Alice Wu

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Alice Wu
BornApril 21, 1970
San Jose, California
EducationStanford University
OccupationFilm Director/Screenwriter

Alice Wu (伍思薇) is a Chinese American film director and screenwriter.

Personal life[edit]

Alice Wu was born on April 21, 1970 and raised in San Jose, California, eventually moving to Los Altos, California where she graduated from Los Altos High School at the age of 16. She received her B.S. in Computer Science from Stanford University in 1990, and her master's degree in Computer Science from Stanford in 1992. Before becoming a filmmaker, Wu worked as a software engineer for Microsoft in Seattle. She then left the corporate world to pursue a filmmaking career full-time.[1]


Wu pursued a career in computer science, but began writing a novel while working at Microsoft. Deciding the story would work better as a film, she signed up for a screenwriting class, in which she penned the feature script Saving Face. Encouraged by her screenwriting teacher, she left Microsoft in the late 1990s to try to turn the script into a film, giving herself a five-year window. Production had begun when she reached the fifth year.[1] In 2001, the script for Saving Face won the Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment screenwriting award.

Saving Face was released in 2004 and is her most noted work. The film was inspired by her own experiences coming out as a lesbian in the Chinese American community. She has said that she would like the audience to come away from it "with this feeling that, no matter who they are, whether they are gay or straight, or whatever their cultural make-up is, that if there is something that they secretly wanted, whether it's this feeling that they could actually have that great love or whatever it is, that it's never too late to have that. I want them to leave the theater feeling a sense of hope and possibility."[2]

Wu subsequently worked on a film based on Rachel DeWoskin's memoir, Foreign Babes in Beijing: Behind the Scenes of a New China.[3] The movie, however, has not made it past pre-production.

In 2008, she sold a pitch to ABC called "Foobar" based on her experiences working as a woman in the tech world.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Leibowitz, Ed (May 29, 2005). "Kissing Vivian Shing". The New York Times. Archived from the original on November 26, 2011. Retrieved July 6, 2008.
  2. ^ "Interview with Alice Wu and Joan Chen of 'Saving Face' – Page 2 of 2 – AfterEllen". AfterEllen. May 26, 2005. Archived from the original on May 17, 2017. Retrieved August 31, 2017.
  3. ^ "Paramount Taps Alice Wu for Foreign Babes in Beijing". MovieWeb. 2005-12-16. Retrieved 2018-10-12.
  4. ^ Adalian, Josef (2007-09-20). "Alice Wu, Neil Moritz team on 'Foobar'". Variety. Retrieved 2018-10-12.

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