“Somewhere Between,” Filmmaker Lisa Goldstein Knowles joins the set to present her doc that highlights the experience of Chinese girls that have been adopted by American parents.

The cultural hurdles of these articulate and inspiring young ladies is told, as well as the hurdles that are put to Western parents seeking to provide them the opportunities of America

Watch new episodes of BYOD live each week on Tuesdays at noon on TheLip.TV, or tune in for the archived replay starting here on the following Thursday.

BYOD is hosted by Ondi Timoner, director of “DIG!,” “JOIN US” and “WE LIVE IN PUBLIC,” and has the rare distinction of winning the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance twice. Each week the show explores a different documentary filmmaker or aspect of filmmaking, with special guests and a live Q&A– diving deep into creative process and the business realities of producing and distributing films. Ondi shares her insider views, opinions, and personal stories, welcoming audience participation. BYOD aims to entertain, inform, and elevate documentaries in general by bringing attention to films and film makers that deserve exposure.

Born and raised in Chicago, Goldstein Knowlton studied neuroscience at Brown University. Following college, she remained in Providence to serve the governor of Rhode Island in the Office of Intergovernmental Relations. She subsequently worked raising funds for film preservation at The American Film Institute, in Washington, D.C., and, later, in Los Angeles. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and daughter.


00:01 Welcome to BYOD.
00:18 Introducing Linda Goldstein Knowlton
02:16 Lessons from her own experience as a parent.
03:39 The adoption boom in China.
04:29 ‘Somewhere Between,” Clip.
06:39 The process of adopting and how it lead to the film.
10:19 Still following up with the girls and the release of the film.
11:56 “Somewhere Between,” Clip: Ann’s story.
14:25 Watching the film with the girls.
16:25 Examining the infrastructure for adopted girls.
19:07 “Somewhere Between,” Clip: Fang and her trip to China.
22:07 Contrasting Fang’s story from most adoptees.
24:05 The shoot-length and getting girls from all over.
26:24 “Somewhere Between,” Clip: Searching for her birth parents.
27:49 Meeting the birth mother–a confusing scene.
32:35 The team that worked on the film–going around the world 20 times.
34:50 “How easy is it to adopt a Chinese girl?”
37:20 “Somewhere Between,” Clip: “We’re the only Asian people here.”
39:43 A repoire with insightful and articulate teenagers.
47:10 Where to see the film.
48:44 “Somewhere Between,” Trailer.

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  1. Mark Bell says:

    Thank you Captain Thompson of the Acronym Police!

    Just as BYOB could mean “Bring Your Own Beer,” “Bring Your Own Booze,” “Bring Your Own Bottle,” “Burps Yellow Ooze Ballons,” etc., so too could BYOD mean different things, such as, in this case, “Bring Your Own Documentary.” Since these are all about documentary filmmaking, they are very relevant to documentary filmmakers and documentary fans.

    I mean, what, next you’re going to tell me that WWF never popularly referred to the World Wrestling Federation (even if it really refers to the World Wildlife Fund… well, actually now they call themselves the “World Wide Fund For Nature”).

  2. Rick Thompson says:

    BYOD refers to Bring Your Own Device – a trend in today’s workplace where employees are bringing and using personal mobile devices to the workforce. This video is not relevant.

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