Quyên Nguyen-Le (they/them) is a queer and gender nonconforming Vietnamese-American filmmaker, whose narrative and documentary films have been shown in various film festivals, universities, art galleries, and community spaces internationally.
In the past, Quyên was a recipient of the Emma L. Bowen Foundation’s Fellowship at Focus Features (2011-2013), Visual Communications’ Armed with a Camera Fellowship (2016) and the National Minority Consortia’s documentary fellowship with the Center for Asian American Media (2018), as well as CAAM’s inaugural Documentaries for Social Change grant. Recently, Quyên participated in the Points North Institute’s North Star Fellowship. Quyên holds a B.A. in Comparative Literature and Philosophy, Politics & Law from the University of Southern California.
Outside of filmmaking, Quyên has served as Program Director at the Vietnamese Association of Arts and Letters (VAALA)’s Project Fôtô, and a filmmaking mentor for students in InnerCity Filmmakers (Los Angeles), Youth in Motion (Orange County), and Reel Voices (San Diego) programs.
Nước (Water/Homeland): an experimental narrative short film about a genderqueer Vietnamese American teen who attempts to piece together and understand their mother’s experience as a Vietnam War refugee.
Hoài (Ongoing, Memory): Centering on the story of a queer second-generation Vietnamese American woman, this film explores the collapsing and intersecting realities of heartbreak: from romantic partnerships to families, to nation states.
The Morning Passing on El Cajón Boulevard: an emotional and macabre look at mortuary workers who cater to the specific needs of immigrant and refugee funerals and end-of-life care in City Heights. It follows Julie Tran, a mortuary worker at Goodbody Mortuary, as she navigates her preserving culture, grief, the gap in knowledge from one generation to the next.
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