Free Chol Soo Lee
Eugene Yi is an award-winning editor, filmmaker and journalist. He has edited documentary and narrative feature films, including Out of My Hand, which premiered at the 2015 Berlinale, was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award, and won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2015 Los Angeles Film Festival; and Farewell Ferris Wheel, which premiered earlier this year at AFI Docs, and was selected to be part of the 2014 Film Independent Documentary Lab. His video work has been featured in The New York Times, where he worked as a video editor, and at other online outlets, including Frontline and Deadspin. He served as assistant editor on Inside Job (2010), which won the 2010 Academy Award for Best Documentary. He is a native of Los Angeles and a graduate of Brown University.
Free Chol Soo Lee is a feature-length documentary which tells the harrowing tale of a Korean American death row inmate whose wrongful conviction of a 1973 Chinatown gang murder spurred an unprecedented pan-Asian American social justice movement to free him. We look at this landmark yet largely forgotten case through the eyes of the Korean American investigative reporter whose articles first brought this injustice to light, the young Asian American activists who embodied the “Free Chol Soo Lee Movement,” and the late Lee himself.