Directed by Joel Knoernschild, Chris McPherson, Jessica Sanders
Producer Katie Malia in attendance!
ALMOST ASIAN is a short-scripted comedic series that explores the half-Asian and biracial identity. Each episode polaroids a woman’s personal and professional struggles as she awkwardly attempts to maneuver through life in Los Angeles as a half-Asian mix. From stereotypes to expectations, to identity and acceptance, ALMOST ASIAN not only wants to create an open forum and dialogue for other millennial “halfers” but also celebrate their success and strife with a wink. The writing is unapologetic, and the voice, brash. Creator, Katie Malia, half-sheds the quiet and submissive Japanese female stereotype and elbows her way to a seat at society’s set table. ALMOST ASIAN is Half-Japanese. Half-German. 100% CONFUSED.
Joel Knoernschild is an Emmy award winning film, TV, music video, and commercial director. His short film, VARMINT, won at the New Orleans Film Festival and Dances With Films.
Chris McPherson is an L.A. based photographer and commercial director, whose work can be seen in Esquire, New York Times Magazine, and Vanity Fair.
Jessica Sanders is an Oscar-nominated, Sundance and Cannes-winning filmmaker of scripted documentary features, short films, and commercials.
Executive Producer: Katie Malia
Producers: Joel Knoernschild, Sunanda Sachatrakul
Directors: Chris McPherson, Jessica Sanders, Joel Knoernschild
Writer: Katie Malia
Cinematographers: Chris Schieffelin, Barry O'Donnell, Daniel Herman, Joel Knoernschild
Sound: Jean-Paul Robelot
Editors: Barry O'Donnell, Kyle Kogan, Joel Knoernschild
Cast: Katie Malia, Horatio Sanz, Cary Y. Mizobe, Scott Yamamura, Blair Beeken, Andi Hester, Sunanda Sachatrakul, Amani Starnes, Marie Sophon, Rebecca Ocampo, Sophia Sutkovic, Hana de Vitton
Shorts Programs, Transmedia / 81 minsWe stopped, looked, blinked, and couldn’t believe what we saw: a whole new generation of aspiring APA feature filmmakers who have found a creative outlet through episodic storytelling. Is this a short-cut for feature filmmaking? Or have our artists found a new, unexploited means of telling complete stories? This showcase will include a post-screening conversation with many of the creators behind these inventive new works. — Abraham Ferrer