JOHN is a hopeless romantic who planned his entire evening around his charismatic friend, HENRY. A blue suit, dinner reservations, and maybe even flowers. It’s Henry’s last night in Los Angeles before moving across the country for a new job, which means it's also John’s final chance to confess his feelings for him once and for all. Everything crumbles when John receives a text message from Henry explaining he’s behind on packing, forcing John to shift his plans and come over to Henry’s apartment.
When John feels like there’s a perfect moment to open up to Henry, he’s interrupted by a ring at the door. “Surprise!” It’s a horde of Henry’s friends throwing him a going away party. Growing more anxious as the night progresses, John desperately tries to find alone time with Henry amidst all the unfamiliar faces competing for his attention. Between the deafening laughter, offhanded comments, and quiet sobbing, John is left wondering how and if he can still make his feelings known before the night is over.
WHY THIS FILM IS IMPORTANT I grew up watching romantic comedies with my family all the time. I have snapshots of what “true love” should be like burned into my brain since I was a child, albeit mostly unrealistic. Perhaps it was those unattainable expectations that led me to a moment in my life where I fell for a friend and was forced to re-evaluate my perception of boundaries and romance.
Initially, this script was a way to process my feelings, but I soon realized it was a story I don't see often explored in mainstream media - a coming of age film about two gay Asian American friends and how they view relationships and connection. Thus "BLUE SUIT" was born. This film captures a moment in John and Henry's lives right before they step into a new chapter with one another. With the San Gabriel Valley in Los Angeles County as its backdrop, this film leans into a uniquely LA gay Asian American experience. It’s a film about grown ups growing up wrapped up in unspoken romantic feelings.
There are rarely LGBTQ Asian American stories represented in film and media, especially narratives that explore honest relationships and complicated romantic feelings. I hope to bring this story to life in order to expand what these stories look like through a lens I never saw growing up in film. I want people to watch this film, connect with the characters, and to feel hope, anxiousness, love and heartbreak displayed by two gay Asian American men. In my opinion, storytelling is a way to tell someone, "Your feelings are valid and you are not alone." I hope to do that with "BLUE SUIT."
IVAN MOK (John, Lead) is a Chinese-Vietnamese American actor born and raised in San Gabriel Valley. After receiving his degree in Communication Studies at University of Los Angeles, California, he decided to pursue acting full-time. He has worked on national commercials for Apple, Skittles, Xfinity, etc. He had a heavily recurring role on The Americans (FX). He can also be seen on Supergirl (CW), Rush Hour (CBS) and in the upcoming Tigertail (Netflix) directed by Alan Yang. Fun fact: He named his dog Rudy after The Special's song, "A Message To You, Rudy," and then later renamed him to Rudie because of The Clash's song, "Rudie Can't Fail." He was in his punk phase. Instagram | IMDB
ANDREW GE (Henry, Lead) is a Chinese American actor born in New York and raised in Orange County. While pursuing a degree in Economics at UCLA, he was an active singer in choir, a dancer for Samahang Modern and Korean Culture Night, and a conductor and saxophonist for the UCLA Marching Band. After working full-time selling Japanese matcha green tea for several years, he quit his job to pursue acting. Since then, Andrew has acted in several commercials and indie films and has also worked as a photographer on films like Empty By Design. He most recently made his musical theater debut as a member of the ensemble cast for Mamma Mia at East West Players. Since Mamma Mia's closing show in June, Andrew can be seen performing at Crazy Talented Asians and DIVA Speakeasy Showcase or volunteering as a photographer for CAPE and Gold House. He is crazy excited to be working on this film with such a talented and diverse team! Instagram | IMDB
JASON LEE DENNIS (Mike, Supporting) is originally from a small northern town in Minnesota (practically Canada). After graduating high school, he attended a state college for one year, but soon realized he wanted to pursue a career in acting. And just like that, he moved to LA to attend the American Musical and Dramatic Academy, where he earned a degree in Acting. He’s had the opportunity to perform in productions in both LA and NYC Fringe festivals. He’s excited to not only be a part of an Asian American led project, but an LGBTQ+ centric one as well. Representation matters.
