Barb Lee, Director & Producer: I’m like everybody else. I love a good story. But, my favorite stories are the ones that teach me something important about myself. That’s why I love Adopted. This project is an extension of the very themes that I have spent my whole life probing. As a Korean adoptee growing up in the mountains of North Carolina, I was constantly examining concepts of race, identity, and family. What I’m now learning through the filming of this documentary is changing who I am as a person, an adoptee, and a mother. Wait until you see the personal stories of two families, striving to understand what family means when it crosses international and racial boundaries. You’ll never look at your own family the same way again. This project has truly been the best gift of my 20 years in this business.
Nancy Kim Parsons Borland, Co-Producer: My experience as a Korean adoptee has greatly shaped who I am. Like the families we follow in the documentary, I too had to confront issues of identity and race. I now hope to use this very personal understanding of transracial adoption to educate, inform, and perhaps change some preconceived notions of what it means to be adopted and Asian in America. Please join me in my efforts to give voice to the many different people and perspectives that are touched by adoption.
Molly Fowler, Consulting Producer: I love to hear a good story and I love to tell them. The stories that come out of our lives seem to mean the most to me. When I met Barb and Nancy, I connected to the passion with which they have taken on this portrait of families evolving in a very complex world. I was also struck by who they are as women, as adult adoptees and as storytellers. While I did not think a film about transracial adoption had anything to do with me, I was curious about the transracial thing. Barb and Nancy’s perspective has helped me understand the weight of my white privilege. They haven’t done it in a particularly pejorative way; they’ve simply shown it to me.
A curious thing happened during the process of making this film though. My husband died, and my two young daughters and I are wrestling with issues of abandonment and grief as we redefine our family. Suddenly a film I thought belonged to transracial adoptees and their families, began to resonate for me. Ultimately, we’re telling a story about survival. As someone who is drawn to personal narrative, how could I resist this one
Flavia de Souza, Editor: Flavia de Souza is the editor of Adopted and In 500 Words. She has worked as an editor in New York City for the last ten years on several documentary films and television programs including When the Spirits Dance Mambo (Havana International Film Festival, 2002) and Getting In: Kindergarten (The Learning Channel, 2007). Flavia received an MFA in Photography and Related Media from the School of Visual Arts.
Lindsey Boullt, Composer: An established guitarist, composer and instructor in San Francisco, Lindsay works with some of the finest players in the world, and teaches at the renowned Guitar Institute of Technology. In June of 2007, he released the 10-song original work, “Composition” which is currently receiving critical acclaim.
Lindsey has long established a legacy of composing artistic representations of people in his life as well as creating works with the instrumentalist or artist in mind. He translates this ability into devouring the aspects of a character and creating that character’s essence into musical sound whilst also capturing their humanity and personal journey.