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.

By femalefilmfestival

The irony of this festival is that its goal is to not be around in 5 years time. To eventually not be relevant because there is zero need to have a festival geared for female talent and female stories because the stories presented in Hollywood and around the world are a balanced showcase of the human experience from both sexes. Our goal is to achieve a lot of success and then fold into oblivion simply because there is no need for this festival. This festival was created by the FEEDBACK Film & Writing Festival as a simple reaction to a strong need to showcase female talent from around the world in a more profound way. When putting together the weekly festival, the administration noticed a lack of a female presence in the stories being shown at the festival. A classic example and analogy to the frustration is how the festival noticed that even the smaller roles in a screenplay were written for a man to play. There was zero reason for this in many stories. How a police officer, or a political campaign manager, for example with 3-4 lines in a screenplay was a "HE" character. Why? And these are the screenplays written by the winners! The talented one who have obtained agents and have began/beginning their careers as a writer.

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