4TH ANNUAL KAFFNY

SVA THEATRE

February 27-28th, 2010

FEATURE PRESENTATIONS:

THIRST by Chan Wook Park
2009 - 133 min - Korea - Korean & English w/ English subtitles - color

Short Description
A unique and refreshing take on the vampire genre by Korean auteur director Chan Wook Park.

Distinctions
Prix du Jury [Jury Prize] at the 2009 Cannes International Film Festival. "At a time when so much of popular culture is turning the vampire into just another gently exotic, vulnerable lover,

Park brings things back to bloody basics" --Stephen Whitty

Synopsis
Sang-hyun (Song Kang-ho) is a priest who cherishes life; so much so, that he selflessly volunteers for a secret vaccine development project meant to eradicate a deadly virus. But the virus takes the priest, and a blood transfusion is urgently ordered up for him. The blood he receives is infected, so Sang-hyun lives – but now exists as a vampire. Struggling with his newfound carnal desire for blood, Sang-hyun
ʼs faith is further strained when a childhood friendʼs wife, Tae-ju (Kim Ok-vin), comes to him asking for his help in escaping her life. Sang-hyun soon plunges into a world of sensual pleasures, finding himself on intimate terms with the Seven Deadly Sins.

Directorʼs Bio
Park Chan-wook is recognized the world over as one of the most creative storytellers in cinema. With his startlingly distinctive plots, violent subject matter, and sensual mise-en- scène, the writer/director has earned accolades from critics and audiences across the globe, presenting his films at the most vital and influential international film festivals.

Among his films are JOINT SECURITY AREA, the boxoffice smash that marked his first teaming with Thirst star Song Kang-ho; SYMPATHY FOR MR. VENGEANCE, which won the jury prize for Best Picture at the Philadelphia Film Festival; OLD BOY, which won the Grand Prix at the 2004 Cannes International Film Festival; the NEVER ENDING PEACE AND LOVE segment of the omnibus feature IF YOU WERE ME and the CUT segment of the omnibus feature THREE...EXTREMES; SYMPATHY FOR LADY VENGEANCE, which won two awards at the 2005 Venice International Film Festival; and IʼM A CYBORG, BUT THATʼS OK, which earned him the Alfred Bauer Award at the 2007 Berlin International Film Festival.

GOING HOME by Jason Hoffmann
2008 - 73 min - New York/Korea - Korean & English w/ English subtitles - color NY Premiere

Short Description
Jason Hoffmann, raised in Greenwich Village to Jewish adoptive parents, follows his own journey to Korea to discover his biological family, in this documentary started as his senior project in college.

Distinctions
Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival 2009, Rhode Island International Film Festival
2009, San Diego Asian Film Festival 2009.

Synopsis
Jason never expected to look back at his complicated and hidden family history rooted in South Korea. Even though he had been adopted from Korea two decades earlier, Jason identified with being a true New Yorker. Having grown up in the liberal background of Greenwich Village to Jewish parents, Jason barely expressed any interest in his Korean heritage. He was perfectly fulfilled with the American life that had been chosen for him. But as he grew into a young adult, he inherently became more curious about his roots.

In the documentary GOING HOME, Jason finally summons up the courage to initiate contact with his birth mother, and during the search inadvertently discovers that neither his birth father nor older birth sister knows that he exists. Without knowing whether face- to-face meetings are even possible, Jason takes a risk and sets out on an epic journey halfway around the world with his Korean girlfriend, Mikyung by his side. Once in Seoul, Jason excitedly learns that his mother wishes to meet him. But when his mother suddenly falls ill on the day of their planned meeting, Jasonʼs short-lived optimism takes a discouraging turn.

Filled with deeply human moments of joy and pain, GOING HOME shares Jasonʼs intimate journey as he starts to realize what life could have been if he had not been adopted. In the face of adversity and complete upheaval of buried insecurities about his identity, Jason begins to discover a profound new meaning of family.

Directorʼs Bio
Jason Hoffmann is a young New York filmmaker and graduate of Emerson College for film production. Since he was six years old, Jason discovered his passion for filmmaking and has dedicated himself to harnessing this ability ever since. At the age of seven, Jason was editing linearly from one VCR to the next. In 2001, Jason won an award for his documentary REBUILDING GROUND ZERO. He is currently working at an entertainment company in Los Angeles.

Producerʼs Bio
Mikyung Kim is a graduate of Emerson College with a B.F.A in Visual and Media Arts with a concentration on Film. She was born in Seoul, Korea and since has lived in Hong Kong and Boston. She is currently working at Partizan Entertainment in Los Angeles.

