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Lily's feature writing and directorial debut, MODEL MINORITY, received three awards for its World Premiere at the 2012 L.A. Asian Pacific Film Festival including Special Jury Award for Outstanding Directing, Breakthrough Performance by a New Actress and Outstanding Cinematography. MODEL MINORITY was also honored with Outstanding Feature at the Sacramento International Film Festival, Best Micro-Budget Film and Best Female Director Awards at the London Independent Film Festival, the Audience Award for Best Feature at New York's Asian American International Film Festival, the Emerging Filmmaker Award at the DC Asian Pacific Film Festival, Best Drama and Best Director Awards at the Asians On Film Festival and the Golden Ace Award for Best Nevada Filmmaker at the Las Vegas Film Festival. MODEL MINORITY was also the official festival selection for Hawaii International, Ojai, Vancouver Asian and Boston Asian American.

Her award-winning short film, THE SHANGRI-LA CAFÉ, has shown in over 25 film festivals around the world, including the BBC British Short, Seattle International and Palm Springs Short, winning Best Short Film at Moondance and Best Screenplay at Brussels Independent. Her short film was based on her feature screenplay THE SHANGRI-LA CAFÉ, which won Best Screenplay from the Cynosure Screenwriting Awards, the Page international Screenwriting Awards, GAFFERS Film Festival and the Ohio International Independent Film Festival and was also a top 15% finalist for both the Nicholl Fellowship and the Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship. Lily was also named one of PBS' Up and Coming Filmmakers of Color and received the Filmmaker of the Year Award from the National Organization for Women.

She is also an actor, best known for her 15 seasons in the role of nurse Lily Jarvik on the award-winning TV series, "ER," for which she shared the SAG Award for Best Ensemble in a Drama Series four times. Lily has "shadowed" her mentors, Jonathan Kaplan and Lesli Linka Glatter, on 11 episodes of "ER," "West Wing" and "Gilmore Girls." As Co-Executive Producer/Director on "Homeland," Lesli also invited her to shadow Clark Johnson on a recent episode. In the 2012-2014 season, she serves as a director in the ABC/Disney/DGA Directing Program, and recently shadowed Writer/Director/Executive Producer Amy Sherman-Palladino on her show, "Bunheads."

Born in Las Vegas, Nevada, she graduated from UCLA with a B.A. in Theatre. She has appeared in many films such as EXTRAORDINARY MEASURES, THE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS, THE SHADOW and THE DOCTOR. Lily has guest-starred in over 25 TV shows including NCIS:LA and SHAMELESS. She is also an award-winning theatre actress/dancer/singer, performing in N.Y., L.A. and other regional theatres around the country.

She currently resides in Los Angeles with her husband, three time Grammy-nominated Concord recording artist, saxophonist Boney James, who also served as the composer and a producer on MODEL MINORITY.



On the set with Dolly Parton






With Julianna Margulies, Eriq LaSalle and the Emmy Girls!




With Pam Dawber & in full makeup



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