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Pamela Tom is a documentary and narrative director and producer. Her work explores themes of identity and the intersection of Asian aesthetics and American culture. After meeting the Chinese American artist and Disney legend Tyrus Wong 17 years ago, Pamela has worked tirelessly to make TYRUS, the award-winning documentary that delves into Tyrus’ life, art, and enduring impact. From his birthplace in Guangzhou, China, to the studios of old Hollywood, the film shows how Wong overcame a life of poverty and racism to become a successful artist, Hollywood motion picture illustrator, and concept artist on the classic animated film, Bambi. Not only does the film shed light on the dramatic and untold story of Chinese Americans in the 20th century, it also corrects a historical wrong by spotlighting this seminal, but heretofore under-credited figure. The film is premiering on PBS’ American Masters series. Pamela has been a featured speaker at both the Walt Disney & Pixar Animation Studios and numerous universities including Yale, Tufts University, Loyola Marymount University, and UMass Boston. Her past work includes Two Lies, an award-winning short about a Chinese American mother who undergoes plastic surgery to maker her eyes rounder. It debuted at Sundance and New Directors/New Films. She directed Sidney Poitier in a short to promote the Showtime film, Mandela and DeKlerk, and recently directed a feature-length documentary about his life. Tom is a recipient of a Walt Disney Writing Fellowship, Dorothy Arzner Award for Outstanding Woman Director, and Asian Pacific Women’s Network Award. Tom served as the Director of Diversity at Film Independent. She received her BA from Brown University and MFA from UCLA.