Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month Celebration
Date: Monday, May 23, 2022
Time: 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM ET
Location: Zoom Webinar
Private Screening: May 21- 24 ( Link will be sent after registration)
•4:00 PM - Welcome & Introductions
•4:10 PM - Fireside chat with Larisssa Lam & Baldwin Chu
•4:50 PM - Q&A
•5:00 PM - Closing remarks by Lincoln Financial Group
FAR EAST DEEP SOUTH, the award-winning documentary that follows the Chiu family from California to Mississippi and the surprising revelations amid the racially complex history of the early Chinese in the segregated South. Join us for a heart-warming conversation with filmmaker, Larissa Lam and Baldwin Chiu.
Far East Deep South
LARISSA LAM is the director, writer and producer of Far East Deep South. She produced the film alongside her husband, Baldwin Chiu and is making her feature documentary directorial debut with this film. She is a native of Diamond Bar, CA and a proud UCLA Bruin. She previously directed the acclaimed short documentary, Finding Cleveland, which is the basis for Far East Deep South. Far East Deep South made its broadcast debut on the World Channel (PBS) series, "America ReFramed" and won awards at several film festivals including Cinequest, CAAMFest and Oxford Film Festival.
Due to her work shining a light on little known history, Lam was selected to be part of the Smithsonian's History Film Forum Emerging Filmmakers Lab. In addition to her documentary work, she has produced TV shows such as "Top 3" for JUCE TV, music videos, “A Day in the Life of an Engineer” for the Intel’s Stay With It campaign as well as a series of PSAs for a national suicide prevention campaign, #IFEELALIVE.
Prior to entering the film world, Lam carved out a distinguished career in music. Lam began her career as the Chief Financial Officer of NSOUL Records and has written & produced music for TV (The Oprah Winfrey Show, Dr. Oz, TLC), film (Dead Man Down, Gone) and video games (Konami, Square Enix). Lam is also an award-winning singer and songwriter whose song, “I Feel Alive” won the Hollywood Music in Media Award for Best Dance Song.
Additionally, Lam has been a TV/radio host and keynote speaker on diversity, inclusion and the Asian American experience at TEDx, numerous universities and Fortune 500 companies. She has been a contributing author for the Los Angeles Times and the Asian American anthologies, "Miso for Life" and "Pho for Life." Currently, she also co-hosts the podcast, “Love, Discovery and Dim Sum" with her husband, Baldwin Chiu.
Far East Deep South
BALDWIN CHIU aka Only Won is the producer of Far East Deep South. He and his family are the subjects of the film and he teamed up with his wife, Larissa Lam, to produce Far East Deep South. His family story has been featured on NBC News, PBS and NPR. Chiu is a graduate of the ACT One film producing program. He was born in San Francisco and raised in Sacramento where he later graduated from California State University, Sacramento with a degree in mechanical engineering. He previously produced the award-winning documentary short, Finding Cleveland as well as numerous music videos.
In addition to being a film producer, Chiu is a rapper known by his MC name, Only Won and he is a professionally licensed engineer who gained recognition for his viral videos, “Cantonese Boy” and “I Wanna Be an Engineer.” He previously served as a spokesperson for Intel/White House “Stay With It” engineering campaign under the Obama Administration promoting careers in science. Baldwin’s songs were featured in the video game “Sleeping Dogs” and the film, Dead Man Down. He is also an actor who has appeared in films such as The Pursuit of Happyness, The Hulk and The Matrix. Additionally, Chiu has been a speaker on numerous panels addressing race, immigration, and minority representation in media for major companies such as Apple, Google and Bank of America. He currently resides in Pasadena, CA.