Lung made her directorial debut with Washington Place: Hawai‘i’s First Home, a 30-minute documentary for PBS Hawai‘i about Hawai‘i’s historic governor’s mansion and home of Queen Lili‘uokalani (aired December 2008). She was the associate producer for the national PBS documentary Patsy Mink: Ahead of the Majority (aired October 2008), Hawai‘i unit producer for acclaimed film Vivan Las Antipodas!, unit producer for NOVA’s Killer Typhoon, and producer/director of the feature documentary Finding KUKAN, which has won awards at Hawaii International Film Festival 2016, CAAMFest 2017, Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival 2017, and the UMass Boston Film Series. In 2015 she was selected as one of four documentary fellows for the NALIP ARC diverse female filmmaker residency.
A graduate of Stanford University and Hunter College in NYC, Lung discovered her filmmaking calling after successful careers in book publishing and higher education. A passion for mystery novels led her to discover Li Ling-Ai and an unknown copy of KUKAN. She has since become the world’s leading expert on both the film and its creators. Married to the artist Paul Levitt, Lung resides in the town of Kailua on the island of Oahu. She travels frequently to satisfy a wide-ranging curiosity and share her films.
Films by Robin Lung
Filmmaker Robin Lung investigates the forgotten story of Li Ling-Ai, the uncredited female producer of KUKAN, an Academy Award®-winning color documentary about World War II China that has been lost for decades.