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Project of the Day: The Story behind Hollywood Concept Artist and Disney Legend Tyrus Wong

Project of the Day: The Story behind Hollywood Concept Artist and Disney Legend Tyrus Wong

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Tyrus Wong: Brushstrokes in Hollywood
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“Brushstrokes in Hollywood” celebrates the life and work of the legendary Hollywood concept artist, Tyrus Wong.
Elevator Pitch:

“Tyrus Wong: Brushstrokes in Hollywood” is a documentary feature that examines the life and work of pioneering Chinese-American artist Tyrus Wong. The film tells the story of how a young boy from Southern China overcame a life of poverty and racial discrimination to become a celebrated illustrator, painter, lithographer, kite maker, Hollywood sketch artist, and Disney Legend. “Brushstrokes in Hollywood” unveils the unique blend of influences that shaped Tyrus Wong and his art – from his passion for the bold art of the Sung dynasty to his work as a depression-era muralist, California watercolor painter and Hollywood set illustrator.

Production Team:

Director: Pamela Tom
Producers: Pamela Tom, Gwen Wynne, Tamara Khalaf
Co-Producer: Linda Barry
Cinematographer: Shana Hagan
Editors: Walt Louie, Tim Craig

About the Production:
“I have been working on this film for over 12 years, researching his life extensively and getting to know Tyrus both as a man and as as an artist. He has overcome amazing obstacles in his lifetime. My aim is to provide the first in-depth portrait of Tyrus Wong’s life and art. His story is inspiring, uplifting and quintessentially American. Although at 102 he remains full of life, spirit, humor and humility, he won’t be with us forever. Now is the time to bring his story to a larger audience.” — Pamela Tom
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Ernest Low

Very nice and interesting

Robert Loo

Vote for Ttyrus Wong

Denise Meyer

We need this film to spotlight this important treasure of a man!


Count me in.

Eddie Goral

You've got my vote!

Ildiko Laszlo

This is story that will dazzle and amaze you with Tyrus's spirit and artistic inspiration plus shed light on a subject many know very little about. I can't wait for the film!!!!


This is a great story of a great man.

carl leong

Tyrus Wong's work deserves attention.

Mary Jo Woolsey

Have admired Tyrus Wong's work for many years. Looking forward to the film!


Our children and children's children deserve to see this film and have a glimpse into Tyrus' life!!

Lanna Pian

Yes, I want to see Tyrus Wong: Brushstrokes in Hollywood on the big screen! A true multi-media artist–

Dr. Nadesan Permaul

Mr. Wong, congratulations on your career and your artistic accomplishments. Please give my regards to Kim. She was your artistic gift to the Class of 1967 at Verdugo Hills.

Danielle Heitmuller

I hope to see this movie! Tyrus Wong is a great artist, and this needs to get made to celebrate him in his lifetime!

Team K

go pamela, go tyrus, go go go!!!

Great person and artist

Tyrus Wong Brushstrokes in Hollywood

This is an important film documenting a fantastic artist and person Tyrus Wong and his many contributions to the motion picture industry and to art in general.

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