Director Biography – Isabella Tan (LOLA)

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Isabella Tan is from South East Asia and is now an aspiring director and cinematographer based out of New York. Her work largely includes directing and shooting short films, music videos, fashion films, documentaries and commercials. She also freelances as a notable fashion portrait photographer. As a visual artist, she creates stories with a sense of surrealism, focusing on conveying the complexity of human emotions.

Director Statement

Lola is a coming of age film about a young Asian American teenager living a secret life as a webcam girl. The film explores the complicated dynamics within Asian families, challenges the sexualization of Asian women, portrays the consequences of sexual abuse and the struggle of finding oneself. LOLA encourages the audience to think about the meaning of self-worth and self-acceptance through the eyes of a teenage girl who was forced to grow up too fast.

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