MUNYURANGABO by Lee Isaac Chung
2007 - 97 min - Rwanda/New York - Kinyarwanda w/ English Subtitles - color

Short Description
Munyurangabo accompanies Sangwa on his quest to seek vengeance for his father
ʼs death but during their brief stay in his hometown he deserted years ago, he has a change of heart that threatens their friendship, masterfully told by Arkansas native Lee Isaac Chung.

Distinctions
Jury Prize AFI Film Festival 2009. First film
ever in Kinyarwanda language. "It is in every frame a beautiful and powerful film — a masterpiece." --Roger Ebert

Synopsis

After stealing a machete from a market in Kigali, Munyurangabo and his friend, Sangwa, leave the city on a journey tied to their pasts. Munyurangabo wants justice for his parents who were killed in the genocide, and Sangwa wants to visit the home he deserted years ago. Though they plan to visit Sangwa's home for just a few hours, the boys stay for several days. From two separate ethnic groups, their friendship is tested when Sangwa's wary parents disapprove of Munyurangabo, warning that "Hutus and Tutsis are supposed to be enemies."

Directorʼs Bio
A son of Korean immigrants, Chung grew up on a small farm in rural Arkansas, and then attended Yale University to study Biology. At Yale, with exposure to art cinema in his senior year, he dropped his plans for medical school and pursued filmmaking. MUNYURANGABO is his first feature film. He resides in New York with his wife Valerie, and manages Almond Tree Films, a production company he founded with his collaborators, Samuel Anderson and Jenny Lund.

Directors Statement
~ Origin of the Project
In the summer of 2006, Samuel Anderson, Jenny Lund, and I taught a summer course in filmmaking and photography at a Christian relief base, YWAM, in Rwanda. Partnering with the organization
ʼs existing work with local street kids and at-risk youths, we produced MUNYRANGABO as a project for a class of fifteen Rwandan students, allowing genocide orphans, returned refugees, the undereducated, and those barely making a living to become the cast and crew of MUNYURANGABO.

~ A Manifestation of our Encounters
Samuel Anderson wrote most of the script back home, with the understanding that the story would evolve to the truths we would eventually discover in Rwanda. After arriving in the country, our script became a nine-page outline, a manifestation of our encounters —from personal stories and concerns to passing conversations and reflections. The minimal outline allowed us to improvise scenes and all of the dialogue.

~ Improvisation
With directing, I am a strong believer in improvisation; I know the general form of the film I want to make, but I
ʼm not sure how I will get from the beginning to the end. This requires a greater level of listening—to surroundings, actors, crew, and inspiration. I donʼt think that this immediacy would be available to me if I relied heavily on the writing process. Instead of shaping the reality of the circumstances to that script, improvisation demands the opposite. Working in Rwanda reinforced this approach to filmmaking, since the exotic nature of the location left us with no other choice. As a result, Iʼve learned through this film that filmmaking should be a little like jazz, in that one should work with how the materials, circumstances, problems, and epiphanies come; itʼs a dynamic process that leaves no room for regret.

~ Recreating Memories

Our cast of non-professional actors inspired many elements of the script, and directing was often a work of recreating their lives. Naturally, this is a film that focuses on memory, a collective one, and it was a quest to discover spiritual elements within memory.

~ Rural Locations
Rwanda has seen a fair number of Western filmmakers who throw large sums of cash around; we simply didn
ʼt have those resources, but the assumption for many city officials was that we had lots of money. We considered filming many of our scenes in the streets of Kigali, but because of bureaucracy (difficulty in getting permits, for example), we focused our story on rural locations. 

~ Shot in Eleven Days
Our village location was also quite genuine. We found a location we liked, spoke with the owners of the little house, and even auditioned them for roles. They were remarkable actors, so we decided to give them a large part in the film as the parents of Sangwa. We filmed over the course of eleven days, with the cast and crew all living together and working passionately for this project. It is fair to say that through the experience we became a family—I adopted them, but more accurately, they adopted me.

~ First Feature Film in Kinyarwanda
MUNYUNRANGABO is the first narrative feature film ever made in the Kinyarwanda language. Directing in a foreign country and in a language I do not speak was actually an advantage, forcing me to work as an outsider. This guards against the conveyance of any personal ideas and truths that are relatively minor, allowing, instead, for an exploration of more universal matters that can connect a Korean American with a Rwandan. I hope that this connection would extend to you, the viewer.

