Most New Yorkers rely on the Subway to take them to work, to school, to outings with friends, to the airport; for better or worst we take the Subway everywhere. In case you have never had the peculiar experience of riding on a New York City Subway train. It is perhaps, as public as it gets when it comes to public transport. It is common to see fellow commuters laughing, crying and dancing. More often than not, we are exposed to strangers during very intimate moments of their lives. Commuters have witnessed couples fall in love, others break up, a working professional get a huge raise or a student get bullied. We’ve seen it all. We are an audience held captive for that period of time and we have the freedom to ignore, to react, to be entertained and even… to console.
The concept of Love Express [達·愛] came to me during one of my many subway rides on the 7 train when I was feeling nostalgic for love.
The film is told by a young man who comes across a mysterious woman on the 7 train. He takes it upon himself to console her. This brief encounter leads him on an emotional journey, which sparks the question...Could you ever fall in love on a train?
The film is nearly complete. We have launched this Kickstarter campaign in an effort to raise funds to pay our colorist, composer and sound mixer, all specialized in their fields that are cost prohibitive within our budget. In addition, your pledges will help cover festival submission fees, press kits and the actors’ wages. Our actors & crew believed in the story so much that they worked without pay numerous nights from dusk till dawn. For being so generous with their time and effort, we would love to compensate them for their services.
Love Express was written in 2010 before production began from April 2013 - November 2013. I have put every dollar I could spare of my own to get the film where it is at, but now is where we need your support.
Tim Liu is a New Jersey native and Rutgers University Graduate. He has performed in several shorts as well as feature films and on stage off-off broadway and locally in NJ. Tim was awarded in the Best Actor category by the Asian American Film Lab’s 9th Annual 72 Hour Shootout competition for the film, Out of Bodies, Happy. And he sings too!
Margaret Ying Drake studied theatre at Skidmore College. She has worked in film, theatre, commercials, and voiceovers; including leading roles in Fall and Let's Be Out: The Sun is Shining which have been well-received in festivals around the world, and most recently recording an animated pilot for Nickelodeon.
Patrick Chen (Chen Xi Hao) - Writer/Director/Producer/Cinematographer
Jerry Villaneuva - Assistant Director/Editor
Janice Chung - Camera Assistant/Photographer
Artem Kulakov - Sound Engineer
Mike Kelly - Music Composer
Shannon Ko - Script Supervisor
William Ng - Key Production Assistant
Donald Chenh - Production Assistant
Christopher Chin Fong - Production Assistant
"So many friends and associates have helped get me this far. As I continue with post-production process, any amount of support is truly appreciated!"- Patrick Chen
Director, LOVE EXPRESS
Risks and challenges
My team and I are dedicated to this project and believe in its potential. YouTube and Vimeo are great platforms; however, a successful festival run will give Love Express additional opportunities for exposure and benefits. With the money pledged by you through Kickstarter, Love Express can enter into domestic & international festival circuits which will make all the difference to its cast and crew. All and any donations, however small will be appreciated and help to push our project forward.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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