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NGUYENing | The Lee Nguyen Story

A teenage soccer phenom skyrockets to stardom like no one before him, becoming the first ethnic Vietnamese player to represent the United States. Then, in an unprecedented move, he leaves for Asia, his star fading into obscurity.

Lee, the footballer son of two nations who traveled the world to find his footing. In a sport defined by winning, his story reminds us that it’s instead how you deal with the unexpected turns of sport and of life that matter most.

  • Alfonso Bui
    Art Therapy: The Movie
  • Alfonso Bui
  • Major League Soccer
  • Will Kuhns
  • Kyle Green
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  • Runtime:
    22 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    August 9, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    25,000 USD
  • Country of Filming:
    United States, Viet Nam
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    Sony Cinema 4K
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • NBC Sports Boston
    New England Region
    United States
    September 2, 2017
    Special Limited Screening
  • Boston Asian American Film Festival
    Boston, MA
    United States
    October 20, 2017
  • Asians on Film Festival of Shorts
    Los Angeles
    United States
    January 26, 2018
    Best Documentary - Fall 2017
  • Seattle Asian American Film Festival
    United States
    February 22, 2018
  • DisOrient Asian American Film Festival
    Eugene, OR
    United States
    April 21, 2018
  • Houston Asian American & Pacific Islander Film Festival
    Houston, TX
    United States
    June 1, 2018
  • Asian Film Festival of Dallas
    Dallas, TX
    United States
    July 19, 2018
  • Asian American International Film Festival
    New York
    United States
    July 29, 2018
    New York
Director Biography - Alfonso Bui

Alfonso Bui is a documentary filmmaker based out of New York City.

Following a couple of years as a high school dean, Alfonso decided to pursue a career in fashion photography which in turn led to the art of moving image. He currently provides cinematography for U.S. Soccer and MTV while also directing his own features including Art Therapy: The Movie and NGUYENing: The Lee Nguyen Story.

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