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When Jimmy Park visits home for the first time in years, he's forced to make peace with the ghost of who he could have been.
When Jimmy Park visits home for the first time in years, he's forced to make peace with the ghost of who he could have been.
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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

#TEAMZERO

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

Further Reading:

Asian Actors Are Still Only 1% of Hollywood's Leading Roles 

Asian Americans On TV: Study Finds Continued Underrepresentation Despite New Wave Of AAPI-Led Shows

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.

Go #TeamZero!

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    FIRST LOOK EXCLUSIVE!

    You'll receive 4 Hi-Res Desktop Wallpapers featuring FIRST LOOK images from ZERO ONE.

    Thank you for skipping Starbucks today.

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    "ZERO ONE" THEME SONG!

    Donate $10 and receive an MP3 download of the official ZERO ONE theme song written + performed by electronic K-Indie group: LOVE X STEREO!

    They're awesome sauce, check them out here:
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    "ZERO ONE" BLUEPRINT!

    $15 gets you a digital PDF copy of the official ZERO ONE screenplay written by yours truly.

    It took me 237 days to come up with 25 pages I was comfortable enough with to turn into a movie. These... are those pages. For better or for worse.

    JK, for better. Duh.

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    "ZERO ONE" THE MOVIE!

    Donate $25 and you'll receive a digital download of the final film, ZERO ONE, in all of it's 4K resolution glory (this is gonna be a really, pretty film. Scout's Honor).

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    • ZERO ONE Single Download
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    #TEAMZERO PACKAGE!

    For $50, you'll receive a more robust "Zero One" experience including:
    -Full ZERO ONE Soundtrack
    -5 Postcard Set including images from the film (one signed by yours truly, I have great penmanship... really, I'm not lying. Donate and see for yourself <3).

    **The first 30 backers to donate at this tier will receive the film in May! Wayyy before the World Premiere. Yup. That's right. Feel special.

    You're on #TeamZero.

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    THE JIMMY PARK SAGA!

    Donate $100 to receive the full Jimmy Park Saga including:
    -A 4K restoration of ULTRA BLEU (digital download)
    -A digital PDF copy of the official ULTRA BLEU screenplay
    -A Digital Download of the full ULTRA BLEU Soundtrack featuring music by KITE FLYING ROBOT + LOVE X STEREO!
    -10 Postcard Set including images from both films (one signed by yours truly. I'm telling you. Great handwriting. I'd like to thank my 3rd grade teacher).
    -Personally signed hardcopies of both the ZERO ONE + ULTRA BLEU screenplays featuring fun trivia + anecdotes (I promise to keep them PG... hmm. Maybe. We'll see. I do swear like a sailor)!

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    NICK NEON DIRECTOR'S SET!

    Donate $250 and I will put everything I've ever directed on a custom USB flash drive including:
    -My award-winning horror feature debut, FEAR EATS THE SEOUL (94 mins)
    -ZERO ONE + ULTRA BLEU (40 mins)(including Deleted Scenes)
    -Music Video Collection (40 mins)
    -Rare Early Films
    -Unfinished/Unreleased Screenplays

    You'll also receive a very personal, very Limited Edition Companion Book which will include:
    -Film/BTS Stills
    -Personal Journal Entries, Poems + Photos
    -Illustration Artwork

    And I'll also send you a video response answering any 5 of your questions about me, the Jimmy Park Saga or the weather. The world is your oyster!

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    NEON DINNER PARTY!

    If you're planning to give me 5 BENJAMINS, then the least I can do is show up to your house with my team and make you a home cooked meal. We can then stay up till dawn (because that's what I do best). We can drink and talk shxt, watch movies, watch Dr. Seuss cartoons, play Donkey Kong Country 2, talk about your life, or go to Wendy's for more food.

    **within NYC limits (unless you got a private jet we don't know about)

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    SCRIPT DOCTOR!

    Is writer's block ruining your life?

    Have your short or feature length screenplay read by our very own Executive Producer, Lisa Donato, who will then offer her professional feedback and constructive criticism.

    She just so happens to be the co-writer behind the critically acclaimed feature, Signature Move, which is currently sitting at 100% Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes. HUZZAH!

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    PROPMASTER!

    Take home a signed prop from the set of ZERO ONE! Limited to 3 rewards, these include:
    -The literal shirt off my back from the set of ZERO ONE
    -An original "Jimmy Park Artwork," created by illustrator extraordinaire: Zachary Brunner
    -A Paper Mache Santa Mask featured in the opening shots of ZERO ONE

    **Choice of Prop will be given to Backers on a first come, first serve basis.

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    I'LL LOVE YOU FOREVER!

    For $2500, I will tattoo your name in a heart, on my arm like a good ole' sailor boy!

    I get to pick the design/size/placement.

    But it's your name... on my arm... in a heart... forever.

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    ASSOCIATE PRODUCER!

    FIFTY BENJAMINS will get you a real life Associate Producer credit on the film, on IMDB and the satisfaction that your money is paying 8 people's salaries on ZERO ONE.

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    A SEAT AT THE TABLE!

    Congratulations! You're an Executive Producer with an official IMDB credit and we'll be seeing you at the World Premiere (Location: TBA) this summer!

    **VIP All Access Film Festival Badge included. Travel/Accommodations NOT included.

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