When, at age 14, Kulap Vilaysack took her father’s side in an argument, her mother replied, “Why are you defending him? He’s not your real dad.” Twenty years later, she’s finally ready to learn what that meant.
Origin Story is a deeply personal but universally relevant tale of immigration, identity, conflict, and personal responsibility. In her directorial debut, actor/writer/podcaster Kulap Vilaysack explores her tangled family tree to find out who she is. Through travels to Los Angeles, Minnesota, and Laos, Vilaysack lets the viewer join her in meeting the biological father she never knew. On the road, unforeseen revelations strike, running from the hilarious to the heartbreaking. – KE
Kulap Vilaysack, Scott Aukerman, Casey Wilson, June Diane Raphael, Howard Kremer
Kulap Vilaysack (in attendance)
Kulap Vilaysack is the child of Lao refugees. Born in Washington, D.C. and raised in Eagan, Minnesota, she currently resides in Los Angeles with her husband, Scott, and two dogs, Georgia Michaela and Molly Ringwald. Her debut documentary, Origin Story, chronicles a road trip into her complicated past. Vilaysack is also the creator and showrunner of the 4-season semi-scripted comedy series Bajillion Dollar Propertie$.
Bentonville Film Festival
Twin Cities Film Festival
Austin Asian American Film Festival
San Diego Asian American Film Festival
Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival
Tiger Uncaged Audience Award, CAAMFest