Two 2010 Academy grads are finalists for a $100,000 grant from SFFS Documentary fund;


Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson, An American Promise
In 1999, filmmakers Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson began documenting the experiences of two African American boys—their son and his best friend—as they started kindergarten at the prestigious, private, predominantly white Dalton School on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, just as the school began to actively cultivate a diverse student body. This unprecedented longitudinal documentary reveals the life-changing experiences of the boys and their families as they navigate the challenges of academic achievement further complicated by issues of race and class.


Debbie Lum, Seeking Asian Female
Seeking Asian Female documents a 65-year-old American parking lot attendant’s Internet search for a young Asian wife. A 30-year old woman from China accepts his proposal and arrives in San Francisco on a three-month fiancée visa. She unpacks, cleans his messy apartment, prepares home-cooked Chinese meals and laughs at his jokes. He rushes to plan the Western wedding of her dreams, which he can ill afford. When she uncovers disturbing clues to his past obsession with young Asian women the fights begin. She must decide whether to go through with the marriage or return to China, and he must decide to commit to one woman. For information visit


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Michele and Debbie, how wonderful -- and  another finalist project is also Workshopper connected:  Priya Desai's partner on "Match+" is Ann Kim, Class of '09.  Fingers crossed for all of you!  J


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