Sunday, May 16, 2021  |  6 pm

Indie Lens Pop-Up: The Donut King

We’re excited to partner with ITVS and our local PBS station KLRN to host our final film of the 2021 Indie Lens Pop-Up Season. Our FREE Online Virtual Screening of The Donut King will premiere on May 16, 2021, at 6 pm. ¡Come!, a short film directed by Dallas/Fort Worth and Austin, TX-based filmmaker Lizette Barrera will precede our feature presentation.

The Donut King
Approximate Running Time: 60 mins

The Donut King is Ted Ngoy’s rags-to-riches story of a refugee escaping Cambodia, arriving in America in 1975, and building an unlikely multimillion-dollar empire baking America’s favorite pastry, the donut. Ngoy sponsored hundreds of visas for incoming refugees and helped them get on their feet by teaching them the ways of the donut business. By 1979, he was living the American Dream—but a great rise often comes with a great fall. The Donut King is a tale of hard knocks, redemption, wealth, survival, risk, and donuts.

Alice Gu

Alice Gu was born and raised in Los Angeles, the child of middle-class Chinese immigrants. Gu began her directing career initially as a still photographer/cinematographer. With a BFA in photography from the University of California, San Diego, she started by shooting stills for the music industry. However, she soon realized that she could further visualize her creative vision in moving images and pursue a career in motion pictures.

Donut King (86 minutes – Broadcast Version) premieres on Independent Lens Monday, May 24, 2021 (check local listings), and will also be available to stream on the PBS Video app and PBS Passport.

Approximate Running Time: 11 mins

Set in Florida, a 12 year old Puerto Rican girl’s perspective changes when she brings a popular dessert dish, Arroz con Leche, to a thanksgiving event at her school and no one eats it.


Lizette Barrera is a Chicana Filmmaker from Lewisville, Texas. Based in Dallas/Fort Worth and Austin, TX.Her film Mosca (Fly) is in distribution with HBO and her Latest film Chicle (Gum) will be having its World Premiere at SXSW. Winner of Texas Archive of the Moving Image Award (Cine las Americas) and Filmmaker to Watch for (Women Texas Film Festival).Films have shown at Maryland Film Festival, Austin Film Festival, San Diego Latino Festival, Oak Cliff Film Festival, Cine Las Americas Festival, Nalip Org finalist for the Latino Lens Fest & Showcase Shorts Program, DallasVideoFest, AFS Showcase at SXSW, Women Texas Film Festival, Flyway Film Festival, Semi-Finalist Miami Short Film Festival, Semi-Finalist Frame of Mind, Asian Film Festival of Dallas, Longhorn Showcase at SXSW, Hill Country Film Festival, Los Angeles CineFest, and CineFestival.

MFA in Film Production at The University of Texas.
Senior Lecturer at The University of Texas at Arlington.
Represented by Inclusion Managment.