~ Return to Kigali
Our new company, Almond Tree Films, continues to labor for Rwandan cinema, hoping that the next Rwandan film to play at Cannes will be directed by a native filmmaker. On the foundation of MUNYURANGABO, we will return to Kigali this summer to establish a cinema school and production center, working for our hope to become a reality.

MAKE YOURSELF AT HOME by Soopum Sohn
2008 - 90 min - New York - Korean & English w/ English subtitles - color NY Premiere

Short Description
Debut feature about a strange Korean girl adapting to life in New Jersey next to her curious neighbors by award-winning New York transplant Soopum Sohn, starring Hye-Kyo Song.

Distinctions
13th Pusan International Film Festival 2008, Oldenburg Film Festival 2009, San Diego Asian Film Festival 2009.

Synopsis
Sookhy is a young Korean woman who identifies more with her full-blooded American neighbors than with the Korean-American family into which she
ʼs married. When her husband dies, she escapes the disdain of her mother-in-law by forming a friendship with Julie (the American next door.) As the two women spend time together, Julie learns Korean and Sookhy develops tender feelings towards the American husband, John. After a sexual experience that involves all three of them, Sookhy and Julie ruin their friendship.

Directorʼs Bio
As director/writer, Soopum
ʼs short films include ISLAND TO ISLAND, winner of a 2002 Student Academy Award, and FISH IN THE SEA IS NOT THIRSTY, an official selection of the 2002 Cannes Film Festival (Quinzaine). MAKE YOURSELF AT HOME, Soopumʼs first feature film as a director/writer, was invited to the 2008 Pusan International Film Festival, Gala Presentation, Oldenburg Film Festival, San Diego Asian Film Festival and Athens Film Festival.

As cinematographer, Soopumʼs films include MICHELLVILLE (dir: John Harkrider), which screened at the Sundance Film Festival 2005 (American Spectrum); and SA- KWA (dir: Yi-Kwan Kang), winner of the International Critics Award at the Toronto International Film Festival 2005. 

Soopum holds MFAʼs from American Film Institute (cinematography) and New York University (film directing).

Directorʼs Statement

As Director I am interested in power play. The way that powerful people feed off the powerless, and the desire for power. There is an irony that interests me. When a person who has always struggled finally achieves a position of power, the punishment that they inflict is the most severe. In Make Yourself At Home, I treat this subject within the framework of the immigration experience, particularly first generation immigrants. The core space of my film is disorientation, the process that a recent immigrant goes through to learn everything all over again. I focus on how the immigrant negotiates foreign terrain, how natives react to her.

Iʼm using Korean-Americans as a group in my film because I am impressed by their tenacious hold on the past. It is ironic to me that while Koreans who stay on the peninsula form an identity of change, the emigrants identify themselves with that year in which they emigrated. Those who left the old country to live in America are ironically more old-fashioned than those who stayed behind. As a result of this paradox, Koreans and Korean-Americans have a unique relationship, with the latter being living relics. 

SHORTS COMPETITION

THE LAST MERMAIDS by Liz Chae
2008 - 19 min - New York/Korea - Korean & English w/ English subtitles - color

Short Description
Jamaican-born filmmaker Liz Chae documents the last women divers of Jeju Island.

Distinctions
Gold medal at the 36th Student Academy Awards 2009, Tribeca Film Festival 2009, 13th Pusan International Film Festival 2008.

Synopsis
Mother to daughter. Generation after generation. The women of Jeju Island off of South Korea have survived by becoming Haenyos (women sea divers). Director Liz Chae spent months living with the chief of one of the last remaining Haenyo tribes. THE LAST MERMAIDS is a short documentary showing these women, aged 45-85, as they dive deep into the ocean -- the refuge that has given them life, shielded them from war and allowed them to educate their daughters. For two thousand years, the Haenyos of Jeju have fought men, governments and armies to protect their right to make a living from the sea. Now they want the tradition to stop. These are The Last Mermaids.

Directorʼs Bio
Liz Chae is a writer/director committed to bringing stories of women and the Korean- American experience to the screen. Born in Jamaica to Korean parents, she and her family immigrated to America when she was six. Eventually settling in New York City, Liz pursued her love of writing and photography before venturing out to study film in Paris. Upon her return to New York, she began her career in film exhibition and then moved into production, working on many independent films, including Tony Bui
ʼs Sundance Award-Winning THREE SEASONS and Hal Hartleyʼs HENRY FOOL. This led to a career producing and directing movie trailers for Paramount and Nickelodeon.

