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The Film

TYRUS is Pamela Tom's tour-de-force documentary about 105-year old Guangzhou-born, L.A. based visual artist, Tyrus Wong and his breathtaking scope of work across multiple artistic mediums and his personal and professional journey navigating racial bigotry in 20th century America.   

The film makes meticulous use of Tyrus Wong's exquisite art, archival footage, illuminating interviews and commentary from Wong himself to document how his unique style, melding Chinese calligraphic and landscape influences with contemporary Western art, helped the Disney animated film, Bambi (1942) specifically, and early Hollywood in general establish their signature visual styles. 

Tyrusʼs life weaves an extraordinary thread in the tapestry of the American experience. The film makes a critical contribution to the documentary tradition and to American society in correcting a historical wrong by spotlighting this seminal, but heretofore under-credited figure. 

Run time: 1 hr 17 mins


Cast & Credits




Executive Producers



Pamela Tom

Pamela Tom

Pamela Tom / Gwen Wynne /
Tamara Khalaf

Don Hahn / Robert Louie /
David Louie

Tyrus Wong / Lisa See/ Don Hahn / Charle Solomon / John Canemaker

The Artist

Pamela Tom is a documentary and narrative film director and producer. Her work often explores themes of identity, body image, and the intersection of Asian aesthetics and American culture. Her award-winning short, Two Lies, about a Chinese American mother who undergoes plastic surgery to make her eyes rounder, screened at Sundance and New Directors/New Films. She received her BA from Brown University and MFA from UCLA. TYRUS is her feature debut.