Hailing from Diamond Bar, CA, Larissa Lam is the director of the award-winning films Finding Cleveland and Far East Deep South. She was part of the Smithsonian’s History Film Forum Emerging Filmmakers Lab and her work has been featured on NBC News, PBS and NPR. Prior to a career in film, Larissa was an award-winning singer-songwriter and composer who wrote music for film and TV shows like The Oprah Winfrey Show. She is also a TV/radio host and motivational speaker who has presented at TEDx, Leadercast, Yale, MIT, her alma mater UCLA and other universities.
Larissa Lam is an award-winning filmmaker and music composer from Diamond Bar, CA. She directed the award-winning documentaries Finding Cleveland and Far East Deep South, about Chinese families in Mississippi during segregation and the Chinese Exclusion Act era. Her work has been featured on NBC News, PBS and NPR. She has written, directed and/or produced TV shows such as “Top 3” for JUCE TV, music videos, commercials, PSAs and short form digital content like “A Day in the Life of an Engineer” for The White House/Intel “Stay With It” engineering campaign under the Obama administration. She was part of the Smithsonian and National Endowment for Humanities sponsored History Film Forum Emerging Filmmakers Lab.
Prior to making films, Larissa carved out a distinguished career in music. She began her career as the CFO of NSOUL Records and has written music for film (Gone, Zulu), TV (The Oprah Winfrey Show, Dr. Oz) and video games (Konami, Square Enix). Lam is also an award-winning music artist whose song, “I Feel Alive” won the Hollywood Music in Media Award and was the theme song for a national suicide prevention campaign.
Larissa is passionate about empowering, inspiring and educating others through arts and media. She has spoken on diversity and representation in media, the Asian American experience among other topics at TEDx, Leadercast and universities such as Yale, MIT and her alma mater, UCLA. She also hosts and produces the podcast, “Love, Discovery and Dim Sum“, which she co-hosts with her husband, Baldwin Chiu.
Films by Larissa Lam
A Chinese-American family’s search for their roots leads them to the Mississippi Delta, where they stumble upon surprising family revelations and uncover the racially complex history of early Chinese immigrants in the midst of segregation and the Chinese Exclusion Act era.