Everything appears to be on track for aspiring comedian Moses Kim—he has landed a gig at a Toronto comedy club, he is marrying the woman of his dreams, and he can finally plan a life away from his parents. Unfortunately, Moses finds his dreams derailed when his parents give him the family sushi restaurant and he is forced to move back to his hometown of Windsor.
A year later, Moses’s life is reduced to running a middling Japanese restaurant in the hometown he couldn’t wait to leave, while his wife, Yoojin, is left alone to care for their new- born baby. When Yoojin leaves with the baby to visit relatives in Korea, Moses decides it is the perfect opportunity to get his comedy mojo back. However, just as he begins to feel like he is in control of his life again, Moses’ teenage cousin unexpectedly arrives from Korea. It turns out, following your dreams is a lot harder than it sounds.
The debut feature from Aram Collier, Stand Up Man is a heartfelt comedy about holding on tightly to your hopes and aspirations even when reality threatens to get in the way.
Daniel Jun (in attendance)
Rosalina Lee (in attendance)
Daniel Daegun Lee (in attendance)
Aram Siu Wai Collier (in attendance)
Aram Collier is a filmmaker, educator and former film festival programmer. He has a background in documentary film, including editing the award-win- ning feature documentary Refugee and directing and editing the short doc Who I Became, both of which were broadcast nationally on PBS in the United States. His subsequent dramatic and experi- mental films have played festivals in the U.S., Canada, Japan and China. From 2011 to 2014, his omnibus live music and film project, Suite Suite Chinatown toured Canada, the U.S. and Asia. A San Francisco native based in Toronto, Aram is a mixed-race Asian Canadian/ American (Chinese and English/Dutch/ German) who has a BFA and MFA in Film Production from the University of Cali- fornia at Santa Cruz and York University respectively.