Lum's award-winning Seeking Asian Female (SXSW Film Festival, Best of Fest‚ AFI Discovery Channel/Silverdocs Film Festival, PBS' Independent Lens May 2013) was her feature-length directing debut. For years she worked as a documentary editor; credits include A.K.A Don Bonus (winner national Emmy), Kelly Loves Tony (nominated for Best Documentary by the IDA), which she also co-produced, and To You Sweetheart Aloha (Audience award LAAPFF). She has also written several short comedies, Chinese Beauty, A Great Deal!, and One April Morning. She has a B.A. from Brown University, an M.F.A. from San Francisco State University and completed the CPB Producer's Academy at WGBH. 

Films by Debbie Lum


“One wrong answer on a test could potentially mean the difference between an A and a B, or a B and C, which would be a difference in your overall grade, which would be a difference in your GPA, which would be a difference in your college and everything else…” Alvan, senior at Lowell High School

Seeking Asian Female


Seeking Asian Female was a "fan favorite" on PBS' Independent Lens and was featured on This American Life on NPR.