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Pamela Tom

Pamela Tom

Pamela Tom is an independent producer and director. She’s currently in post production on Tyrus Wong:Brushstrokes in Hollywood, a documentary film about pioneering Chinese American artist and Disney Legend Tyrus Wong. Ms. Tom’s documentary credits include the PBS prime time series Wired Science (Producer) and Behind Closed Doors: Stalin, The Nazis and the West (Post Producer), the ABC special The Story of Mothers and Daughters (Senior Associate Producer), the PBS pilot Becoming the Buddha in LA (Field Producer), and Voices of Nairobi (Producer/Director). Ms. Tom directed Sidney Poitier in a monologue to promote the original Showtime Network movie Mandela and deKlerk. Her critically acclaimed short film Two Lies screened at Sundance, the Smithsonian Institution, and New Directors/New Films and has aired on numerous PBS stations. She served as a development executive and freelance producer at KCET/Los Angeles and was the Director of Diversity at Film Independent where she oversaw its mentoring program, Project:Involve. She was a Walt Disney Writing Fellow, and received the Edna and Yu Shan Han Award and Dorothy Arzner Award for Outstanding Woman Director. She received her B.A from Brown University and M.F.A from UCLA’s Dept. of Theater, Film and Television and has taught film at LMU, UCSB, and UCLA Extension. She spent a year as a visiting student at the University of Ile-Ife, in Ile-Ife, Nigeria.