Caroline So Jung Lee & Jae Lew

What Came Before

What Came Before is a short experimental documentary filmed within Mount Pleasant and Chinatown on unceded Coast Salish Territories, also known as Vancouver, BC.  Jae Lew and Caroline So Jung Lee created double exposures on a single 16mm roll, exploring the diversity of Asian experiences and transformations made visible through the natural world.


Artist Bios:

Caroline So Jung Lee is an award-winning Korean-Canadian filmmaker and interdisciplinary artist. She was born in Tkaronto, traditional territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat peoples (also known as Toronto, Canada). Caroline is interested in exploring kinetic, emotional and spiritual movement on screen and with sound. She received a degree in English Literature from the University of Toronto in 2011 and a degree in Film, Video and Integrated Media from Emily Carr University in 2020 (located on the unceded ancestral territory of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh peoples, also known as Vancouver, BC). Through experimentation in analogue and digital filmmaking techniques, sound compositions, autoethnography, performance and documentary; she explores themes of diasporic identity, feminism, spirituality, community and ecology. Caroline is a member of the Experimental Media Outsiders Collective.


Jae Lew is a media artist and filmmaker currently residing in so-called Vancouver, BC, Unceded Coast Salish Territories. Their practice is situated at a place of visibility and invisibility; their work deals with spirituality, disability, gender and the absurdity of social constructs. Jae is the founder of EMO (Experimental Media Outsiders) Collective, an experimental media and analog filmmaking artist collective. They are currently completing a degree in New Media and Sound Arts at Emily Carr University of Art + Design.