Los Angeles, 1999
Directed by Paul Lee
Two brothers, Min-Jae and Min-Ho, decide to call their parents on New Year’s Eve, 1999. Min-Ho refuses to talk to his parents, and Min-Jae tries to investigate why. It turns out Min-Ho misses home. Meanwhile, Q and Ash walk around the streets. Ash clearly has something to say, but refuses to tell Q. At a corner store, the two brothers and the two friends cross paths. Ash calls them “chinks”. Min-Jae buys a disposable camera. On the way back from the store, Min-Jae advises Min-Ho to be careful at night, as he thinks there are “dangerous Blacks” roaming around. Ash finally confesses to Q that he wants to leave Los Angeles with him. Min-Jae and Min-Ho have a spontaneous photo-shoot. Min-Ho is reluctant, but Min-Jae insists. At the end of the night, the fireworks go off, and whatever problems they may have at the moment are put aside.
Born in Malaysia to Korean parents, Paul spent his childhood in Malaysia and South Korea. In the 5th grade, his family immigrated to Princeton, New Jersey where he attended high school and found an affection for drums and golf. Now Paul lives in Los Angeles and attends the University of Southern California where he is learning the hardships of finding his self-identity and cooking meals.
Producer: Paul Lee
Director: Paul Lee
Writer: Paul Lee
Sound: Max Retik
Visual Effects: Yimin Zhang
Cast: Scott Jung, Alex Kim, Twon Pope, Rob Carpenter
Shorts Programs / 92 minsWe’ll be just fine, pretending we’re not, we’re far from lonely, and it’s all that we’ve got. Whether in the city, or the suburbs, these stories behind and front of the camera showcases families in their elements; antagonizing, struggling, overcoming, supporting, and loving. — Kirby Peñafiel