KEVIN J. NGUYEN (Writer, Director) is a Vietnamese American writer, producer, and director who moved around the country until he found his way to Los Angeles, California. An avid storyteller, Kevin built a career being a producer / director for companies like Jubilee Media and BuzzFeed. His work has amassed over 900 million views worldwide across platforms, such as YouTube, Facebook, Hulu, Amazon, and PBS. He has worked on web series "Worth It: Lifestyle," films "Blind Devotion" and "CoPilots" in partnership with Francis Chan, and the "#NotTheSame" PSA. He is most known for his videos that feature stories from marginalized voices and social justice. In his spare time, you’ll probably find him at a restaurant taking pictures of his food and drinking boba tea with the people he loves. Website | Instagram | Twitter
JENINE PASTORES (Producer) is a Chinese-Filipina American screenwriter, producer, and media director born and raised in Los Angeles, California. She wrote her first film, “Heartsick," in partnership with Jubilee Media reaching a global audience, and was later featured in the Huffington Post. Realizing her love for compassionate storytelling expanded beyond her writing, she began to dive into production and media projects that were centered on uplifting values. Since then, she has found herself producing large projects like the Girl and the Dreamcatcher’s “Someone You Like” music video, and Alabaster’s “Made to Create” video campaign. She is also the co-founder, chief operating officer, and writer for Nuggetverse LLC - an online brand that has amassed over 100k followers in only 6 months, centered on the stories and adventures of a character named Tubby Nugget who wants to spread joy and unconditional love on Earth. Website | Instagram
VU HOANG (Producer) currently resides in Los Angeles where he began his professional career in directing and editing music videos and commercials. His work has aired in Times Square, featured as a Vimeo Staff Pick, and has generated thousands of views on the internet. He is also a video editor for Fox Sports, and many of his sports pieces have aired on national TV. One of his most recent shorts, “Marty: A Wild West Neverland,” has been screened at multiple film festivals across the nation, and has received several awards and nominations. Vu is currently in development with his first feature film, telling the story of a family of Vietnamese refugees. Vu hopes to bring more diverse stories and talent to the big screen, with a special focus on Asian Americans. Website | Instagram
BRIAN M. TANG (Cinematographer) is a Chinese American cinematographer and director working in the Los Angeles area. Originally from New Jersey, Brian’s work since moving to LA has won numerous awards on the film-festival circuit, as well as garnered millions of views over the last 6 years through collaborations with reputable companies such as Netflix and Jubilee Media. Other significant work includes the promotional material he has shot with Oprah, as well as music videos he’s shot for clients such as Amber Liu and PnB Rock. Recently, his work for the feature length film “The Last Whistle,” starring Brad Leland and Jim O’Heir, was released in cinemas in June of this year. Website | Instagram
I am a strong believer that the stories of underrepresented communities deserve to be told. With "BLUE SUIT," my hope is to not only make this story a reality but to share it with large audiences who can watch it, connect with it, and celebrate it. My mission is to premiere this film at festivals in 2020, including Asian American and LGBTQ+ festivals. With your help, we can bring to life John and Henry's story and share it with the world.
WHY KICKSTARTER? The plan is to wrap up pre-production and go straight into production after raising our $16,500 goal. "BLUE SUIT" is a heavily character-driven film and we've done our best to keep our budget as lean as possible. However with that being the case, it is imperative that we secure an extraordinary and diverse cast and crew that understands the nuances and complexities of this story to do it justice. The funds raised on this Kickstarter will help us pay everybody for their work, rent out the proper production items, and support the film through post-production, which includes editing, color correction, sound design, and music. Your donations will help my team and I make this film the best it can be, so that stories like this will become more visible in the media.
This is not an easy feat, but together, we can make "BLUE SUIT" a reality!
Risks and challenges
As with any film, there will always be risks and challenges. Our largest obstacle is assembling a phenomenal cast and crew that will bring to life both the anxious feelings of a romantic confession, but also the tenderness of a caring friendship. Every part of this production must be executed with precision and care in order to take this story from great to incredible. Of course there's always the anticipation of unforeseen challenges like going over budget, scheduling conflicts, location availability, etc. However, our experienced team is committed to telling this story and will do everything in our power to ensure this film sees the light of day.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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