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Pamela Tom

Pamela Tom, or Pam Tom, is a 5th generation Chinese American producer, director, and screenwriter. Her films often use the theme of Orientalism and feminism.

Pamela Tom
Born Pamela Tom
Los Angeles, California
Nationality American
Occupation Film director


Personal lifeEdit

Born in Los Angeles, California, she received her BA from Brown University and MFA from UCLA Film School. After graduation she worked in feature productions and television documentaries as a Walt Disney/ ABC Entertainment Writing Fellow. After she left Disney she became the Director of Diversity and directed the diversity talent program, Project: Involve at Film Independent. Tom is currently working at Brushstrokes Film with a feature length documentary on Tyrus Wong, Tyrus (2015) - which won Audience Awards at the 2016 Boston Asian American Film Festival, the 2015 Hawaii International Film Festival and the 2015 San Diego Asian Film Festival.


"I think it is harder for a woman-of-color filmmaker to get a directing job than a white woman... (Studios and production companies) just don't think of women of color for these jobs."

School and CareerEdit


Brown University

  • BA, Development Studies, 1978 – 1981

University of Ile-Ife, Ile-Ife, Nigeria, visiting student, 1980-1981

University of California, Los Angeles

  • MFA, Dept. of Theater, Film and Television, 1985 – 1990


New Moon Pictures

  • Director/Producer, August 2015 – present. Tom made a documentary feature film about the pioneering Chinese American painter and Hollywood sketch artist, Tyrus Wong.


Wild About Harry (aka American Primitive)

  • Executive Producer, 2008 – 2009. Tom executive produced Gwen Wynne's debut feature film about two teenage girls trying to fit into their new high school when they discover their dad is gay. Starring Danielle Savre, Adam Pascal, Tate Donovan, Josh Peck, Anne Ramsey, James Sikking, Susan Anspach.

KCET/Los Angeles

  • Producer, August 2007 – December 2007. Freelance producer and Development Executive. Served as station producer on the national prime-time series WIRED Science. Helped develop several local, national, and international projects.

Film Independent

  • Director of Diversity August 1998 – July 2007. Oversaw Project: Involve, the diversity film mentoring, educational, screening, and job placement program. Oversaw organization's diversity initiatives and goals and served as a spokesperson.

Los Angeles Film Festival & Independent Spirit Awards

  • Director of Diversity, 1998 – 2007



(producer) (writer) (director)
  • American Primitive (2009)
(executive producer)
  • The Story of Mothers & Daughters (1997)
(associate producer)


  • World War Two: Behind Closed Doors (2008)
(post-production producer - 1 episode)
- Unlikely Friends
  • WIRED Science (2007)
(producer: 1 episode)
- Face Reader
  • Becoming the Buddha in L.A. (1993)
(field producer)

Short FilmsEdit

(writer) (producer) (director)

External linksEdit

"Pamela Tom". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved April 29, 2013. 


Zahed, Ramin (November 18, 2012). "Tyrus Wong Documentary Launches on Kickstarter". Animation Magazine. Jean Thoren. Retrieved April 29, 2013. 

McArthur, Meher (January 8, 2013). "Chinese Brushstrokes in Hollywood: The Works of Tyrus Wong". KCET. Retrieved April 29, 2013. 

"Pam Tom". Women Make Movies. Retrieved 29 April 2013.