Asia Society at the Movies: A Conversation on ‘Found’VIEW EVENT DETAILS
A new documentary from Netflix
In honor of National Adoption Month, Asia Society is hosting a special conversation to look inside the new Netflix documentary Found, which follows three adopted American teenage girls who discover that they are blood-related cousins. Their online meeting inspires the young women to confront complicated and emotional questions, and embark on a once in a lifetime journey to China together in search of answers, connections, and their lost history.
Join our conversation with Found director Amanda Lipitz, producer Anita Gou, and the three cousins featured in the documentary, Lily Bolka, Chloe Lipitz, and Sadie Mangelsdorf. Moderated by Michelle Yun Mapplethorpe, vice president for global artistic programs and director of Asia Society Museum, the discussion focuses on the making of the movie, themes of family and heritage, and more.
Amanda Lipitz is an award winning producer, writer and director. Her directorial debut and first feature-length documentary, Step, premiered in competition at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival and won the Special Jury Award for Inspirational Filmmaking. Additionally, Step has received various awards from organizations including the NAACP, the African American Film Critics Association, the Seattle International Film Festival, and the AFI Docs Festival. Lipitz’s second documentary, Found, which she directed and produced with Impact Partners and Kindred Spirit Productions, released on Netflix in the fall of 2021. Amanda co-created and directed Motherhacker, a scripted podcast with Gimlet Media and Spotify starring Carrie Coon, and which has recently dropped its second season. Her Broadway producing credits include Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Legally Blonde the Musical, The Performers, A View From the Bridge (Tony Award, Best Revival) and The Humans (Tony Award, Best Play). Off Broadway, Amanda developed and produced Brooklynite at The Vineyard Theatre. On television, Amanda served as executive producer and creator of MTV’s groundbreaking series “Legally Blonde the Musical: The Search for Elle Woods.” Lipitz graduated with a BFA in theater from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. Amanda lives in New York City with her husband, two daughters, and son.
Anita Gou is a producer and founder of Kindred Spirit, which curates high-quality content in film, television, and emerging media that showcases underrepresented voices and pushes the boundaries. Aimed at a global audience, Kindred Spirit is behind The Farewell starring Awkwafina which grossed over $23 million worldwide, received two Golden Globe® nominations including Best Foreign-Language Film, and won the Independent Spirit Award for Best Feature. Gou also produced Alma Har’el’s critically acclaimed Honey Boy for Amazon Studios, Nikole Beckwith’s Together Together for Bleecker Street, and partnered with Oscilloscope Laboratories on the North American release of We Are Little Zombies. Kindred Spirit is currently in post-production on Agnieszka Smoczynska’s English-language debut The Silent Twins starring Letitia Wright and Tamara Lawrance for Focus Features. Gou’s past works include: Assassination Nation which NEON released (Sundance 2018), Terminal 3 (Tribeca 2018), Netflix’s To the Bone (Sundance 2017), and The Assassin (Cannes 2015).
This program is made possible by Netflix.
Asia Society at the Movies
Asia Society is proud to present Asia Society at the Movies, a series of film screenings and conversations showcasing a broad range of films and filmmakers from across Asia and the Asian diaspora. Asia Society at the Movies celebrates established and emerging voices, contemporary films and classics, and documentaries. The series builds on Asia Society’s long and rich history of film programming. This initiative also serves to deepen understanding of Asian cultures—a core part of Asia Society’s mission since its creation. Learn more about the Asia Society at the Movies initiative.
About Asia Society Museum
Asia Society Museum presents a wide range of traditional, modern, and contemporary exhibitions of Asian and Asian American art, taking new approaches to familiar masterpieces and introducing under-recognized arts and artists. The Asia Society Museum Collection comprises a traditional art collection, including the initial bequests of Mr. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller 3rd, and a contemporary art collection. Through exhibitions and public programs, Asia Society provides a forum for the issues and viewpoints reflected in both traditional and contemporary Asian art and in Asia today.
About Asia Society Southern California
Established in Los Angeles in 1985, Asia Society Southern California (ASSC) is ideally situated at the gateway to the Asia-Pacific region. ASSC has played a pivotal role through creative programs and activities in increasing shared knowledge, enhancing dialogue, and furthering cultural exchanges transcending regional boundaries. As part of the global Asia Society, which was founded more than 60 years ago in New York City, ASSC has launched many creative initiatives and programs addressing current issues of importance across the fields of the arts, culture, policy, business, and education.
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