Writer/director Nelson Kim here:
SOMEONE ELSE is my first feature film. Making it has been one of the great adventures of my life. I got to collaborate with an incredible group of people who inspired me with their talent and dedication. And I’m happy with how it turned out—love it or hate it (obviously I hope for the former), it’s a distinctive, original, and highly personal piece of work.
Finally, we get to share it with the world. We’re thrilled to be having our world premiere at the Miami International Film Festival on March 13!
Following the launch of the film, we want to bring SOMEONE ELSE to U.S. theaters as soon as possible, either by partnering with a distributor or releasing it ourselves. Then, after the movie’s theatrical run ends, we’ll release it on DVD and on Video On Demand platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, and more.
But to do all this, we need your help. Your contributions will go toward festival travel and expenses, publicity and marketing, sales and distribution expenses, legal fees, and more. In today’s independent-film world, getting the movie made is only half the struggle. The other half is getting it out into the world, and all the money we raise here, minus the fees charged by Kickstarter, will be devoted to doing just that!
ABOUT THE FILM
SOMEONE ELSE is a surreal drama about the clash of wills between two Korean American cousins and the woman who comes between them.
Jamie (Aaron Yoo), a shy young law student hungry for a more vivid, risk-taking existence, visits his wealthy playboy cousin Will (Leonardo Nam) in New York City. Jamie has always looked up to Will for following his personal pursuit of pleasure in a way that Jamie's own cautious, reserved nature has never dared.
In his quest to emulate Will, Jamie sheds his old identity and gets involved with a mysteriously alluring girl named Kat (Jackie Chung). But in a series of surprising twists, Jamie’s adventure spirals out of control, and his dream of self-transformation becomes a nightmare that threatens to destroy him.
SOMEONE ELSE begins as a straightforward drama and ends as something quite different, taking the audience on a wild, unsettling ride in which nothing is as it first appears. It’s a journey into dark places, lit up along the way by laughter, sex, thriller-worthy surprises, and a compelling central mystery that will leave viewers discussing and debating it long after the movie ends.
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ABOUT THE TEAM
NELSON KIM (Writer/Director)
Nelson Kim received his MFA in Film from Columbia University. His short films have screened at Urbanworld, Anthology Film Archives, Palm Springs Shortfest, Asia Society, CAAMFest, and the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival. He writes articles and reviews for Hammer To Nail, Senses of Cinema, and other websites, and teaches film as an adjunct professor at Columbia and Fordham. SOMEONE ELSE is Nelson’s first feature film. He lives in Brooklyn.
GEOFFREY QUAN (Producer)
Geoffrey Quan’s credits include producer on Damon Maulucci and Keir Politz’s DETONATOR (Cinequest 2013, Philadelphia 2013, Indie Memphis 2013), line producer on Gillian Robespierre’s OBVIOUS CHILD (Sundance 2014, New Directors New Films 2014), and unit production manager on Noah Buschel’s GLASS CHIN (Tribeca 2014), Chris Messina’s ALEX OF VENICE (Tribeca 2014), and Helen Hunt’s RIDE (in post-production). Short films Geoff produced have been nominated for two Student Academy Awards and have screened internationally at over 50 festivals.
BRANDON HARRIS (Producer)
Brandon Harris is a Contributing Editor for Filmmaker magazine. His writing has appeared in Hammer To Nail, n+1, the New Yorker online, and the Daily Beast. REDLEGS, his debut feature film as a writer/director, played in several cities nationwide and was a New York Times Critics’ Pick. A proud son of Cincinnati, Brandon lives in Brooklyn and teaches film at SUNY Purchase.
AARON YOO (“Jamie”)
Since his star-making turn in the 2007 hit movie DISTURBIA, Aaron has surprised and delighted audiences in Hollywood and independent films alike, including ROCKET SCIENCE, 21 opposite Kevin Spacey, THE WACKNESS, the cult favorite NICK AND NORAH’S INFINITE PLAYLIST, and the FRIDAY THE 13th reboot. He was a series regular on The CW’s THE TOMORROW PEOPLE.
