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.

Joe Seo wins Special Jury Award for Breakthrough Performance!!!

HUGE CONGRATULATIONS to our very own Joe Seo for winning the Special Jury Award for Breakthrough Performance as David Cho in Spa Night!!!

Joe is a brave, daring, gentle actor, who put his all in this movie and we could not be happier for him! Hoping that this means many more great roles for him and the beginning of a wonderful career - it was an honor working with you through the laughter and pain and long nights and love. 

Congratulations Joe!!!

Congratulations Joe!!!

Check out the full list of winners on Variety, and Joe on Vulture as one of the "Best Performances of Sundance 2016"! So proud to be among these great films!!!

 

 

Reviews of Spa Night out of Sundance!

We are honored and humbled by all the great reviews and mentions that keep coming in, so we decided to share some of our favorite ones here. For the latest news and press, please follow our SPA NIGHT FACEBOOK PAGE and TWITTER, where we will keep you posted in real time!

Here is the first review of our film, that we woke up to the morning after the premiere, on Rogertebert.com, by Nick Allen:

"A new and necessary voice in indie cinema, he is a gay Korean-American filmmaker, two aspects of identity that inspire an anxious, shattering search for peace of place and identity within this incredible movie competing in Sundance’s U.S. Dramatic Competition."
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On Twitch Film, by Jeremy O. Harris:

"Much like its lead, articulation has failed me in the days since watching and processing Andrew Ahn's glorious Spa Night. The film presents itself with such ease and confidence that its easy to miss its complexities at first glance. A friend of mine who saw the movie with me said it in another way, "It's like a masterpiece painting that you could miss in a museum if you weren't looking close enough. It's not showy in it's honesty." 

On IonCinema, by Nicholas Bell:

"...we can’t escape Ahn’s accomplished and beautifully human portrait of a family forced to flounder from one dream deferred to another."

On the Hollywood Reporter, by Boyd van Hoeij:

"...for those willing to fully invest themselves, Spa Night offers a carefully considered story about identity or rather identities, with David having to figure out a way to accommodate his orientation and his position as the only child of Korean immigrants in L.A."

On Variety, by Peter Debruge:

“Spa Night” serves as an homage to the sacrifices first-generation immigrants made in order that their children could achieve their full potential in the States, expanding the concept of “pride” far beyond its protagonist’s gay identity.

Spa Night receives EFILM|COMPANY 3 Post-Production grant

We can finally announce that Spa Night received a finishing grant from EFILM|COMPANY 3 and Film Independent that allowed us to finish the film and make it so beautiful. Thank you so so much!!!

Special thanks to our AMAZING colorist Marjolaine Mispelaere, who worked her magic and with Ki Jin Kim brought out all the gorgeous colors in the film that make it look like a Hanbok (Korean traditional dress for weddings and Dols).

Read the Press Release HERE.

Ki Jin Kim at the EFILM|Company 3 event at Sundance 2016.

Ki Jin Kim at the EFILM|Company 3 event at Sundance 2016.


Sundance Channel acquires international TV rights for Spa Night

Excited to announce that Sundance Channel has acquired TV rights for Spa Night out of Sundance for the following territories: Dutch Benelux, Central and Eastern Europe, Iberia and Latin America.

See the press release on Variety and follow us on Facebook for updates on domestic distribution, other sales, and upcoming festival screenings!


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