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NYU Graduate Thesis Film
NYU Graduate Thesis Film
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SYNOPSIS

Soon-Jung Kim (60's) goes for a routine check up at her doctor's office, but accidentally ends up in the ER. Mimi (30's), her daughter, hears the news and rushes to the hospital thinking that there was a misunderstanding due to Soon-Jung's difficulty with English. Upon arrival, Mimi finds out there is a real cause for concern, but they are both not ready to accept the news.

DIRECTOR'S STATEMENT

To outgrow your parents is part of a life cycle.

You first realize that they are not invincible. Then you realize they are flawed human beings just like any others. Then eventually you become the caregiver and the role reversal is complete.

Each of these stages is heartbreaking.

I am in my 30's and the health of parents have become one of the biggest concerns for me and my friends in the recent years. This is why I want to tell this story, to capture this moment with love and humor.

I remember being small enough to fit in my mom's lap. I would look up at her smiling face as she gently patted my back and my whole view was engulfed in her embrace. Now it is hard to believe that moment ever happened. I hope to convey the shifting dynamics between parent and child and how we learn to cope and react to it. It's about us growing up and our parents growing old.

(We now actually wear the exact same sized shoes.)
(We now actually wear the exact same sized shoes.)

CREATIVE TEAM

Hye Mee Na, Writer/Director

Writer/Director/Editor Hye Mee Na immigrated with her family to the United States from South Korea when she was fifteen. Her initial struggles with language barriers placed her in math and science classes, leading her down the path to studying behavioral biology and neuroscience in college. For seven years, she worked in a renowned Parkinson’s Disease Research lab where she shaved tiny rodent brains into thinner than paper slices on a glorified meat slicer. She also became an expert at bargaining for microscope parts. In 2008, she left the world of microscopic imaging and enrolled at New York University’s prestigious MFA Film program in order to pursue her lifelong dream of filmmaking. 

Within four years of switching her career, she received the Tisch School of the Arts Departmental Fellowship, became an adjunct instructor for editing workshop, and edited Spike Lee’s feature film Red Hook Summer which premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. She now works in New York City where she is currently editing Spike Lee's next feature length documentary about Brazil. Evident in both her background in neuroscience and her passion for filmmaking is her fascination with human behavior that strays from the perceived "norm." She is also deeply interested in exploring the factors that influence the formation of one’s identity and the perception of the “other” in her films. Her ultimate goal as a filmmaker is to make the audience laugh and cry at the same time.

http://www.hyemeesphere.com

Clare Sackler, Producer

Clare Sackler is a director, writer, and producer currently based in NYC. After graduating from Duke University with a degree in Philosophy and Film, Clare spent several years in Los Angeles working for a number of award-winning producers and directors. She then returned to film school at NYU to refocus her energies on creating her own films. Her short films have screened at festivals around the world, including Aspen ShortsFest and Cleveland International Film Festival. She is a member of the National Board of Review and is currently completing her MFA in Filmmaking at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts where she is developing her first feature as her thesis.

Reinaldo Marcus Green, Producer

Producer Reinaldo Marcus Green's 'Stone Cars' premiered as part of the Cinéfondation selection in the Festival de Cannes in May of 2014. His films have premiered at prestigious film festivals around the globe from Sundance to the Festival de Cannes and have garnered distribution and been televised by popular networks such as BET and HBO. As a current graduate student in the NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Reinaldo has worked as an assistant to directors Kasi Lemmons and Todd Solondz and has earned some of the highest awards in the NYU Tisch graduate film program including, most recently, the 2014 Media Services Producing Award.

Federico Cesca, Director of Photography

Federico Cesca studied music, architecture and aesthetics before working in film. Between 2010 and 2013 he attended NYU’s Grad Film Program where he photographed over 20 short films in the US, Europe, Africa and South America. His work has been screened in various film festivals, including the NYFF, the Venice Biennale, Cannes and the Berlinale. He was the recipient of the 2014 ARRI-CSC Volker Bahnemann Award for Cinematography. He has recently wrapped his first feature film as a director of photography.

http://cargocollective.com/federicocesca/Director-of-Photography-1

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The biggest and the most costly challenge we currently face is the hospital location that will allow film shoots. And that is why this project will not be possible without the funds we are raising with the Kickstarter.
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