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So Yun UmBy So Yun Um
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So Yun UmBy So Yun Um
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About

Welcome to Liquor Store Dreams. Open 24/7
Welcome to Liquor Store Dreams. Open 24/7

LIQUOR STORE DREAMS is about a group of second-generation Korean Americans looking to claim their own legacy in bustling Los Angeles. As they forge new paths, they’re forced to face the history and stereotypes that plagued their parents, each of whom owned liquor stores in Los Angeles.

Director's statement - So Yun Um

Hello! My name is So and I'm a Korean American filmmaker based in Los Angeles. Last year through Visual Communication's Armed with a Camera fellowship, I made a 5 minute short doc called, LIQUOR STORE BABIES, about me and my friends' experience being children of Liquor Store owners in Los Angeles. 

The short is now live so please go watch it! Thank you Phil Yu aka Angry Asian Man for premiering LIQUOR STORE BABIES. (Bring tissues!)

The common response I get after people watch the short film is, "I wish it was longer!" 

Hence why, I'm making your dreams and my dreams a reality by turning LIQUOR STORE BABIES into LIQUOR STORE DREAMS!  

I want to take the essence of the short film and expand on it with more personal stories and talk about Korean American history and stereotypes in media. As second-generation Korean Americans who grew up in Koreatown with a fathers in the Liquor Store business, we can't help but talk about our dark history tracing back to the LA Riots and how the media told our narrative for us. 

So and her Appa
So and her Appa

THE STORY: 

Liquor Store Dreams  explores the lives of second generation Korean Americans whose families own Liquor Stores in bustling Los Angeles. Director and star So Yun Um, she chronicles her experience alongside others and showcases the various experiences with the common thread of confronting the crossroads of pursuing one’s dream versus taking on family obligations. As they forge new paths, they’re forced to face the history and stereotypes that plagued their parents.

Danny Park in front of his store on Skid Row
Danny Park in front of his store on Skid Row

THE CHARACTERS:

I wanted to highlight very different experiences of second-generation Korean Americans whose families are in the store business in Los Angeles. Most of us had to work there and in many ways, it influences our future decisions and career choices. Whether it was for the good or bad, there is always another level of hardship that comes with being a child of an immigrant. Not only do we bear the challenges of trying to achieve our individual dreams but we also carry the burden of our parents' livelihood, which inevitably leads to emotional labor of translating, running errands, etc, for our parents. 

THE LOOK AND FEEL:

The look and feel of LIQUOR STORE DREAMS is inspired by films like CUTIE AND THE BOXER, Agnes Varda's BEACHES OF AGNES, SHIRKERS, MEET THE PATELS, and so much more. The film will be shot in verite style and will incorporate archival footage and photographs in aesthetically pleasing set-ups, surreal elements, and beautiful slow-mo scenes. 

With the use of a vibrant color palette and eargasmic soundtrack, LIQUOR STORE DREAMS will be whimsical, fun, and humorous, all while telling a very honest story of what it means to be an immigrant.

THE LIQUOR STORE DREAM TEAM: 

WHY WE NEED YOUR HELP:

We are raising funds for production and post-production. In order to do this film justice, we need the money to make our vision come alive! Beautiful cinematography, archival footage, and poignant editing doesn't come for cheap but we're confident we can complete this film with this amount!

HOW YOU CAN HELP: 

  • DONATE: Truly, any amount helps! 
  • JOIN THE TEAM: We're looking for an additional editor —send us your recs or let us know if you're interested!
  • SPREAD THE WORD: Please share our project on social media and with your parents, friends, churches, & communities! Follow #LiquorStoreDreams on our Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Risks and challenges

With any project, the biggest challenge is just getting it done but we feel confident that we can complete this project. Not only do we have the access and equipment to finish this film, but with YOUR help, there is nothing we can't do so please contribute however you can!

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