A recent 2009 graduate of the MFA Film Directing program at Columbia University, Liz has directed several acclaimed shorts, including HEATSTROKE (starring Viveca Lindfors), KIM CHI, and MY DOUBLE HAPPINESS. THE LAST MERMAIDS, her first documentary, was awarded the A&E Development Award and the ASCAP Music Composition Grant and was granted Faculty Honors from the Columbia University Film Division. THE LAST MERMAIDS premiered at the 13th Annual Pusan International Film Festival and was the awarded Special Jury Mention for short documentary at the Tribeca Film Festival 2009 and most recently won the gold medal at the 36th Student Academy Awards 2009. Liz lives in New York City.

A GREEN MOUNTAIN IN THE DRAWER by Hwa Jun Lee
2008 - 29 min - California/Korea - Korean & English w/ English subtitles - color

Short Description
Beautifully shot and directed film following an elderly Korean-American woman on her last trip to Korea from San Francisco, directed by yuhakseng Hwa Jun Lee.

Distinctions
Best Dramatic Narrative Short, San Diego Asian Film Festival 2009, Golden Reel Award, Los
Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival 2009, among others.

Synopsis
Soon-Rae, an elderly Korean-American woman living in San Francisco, knits baby blankets for charities. She
ʼs somewhat isolated, but content with her life. She plans one last trip to her homeland, not knowing that her son and his wife—who live in San Jose— plan to visit her on her 76th birthday, two days after she has left for Korea.

Directorʼs Bio
Hwa-Jun Lee was born in Seoul, Korea. After receiving his BFA degree in Ceramic Art from Dan-Kook University in Seoul, Korea, he went to Temple University in Philadelphia to study in Cinema in 2002 and graduated with honors. In the fall of 2004, Hwa Jun entered the Graduate Film Program at San Francisco State University. He wrote and directed several short films including A PINWHEEL (2004) and A GIRL LIKE ME (2005). A GREEN MOUNTAIN IN THE DRAWER is his graduate thesis film, which was shot in an old countryside village in Korea where his grandparents lived long time ago.

A CUP OF COFFEE by Lee Young Woo
2009 - 9 min - Korea - Korean w/ English subtitles - color International Premiere

Short Description
Korean filmmaker Lee Young Woo makes a potentially dangerous encounter between a policeman and rioters wonderfully comical.

Distinctions
Best Short Film, Chungmuro International Film Festival 2009.

Synopsis
At the peak of civilian demonstrations on one summer, a young riot polices goes on an errand to get coffee from a vending machine for his superior. There he meets the owner of the cheap coffee machine, and a member of the protest who is trying to get his money back.

Directorʼs Bio
Young Woo was born in 1984 in Seoul, S.Korea. He is currently studying Film Studies at HanYang University. A CUP OF COFFEE (2009) is his first film, which won the Cine Student Prize at Chungmuro International Film Festival in 2009.

HIS NAME IS TREVOR by Hwan Kim
2008 - 12 min - California - Japanese w/ English subtitles - color International Premiere

Short Description
Yuhakseng director Hwan Kim tells a quirky tale of an orphaned and deformed child who after many years of solitude, explores the outside world.

Distinctions
8th Mise-en-Scene Short Film Festival 2009, Busan Asian Short Film Festival 2009, Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival 2009, DaeJong Film Awards 2009.

Synopsis
This is a story of a guy who has never been outside since he was born because he's afraid of the outside world for the reason that his legs are attached to his belly. One day all the food in the house runs out. What will he do?

Directorʼs Bio
Hwan was born in 1978 in Seoul, S.Korea. He has read Film Directing at Art Centre
College of Design at Pasadena, U.S.A., After graduation he has worked on various independent film projects and advertising in U.S., before coming back to Korea. He has directed only one other film previous to HIS NAME IS TREVOR (2009), HIS DECEMEBER 20TH STORY (2008). He is currently working on a feature-length screenplay. Directorʼs website: www.hwanfilm.com

MY FOUR INCH PRECIOUS by Sou Yun Sim 2008 - 11 min - Florida - English - color

Short Description
Spunky and fun film about a man
ʼs four inch love by yuhakseng Sou Yun Sim.

Distinctions
Best Film, Rochester International Film Festival 2009, 2nd Place Student, Palms Springs International Shortfest 2009, 8th Mise-en-Scene Short Film Festival 2009, among others.

Synopsis
When it comes to love, does size matter? Sam, a scruffy and lonely garbage man nurtures a dying flower, out of which blooms a beautiful, four-inch-tall woman. For the first time in his life, Sam discovers romance. However, his obsession with her gets real ugly as he tries to win her tiny heart.

