Professor Lee Isaac Chung of UAC won 

the U.S. Grand Jury Prize at the 

Sundance Film Festival



The University of Utah Asia Campus announced that the Hollywood film "Minari" presented by professor Lee Issac Chung of the Department of Film and Media Arts won the U.S. Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival held on February 2, in Park City, Utah, USA. Starring Youn Yuh-jung, Han Ye-ri, Steven Yeun and other well-known actors and actresses from home and abroad, the film follows the story of a Korean immigrant family who went to a farm in Arkansas in the United States in the 1980s. Teaching in Film and Media Arts at the U Asia Campus since 2018, Professor Chung has guided students to develop into future film professionals. In 2018, he planned the UAC Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) visit program, and received great responses from students by carrying out various programs which included hosting a special lecture by Youn Yuh-jung, inviting hands-on workers from overseas, and watching movies. A UAC official said that some of his students are making a film on the subject of "the reality and ideal of film people" after succeeding in crowdfunding for independent films during the last vacation. “The greatest strength of the Film and Media Arts major is that it educates students to realize their passion for films and artistry themselves," he explained In the meantime, UAC plans to produce the Block U badges and send them to professor Chung along with congratulatory cards created by students.

Sundance Film Festival

The Sundance Film Festival began when the film actor and director Robert Redford, who was in his heyday in the mid1970s, became a sponsor of an unnamed film festival in Salt Lake City, Utah. Robert Redford starred in the “Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid” which won four awards at the 42nd Academy Awards, and he founded the Sundance Institute by adopting his name in the movie and made it the Sundance Film Festival by acquiring The United States Film Festival in 1985. The Sundance Film Festival is held every year on January 20 in Park City, Utah, USA. The Sundance Institute discovers and sponsors film-related artists, directors, screenwriters, and others through a wide range of programs. Taking a serious view of diversity, the festival is an important gateway to success for film students and potential film directors. It has produced such well-known directors as Coen brothers and Quentin Tarantino.

Professor Lee Isaac Chung

 Professor CHUNG at the University of Utah Asia Campus in IGC spent his childhood in Lincoln, Arkansas, a small town in the Ozark Mountains where his family-run farm was located. He received a bachelor's degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Yale University, and a master's degree in Film Research from the University of Utah, and taught filmmaking, theory, and history at many universities, including Montclair State University, Fuller Theological Seminary, and the University of Utah. He is currently teaching students at UAC in IGC.



·  Minari (2020); Winner of three awards including the U.S. Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival

·   I Have Seen My Last Born (2015)

·   Abigail Harm (2012): Winner of the Grand Prize and Best Director at Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival
·   Lucky Life (2010): Nominee in the Perspectives category at Moscow International Film Festival

·   Munyurangabo (2007): Winner of Grand Prize at AFI Fest in Hollywood and nominee in the Treasure category at the BFI       London Film Festival 

The Award-winning film "Minari"

The film follows a 7-year-old Korean-American boy whose life is turned upside down when his father decides to move their family to rural Arkansas and start a farm in the 1980s, dreaming of an American dream. David and his sister, who are still young, naughty and playful, are only bored by the life in the farm. Then, one day, their grandmother came to America to live with their family. For David, everything about her was strange and mysterious. Meanwhile, Jacob, the head of the family, was bent on building a farm in an undeveloped remote area, gradually jeopardizing household finances, marriage, and even the family's stability.