Quyên Nguyen-Le (pronouns: they > she) is a Vietnamese-American filmmaker born and raised in Southern California, whose work explores the intersections of queerness, memory, and cultural identity. Quyên's films have been shown in film festivals, universities, art galleries, and community spaces & fundraisers in across the U.S., Canada, Australia, U.K., and Vietnam. After a brief time at the USC School of Cinematic Arts, Quyên instead completed degrees in Comparative Literature and Philosophy/Politics/Law at USC; then moved to Santiago de Chile to study Spanish with an emphasis in politics. As a student, they participated in the Emma L. Bowen Foundation's three year fellowship at Focus Features/ NBCUniversal and directed a film for the feature anthology The Labyrinth.
Following the completion of their first feature documentary, Queer Vietnameseness, which follows the lives of three queer 2nd generation Vietnamese American womxn, Quyên wrote and directed Nước (Water/Homeland) with the support of the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival's Armed-With-A-Camera fellowship. Recently, Quyên was named a finalist for the Barbara Hammer Lesbian Experimental Filmmaking Grant via Queer|Art.
Quyên is currently serving as the Project Director for Project Fôtô at the Vietnamese American Arts & Letters Association (VAALA) in Orange County and a Teaching Artist for the Little Saigon Mobile Museum project in San Diego.
"DON’T UNDERESTIMATE DIRECTOR AND WRITER QUYÊN NGUYEN-LE’S ABILITY TO PACK AN EMOTIONAL PUNCH WITHIN SECONDS OF THE FILM’S START..." THE LONG BEACH POST
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RECENT SCREENINGS + ARTIST TALKS
University of California, Riverside, 5/2017
University of California, San Diego, 5/2017
Harvard University, 4/2017
California State University, Los Angeles, 4/2017
Kansas State University, 4/2017
Claremont Colleges, 4/2017
Asian American Writer's Workshop, 12/2016
Chapman University, Orange, CA, 10/2016
Teen Vogue, Interview
Sahtu Press, Interview
Long Beach Post, Nuoc Review
Visual Communications, Interview
The Advocate, Interview
Dread Central, The Labyrinth Review
Queering the Air, 3CR, Melbourne Australia
The Less Talk, More Talk Show, Covina, CA
Boba/Bubble Tea, Asian Americana, (Guest Barista)
WRITING & PUBLICATIONS
HelloGiggles, Yahoo!, "Growing up in my mother's nail salon"
Neon Tommy, "Remembering April 30, 1975"