Liz Chae is a writer/director committed to bringing stories of women and the Korean-American experience to the screen. Born in Jamaica to Korean parents, she and her family immigrated to New York City where she pursued her love of writing and photography before studying film in Paris. Liz began her career in film exhibition and then moved into film production, working on Tony Bui’s Three Seasons and Hal Hartley’s Henry Fool. This led to a career producing movie trailers for Paramount and Nickelodeon.
A 2009 graduate of the School of the Arts Film Program, Liz’s first documentary The Last Mermaids won the A&E Development Award and the ASCAP Music Composition Grant. The film premiered at the 2008 Pusan International Film Festival. Awards include Faculty Honors from the School of the Arts Film Program, Special Jury Mention for Short Documentary at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival, and the Gold Medal in Documentary at the 2009 Student Academy Awards.
"To describe my experience at the School of the Arts, I have to start with how I got there. Having worked in the film industry in various capacities for over ten years, I figured that eventually, this would lead me to becoming a writer/director. But instead, I put off working on my own stories and gave excuses of the lack of time, the need for money, experience, etc. I started to question whether I really wanted to be a filmmaker and if I would even be good. So I decided to take a screenwriting class and finished my first feature. I was so happy. It was long overdue.