Talent Guide

Betty Lee Kim

  • Discipline:Director, Writer
  • Program Year:Project Involve 2008


Betty Lee Kim was born in Chico, California of Korean immigrant parents and grew up in New York City and New Jersey. She received a BFA in painting and an MFA in fiction writing from Cornell University. As a graduate student at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts, Kim was awarded the 2006 James Bridges Scholarship for Yasin, a short film about an Arab-American boy whose father is detained after 9/11. Yasin has screened at festivals around the world including Berlin, Dubai, and Palm Springs. Kim’s first feature-length script, Lucky Star, was a finalist in Film Independent’s 2007 Screenwriters Lab and was short-listed by the 2008 Sundance Writers Lab. She is currently developing Lucky Star as her feature film debut, as well as producing another feature, Fate.

For more information, visit www.yasinmovie.com

Current Project

Lucky Star (Narrative Feature)


When she becomes pregnant, a young Korean bar hostess is left stranded in America by her rich lover and must make her way alone in a strange new land - until he returns unexpectedly to claim her.