Bailey Elizabeth Vo

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Bailey Elizabeth Vo

/ Director

Born June, 2002

My Story

Bailey is a film major and an honors interdisciplinary studies and management minor at the University of Central Arkansas. She is from Bentonville, AR where she studied Video Production through the Ignite Professional Studies program. She has written and directed the short films “Reflection”, “Good Enough”, “Lifesaver”, “PATCH-ED”, and “JOE (Just Ordinary Everyday)” which has been entered into 7 film festivals across the U.S. and has won an award for “Best Student Short Film” at the Merced Queer Film Festival.

Aside from writing and directing, Bailey has also produced the short film Glo-Up by Porter John, was the costume designer of the short film re: Promiscuous by Erv Jeffries, was the 1st assistant camera for the grad short film Wataté by Aidan Kolokithas, and is a part of the UCA Film Club executive board as the social media manager.

Director Statement

As a filmmaker and also a Vietnamese American, I feel that it is important that we talk about the struggles of cultural identity as well as understanding the previous generations of your family as they are significant parts of many people’s stories. By creating this film, I hope to create something that Asian-American viewers can relate to and inspire those who felt the same way I did about my cultural identity to have these explorations and conversations to be able to find happiness and acceptance in who they are as an individual.

I hope to address the dilemma that I and many Asian Americans face of trying to “fit in” to American culture while at the same time feeling the need to protect their Asian culture that has been passed down from generation to generation. I also want to tell this story to shed light on minority stories that non-Asian viewers aren’t used to and open the opportunity for them to experience a piece of what it was like for us growing up in America.

My Filmography

  • Year Film Title Description
  • February 10, 2024 Happy Love PHÚC YÊU is a coming-of-age drama/comedy short film that follows a Vietnamese American girl named Linh and her struggle between not feeling American enough and also not Vietnamese enough while living in a predominantly white community with her Vietnamese immigrant father. After the loss of her mother, Linh’s relationship with her father and her culture becomes even more distant than it already was. However as Lunar New Year comes around and she starts to grow into her own person, Linh finally begins to understand her father and the importance of embracing and celebrating her culture.

My Award

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