article
[photo source: Lance Iversen]

PEOPLE OF INFLUENCE | Alice Wu

Director, Screenwriter

  • Designed software for Microsoft before pursuing filmmaking full-time

  • Most well-known for directing and writing romantic comedy Saving Face (2004) which was an official selection of the Sundance and Toronto Film Festivals.

  • She gave herself 5 years to get her script turned into a film

  • The 5 year deadline hit the day right after the film’s wrap

  • Advised to make her characters white…

  • … and heterosexual…

  • … and to get rid of the Mandarin dialogue…

  • She refused

IMDB | NYT Article

[photo source: Lance Iversen]

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