Directorʼs Bio
Born and raised in Seoul, Korea, Sou Yun Sim studied Fine Art throughout her teen years and received a BFA in painting from Seoul National University. During her undergraduate studies, she was intrigued by video art and motion picture as a powerful medium of communication. She furthered her education in filmmaking at Florida State University Film School. Since graduating, she is residing in Los Angeles, developing her career as a filmmaker.

HIDE AND SEEK by Chih-Wei Chang
2009 - 14 min - Taiwan/Korea - Korean w/ English subtitles - color International Premiere

Short Description
A quiet meditation on loss shot in the beautiful Korean countryside by Korean- Taiwanese filmmaker Chih-Wei Chang.

Distinctions
53rd Asia-Pacific Film Festival 2009

Synopsis

Jung-Mi has been living with a shadow overhead, due to the death of her father during childhood. Ever since then, Jung-Mi avoids just about everything (including her mother) which might remind her of her father. One day (on her father's death anniversary), Jung-Mi goes on a trip to visit a place she used to know. Unbelievably, she not only gets to meet her dead father, who happens to lead her into a fantastic journey back to her childhood, but also gets to learn the meaning of life which forces her facing up to the facts of her fears and unfulfilled wishes.

Directorʼs Bio
Chih-Wei Chang, born July 27, 1983 in Taoyuan, Taiwan, with a father from Taiwan and a mother from South Korea, spent his childhood in South Africa, mostly educated in Taiwan, and is a Taiwanese citizen. Chih-Wei is an independent film maker and a writer for Behind The Scene (Taipei Film Commission). He graduated from The Department of

Radio and Television, National Taiwan University of Arts in 2007, and is now studying in The Graduate School of Advanced Imaging Science, Multimedia, and Film Making, Chung-Ang University (Korea).

Directorʼs Statement
This film is mainly based on the purpose to discuss about “Dream”, “Memory” and “Reality”. People often see these three elements as each individual, but to me, they seem to be just the same. Since “Dream” is the combination result of memory (past), vision (future), fears and desires. While “Memory” refers to the things which belongs in the past, (funny is that, last night
ʼs dream also becomes this morningʼs memory). “Reality” is on the present time-line which never stops persueing the future, happiness, goal and “Dream”. On the other hand “Reality” also keeps on making memories and dreams.

The Diamond Sutra carries a simple wisdom and philosophy which happens to lead us towards an ultimate answer for the meaning of life, which say: “Everything perceived will pass away, like a dream, like an illusion, like a bubble, like a shadow, like a dew, and like a lightning. You should think everything as such.” Thus, I would say, “Dream”“Memory”“Reality”“Dream”“Memory”“Reality”.........

CRIPPLED by Ien Chi
2009 - 13 min - Georgia/Korea - Korean w/ English subtitles - color World Premiere

Short Description
A smart take on cynicism shot in Seoul and on Bugak Mountain by young Atlanta filmmaker Ien Chi.

Synopsis
Every morning, a young man goes atop a mountain to write upon his thoughts. But one day, his spot is stolen and the event marks the beginning of an
intriguing relationship between two young men. Each come into view with one anotherʼs alternate views of the world and show their own crippled characteristics.

Directorʼs Bio
Ien is a Korean-American who grew up in Atlanta and Seoul. He is currently a freshman at Oxford College of Emory University.

Directorʼs Statement
I wrote the screenplay for this film at the end of my sophomore year in high school, a period of time when I was nearly cynical of people in general. But knowing that this was
bad for me, this film was a way for me to express my thoughts. Almost a year later, I got two other friends together to finally shoot the film after our exams and college applications were over. It was shot in areas of Seoul and Bugak Mountain throughout a course of about a week. Though it is not as good as I intended it to be, I hope the film still provokes thought into audiences who view it.

MALEY FROM INDIA by Jaehyun Jang
2009 - 16 min - Korea - Korean, Hindi & English w/ English subtitles - color International Premiere

Short Description
A film following an Indian migrant worker
ʼs tumultuous first days in Korea directed by Korean filmmaker Jaehyun Jang.

Distinctions
Busan Asian Short Film Festival 2009

Synopsis

Maley has just arrived in Korea from India but he loses his bag and passport. He goes to the police station with a police officer and has dinner with him. His friend Dhela who asked him to come to Korea cannot be contacted, but he meets his collegue. Maley listens to the pessimistic views on the difficult economic situation in Korea and finally goes to sleep in his container.

SHORTS:

UNE VIE MERVEILLEUSE A PARIS by Sungmi Park
2007 - 10 min - France - French w/ English subtitles - color US Premiere?

