Lawrence Le Lam is an award-winning filmmaker from Richmond, BC with an affinity for music-centric stories that explore underground worlds in the Asian diaspora. His final thesis film from Emily Carr University of Art + Design about forbidden rock & roll and long-haired hippies in 1970s Taiwan, The Blue Jet won Best Student Production (Whistler Film Festival / Leo Awards 2016) and Best in Canada at the Toronto International Short Film Festival. His short film about the underground hip hop scene in 1992 post-riot LA, Cypher won Best Period Piece at Hollyshorts Film Festival 2018. In 2017, Lawrence participated in the Toronto International Film Festival Talent Lab.
From 2017-2019, he collaborated with director / writer (and friend) Ying Wang, co-writing and editing her feature documentary, The World Is Bright which she has been working on since 2007. The World Is Bright will be screening next at Hot Docs 2020.
Lawrence is currently working as a story designer for the animated VR experience CHINATOWN XR (produced by Hammer & Tong in partnership with University of British Columbia's Asian-Canadian and Asian Migration Studies Program) taking audiences back in time to explore the history of Vancouver’s Chinatown from the 40s through 60s and onward.
He is also developing his first feature, coming of age, hip-hopera, and crime drama, The Chinatown Diner.
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