Americanized

Directed by

Erica Eng

17 mins

Sunday, November 21, 2021

12:00 PM

1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge

Growing up in Oakland’s hip-hop culture, Chinese- American Eng struggles to fit in with both her African American basketball teammates and the Asian kids who think she's too "Americanized."

About the Filmmaker

Erica is a fifth-generation Chinese American director based out of Los Angeles. Her films have screened at Atlanta Film Festival, Palm Springs International ShortFest, Cinequest, and HollyShorts among others. Inspired by her Oakland roots, Erica creates work that reflects the diverse community in which she grew up. As a student, Erica used her winnings at the San Francisco International Film Festival to buy camera gear and shoot videos around the bay area. Erica moved to Los Angeles where she worked her way up the assistant ladder before becoming the executive assistant to the Academy-nominated director, Michael Mann. She spent six years balancing work with her own projects before taking the leap to become a full-time director. Erica’s combined background in film and dance influences the rhythm and energy behind her emotional storytelling. Through her character-driven films, Erica creates stories that explore themes of cross-cultural relationships, acceptance and self-discovery