LEONARDO NAM (“Will”)
Born in Argentina and raised in Sydney, Australia, Leo began his career studying in Sydney, before moving to New York. While in New York, he worked with the New York Public Theater/Shakespeare in the Park company and Sigourney Weaver and Jim Simpson's The Bat Theater Company. His breakout role came in the Paramount comedy THE PERFECT SCORE directed by Brian Robbins and starring Scarlett Johansson, Chris Evans, and Erika Christensen. Since then he has gone on to star in a string of movies, namely THE SISTERHOOD OF THE TRAVELING PANTS 1 and 2, THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS: TOKYO DRIFT, VANTAGE POINT, HE’S JUST NOT THAT INTO YOU, ONE FOR THE MONEY, and most recently, the Sam Raimi-produced MURDER OF A CAT. He’s recurred on the Amazon series BETAS and can soon be seen recurring on J.J. Abrams’s HBO series, WESTWORLD.
JACKIE CHUNG (“Kat”)
Jackie is making her feature film debut in SOMEONE ELSE. Her short film credits include GOING LOCAL, INS AND OUTS, and THE DESPERATE. As a theater artist, she has worked nationally with Center Theatre Group at the Kirk Douglas Theatre, South Coast Repertory, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Long Wharf Theater, The Public Theater, Ma-Yi Theater Company, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Ojai Playwrights Conference, and the Sundance Theatre Lab, among others. Upcoming TV: DEADBEAT on Hulu.
STEPHEN PARK (“Will’s Dad”)
Steve began his career as a stand-up comedian and was a series regular on IN LIVING COLOR in 1991-1992. He contributed indelible performances to Spike Lee’s DO THE RIGHT THING, as Sonny the Korean grocer, and to two Coen brothers films, as Mike Yanagita in FARGO and Clive’s father in A SERIOUS MAN. His many other film and TV credits include FALLING DOWN, MAD ABOUT YOU, ROCKET SCIENCE (with Aaron Yoo), STATE OF PLAY, ELEMENTARY, SNOWPIERCER, WEDDING PALACE, and THE MINDY PROJECT.
LOUIS OZAWA CHANGCHIEN (“Harry”)
Louis is best known for his portrayal of the characters Hanzo in PREDATORS opposite Adrien Brody and Laurence Fishburne, and the super villain LARX-03 in THE BOURNE LEGACY opposite Jeremy Renner and Rachel Weisz. His other film credits include ROBOT STORIES, FAIR GAME, THE SISTERHOOD OF NIGHT, and the forthcoming sci-fi thriller SPECTRAL. Louis’s TV work includes recurring roles on TRUE BLOOD and MATADOR and memorable guest appearances on LAW & ORDER, BLUE BLOODS, AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D., HAWAII FIVE-O, and the Hulu series DEADBEAT. Theater credits include YEAR ZERO, WARRIOR CLASS, THE TUTORS (all at Second Stage), THE DUMBWAITER (NAATCO), and HAMLET (Trinity Rep). Louis earned a Masters of Fine Arts in Acting from Brown University.
Photos of Aaron, Leo, and Jackie by Dea Vellengur
Photo of Nelson by Frank Wang
Thanks to Nelson Walker and Juan Ley for their help making the video!
Risks and challenges
Making independent films has never been easy. But we’re lucky to be making them at a time when crowdfunding allows smaller films like ours to be partly supported by people like you.
We’re offering several different backer-reward packages, listed at right. Some of the rewards won’t be available until after the film has been released on DVD and VOD, so please be patient, and rest assured that we will honor all our backer rewards!
If we don’t meet our funding goal before the deadline we’ve set, your credit card will NOT be charged—it’s all or nothing. This is a policy Kickstarter put into place to guarantee backers that the projects they support will be fully funded. In other words, we won’t attempt to release the movie with less money than we need to do it properly. And it will also (we hope) motivate backers to spread the word to help us reach our goal!
While $25,000 is our goal, we certainly hope to exceed that—and just to be clear, every dollar we raise beyond our goal will also go toward getting the film seen. And if you decide to increase your initial pledge, you can upgrade to a higher backer-reward package.
So give what you can, tell your friends, and keep an eye out for the finished film, coming your way soon!
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