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Cambodia Town Film Festival Co-Director, Caylee So named Grand Marshal of The 10th Annual Cambodian New Year Parade, Long Beach, California.
The Parade is set for SUNDAY, APRIL 10th, 2016 in Cambodia Town on Anaheim Street Corridor, beginning from Junipero Ave. to Warren Ave. (10AM – 12PM).
Caylee So was born in a refugee camp in Thailand on September 17th 1981, just after her parent’s escape from the reign of Pol Pot’s Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia. When she was just three years old, her family immigrated to the United States. She grew up in Northern Virginia where she spent most of her youth.
In 2000, soon after her high school graduation, Caylee joined the US armed forces and served in the Virginia Army National Guard for the next eight years. There, she wrote for a little column called Caylee’s Corner, a newsletter that was sent out to friends and families of deployed soldiers.
In between tour of duty, Caylee attended Northern Virginia Community College where she discovered her love of writing fiction. She later transferred to George Mason University to pursue a degree in creative writing. Creative writing led to theatre, and theatre led to film; all mediums that had one thing in common: they all captured stories.
(The crew of PAULINA win the Cecil Awards for Best Picture and Best Director)
In 2011, Caylee was awarded the Zonta’s Women in Film grant for Most Promising Young Filmmaker. In 2012 Caylee received her MFA in Film Production at Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, having won the Best Picture and Best Director at her school’s Cecil Awards that year.
She is also the winner of the Director’s Guild of America’s 18th annual Best Female Student Director award.
She is the co-founder and co-director of Cambodia Town Film Festival (CTFF) in Long Beach, CA and the winner of the Linda Mabelot’s New Directors/New Visions Award. Caylee is currently developing her 1st feature film titled ‘IN THE LIFE OF MUSIC‘, scheduled to be release in 2017.