Brenda Joy Lem

Lem is a third generation Chinese Canadian born and raised in Toronto. She has produced and directed two films: The Compact and Open Letter: Grasp the Bird's Tail. Her films have been shown in numerous film festivals including the Toronto International Film Festival, the San Francisco Showcase Film Festival, the Atlantic Film Festival where Open Letter: Grasp a Bird's Tail won an honourable mention in Awards of Excellence, under the Writing Category, and the 31st Ann Arbor Film Festival where she won the Tom Berman Award, given to the most promising filmmaker.

Five Aunties is her first documentary project as well as her first time working in video.

Lem also writes and works in printmaking, collage and drawing. Her visual work had shown in galleries in Toronto, Vancouver and New York City.

Artist Code: 119


five aunties

2001, 35:00 minutes, colour, English

Critical Writing

So long, Miss Saigon: Art exhibit dismantles myths of Asian sexuality
by Glenn Sumi. Xtra!, June 10, 1994, no. 251.
For Our Own Pleasure: Art exhibit dismantles myths of Asian sexuality
by Laura U. Marks. Artforum, Sept 1994, v. 33.
Survey samples Images' scintillating indie talents: Images 92...
by Cameron Bailey. Now, Apr. 23, 1992, v. 11, no. 34.
Remodeling Asian Media
by Lloyd Wong. Afterimage, May 1991, v. 18, no. 10.
Yellow Peril: Reconsidered
by Stephen Lee. Fuse, Fall 1991, v. 15, no. 1/2.
Newfoundland co-op merges folk and personal resources
by Cameron Bailey. Now, June 7, 1990, v. 9, no. 39.