Mother’s illness, father’s disapproval and personal depression. These young directors take a serious look at difficult, disappointing and disturbing moments in life. Through personal narrative, fiction and animation, this thought-provoking compilation includes childhood memories and imagined experiences that will leave you startled and amazed.
Jae-Ho Chang | 2006 | 10 min | Video | USA | Canadian Premiere
On this final journey, a mother and son contemplate their last remaining moments together. Wherever they are – in the car, on the side of the road, or in the motel room – this director beautifully renders the tenderness, reflection and happiness between them.
Jae-Ho Chang attended the Rhode Island School of Design and graduated with a BFA (’00) in film/video/animation. He is currently attending grad school at NYU studying film production.
Philip Jonlin Lee | 2004 | 5 min | Video | Canada | Director in Attendance | Toronto Premiere
Narrating a journey between three countries with flight itineraries, airport codes, and waterways, Phil Lee’s imagination morphs back and forth between animated caricatures and an interrogation-like interview. He matter-of-factly recollects a series of experiences that are reminiscent of something personal, but this is not exactly a teenage confessional.
Philip Jonlin Lee is based in Toronto and London, U.K. He has an MA from the Goldsmiths College Fine Art programme (2004). He completed his undergraduate studies in 2001 at the University of Toronto with a specialist in visual studies and a major in fine art history. He is a founder and active member of the Toronto-based video collective 640 480.
Oh Min-Ji | 2005 | 20 min | Video | South Korea | North American Premiere
Nine-year-old Ji-ho is having a hard time dealing with the absence of his father. While he acts out his frustrations, his older sister and mother ignore him and carry on with their normal daily routine. Sparse in dialogue, their awkward exchanges show the difficulty in expressing sadness and consolation.
Oh Min-Ji was born in 1989, and is currently a student at Bosung High School in Jeonnam, South Korea. A Scene of that Morning was selected by the Seoul Youth Film Festival in Korea.
PJ Raval | 2004 | 15 min | Video | USA | Canadian Premiere
When writer and director Joseph Chu puts out an open casting call for his new film based on his family, he never expects his own father to audition for the lead role. Caught somewhere between the real memories of his father and the fictional character he’s created, Joseph is forced to confront his own fears and hypocrisies. Winner of the Best Cinematography award at the 2004 Cinematexas International Short Film Festival.
PJ Raval is an award-winning filmmaker and recent instructor in the film department at the University of Texas at Austin. His film 100% cotton screened widely, winning several awards, including Best Narrative Short at the Chicago Gay and Lesbian International Film Festival. Raval is currently working on a feature-length documentary called Best Kept Secret about the transformation of a Colorado town into the ‘sex-change capital of the world’.
Vincent Lin | 2006 | 18 min | Video | Taiwan | North American Premiere
A darkly poetic, black and white hand-drawn animation, Jesse portrays a disturbed child seeking compassion and approval. When Jesse grows up, he yearns for the innocence of his childhood, but at night, troubled by deep psychological and emotional pressures from his strict upbringing, he has surreal, monstrous dreams that both frighten and exhilarate him.
Jesse, by first-time filmmaker Vincent Lin from the Taiwan of National University of the Arts, won the Copper Prize at the Taiwan Youth Film Festival 2006.
Patrick Epino | 2005 | 5 min | Video | USA | Canadian Premiere
Surrounded by quick fixes and superficial self-help answers, this sad character finds that happiness is not easy.
Making art with whatever he can get his hands on, Patrick Epino created Void using the low-res video mode on a digital still camera. Epino graduated from the University of Chicago and earned an MFA in cinema from San Francisco State University.