Short Description
A wishful Korean singer dreams of success and love in Paris in this musical by Korean yuhakseng in France, Sungmi Park.

Distinctions AFI Fest 2008

Synopsis
A poor street singer in Paris who dreams of being
a big star, ends up with leaving Paris having gotten nothing. But his departure is interrupted by an encounter with a mysterious girl. He decides to find her and he tells his story to a radio program. He doesnʼt know that would totally change his life.

Directorʼs Bio
Sungmi grew up in Seoul. She lived in Paris from 2004-2008, mostly in her studies at 3IS (Institut International de l'Image et du Son). She graduated Yonsei University, Bachelor of Design Architecture in 2003. She directed a short film TURTLES in 2002. She won the first Prize in Yonsei Audiovisual Production Academy in 1999. Sungmi was also assistant director on the film NIGHT AND DAY directed by Hong Sang Soo.

Directorʼs Statement
A musical film that aims to brings great pleasure. That
ʼs what I dreamt about when I had the first concept, based on a piece of a short story of Charles, entitled “Miserable Life in Texas.” And I made this musical film beginning with a proper subject.

Imagination has a power and an envisioning creates an energy. Just like that dreaming sustains a dull life in reality. A chance doesnʼt pass by a constant dreamer, no matter how much the dream seems unreliable. This story tells how the universe conspire you to make a dream come true when you just let it be (put it down) and let you free of it. To all dreamers who really want realize their own (potential) magic.

L'ASILO DI BREA by Dae Hoon Kim
2009 - 13 min - New York/California - Russian & English w/ English subtitles - color World Premiere

Short Description
Half-related strangers share a sour destiny set against an apocalyptic Los Angeles by New Yorker Dae Hoon Kim.

Synopsis
Hwan is an aimless military recruit. Betsy is a dabbling erotic performer. They meet as casual strangers after their failed rendezvous as half-siblings at the La Brea Tar Pits. Betsy just didn't show up. Upon learning their true identities what will happen?

Directorʼs Bio
Dae-Hoon was born in Seoul, Korea and moved to America at age 3. An only child whose family moved around a lot, he spent much of his time building things and letting his imagination roam free. From an early age, he also remembers the frustration of constantly moving from city to city, without a solid home. His short film IT STRIKES TWICE, a dark comedy about a shady middle-aged man trying to convince a young man he
ʼs been paralyzed by a rogue lightning bolt, screened at the Pusan International Film Festival 2008, and the Busan Asian Short Film Festival 2009. His film RUNNING FROM THE DEVIL, an action drama about mischievous youth who pay a price, screened at Mise-en-Sceneʼs Short Film Festival 2008.

Directorʼs Statement
"L'Asilo di Brea" means Asylum of Tar (half-Italian, half-Spanish). I liked the idea of 'Asylum,' which has many meanings/connotations/identities, spanning from a place of safety, a refuge for political prisoners, or a place for the mentally insane - all of which I think are appropriate here. As far as the tar, I began to appreciate the tar in my visits to the La Brea Tar Pits. Within it are the fossils of prehistoric animals, who had many years ago, struggled in their evolutions as species. I think we as humans are struggling as well, I guess from the very beginning. Perhaps it is a constant struggle that will never end. Or perhaps it might end very soon. From a distance the black smelly tar may seem disgusting, but closer up, it can look very beautiful and even cosmic in more ways than you can imagine. The tar is a metaphor for memory, a memory beyond humans, held by the earth.

DUELERS by Min Oh
2007 - 1 min - Amsterdam? - English - color

Directorʼs Bio
A video maker/performer, grew up in Seoul, studied in New Haven, now lives in Amsterdam.

Directorʼs Statement
I am a hunter and a gatherer picking up little particles of everyday life. I find moments, where two contradictory qualities — sweet but disturbing, naive but violent, rational but personalized, rationalized but unreasonable— live together. I like highlighting the tension between them by letting them conflict, but at the same time keep the weird balance.

ONE NIGHT IN LA by Jon Maxwell

Short Description
An extreme short of play fighting by filmmaker Min Oh, living in Amsterdam.

Distinctions
Elisabeth Kopf International Jury Prize Ningbo International Design Biennial 2008; Distinctive Merit at 87th ADC Awards 2008

Synopsis
Short satirical film which combines traditional movie genres to call attention to our vulnerability to invisible higher powers.

2009 - 3 min - California - color NY Premiere?

Directorʼs Bio
Jon Maxwell is an adopted Korean American who grew up in Maine and was educated at Stonehill college outside Boston. He now lives Los Angeles where he writes and directs music videos and films.

