JORY is a story about a young Asian American teenager who struggles to find a home between his love for dance and his relentless, immigrant parents who want what's "best for him."
The film is inspired by the hardships of first-generation Asian Americans who grow up with "tiger parents" and are constantly told to meet extremely high expectations, whether that means sacrificing sleep, extracurricular activities, or mental health.
This short film will explore the perspectives of both first-generation Asian Americans and their immigrant parents and what it means to be a good parent or a good immigrant son/daughter or none of those.
We're asking for your support to help us reach our financial goal of $3000. Our financial goal is with good reason as it will cover the cost of:
- Production Design
- Food to feed our determined cast and crew!
Even the smallest donations will help us reach success in our ambitious project, so please consider pledging!
Caleb Jo - Executive Producer
Caleb is a 20-year old student studying Business Administration at De Anza College. Growing up in Silicon Valley, it was frowned upon by peers, family relatives, and Asian family friends to pursue dancing, acting, and filmmaking, which is Caleb's current passion. He has been told by an individual that he should not pursue acting because "I'm not tall, not good-looking, not talented and I don't have enough to offer." This pushed Caleb to prove this individual wrong. However, he soon realized he wasn't pursuing this career to prove a point, but to instead pursue a heartfelt passion to create and tell his stories. Caleb has released multiple films, acted in shorts, collaborated with talented creators, and gained respect from older peers. He is passionately involved in his community as he has spoken about his Asian American identity and passion for the arts while sharing the same stage as Senator Ro Khanna. Caleb will continue pursuing his passion for the arts and bring representation to the Asian American community.
Carl Molina - Director
Carl is a recent graduate from Loyola Marymount University, having graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Screenwriting from the School of Film & Television. He has worked on dozens of student film sets, a few music videos, and a couple of his own projects.
Fun fact: Carl wanted to become a doctor all his life until he made a short film in highschool and fell in love with the entire process. You can say that changed his life forever. At least his parents think so.
Emily Lew - Producer
An aspiring filmmaker and designer, Emily is currently studying design and film at De Anza. She has always had a love for the arts from a variety of studio medium to design, photography, and film. While her family was supportive, there were still overwhelming social and cultural "norms" that pushed her away from considering pursuing her passion in the arts. However, as she began working with nonprofits and creating short films, she discovered power art and design had within itself. Through film, Emily seeks to create compelling stories and bring light to issues that are often overlooked.
Working on multiple short films has allowed Emily to connect with a passionate, driven, and inspiring community--including the team of Carl and Caleb--whom she is now working closely with on JORY.
Masora Fukura - Producer
Born and raised in Japan, Masora attended Homestead highschool and is currently a film major student at De Anza College in California. Her passions are in music, dance, and film through making content like dance videos on YouTube, Drum Corps International Tour videos as a social media intern, and films with messages to the world.
Thank you for your support!
Risks and challenges
We believe we have a unique opportunity to tell a compelling story that hasn't been seen or addressed as much in mainstream media, especially stories of Asian Americans. Because of this, we will face many challenges, including how to depict our story as best we can within the financial constraints of our budget. Please, please, please consider pledging and supporting our project! We'll keep you updated as our campaign moves forward!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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