Remembering Filmmaker and Asian American Storytelling Advocate Irene Cho

Irene was a fierce and relentless advocate for Asian American storytelling.

The CAAM fam is very sad to learn about the passing of Irene Cho. We had the privilege of working with Irene for this past year’s Sundance panel: Elevate, Incubate & Demonstrate: Advancing Asian American Artists.

As Anderson Le from YOMYOMF notes, “Irene Cho was a fixture of the independent film scene for almost three decades, either promoting films, or filmmakers, from Asian American artists to indie filmmakers who had their first films in major film festivals and markets, to co-organizing the annual Sundance Asian American Filmmakers Experience, producing a forum to have insightful dialogue for Asian Americans to have a seat at the table.”

Irene had many friends in the industry who will remember her fondly. She attended CAAMFest this year, including the children’s book and graphics novels panel, with her son.

Please visit Irene’s GoFundMe page. The proceeds raised will go toward her funeral and burial services.

Irene’s memorial service will be on Tuesday, August 22, 2017 at 8:00pm at Gracepoint Church (1255 Harbor Bay Pkwy, Alameda, CA 94502). Her burial service will be on Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at 11:00am at Oakmont Memorial Park (2099 Reliez Valley Road, Lafayette, CA  94549).

Visual Communications in LA is organizing ‘A Celebration of Irene Cho’s Life’ on Saturday, August 26 from 2-4pm.


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