LOVE IS WORTH IT by Sung-Min Yi
2009 - 10 min - New York - English - color World Premiere

Short Description
A spirited film about a night of love in Los Angeles by Korean-American filmmaker and adoptee from Maine, Jon Maxwell.

Distinctions

Synopsis
ONE NIGHT IN LA is an experimental mood piece about being young and in love
and the fleeting nature of dreams. A day in the life of a man who has become the face of a movement.

Director Bio: Sung-Min Yi is a filmmaker and journalist from Los Angeles, California. He currently resides in Brooklyn, NY.

Short Description
Korean American filmmaker Sung-Min Yi follows the daily life of outspoken gay rights activist and Iraq combat veteran Lt. Dan Choi.

Synopsis: 1st. Lt. Dan Choi, an Iraq combat veteran and Arabic linguist, came out of the closet on national television in March 2009. He was discharged a month later. Since then, he has become a prominent activist in the fight to overturn the military's Don't Ask Don't Tell policy. This short film documents

DELI by Hosik Kim
2009 - 5 min - New York - English - color International Premiere

Short Description
Thoughts of an ex-girlfriend confront a deli worker on a late night shift in this film by yuhakseng and Tisch undergrad, Hosik Kim.

Synopsis
Another boring late shift working at the deli, a worker thinks about good times with his ex- girlfriend.

Directorʼs Bio
Hosik was born in Daegu, Korea in 1984. When he was a kid, he wasn't allowed to
watch TV with an exception of 'The Weekend Classics', which featured latest hollywood flicks. Watching this once a week together with the whole family was one of the dearest memories from his childhood. In 1999, he came to the U.S. with a hope of becoming a hollywood director. After couple years in New Hampshire and Massachussetts, he moved to New York in 2004 to attend NYU film school. Always trying to keep myself busy, he was in and out of school a lot experimenting.

Directorʼs Statement
A classic 'boy meets girl' with a sour twist, Deli was an intermediate project and a learning experience. I like to see the characters in an awkward situation, and Deli is all about that. It would be a great pleasure if I could share this awkwardness with the audience.

THE TIN SOLDIER by Jennifer Suhr 2009 - 4 min - New York - silent - B&W Manhattan Premiere

Short Description
An old man takes interest in a woman
ʼs sadness at Coney Island by Korean American filmmaker and Tisch grad student, Jennifer Suhr.

Distinctions
Coney Island Film Festival 2009

Synopsis
A lonely man searches Coney Island looking
for treasure. When he spots a mysterious woman bury something in the sand, he will finally discover something that forces him to reconnect with the world around him.

Directorʼs Bio
Jennifer Suhr grew up in the suburbs of Illinois where she began her artistic career as a classically trained cellist. After high school, Jennifer forewent music school, heading to the East Coast where she attended Yale University and received her B.A., double majoring in American Studies and Ethnicity, Race, & Migration.

Since moving to New York City to pursue a career in filmmaking, Jennifer has worked at several reputable independent film companies, including Antidote Films and Jane Startz Productions, doing story development and marketing for numerous projects and independently as the Director of Development with Magadoo Pictures. She has also worked at Four Corners Media collaborating with the filmmakers Micah Garen and Marie-Helene Carleton on THE ROAD TO NASIRIYAH, a documentary on the looting of archaeological sites in Iraq, that is being produced by Wider Films.

Directorʼs Statement
Set at Coney Island, THE TIN SOLDIER was inspired by the summer I spent photographing the people and sights of this historic location. For me, the area gives off a magical feeling created by the generations of people, young and old, who have chosen to spend their summers here. It's a place full of memories and life, but also a site that has an uncertain future. Its age is beginning to show and plans for development threaten to erase much of the boardwalk attractions. This film tries to capture all of these realities, conveying a sense of community, magic, and melancholy, in a story about how one person
ʼs loss can bring another new life.

THE 8TH SAMURAI by Justin Ambrosino, edited by Soojin Chung 2009 - 28 min - California - Japanese w/ English subtitles - color Manhattan Premiere

Synopsis
Japan, 1953. A Japanese director is about to begin his next samurai epic. Nanshu lands a lead role as one of the eight samurai that will save a village from bandits. Then, 
the director changes his mind and there is only one thing Nanshu didnʼt prepare for - being fired.

Short Description
The 8th Samurai tries to regain a role in a film he
ʼs fired from in this wonderful throwback comedy by Justin Ambrosino and edited by Soojin Chung.

Distinctions
Best of Fest LA Shorts Fest, 
among many others.

