Alumna earns award from Directors Guild of America

November 24, 2009

A Penn State alumna has earned an important award from the Directors Guild of America.

Theresa Wu, a 2001 graduate in Film-Video, was awarded the Best Student Filmmaker Award (Asian-American/East Coast) for her film “Smoke and Mirrors.”

The Directors Guild awards honor minority and women filmmakers at specifically chosen universities. Winners get a $2,500 cash prize and are presented with their award at ceremonies in either Los Angeles or New York City.

Wu, who grew up in Philadelphia and was raised by her immigrant parents, began writing to express the pain and cultural struggles she experienced while growing up. Her writing focuses on her Asian-American identity as she explores emotional and comprehensive themes of unity and the human spirit. 

Wu also has won the Filmmakers of Color United in Spirit Fellowship, the Digital Media Center Fellowship, the Columbia University Merit Fellowship and The Carmen Finestra Award for her filmmaking. She has written, directed and produced several films, including “Silent Reminders,” “Going Home” and “Fallen Yellow Tears.” She is currently working on “Changing Winds,” a story of struggle, hope and identity as well as “And Educate,” a story of a young woman’s journey after the death of her father.

Wu earned her master of fine arts in directing at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Film.

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