3RD ANNUAL KAFFNY

THETIMESCENTER AT THE NEW YORK TIMES BUILDING

February 28th, 2009

FIRST PROGRAM:

Solo 36‘ dir. by Bum Soo Park and Namgeon Kim (Drama, 36 min)

An improv dance class instructor finds herself alone when she empowers her student, who she has come to love, to love someone else.

Bumsoo Park was born in Seoul in 1983.  He currently attends Hongik University, Department of Film, Video & Moving Image.  

Namgeon was born in Chuncheon in 1983.  He currently attends the Korea National University of Art, School of Drama.

The Chestnut Tree dir. by Hyun-min Lee (Animation, 4 min)

Set to music by Chopin, this charming story centers around a little girl and her mother as they revisit memories under the Chestnut Tree.  Produced by Bert and Jennifer Klein, and executive produced by Don Hahn (THE LION KING).

Hyun-min is an animator from Seoul, South Korea.  She is a yoohakseng (student studying abroad) who came to the United States in 2000.  She has earned a degree in painting from Wesleyan University and a Masters degree in animation from the California Institute of the Arts.  She enjoys working in all areas of animation, but her work mainly focuses on traditional hand drawn techniques.  She cites the early Disney films as an influence on her work, and has spent time training with animators Eric Goldberg and Bert Klein.  Hyun-min currently resides in the Greater Los Angeles area and is a 2d animator on Walt Disney's upcoming film, THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG.

The Postcard dir. by Josh Kim (Comedy, 15 min)

A post office clerk mistakenly thinks that a customer is trying to get her attention by writing open love letters on postcards he sends out, but they are actually meant for someone else.  Premiered at the 2007 Pusan International Film Festival.

Raised in rural Texas, Josh Kim started to learn production as an intern at National Public Radio in Washington, D.C.  He later moved to video production at CNN and shot his first film, THE POLICE BOX in 2006.  He has studied abroad at the Sorbonne in Paris, the Beijing Foreign Studies University, Seoul National University, and the Hong Kong Film Academy. 

Mirage dir. by Youngwoong Jang (Animation, 10 min)

A bio-mechanic robot must fill his glass chest with water in order to sustain his life.  Over 20 awards including the 2006 Gold Student Academy Award in animation.  Created as Youngwoong's final project at SVA in 2006.

Youngwoong has been getting around various design and art fields as a product designer, an exhibition planner, and a 3D Artist.  He is currently focusing on 3D animation not only as a lighting technical director at Blue Sky Studios, an animation unit of FOX filmed entertainment, but also as an independent film maker in New York.  Working primarily in the field of new media arts with 3D, his work explores the conjunction between the organic and the mechanical. 

Texas Girl dir. by Hyung Hyup Kim (Drama, 20 min)

This is a story of a woman who discovers true freedom in the face of abandonment.

Hyup studied sculpture in Korea and came to the US in 1996.  He majored in film at Columbia college, Chicago.  He has directed many short films and a local TV show, HELLO KONGLISH.  His short film, SYNTHETIC LUST, has been selected by film festivals around the nation, and he wrote and directed an HD feature movie THE GIFT, which has been released nationwide and in Korea.

“Rice Field” dir. by Eubin Kim (Music Video, 4 min)

Ming Dynasty’s "RICE FIELD" is an introspective song about a woman embarking on an mystical inner journey.  In the music video, a memory buried deep in her consciousness is resurrected when she puts herself in a dire circumstance, inspiring her to save herself and her unborn baby. 

Eubin Kim is a multi-disciplined freelance art director and video director living in New York City.  He has worked at a number of different agencies including McCann Erickson, and Young and Rubicam, working with brands through creative strategy to create thoughtful stories to connect with consumers.  His main interest is in exploring creative visual communications and experiences that are independent of and transcend media.  His professional experience is in interactive, motion, video, print, and events, and is based on consumer insight--while is personal work is inspired from rediscovering experiences with friends and family from a different perspective.  He has recently finished his Masters Degree in Media Studies and Film at the New School University and is working on an interactive project for NBC Universal's Oxygen Media.  Eubin was born and raised in northern New Jersey, among a whole lot of other Koreans.  Eubin's film WITHIN LIMITS screened at the 1st KAFFNY 2007.

Scenes from Make Yourself At Home dir. by Soopum Sohn (Feature Drama, 12 min)

A Korean woman moves to New Jersey with her new husband, bringing her shamanistic past to the neighborhood.  Starring Song Hye-Gyo and Arno Frisch.  Arno has appeared in films by Michael Haneke.  World premiere at the 2008 Pusan International Film Festival.

Soopum's film FISH IN THE SEA screened at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival.  His film ISLAND TO ISLAND won the 2002 Silver Student Academy Award.

Scenes from Ultimate Christian Wrestling dir. by Jae Ho Chang (Feature-length Documentary, 4 min)

A group of disenchanted former pro-wrestlers find a new way to combine their passion with ministry.

Jae-Ho was born in Seoul, Korea and moved to the United States in his early teens, studying film, video, and animation at the Rhode Island School of Design.  He was nominated for the IDA/David L. Wolper Student Documentary Achievement Award and awarded the Martin Scorsese Young Filmmakers Scholarship and the Ang Lee Scholarship.  He is currently a graduate student of film at NYU Tisch School of the Arts.  Jae-Ho's film THE LAST VACATION screened at the 1st KAFFNY 2007.

 

SECOND PROGRAM:

Love In the Summertime dir. by Paul Wie (Drama, 14 min)

In the summer after their sixth grade year, Andrew and his friends experience the joys and pains of first love.  Premiered at the 2008 Mise-En-Scene's Short Film Festival and the Austin Film Festival.  

