DALLAS, TX – Locally based non-profit ATG Against the Grain Productions debuted Operation Babylift: The Lost Children of Vietnam in front of a standing room only crowd at the Dallas Museum of Art’s Horchow Auditorium during the inaugural filmAsiafest on Friday, September 25th.  The feature documentary, described as “amazing…compelling and hard hitting” by Bosavik.com, details the 1975 United States airlift of over 2,500 Vietnamese orphans during the tumultuous time leading up to the Fall of Saigon.

The documentary’s Producer/Director Tammy Nguyen Lee said: It was such an amazing experience to share this film in my hometown with friends and loved ones who have supported and stood by me for so many years. I’m grateful to filmAsia for the opportunity to let others know about this truly universal story as well. This is a night I’ll never forget.

In addition to Ms. Lee, many cast and crew members were also in attendance, including George Lee (Executive Producer), Jared Rehberg (Associate Producer, adoptee), Jessica Schoenbaechler (Associate Producer),  Jim Zimmerly (crash survivor), Mary Nelle Gage (Friends For All Children volunteer), Chris Tonick (editor) and Seth Pascale (editor).

Operation Babylift screened as part of filmAsia, a new film initiative created by the Trammell Crow Collection of Asian Art.  Chiho Mori, Director of filmAsia said, “FilmAsiafest was thrilled to showcase Dallas premier of Tammy’s directorial debut film. Crow Collection’s filmAsia program is in part about supporting local talent like Tammy. We know that this is just the beginning for Tammy. We are confident that she will continue to create great films.”

Operation Babylift: The Lost Children of Vietnam tells the significant yet untold story of the $2 million dollar US initiative that airlifted over 2,500 Vietnamese orphans out of a war-torn country to protect them from the impending threat of the Communist regime.  These adoptees grew up facing unique challenges in America, including prejudice overshadowed by a controversial war and cultural identity crisis.  Featuring compelling and insightful interviews of the volunteers, parents, and organizations directly involved, the movie takes a contemporary look at Babylift and its relevance to international adoption today.  The feature documentary was a passionate team effort that took over 4 years to produce and is currently making its way through the film festival circuit. For more information, please visit www.TheBabylift.com

ATG Against the Grain Productions is a 501(c)(3) non profit organization dedicated to promoting Asian American cultural awareness through compelling media projects, while also raising funds for international orphanages.  For more information please visit www.AgainstTheGrainProductions.com.

Dallas premiere of "Operation Babylift"
Dallas premiere of "Operation Babylift"

To view pictures from the screening and Cocktails for a Cause, click here.

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