COLUMBUS nominated for three Gotham Awards!

Wow!!! COLUMBUS nominated for three Gotham Awards: Best Screenplay (Kogonada), Best Actress (Haley Lu Richardson), Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director

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Huge congratulations to our COLUMBUS family and a special shout out to our wonderful lead actress Haley Lu Richardson!

See full list of nominations on VARIETY

Lost LA Season 2 Premiere

Excited to share the series that we have bene working on for the last few months - the second season of Lost LA on KCET. Lost LA brings Southern California history to life by marrying archival materials from the L.A. as Subject research alliance with innovative forms of documentary storytelling. Hosted by public historian Nathan Masters of USC Libraries, each episode of "Lost L.A." brings the primary sources of Los Angeles history to the screen in surprising new ways. Premiering tonight on KCETLink with the first episode, Borderlands directed by Elia Urquiza.

Watch all the episodes on KCET - a new episode every Tuesday at 8:30PM starting on October 10th!

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COLUMBUS to premiere at Sundance 2017!!!

We are excited and humbled to announce that our latest feature, COLUMBUS, will premiere at Sundance Film Festival 2017!!! 

Check out the full lineup on INDIEWIRE (and thank you for the shoutout to our film!)

We would like to give a special thanks to everybody who made this film possible, our amazing cast, our bad-ass supertalented 60%+ female crew, our fantastic fellow producers - with whom we hope to work again soon, the people of Columbus who welcomed us and shared their gorgeous town with us, opened their homes, their businesses, their offices for us, making this shoot just amazing... and of course our brilliant director KOGONADA.

Now let's get back to finishing the film and see you in Park City in January!!! Stay tuned for news and updates!

Haley Lu Richardson and John Cho in COLUMBUS

Haley Lu Richardson and John Cho in COLUMBUS

DEER FLOWER nominated for an Annie Award!!

After a wonderful festival run for the last year, culminated last week with a Special Mention at AFI Fest, Kangmin Kim's beautiful stop-motion animated short Deer Flower is nominated for an Annie for Best Animated Short Subject!!! Such an amazing honor!!!

See the full list of Annie Award Nominees HERE.

We are extremely proud to be part of this visionary gem of a film and can't wait to start working on Kangmin's next project.

New Feature Announcement: COLUMBUS

Excited and proud to share our new feature project, Columbus, directed by the brilliant filmmaker Kogonada
Check out the announcement on Variety.

Our AMAZING cast: John Cho, Haley Lu Richardson, Parker Posey, Michelle Forbes, Rory Culkin.

Honored to be producing with Danielle Renfrew (Superlative Films), Chris Weitz and Andrew Miano (Depth of Field), and Aaron Boyd.

John Cho and Parker Posey

John Cho and Parker Posey

SPA NIGHT Reviews & Press - part 1

We are humbled and overwhelmed by the amazing reception that SPA NIGHT is getting! Here are some of our favorite reviews and press from the last few days after we opened at the Metrograph in NYC.

New York Times Review (we are a Critics' Pick!!!)
"...it would be easy to categorize this cool, exquisitely observant first feature by the Korean-American filmmaker Andrew Ahn as a gay movie. But it is much more. The film is a contemplation of the loneliness, tension and anxiety of outsiders pursuing a piece of the American dream."

The Wrap Review
"Ahn smartly enlists the talents of cinematographer Ki Jin Kim in scenes that recall Tom Ford‘s immaculate “A Single Man.” Together, Ahn and Kim approach moments of sensuality subtly, as the camera languidly wades into the steamy saunas and the monochromatic showers where David’s interest in the unknown begins to percolate. He’s simultaneously frightened and enlivened by the possibilities of touching a man. Neither obtuse nor obvious, “Spa Night” finds the perfect balance in communication. "

The Playlist Review
"Managing to track the emotions, shooting everything from a clinical point of view, “Spa Night” is beautifully executed, and marks an impressive debut from Ahn."

Film Journal Review
"An instant classic of Asian-American, gay...oh hell, just cinema. This ethnic and sexual immersion is as richly rewarding as it is quietly and impressively achieved."
"...Ki Jin Kim's handsome, richly hued cinematography is a huge asset, capturing in human detail the slightest looks which can mean so much, as well as the full seraglio-like, sweaty sensuality of the bathhouse."

Village Voice Review
"Heartbreaking coming out drama Spa Night finds liberation in the sauna"

Filmmaker Magazine Interview
“I think drama is often more interesting if it springs from love instead of hate or anger”

Jezebel Interview
"Scrubbing the myth of the asexual gay Asian man, frame by frame"

Hammer to Nail Interview
"Spa Night is exactly the feature one would hope for from the maker of Dol (First Birthday). It covers similar subject matter and thematic terrain as its predecessor, but with greater narrative complexity, a richer cinematic palette, and a more nuanced exploration of character..."

The Talkhouse - "Embracing my otherness as an Asian American gay filmmaker"
"As my producers and I searched for financing, people continually reminded us that Spa Night was a very niche project. People tried to define the project’s sense of otherness as a fault. I admit that the queer Korean-American community does not necessarily encompass a large percentage of the population. However, I find otherness a poor reason for a lack of audience. Ultimately, both filmmakers and audiences need to embrace the idea that otherness is unifying, not alienating. We express our otherness in an effort to find a community, to create a beacon for others who feel our special brand of otherness."

Angry Asian Man - It exists: Asian-American cinema
"The films exist. The makers exist. If we want people to pay attention to our community, we need to pay attention to each other."

