The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Off the Menu: Asian America

Friday, Dec. 4, 2015

07:00 PM – 09:00 PM

In person: director Grace Lee and producer Eurie Chung, as well as other collaborators and Houstonians featured in the film

The audience is invited to a post-film reception in the Museum galleries.

Off the Menu celebrates how family, tradition, faith, and geography shape our relationship to food. Traveling across the United States, the documentary delves into a wealth of stories, traditions, and unexpected characters that explore America as a nation of immigrants. The Houston scenes spotlight "sushi king" Glen Gondo, as well as Carol and Gary Chiu from the Banyan Foods tofu empire.

Off the Menu is a coproduction of ​the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM) and KQED Public Television.

About the Film

About the filmmaker
Grace Lee directed the feature film Janeane from Des Moines, which takes place during the 2012 presidential campaign and premiered at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival. Prior to that, she wrote and directed American Zombie, which premiered at Slamdance and SXSW. She also produced and directed The Grace Lee Project, a feature documentary called "ridiculously entertaining" by New York Magazine and shown on the Sundance Channel. Lee received her MFA from UCLA Film School, where her thesis film, Barrier Device, won a Student Academy Award and Directors Guild of America award. She is the recipient of the Henry Hampton Award for Excellence in Digital Media, a Rockefeller Media Arts grant, and the PPP Pusan Prize. Other documentary credits include Best of the Wurst, which is permanently featured at the Currywurst Museum in Berlin. Lee has taught production courses at UCLA Film School, UC-Irvine Department of Studio Art, and Objectifs Film and Photography Center in Singapore; has appeared on panels and given guest lectures; and is currently developing other fiction and documentary work.

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Paolo Fronza, from Fellini Caffè, runs this sophisticated dining operation. Enjoy an array of Italian-inspired fare with a Texas flair, a European-style coffee bar, a kids menu, and much more at the MFA Café, located on the lower level of the Beck Building.

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