Liz Sargent is a Korean American Adoptee writer and director, who's award-winning work explores themes of adoption, disability and family. She has been awarded a NY Emmy, Best Director at Diversity in Cannes, Best Screenplay at Brand Film Festival London. Her films have been released in 6 languages, screened at Venice Biennale Danza, Lincoln Center and broadcast on PBS.
The short film STRANGERS’ REUNION about an adoptee reunion was one of five films chosen by Ritz-Carlton and Hearst to be made with mentorship by Mike Figgis and production by RSA Hong Kong. TAKE ME HOME is a short film about disability, family, and communication. The script was awarded a Julia S Gouw Fellowship with CAPE and Janet Yang, a Reel Sisters Fellowship 2022, Asian Women Giving Circle grant and raised 30K on Kickstarter.
Liz incorporates her extensive background as a choreographer trained at North Carolina School of the Arts into her commercial and experimental work alike. Experimental dance film collaborations include work with Pam Tanowitz and Fisher Center at Bard, Eiko Otake and Jacob’s Pillow, and Adrienne Westwood and Angelica Negron.
The extension of her personal stories have been told through podcasts and in her story slam that won the Korean American Story ROAR in Chicago. She is a Ryan Murphy HALF INITIATIVE Mentee and was a top 3 finalist for the SeriesFest Shondaland Directing Mentorship 2022. Her work has been developed at UnionDocs, UCROSS and in Sundance Co/Lab workshops.
Liz produces with Cyprian Films New York in New York and Cyprus and is represented by Rose Zhang at Aaron Kogan Management.
1st place winner
Korean American Story's
ROAR Story Slam
CAPE And Janet Yang Productions Announce Year Two of Julia S. Gouw Short Film Challenge For Asian American, Pacific Islander Women And Non-Binary Filmmakers
CAPE And Janet Yang Productions Announce Winners Of Julia S. Gouw Short Film Challenge.
ROAR Story Slam is an annual live storytelling competition where six finalists specially selected from our submission pool, will perform their unique, creative and authentic Korean American story.
Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival is the first Academy Qualifying Festival for Short narratives devoted to showcasing films produced, directed and written by women of color.
" If Sargent keeps this up, she’ll be nominated for bigger awards."
Slow Down: River to River is an experimental documentary about the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council's 17th Annual River to River Festival. It features the work of Yoko Ono and Pam Tanowitz in addition to performances restaged for camera.
Talking strangers and surreal experiences with writer and director Liz Sargent.
Ahead of the documentary’s premiere on the ALL ARTS streaming app and broadcast channel, we caught up with Sargent to discuss the film, what it means to slow down in New York City and the process of representing ephemeral art forms.
Choreographer Pam Tanowitz and filmmaker Liz Sargent on the making of “DANCERS (Slightly Out of Shape)”