Directorʼs Bio
Born in Brooklyn, NY, Justin
ʼs one-act plays THE PROCESS and THE BIRTH AND DEATH OF AN ARTIST have been staged in Manhattan and Staten Island, NY. He was a production assistant for numerous films including THE DEPARTED and THE PRODUCERS. He is also a published film journalist for Ioncinema.com. Justin graduated from the American Film Institute Conservatory where he received the prestigious Patricia Hitchcock OʼConnell Scholarship and completed The 8th Samurai as his thesis. Currently he is in pre-production of this first feature IT STARTED IN SEOUL, produced by the director the Korean film, Marrying the Mafia III. The film would be one of the first major Korean pictures directed by an American.

Editorʼs Bio
Soojin Chung has worked in film, broadcasting, and music videos in Korea since 2000. She was an On-Set Editor on 8 major feature films including Park Chan-Wook
ʼs SYMPATHY FOR LADY VENGEANCE. She received her Master in Fine Arts for Film Editing at the American Film Institute, where she edited three thesis projects: THE 8TH SAMURAI, LUCKY LOTUS, and HALF KENNETH which have gone on to win awards at various film festivals.

In 2008, Soojin was awarded the American Cinema Editor Eddie Award for Best Student Editor and was nominated for Best Editor at the Show Off Your Shorts Film Festival. Currently, Soojin is attached to edit the feature film It Started in Seoul.

A SCHOOL REP by Sang-Joon Park
2008 - 15 min - Korea - Korean w/ English subtitles - color International Premiere?

Short Description: The smartest and prettiest girl in school wonʼt accept failure in this drama by Korean filmmaker Sang- Joon Park.

Distinctions

Synopsis
Sun-ah is the most beautiful student with the highest grade in school. Everyone, including teachers and friends, knows that she will be the new student representative
at the upcoming school election. One day, her teacher gives a surprise examination. Sun-ah could not solve a question and demolishes her pride.

Directorʼs Bio

Born in 1967, Park Sang-joon graduated from yonsei University, Department of Philosophy.

FAMILYSHIP by Hye-Ryeom Yoon
2009 - 4 min - Korea - Korean w/ English subtitles, color International Premiere

Short Description
Family members direct blame at each other in a Mexican showdown in this short film by Korean filmmaker Hye-Ryeom Yoon.

Distinctions
Seoul Extreme-Short Image & Film Festival 2009

Synopsis
A kid full of fear. A gun aimed to the head of the kid. The gun held by his mother. The tension between him and her. She is about to trigger the gun.

Directorʼs Bio
Hye Ryeom was born in 1984 in Incheon, S.Korea. She graduated in Film Studies at Sunggyeol University in 2008 and is currently studying Direction in the Department of Film & Digital Media at Dongguk University. She has directed many films A KILLER AND A GIRL (2005), CRAYON (2006), MAKE IT BETTER (2007) and MATRIX COMPANY (2008) previous to FAMILYSHIP (2009). Her films have been widely recognised through various film festivals including New Filmmaker Prize at Asiana Short Film Festival in 2006 and Jury
ʼs Prize at Pusan Digital Contents Universiad in 2008.

Hye-Ryeom also has a cameo in “A Cup of Coffee.”

Directorʼs Statement
ʻFamilyʼ can be extremely cruel if it just has the system so-called ʻfamilyʼ, without any close relationship.

MEET PARENTS by Jun-Ho Yang
2008 - 16 min - Korea - Korean w/ English subtitles - color International Premiere

Short Description
The awkwardness of meeting the parents brought to comic life by Korean filmmaker Jun- Ho Yang.

Distinctions
Comedy Prize of
ʻImagination of Genresʼ at 8th Mise-en-Scene Short Film Festival 2009, DaeJong Film Awards 2009 Encouraging Award.

Synopsis
Joon Kyu and Young Eun plans to get married. Nothing goes according to the plan on the day when both parents meet.

Directorʼs Bio
Jun-Ho was born in 1981 in Dae-Jeon, S.Korea. He has just graduated in Film Studies at Joong-Ang University last year. MEET PARENTS is only his second film after BETTING (2005), but he has worked on many major Korean film productions such as MARRYING THE MAFIA III (2006) and BEASTY BOYS (2008). MEET PARENTS has previously won Comedy Prize of
ʻImagination of Genresʼ at 8th Mise-en-Scene Short Film Festival.

Directorʼs Statement
I wanted to place Korea
ʼs important formal introduction of the bride and the bridegroomʼs family (Sang-Gyun-Rye) in a comic situation.