Adele Free Pham

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Every dollar counts—I appreciate you, and will send you a personal postcard with original art from Nailed It. 
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...which means you really love me. I will hand craft you an original piece of Jewelry and send you a digital download of Nailed It, as well as special thanks in the upcoming State of Oregon feature. You will also receive original mail art and a mystery beauty item. 




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I am a documentary Director/Producer, and invested in building bridges between creative storytelling and social change. My feature documentary "Nailed It" about the genesis and culture of the Vietnamese nail salon is currently on the film festival circuit while I architect an impact campaign with Working Films, an organization that for the past 20 years has worked with directors to leverage their documentaries to reach critical audiences and move the dial toward meaningful progress on the biggest issues of our time. As a patron, you also help produce an academic and multi-platform distribution of this unique and evergreen film about nails and the American dream achieved by refugees whose struggle continues today, with other refugees fleeing new wars, and arguably facing a crueler fate—important conversations Nailed It sparks. 

My vision for Nailed It changed over the course of production. What I didn’t expect was the effect exploring the history of the Vietnamese salon would have on me. As a mixed race, second generation Vietnamese-American woman, I am innately attracted to stories of underrepresented, working class people, and creatively presenting their experiences in palatable but indelible films. Although politically it feels like America is more fractured by identity than ever before, it’s also never been so culturally and genetically mixed. This new demographic is hungry for thoughtful, humorous articulation of diverse communities, and where these groups intersect to effect social change. I consider this transcultural space to be the hallmark of my growing body of work—and I'm excited for you to join me on this socio-political and aesthetic journey. Even if you cannot pledge to support these endeavors, taking the time to fill out this quick screening request form, if you would like Nailed It to screen in your City, would be a boost!

New Work 
I am also in early production for a feature length documentary about the weird and outrageous legacy of racism in Oregon, in the liberal bastion of Portland. Imagine hate crimes meet Portlandia. Here is a short film dealing with these themes I directed/produced for Field of Vision State of Oregon. As a patron you will also be helping to produce this compelling work, and will be kept abreast of the projects progress and other short films that are produced from ongoing documentation of the film's historical context and contemporary characters like Teressa Raiford, founder of Don't Shoot PDX, and 2020 Mayoral candidate for the City of Portland.

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