Worldwide Korean Connection

Saturday 10/14 5:00PM at Wythe Hotel Cinema

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These short films focus on the Korean diaspora with an array of different stories.  A few films focuses on mental health & domestic abuse which we seek to discuss and explore after the screening.

 

I'm Here, Too (USA, 5"00')

dir. Eunsoo Jeong

Short stopmotion animation reflecting personal story of growing up with abusive household where mental condition was remained as secret.

Eunsoo Jeong is a local artist living in Koreatown, Los Angeles. Born in SouthKorea, she immigrated to San Francisco in 2001 at age 13. After receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the Animation/Illustration program at San Jose State University, she headed down to Los Angeles to pursue her career in the animation industry.  She now focuses on artworks that represent herself and the issues that speak to her personally. She works in a multivisual format including: illustration, sculpture, and short animation. You can easily spot her in local cafes, bookstores, and on the LAMetro with her sketchbook and her bike. She welcomes connections on IG: @madeinkorea1988, @koreangry

 

Mom (USA, 8")

dir. Mingi Kim

Sinhae Kim is about to give birth to her first child, Jeremy. She is fearful of this first delivery.  Meanwhile, her mother, Doosun Kim, comforts her and demonstrates the meaning of “motherhood.” Jeremy is about to see the world for the first time as his grandmother and mother find meaning together in his birth.

 

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Mingi Kim was born in South Korea. He was inspired to become a documentary filmmaker after watching the Korean documentary called Eight Blessings . He came to New York City to attend School of Visual Art in MFA Social Documentary program. He graduated in 2017 and currently work in New York City as a freelance editor and director. He is now working on a short documentary called Trip Home.

 

Fractured (USA, 13"51')

dir. Arnold Chun

The Park Family are immigrants in pursuit of the American Dream. They never expected a member of their family would suffer from a mental healthissue. Inspired by a True Event, this film depicts a family dealing with the consequences of untreated mental health illness.

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Arnold Chun is a Los Angeles native striving to make great films that challenge the notions of the "Model Minority". Prior to the arts, Arnold worked as a English Teacher in Japan (1999), then to Corporate America (2000-2003) in the Mechanical Engineering Industry. He holds a Bachelor of Arts for European/East Asian History from UC Irvine (1998). Between starting a new career in pharmaceuticals, Arnold was asked by a friend to help a producer with his independent film production for Maverick. This was the first time Arnold met Film Star - Sung Kang. This job as a production assistant (late 2003), drew him away from starting that new contract and lead him to a whole new world. Studying various aspects of the craft both business and spiritual, led Arnold to gain substantive amounts of experience and understanding, Ultimately he found a passion for storytelling and this inspired Arnold Chun to direct his first award winning short film "Eli's Liquor Store" in 2007. Then his first feature opportunity came in 2008. Since then He has directed 4 other shorts and continues to develop unique stories about family, life, and Legacy. Arnold is also an accomplished Actor, having appeared in Global Commercials, Network Television, Feature Films, and the Emmy Winning, "The Man In The High Castle" for Amazon. He appears as the character - KOTOMICHI

 

Angeltown (USA, 20"30')

dir. Nancy Liu

Angeltown is about the search for love and for our place in the world. The circumstances of Lola's life led her to think that she was unlovable. So she decided to become Marilyn, because “everybody loves Marilyn.” But what Lola really wants - and what we all want - is to be loved for who we are. Lola’s journey represents that. It’s about forgiveness and self-acceptance – a journey back to herself.

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Nancy Liu is a writer-director who was born in Taiwan and grew up in San Francisco. She recently graduated from Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts with an MFA in Film Production. She also holds a BA in English from the University of California, Berkeley and a JD from Boston University School of Law. She has written and directed several short films, including a short produced in Taiwan with Taipei National University of the Arts. She practiced as an attorney in Massachusetts and California before pursuing filmmaking.

 

Tetsu Kono's Crazy Routine (Korea, 16"30') 

dir. Sébastien Simon & Forest Ian Etsler

Since 2005, Tetsu Kono, a middleaged Japanese man, has come from Tokyo to South Korea on a montly basis in order to attend an average of twenty Korean film festivals annually, while revealing very little to others about himself and about his marginal existence in Japan.

 

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Born in 1982 in Indiana, US, Forest Ian Etsler first came to South Korea in 2005 as a Fulbright Grantee. After several years of teaching English and studying the Korean language, he has turned his focus to film. In August 2016, Forest got an MFA in film directing at Dongguk University in Seoul as part of the Korean Government Scholarship Program and subsequently produced video contents for the documentary serie Kphile which was broadcasted on Arirang TV. He also works as director of EastAsia programming for the Middle Coast Film Festival in Bloomington, Indiana (USA).

Born in 1983 in Alsace, France, Sébastien Simon is a graduate from the E.S.E.C film school and from Université Paris 1 – Panthéon Sorbonne. He first worked as a film editor in Paris, then as a nomadic director since 2011. He is also a collaborator for several festivals in South Korea (Busan International Short Film Festival, Jeju French Film Festival, Seoul International ExtremeShort Film Festival) and in France (Rencontres Cinématographiques de Cavaillon).

 

 

Fault (USA, 10"17')

dir. Daniel Lee

Estranged siblings Sasha and Lucas Kim attend a tennis tournament where they unintentionally incur the wrath of one of the players. When they try to file a complaint with a tournament official, tension erupts between the two, prompting Lucas to seek retaliation on his own. He tracks down the offending tennis player, but proves to be wholly unprepared for the showdown that follows.

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Daniel Lee is a writer, director, and actor originally from Baltimore, Maryland. He was a Screenwriting Fellow for Film Independent’s Project Involve and a founding member of San Francisco’s theater and film company Killing My Lobster. His short films Sunday Afternoon , Las Ramblas, and Alice have screened in festivals across the world. He recently created and starred in the 13part web series Ask A Celebrity Anything . Daniel graduated from Brown University, and is trying to eat less sugar.

 

Family (Korea, 22"34')

dir. Seung Hyun Chong

78 years old Kim lives alone in the outskirts of Seoul, his only support and companion is his son, a TV technician with a dysfunctional family. A sudden change in Kims somewhat grumpy life, an offer to see his long lost brother again, impacts both his take on life as well his relationship with his son.  Family stars Jung-bum Park (The Journals of Musan, Alive) and Jin Jung portrays the father. 

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Seung Hyun Chong was born in Aachen, Germany on January 4th, 1975. His parents had moved there from South Korea in the seventies. In 1999, Seung Hyun graduated from the German Sport University in Cologne. He studied acting and film making at the Dongguk University in South Korea. In 2005 he passed teacher's professional degree in theology and sports. During his activity as a teacher at schools both in Düsseldorf and in Seoul he made a number of short movies, such as "Get Up", "Family" and "Euna". He currently works at the German School in Seoul and is preparing his first feature movie.