Born in Seoul, Korea, Paul Wie moved to the U.S. at the age of one and grew up in Southern California.  While attending UC Berkeley as a Film Studies major, he made several award-winning short films, which were screened at the Cinequest Film Festival, the Orinda Film Festival, and PiFan.  Paul is currently living in Los Angeles and working for NBC Universal and Sidus FNH, while developing his own feature-length screenplays.

Monsters dir. by Thomas Ko (Thriller, 26 min)

Detective Michael Nakagawa faces a devastating case with no traces or witnesses. 

Born in Korea, Thomas came to the states at the age of 12.  After high school he joined the U.S Army Reserve and served the country.  While in the Army, he started his own productions and started making films. 

The Unbearable Heaviness of Nagging dir. by Jung Yol Choi (Drama, 10 min)

Mom's preaching continues this morning, like always.  This film was created from the memory of his mother.  Recipient of the Best Short Film Award in 2008 Daejong Film Festival of Korea, the 29th Blue Dragon Film Awards of Korea and 2008 Daegu Independent Short Film Festival of Korea.  Screened at the 2008 Pusan International Film Festival.

Born in Gwangju, South Korea in1979, Jung Yol is a graduate of the film direction department of the Korean Independent Film Institute.  He directed his first short film, PAPER AIRPLANE in 2004.

Their Circumstances dir. by JiHyun Ahn (Animation, 10 min)

A story about a day's events which happen to one innocent family.  This film introduces a new experimental way to watch animation online.  Awarded and screened at over 100 international film and media festivals including Webby Awards, American Design Awards, and Seoul International Cartoon and Animation Festival.

JiHyun was born in Seoul in 1980, Korea and spent her childhood in Japan, where she was exposed to many unique animation films.  She studied architecture and interior design at Yonsei University in Korea.  During her school, spending more time on manipulating 2D and 3D graphic programs, she moved her interest forward to computer graphics and studied flash and video animation in School of Visual Arts in New York.  She has endeavored to create animation projects, which were reflective of her quirky imagination and sensibilities.  Her other film, FEAST was nominated for the Student Academy Award and screened at Zagreb Animation Film Festival.

red; state dir. by Sun Young Kim (Animation, 4 min)

red; state is an illustration of an imagined American tragedy that becomes a catalyst for a triumphant social demonstration that eventually led to the national action and attention toward civil and equal rights for African Americans.

Sun Young was born in Korea in 1981 and came to the US to attend SVA in 2005.  Music, in particular the videos associated with them especially as backgrounds during live events, eventually inspired her to pursue a career in motion graphics.

Mouse Trap dir. by Woon Han (Animation, 6 min)

A man is like a mousetrap and the city is like a minefield.  Grand Prize, 2007 Puchon International Student Animation Festival.

Woon Han was born in 1981 in Jeju, Korea.  He currently attends Sejong University, Department of Comics and Animation.

Chemical Fiction dir. by Thomas Kim (Action, 4 min)

A fatal fight between a virgin ghost and a Kung-Fu exorcist. 

Thomas Kim was born in Korea in 1982 but spent most of his childhood in Hong Kong and Beijing, China. At age 21, he joins the Korean marines looking for new adventures.  The two challenging years in the marines armed him with countless unique stories, and solidified his storytelling passion.  He went on directing 17 short films in all formats and now he is living in New York, attending NYU Tisch Grad Film. 

Grandma and Wrestling dir. by Hyung-Sup Lim (Comedy, 18 min)

Hyung-Sup rediscovers his grandma as they spend a short time together watching wrestling. 

Hyung-Sup was born in Seoul in 1982 and graduated Chung Ang University, Department of Film Studies, in 2008.

Passing dir. by Esther Chung (Animation, 2 min)

Another day for another girl…

Esther was born and raised in Orange County, California.  In high school, she discovered a passion for theater, which eventually led her to the world of film and her aspirations to become a filmmaker.  She is currently an undergraduate at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.  Her sophomore film, OH AGATHA, was recently selected for the NYU Sight and Sound Showcase 2008. She is currently losing lots of sleep trying to complete her next film. 

Scenes from The Trouble with Romance dir. by Gene Rhee (Feature Romantic Comedy, 10 min)

In this atypical comedy about sex and relationship, a quartet of vignettes focus on a disparate group of Angelenos exploring the challenges and heartaches that come with falling and staying in love.  Set to release theatrically in February 2009, Warner Bros. has also acquired distribution rights to World Premiere the movie nationwide via On Demand/PPV a few weeks prior to the film’s theatrical release as part of a major promotional tie-in with Valentines Day.  The film’s sales rep is David Garber, who sold the Charlize Theronindie classic MONSTER and the hit romantic comedy MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING.  

Previously, Gene directed, wrote and produced THE QUEST FOR LENGTH, a comedic mockumentary that was an Official Selection of the 2002 Sundance Film Festival, received the New Visions Director Award from Visual Communications, was honored by the American Cinematheque as one of the year’s best comedy shorts, and in 2006 was selected as one of the Top 5 Films out of thousands by NBC for the network’s Comedy Short Cuts showcase. 

As a screenwriter, Gene has sold or optioned projects to DreamWorksSKG, pop icon Madonna’s Maverick Films, and Hallmark Entertainment among others.   He is currently developing a television pilot with director Justin Lin (THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS: TOKYO DRIFT and FAST & FURIOUS 4). 

Gene graduated at the top of his class with an M.F.A. from U.S.C. film school’s renowned Peter Stark Program.  He began his film career working at 20th Century Fox in the physical production department, and also worked briefly as a Story Editor for Mace Neufeld (producer of THE HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER, PATRIOT GAMES, CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER).  Gene was also a K.O.F.I.C. Filmmaker Development Lab Fellow and is an alum of IFP’s Emerging Narratives Program. 

Gene received his undergraduate degree from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.