IN THE BEGINNING...
Well, more like 2014. I was living in Seoul, I was deeply in love with this French dude. And then he left me, so I Adele'd his ass by writing a movie about the hurricane feelings behind the break up (it's okay, we're cool now. I guess).
This would eventually become my short film, ULTRA BLEU (2016): A love letter to my 20's. A big 'Fxck you' + 'I love you' to my own coming of age. And a promise to my younger self that we won't always be 20something + lost.
CUT TO present day and I'm back with a short film sequel.
ZERO ONE (2018)
ZERO ONE takes place one month after the events of ULTRA BLEU. Jimmy Park (played by yours truly) is visiting home for the first time in four years, and is deeply questioning the choices he has made with his life. Both his dysfunctional family and his own generation's inability to foster intimacy only serve to further his sense of disconnect.
Feeling like everyone around him is breezing through life and he somehow missed the train, his mounting frustrations finally culminate in an explosive New Year’s Eve dinner with his father and homophobic sister, Claire.
However, ZERO ONE, ultimately ends on a bittersweet note of hope, redemption and rebirth when Jim finds an old dream packed away in his childhood room.
All futures lead us home.
PS - Need to catch up on Jimmy's life? No problem. I got you:
ZERO ONE BUDGET BREAKDOWN
WHAT WE NEED: $10,000 for POST-PRODUCTION + FESTIVAL COSTS
- $1500 Editing
- $1000 Sound Mixing
- $500 Color
- $500 Music Rights + Score
- $1000 Visual FX
- $3000 Festival Circuit Submissions / Marketing
- $2000 Festival Tour Travel + Accommodations
- $500 Contingency
I'd like to think that I'm an excellent judge of character. So naturally, I've surrounded myself with some of the best people I know. Come meet the ZERO ONE team:
Writer/Director NICK NEON always cries when Littlefoot's mother dies.
Executive Producer LISA DONATO cannot differentiate between love and tacos.
Producer DARLENE JAVIER is a kickboxing addict.
Cinematographer DANIEL SMUKALLA has really soft hair and it's just not fair.
More Crew + Selfies Coming Soon. xoxo
SO... WHAT'S WITH ALL THE YELLOW?
YELLOW was the color I associated with shame as a young, gay Korean American boy. Growing up with an Asian mother was usually met with confusion in view of my predominantly Caucasian features. As I grew older, this confusion transformed into complacent racism in simple situations where friends would joke about my skin's yellow undertone or "how cute" my mother's accent was.
I would usually laugh these racial microaggressions off, but each one hurt. Even more painful, were some of our interactions out in public. While walking with our arms locked, my mother was once told that she should be "dating someone her own age." It never occurred to this stranger that I was her son. And it never stops hurting to see your own mother be viewed as lesser because of her race or the tint of her skin.
Being associated with the "Yellow Race" was sometimes more painful than being queer. As a child, I never saw voices or faces in media and/or film that mirrored my own. And this lack of exposure prevented me from recognizing that our Asianness was a gift, something worth celebrating.
Asians still make up the lowest percentage of visibility in Film & Television, lower than Latinos and African Americans.
It was important to me when writing ZERO ONE, that this film be unapologetically Asian.
So I am taking back the color, YELLOW.
We are not a color. We are a culture, a race, a voice. And our experience of the world deserves to be heard.
Your donations not only contribute to increasing QUEER VOICES, but also to expanding ASIAN VISIBILITY. Every dollar and every share counts towards a more diverse and inclusive future for our species and I really hope you'll join us <3
#QueerVoices + #AsianVisibility = #ZeroOne
Risks and challenges
Filming, editing and shipping out a film to festivals in the span of 3 months is ambitious, and a little ridiculous- but we're game for the challenge.
Cuz we're #TeamZero, duh.
It doesn't hurt that we've secured half our budget. It WILL hurt if we don't secure the second half. That's the risk.
But we're willing to take it.
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