About this project
WHAT'S "HELENA'S FLUSHING" ABOUT?
Check out our first video trailer HERE.
Check out our second video trailer HERE.
HELENA is an angry Korean-American girl who screams a lot. She's also a screenwriter who hails from Flushing, and gets into tiffs and shouting matches with her classmates, teammates, best friends, homeless people and most often with MAX, a Korean foreign exchange student. This movie is about her.
When Max critiques Helena's script in class, she takes his critique to heart. Her defensiveness escalates into a fight, but Max, for the most part, tries what he can to remain calm.
Helena and Max meet again at Kissena Park where a large artist community's relay race, arranged by Helena's best friend Kelly, takes place. When Helena's team comes through as the victorious team, she carries her gloating overboard and harasses Max. Max, at this point, unable to take on her abuse any further, assaults her openly. When Helena screams and throw punches, the other racers look. Helena, stigmatized at this point as an irrationally angry girl whose unable to control her emotions, is shunned by the group.
She later gives one more shot at redeeming herself by arriving at the group's dinner outing, but there, she once again, lets her angry, opinionated remarks take her to an absolute rockbottom situation among her friends and peers.
Nobody speaks to Helena, as she excuses herself from the table and stands up to leave. The only person who chases her out is Max, and from there on out, the two begin to share a repressed feeling for each other.
Shot on a Sony F3 by talented Director of Photography Josef Orlandi, with an incredibly colorful visual realization of our Director Dae Hoon Kim and Production Designer Sanna Choe Lund, this film will offer you a new way of seeing Flushing, New York, that gets its first ever on screen opportunity, and bring an insight into the anger, confusion and repressed emotion of our young and struggling Korean-American woman, Helena. The film offers new meaning and perspective on how to think about culture and identity politics, as well as the opinions of our diverse, urban contemporary artists who also like to race.
Written and Directed by DAE HOON KIM
Produced by GRACE JUNG
Starring GRACE KIM, JAKE JEON and ADRIAN MARTINEZ (HBO's "Flight of the Conchords," Casa de mi Padre, It's Kind of a Funny Story).
DIRECTOR'S STATEMENT about WHERE THE FUNDING WILL GO
To reach our goal of $10,000, we need:
1,000 friends donating $10,
400 friends donating $25, or
200 friends donating $50.
$10 will feed a cast/crew one meal.
$25 will feed a cast/crew for 2 days.
$50 will feed a cast/crew for 4 days.
$75 will feed a cast/crew for the whole shoot.
$125 will pay for one day's wages for our support crew.
$250 will pay for two day's wages for our key crew.
$500 will cover one day's fees for a location.
$1,000 will cover cost of the set (with art and fees) for Helena's apartment.
$2,000 will pay for our camera OR our grip/lighting/truck package.
My new film, "Helena's Flushing," tells the story of a confrontational romance between a firey girl from Flushing and an unintentionally chauvinistic student from Korea. Both are aspiring artists. The film is a surrealist comedy that follows these fresh characters and showcases an undiscovered Flushing, Queens.
Not only me, but you will be supporting a diverse cast of 30 aspiring actors (including 15 Korean American) who have speaking roles. As director, I like to believe the shooting of this film is an significant film moment in NYC today.
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WHO'S MAKING "HELENA'S FLUSHING"?
WRITER/DIRECTOR: Dae Hoon Kim is a New York filmmaker who has written and directed multiple short films, including “It Strikes Twice,” which was screened at the Busan International Film Festival in 2008. That same year, his thesis film, “L’asilo di Brea,” was screened at the Mise en Scene film festival. Kim’s feature film, Brothers—a guerilla style,urban-stoner comedy—held a New York Underground Screening at Bennett Media Studios in 2011. His feature film Noots is currently in preproduction, and the script is currently under review by the Tribeca Film Institute’s All Access grant. Kim has an MFA in filmmaking from the Tisch School of Arts at NYU. Kim is also the founder and President of the Korean American Film Festival New York, celebrating its 6th year in 2012, and the only festival of its kind in North America.
PRODUCER: Grace Jung is a writer and producer whose award-winning short story, "Billo," was adapted into an animated film of the same title, and screened at the First Run Film Festival in 2009. "Billo," directed and animated by Catherine Min, was awarded the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures Student Grant Award that same year. Jung has collaborated on three short films with Dae Hoon Kim, two of which she has produced. She's also helped produce two features in 2010. She is currently writing a feature film, and assisting in Dae Hoon Kim's development of his feature film. Jung has a degree in literature and philosophy from Pace University, and is a Fulbright scholar (2009-2010).
COPRODUCER: Joonhan Lee is a New York/Korea based filmmaker with a background in fine art photography. He is the producer of The Strange Ones, which has gone to feature in many film festivals worldwide including Sundance, SXSW, Clermont-Ferrand. He is also the winner of the FOCUS FEATURES Best Film Award at 2011 Columbia University Film Festival. He has worked in the TV commercial/music video industry and presently he is writing/developing a feature-length romantic drama set in New York City.
UNIT PRODUCTION MANAGER: Gary Scott was born in New York. He attended high school in Hollywood and Florida, and attended City College in New York for his undergraduate degree. His first set experience was for “Mr. Nanny” (shot in South Florida) starring Hulk Hogan. Scott has worked on more than 30 film and TV sets since 1991 in all capacities including production assistant, grip, prop assistant, s/fx assistant, location scout, location assistant, location manager, unit production manager, assistant director, director, producer and talent. Some of the more notable films and TV shows include, A Price Above Rubies (Boaz Yakim), Bullets Over Broadway (Woody Allen), Gloria (Sidney Lumet), Men In Black (Barry Sonnenfeld),Sleepers (Barry Levinson), The Mirror Has Two Faces (Barbara Streisand), “Law and Order,” “Oz,” and “New York Undercover.” Scott has written for the Florida Home Show Magazine and Florida Lifestyle Magazine for 3 years. His directorial Debut, “Mr. No Shot” (2007) shot completely on location on the Treasure Coast. He started his company, Rapid Fire Films, in 2008.
ASSOCIATE PRODUCER: Ed Bennett is an owner of a record label, Film/Television company, and Talent Management agency. Bennett was the first President and Chief Executive Officer of VH1, MTV Network’s 24-hour music and lifestyle network. Bennett developed many new TV shows for this popular global TV network. He was CEO of HA! The TV Comedy Network, and a television network start-up for the MTV Networks group, which later merged with HBO/Time Warner. The new joint venture, called Comedy Central, is now in over 300 million television households and is the most successfulTV Comedy network in the world. As a published writer, song lyricist, music composer and recorded musician, Bennett serves on the Board of The Songwriters Guild of America Foundation. He also produced and composed the “Ryland Angel” album on EMI’s Manhattan Records. This project was recorded at Bennett Media Studios and at Abbey Road Studios in London. It was later filmed on PBS nationwide.
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