Bao Nguyen, director of ESPN documentary film “Be Water” on the life of Bruce Lee, shares what makes his perspective on Lee’s story unique as an Asian American filmmaker, and what we could learn from Bruce Lee regarding American systemic racism today. (Intro: Missing The Life Moments)
BAO NGUYEN is an LA-based filmmaker whose past work has been seen in the New York Times, HBO, NBC, Vice, ARTE, and PBS, among many others. The first documentary feature he produced, Once in a Lullaby, premiered at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival and was nominated for a Gotham Independent Film Award. Afterwards, he co-produced Where Heaven Meets Hell, which received a Special Mention Award at the One World International Human Rights Film Festival for being a documentary that has made an exceptional contribution to the defense of human rights. In 2014, he was the producer and cinematographer of Nuoc 2030, a feature narrative set in near future Vietnam. Live From NewYork!, celebrating 40 years of Saturday Night Live, was Bao’s feature documentary directorial debut. It opened the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival and was broadcast nationally in primetime on NBC. His latest directorial effort, Be Water, a documentary about cultural icon Bruce Lee, world premiered in competition at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival and is currently broadcasting on ESPN’s 30 for 30 series.