Goody two-shoes Asians are a stereotype of the past. These directors have created animated, live-action and documentary films that are full of spunk and attitude! From brooding, mercurial young men to women with fiery temperament, this compilation of shorts will leave you laughing, startled and thought-provoked.
David Chai | 2004 | USA | Video | 2:00 | Canadian Premiere
Environmental activists get their comeuppance in the form of an arboreal retribution. Animator David Chai skewers both the callous loggers and the tree-huggers in one fell swoop.
David Chai is the animation director for Thunderbean Animation studio and a director of animated short films. He also delves into illustrations and is a faculty member at San Jose State University’s School of Arts and Design.
Marta Tesoro | 2004 | Australia | Video | 6:00 | Toronto Premiere
Superbrat Abigail goes on a rampage in a toy store. But why is there someone in a bunny suit? And why is the toy store owner so strange? Beautifully rendered and animated, this film from Down Under is not afraid to delve into the dark side of childhood.
Marta Tesoro graduated from Australia’s Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University and now runs Rabbit Town Productions, a company that works on animated sequences for commercials, pilots and others. Her previous works include The Ball and Perftech.
Susan Chang | 2004 | Canada | Video | 47:00
David Ricketts is not like most other teens. For one, he was diagnosed with Tourettes. Then came his other symptoms: bipolar, obsessive compulsive and attention deficit disorders.
What turned a once happy and content child into a depressed, angry and self- destructive young man? His parents begin to wonder if it is because David was adopted. Born Jong Hoon in South Korea, David feels alienated from his Caucasian parents, even though his other siblings are also Korean and adopted.
The documentary Broken Roots charts the Ricketts’ attempt to reunite David with his birth parents in Korea. It encapsulates the modern problems of adoption along with a moving tale that shows David’s difficult transition to an adult.
Susan Chang’s directorial debut is full of revelations, yet doesn’t try to simplify or solve the issues at hand. Susan Chang is a veteran television broadcaster who has anchored, reported and produced for CNN International, BBC World Service TV, Hong Kong TVB, CBC TV and CTV in Canada.
Eun-Kyung Kim | 2004 | South Korea | 35MM | 16:00 | North American Premiere
Su-yeon is a shy highschooler whose best friend, Eun-hye, is in love with a boy. Pushed into writing and couriering love letters, Su-yeon is about to discover the price of betrayal and face a hidden violence beneath the schoolboy uniforms … Impeccably directed, this great Korean short reveals the pains of growing up in increasingly rough school environments.
Eun-kyung Kim was born in 1978 in Seoul, South Korea. A graduate of Sang Myung University from the Department of Film Making and Study, she has made the shorts My Bra (1999), Blink (2000) and A Music Box (2001) before completing Fragile.
Heart on Fire
Yorico Murakami | 2005 | USA | Video | 8:00 | Canadian Premiere
Ah, love. It’s so romantic, so wonderful, so … hot. In fact, for our young protagonist, her love burns so deep inside of her that it’s ready to explode! A skilfully animated stop-motion short by a former graphic designer, the art direction alone reveals the amount of care put into making this film.
Yorico Murakami majored in Craft Arts at the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and is currently enrolled in the University of Southern California. Heart on Fire follows up Elevator, her debut animated film.