So Yun Um

Writer/Director/Producer, Liquor Store Dreams

So Yun Um is a Korean American director and producer born and based in Los Angeles. She explores intimate and challenging stories of marginalized people with piercing humanity and poignant editing style.

Her directorial debut documentary feature film, Liquor Store Dreams, which is about second-generation Korean American children of liquor store owners in the LA area, made its world premiere at the 2022 Tribeca Film Festival and is now streaming on PBS POV. Her work has screened at Tribeca Film Festival, Busan International Film Festival, BFI London and more.

So is a 2022-2023 BAFTA Breakthrough USA participant, an alumna of the 2021 CAAM Fellowship and Armed with a Camera Fellowship by Visual Communication, a recipient of the Sundance Uprise Grant and a Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program Grantee.