Set against a backdrop of immigration, poverty, and racial prejudice, TYRUS is the true story of 105 year old pioneering Chinese American artist Tyrus Wong, revealed through the lens of filmmaker Pamela Tom. Reaching back to 1919, nine-year-old Tyrus and his father left their village and family in China. Tyrusʼ incredible journey takes him from the Angel Island Immigration Station in San Francisco where he is detained and interrogated, to earning a scholarship to Otis Art Institute. During his 85-year career as a fine and commercial artist, Tyrus crosses paths with the likes of Picasso and Matisse, Walt Disney and Warner Bros. along the way. Although his design work was crucial to the animated classic Bambi and over 100 live-action movies including The Music Man, Rebel Without a Cause and The Wild Bunch, the name Tyrus Wong remains largely unknownuntil nowTyrusʼ life weaves an extraordinary thread in the tapestry of the American experience. 

Presented by: The Art Directors Guild

Followed by Q & A with Director Pamela Tom


Genre:  Documentary | Biography 

Country: USA

Year: 2015

Duration: 77 min

Director: Pamela Tom

Language(s): English

Producer: Pamela Tom, Gwen Wynne, Tamara Khalaf

Executive Producer: Don Hahn, Robert Louie, David Louie, Buck Gee  

Cinematographer: Shana Hagan

Editor: Carl Pfirman, Walt Louie

Principal Cast:   Tyrus Wong, Don Hahn, Sonia Mak, Kim Wong