DISTANCE － Short Film
Directed by James Z. Feng, Nick Louie, James Y. Shih
Our film has finally finished its yearlong festival run and we wanted to share it with you all. Click above to see the final edit.
Info about DISTANCE:
CAAMfest Q&A (w/ Directors Nick Louie, James Y. Shih, and Actor Iris Hsu).
James Z. Feng is currently in Taipei, Taiwan directing commercial, music, and narrative videos. His latest project is a look behind the scenes of a commercial for Syoss, an international hair product brand, starring Taiwanese pop singer and actress Christine Fan: Syoss 范玮琪 Christine Fan 2013
Nick Louie is an active San Francisco Bay Area actor and filmmaker. He’s Cinematographer on the soon to be released feature length rock-climbing documentary, Brave New Wild directed by Oakley Anderson-Moore.
James Y. Shih is Co-Producer/2nd Assistant Director on the sci-fi film Advantageous: the feature directed/co-written by Jennifer Phang. He’s also currently submitting his latest short film narrative, City Walk, to festivals.
Making this film was an exciting challenge for us and it’s incredibly rewarding for us to share this project with you.
Directors’ Backgrounds: Feng, Louie and Shih first met in the theatre department at UC San Diego where we studied acting and acted together in the first UCSD Asian American Theatre Festival, directed by Jennifer Chang. We are San Francisco Bay Area natives and after moving back to the Bay we’ve continued to work on films together.
We first made Distance as part of the Asian American Film Lab’s 2012, 72 Hour Shootout, where it won the Grand Prize, Best Cinematography, and Best Editing Awards. After the competition, further time was spent sharpening the sound and editing.
For the story, the three of us brainstormed ideas and shared some of our personal experiences. During our discussions, there were recurring themes of love, relationships, and being apart. We decided to put these aspects in the context of a relationship tested by distance.
When do you know someone is worth waiting for? How much choice do we have when it comes to our emotions? What is love? We sought to explore these questions in our film.
At the outset, we agreed that we wanted only a very small crew and cast and to focus on the storytelling. We were incredibly lucky to have Iris Hsu lend her voice and acting talent and for Jesse Chui to provide his beautiful score to this film.
The project gave the crew some incredible filmmaking moments, such as guerilla filmmaking in public locations and avoiding the authorities at the airport. Again, much appreciation and we look forward to sharing more new, engaging films with you in the future.