Vicky Shen

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Vicky Shen received a B.A. in film production from the USC School of Cinematic Arts.  Her advanced student film, The Killing Seasons, which she wrote, directed and acted in, garnered awards at several film festivals, including the Tampere International Short Film Festival, and was a finalist at the Directors Guild of America Student Awards.

Upon graduation, she worked at the William Morris Agency, exposing herself to all areas of the film industry.   She also produced several comedy sketches and has written two feature-length screenplays.  One depicts a modern-day student revolution and the other is In Between Days, a semi-finalist at the Sundance Institute and Steven Spielberg’s Chesterfield Writer’s Project.

Vicky received a scholarship to the prestigious Writers Bootcamp to develop an original pilot for television, hoping to bring diverse characters to small screen, while dismantling the notion of people of color as “the other” in American society and shows how their everyday experiences mirror that of anyone else.

As an honoree of the mentorship program, Project:Involve at Film Independent (home of the Independent Spirit Awards and the Los Angeles Film Festival), Vicky was mentored by Kayo Hatta (”Picture Bride”/Winner of Sundance Audience Award) and Lee Zlotoff (”Spitfire Grill”/Winner of Sundance Audience Award; Creator of “MacGyver”).  She is an active alumnus who promotes the program and hopes to support future participants.

Vicky is currently touring schools, speaking to students about her journey in making “Adultolescence”, which was initiated to create a medium that would help bridge the gap between immigrant parents and their American-born children (or adult-children) by relating through a cinematic experience those issues unspoken or too difficult to communicate.  But, since its inception, this film has become layered with many timely, sociocultural, thematic issues that Asians/Asian-Americans face today– including identity politics, the Tiger Mom debate, depression, economic anxiety, and media-influenced, social voyeurism.