Consider a finger pointed towards an eye, getting closer. The possibility of contact can spur with- drawal. Veering between rift and proximity, the estranged begins to feel unusually touchable. You retreat, you cajole.
The Boy is With Us
Heewon Yoon • South Korea • 2017 • 24:28 • Korean with English subtitles • Toronto Premiere
A year after his sudden disappearance, Seohee and Joonho’s son Youngmin returns home. Soon, Seohee begins to notice changes in Youngmin’s behavior and starts to question whether this boy really is her son.
Heewon Yoon majored in film at Sungkyunkwan University in Seoul, South Korea. She started her career as a filmmaker since 2011.
It is What it Is
Cyrus Tabar • USA • 2017 • 8:00 • English • Toronto Premiere
Cyrus, a first-generation American with mixed Japanese and Iranian ancestry, navigates a montage of personal home videos, family photographs, found footage, and recorded conversations, to make sense of his estranged paternal family in Tehran.
Cyrus Yoshi Tabar is an American filmmaker based in Oakland, California. He uses filmmaking as an investigative tool to explore personal histories in perpetual motion.
Jun Yong Kim • South Korea • 2017 • 18:38 • Korean with English subtitles • World Premiere
Jinsuk and Sungkyu, two teenage students, are regularly physically bullied by local goon Kyoungjin’s gang in a small, dilapidated town. Their friendship is tested when Jinsuk betrays Sungkyu to gain entry into the clique.
Jun Yong Kim is a director who graduated from Chung-Ang University, South Korea.
Lions in Waiting
Jason Karman • Canada • 2017 • 17:16 • English • World Premiere
Ray, the newest member of a minor league hockey team, is physically abused by the other players in an event of “hazing.” Pressured by his mother’s expectations and alienated by a toxic clique, he reaches within his circle to find comfort.
Jason Karman is a Vancouver-based screenwriter and director. His short films have screened at several festivals, including the Melbourne Queer Film Festival.
Jingyi Shao • USA • 2016 • 17:51 • English and Korean with English subtitles • Canadian Premiere
Frank, a corporate striver, is embarrassed by his doting father’s involvement and enthusiasm. When a broken toenail sends his father to the hospital, he comes to realize the value of their relationship.
Jingyi Shao is a Chinese-American director working in both China and the US. He is also a graduate of USC’s School of Cinematic Arts.
Home is Where the Sun Sets
Kayla Tong • USA • 2016 • 8:00 • English and Cantonese with English subtitles • World Premiere
After returning to her empty apartment in Los Angeles, Alison remembers moments of heartache and joy from the time her family visited her from Hong Kong.
Born in colonial Hong Kong, Kayla Tong is a director and cinematographer based in Los Angeles. She grounds her constantly evolving identity through images.
Mayumi Yoshida • Canada • 2017 • 10:00 • English and Japanese with English subtitles • Toronto Premiere
When Kana visits Japan to attend her late grandmother’s funeral, she remembers a conversation they had, and is surprised to see an unexpected guest.
Mayumi Yoshida is from Tokyo, Japan. She was selected as one of the directors for 2017 Pull Festival.