NEW YORK - LOS ANGELES - CYPRUS
Liz Sargent is a Korean American adoptee and NY Emmy-winning writer/director. In her work she examines themes around adoption, disability and family.
Her film TAKE ME HOME won the Julia S. Gouw Fellowship with CAPE and Janet Yang Productions, a Reel Sisters Fellowship, Asian Women Giving Circle grant and raised 30K on Kickstarter. Currently in the festival circuit starting at Sundance (World Premiere), then onto Santa Barbara IFF, SXSW, River Run IFF, CAAM and Florida FF and more.
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. The film was released online, worldwide in 6 languages and won Best Director at Diversity in Cannes and Best Screenplay at Brand FF London.
Liz incorporates her background as a choreographer trained at North Carolina School of the Arts into her commercial and experimental work. 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 award winning story slam at the Korean American Story ROAR in Chicago. She is a two time Ryan Murphy HALF Initiative Mentee, AICP Mentee with Edward Grann at mssg pces, a member of the Gold House Creator Network, and producer with Cyprian Films New York.
Photo by Erica Urech
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)”