 

SPA NIGHT opens in theaters in NYC and LA

Thrilled to announce that our movie SPA NIGHT is opening in theaters in NYC and LA later this month, distributed by Strand Releasing!!! Check out the exclusive trailer on VULTURE!!!

NYC @ The Metrograph, starting on Friday 8/19 - director Andrew Ahn, lead Joe Seo and producers Kelly Thomas and David Ariniello will be there for Q&A. Get your tickets HERE.

(Edited: due to the great response on the opening weekend in NYC, SPA NIGHT will be playing for an additional week at the Metrograph until September 1st!!! Thanks to everybody who came to see it, let your friends know!)

LA @ Sundance Sunset Cinemas, starting on Friday 8/26 - director Andrew Ahn, lead Joe Seo and Nonetheless producers Giulia Caruso and Ki Jin Kim will be there for Q&A. Get your tickets HERE.

The theatrical poster for SPA NIGHT!!!

The theatrical poster for SPA NIGHT!!!

SPA NIGHT and We've Been Around win at OUTFEST!!!

We love Outfest, most of our movies have played there, and we are beyond excited that both of our films that played at Outfest this year won an award!!!

Our feature SPA NIGHT won the US Grand Jury Prize for Narrative Feature and a special mention for our lead, Joe Seo! Congratulations to Joe and to all of our cast & crew - you are the best!!!

Our short S.T.A.R. - one of the shorts for the series We've Been Around, directed by Rhys Ernst - won the Audience Award for Best Documentary Short! Thanks to everybody who came to the (sold out) screening and voted for us!!

See the full list of winners on The Hollywood Reporter.

SPA NIGHT LA Festival Premiere at Outfest!

So proud to announce that our feature SPA NIGHT will have its LA festival premiere at Outfest in July as the US Narrative Centerpiece!!!
We shot SPA NIGHT entirely on location in Los Angeles, and we are beyond excited to finally bring the film home and share it with everybody who made this possible.
We are especially proud to return to Outfest, where we screened Myrna the Monster last year and where our director Andrew Ahn's short Dol won Grand Jury Award for Outstanding Narrative Short Film in 2012.

Screening on July 11th at 7pm at the DGA 1.
Tickets go on sale on Monday, June 13th.
Following the screening, a reception in the DGA Atrium, hosted by the Outfest Emerging Leaders Council.

Hope to see you all there!!

6th Episode of our docu-series We've Been Around exclusive premiere on The Advocate!

The 6th and last episode of our docu-series We've Been Around, CAMP TRANS, premiered today exclusively on TheAdvocate.com. The series chronicles the lives of a few transgender pioneers in history, often untold. In CAMP TRANS, amid the punk ethics of 1990’s identity politics, trans activists Leslie Feinberg and Riki Anne Wilchins spearhead a movement to protest the trans-exclusionary policy of a women’s music festival.

Check out this beautiful, important film that we executive produced with Rhys Ernst and Jelayne Miles of 11B Production, directed by Elliot Montague, produced by Christine Beebe and written by Rosie Haber.

History of transgender people, like many minority groups, is too often lost or overlooked by the mainstream. Even moments of protest within the LGBT space, like the advent of "Camp Trans," deserve to be remembered, and that can require transgender people telling their own stories, say the creators of the“We’ve Been Around” video series.
Riki Wilchins and Leslie Feinberg at CAMP TRANS.

Riki Wilchins and Leslie Feinberg at CAMP TRANS.

Two Nonetheless projects screening at Frameline40 in June!

We have TWO projects screening at Frameline this year!!! So proud - thank you to Desiree and the whole programming team at Frameline!
SPA NIGHT screens at the historic Castro Theatre, and the whole team will be there - come say hi!!! Our docu-series We've Been Around screens together with Rhys Ernst's Emmy nominated series This is Me, will follow an extended Q&A with director Rhys Ernst, producer Christine Beebe and Executive Producers Giulia Caruso and Jelayne Miles.

See you all in San Francisco!!

SPA NIGHT: June 23rd, Castro Theatre @ 6:30pm 

WE'VE BEEN AROUND: June 21st, Roxie Theatre @ 7pm

SPA NIGHT Festival Screenings - NYC and European Premiere Announced!

So many exciting screenings coming up!!!

On June 25th, we will have our European Premiere at the great Edinburgh International Film Festival, amidst some great films. Second screening will be on June 26th, let your friends know!!!

On June 23rd, SPA NIGHT will screen at the historical Castro Theatre in San Francisco at Frameline, get your tickets!! The whole team will be there and we hope to see you all!

SPA NIGHT will have its NYC Premiere at BAMcinemaFest in Brooklyn on June 20th - director Andrew Ahn and star Joe Seo will be there! Honored to be part of such a great lineup!!! Buy your tickets today!

On June 12th and 13th, SPA NIGHT goes down-under for the amazing Sydney Film Festival!!! According to them Andrew is "a bold new talent".. proud of our movie!

On June 2nd, 3rd and 4th a busy SPA NIGHT weekend with some amazing screenings:
Seattle International Film Festival - June 2nd and 3rd (Andrew will be there!)
TLVFest, the Tel Aviv LGBT Film Festival - June 3rd
From the TLV website: "In his film debut, director and scriptwriter Andrew Ahn brings to the screen a cinematic aesthetic that is rarely found in contemporary American cinema. The spa scenes, in particular, are reminiscent of the atmosphere created by Tsai Ming-Liang in his exemplary I Don't Want to Sleep Alone."
OUTFilm CT in Connecticut - June 4th (Joe will be there!)

On June 4th, our director and the producing team of SPA NIGHT will speak on a panel at LAFF about "Low Budget in LA" - register for the event HERE.


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