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Writer/Director/Producer: Joy Dietrich
Korean-born American filmmaker Joy Dietrich started out in publishing, working as an editor and reporter for various magazines and news services in the United States and abroad. While living in Paris in the late 1990's she came to feel that film was the artistic medium that would allow her to express herself most fully. In typical all-out fashion she moved to New York and immersed herself in learning the craft, on her own and without film school. This process culminated in the production of Joy's autobiographically inspired first film, SURPLUS, a critically acclaimed 16mm short dealing with the devastating effects of poverty on the children of a Korean family.

Surplus has been shown at 40+ film festivals and events including the San Francisco International Asian-American Film Festival and Londonís Raindance Film Festival. San Francisco-based NAATA (now Center for Asian American Media) picked Surplus up for distribution in 2001.

Joy was awarded a New York State Council on the Arts grant in 2004, a residency from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council in 2006. She received funding from the Independent Television Serviceís Open Call to write and shoot her first feature film TIE A YELLOW RIBBON. Joy now splits her time working for The New York Times and on her filmmaking activities.

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