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:

Behind the Scenes Trivia

Behind the Scenes Photos

CAAMfest Q&A (w/ Directors Nick Louie, James Y. Shih, and Actor Iris Hsu).

Asian Film Festival of Dallas Interview


Director Updates:

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.


Directors’ Statement

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.

Fight Life DVD Release Party TONIGHT (1/10/2013) in San Francisco

Come join Fight Life’s DVD Release Party TONIGHT at the Sugar Cafe (679 Sutter St, San Francisco. Cross street: Taylor) from 7pm till Late. Myself and RiLL Films produced it! Five years in the making. Directed by James Z. Feng. More info:


Quick Update - ADV 9

Today was day 9 of production, we’re more than halfway done. I’m still working on the production rhythm and these early morning starts, but I’m getting there.

I’m beginning to lighten up more and connect better with the cast and crew. They’re all really great people. I had a good conversation with one of the cast, whose pretty famous, and I was just struck by how humble and nice he was. 

Had a talk with another actor and it was great to hear her concept of playing her role while keeping an eye on the content of the scene. She’d give the others space for them to play up emotion while she’d play it subdued to act as contrast.

Today was a good refresher in why I love film and acting.

Days 02 & 03 - ADV in NYC - Rehearsals, Film

Past two days been busy with prep work for the shoot. Also I’ve been able to drop in on rehearsals to help out and meet the actors, which has been great. Even got a chance to do a short improv with a child actor where I had to be a dad. The director has told me before I’d make a good Asian dad. I’m not sure if that’s a good thing or a bad thing…

Found some free time earlier tonight to check out “L'Avventura” by Michelangelo Antonioni with co-crew member and friend, Richard S.

Kinda slow, but some very nice shots and an interesting exploration of loss and desire.

ADVANTAGEOUS Kickstarter just launched! Based on the short film with the same creative team and cast, Advantageous is about the extremes that a mother will go to in order to ensure her daughter’s future. As an Associate Producer on the feature film, I feel incredibly privileged to be part of such an amazing team and to help bring such a beautiful film to life.

The short film greatly resonated with me. It made me recall the sacrifices that my own mother made in order to raise our family and made me appreciate her incredible inner strength. That is why I’ve signed on to this project with full passion. With the feature, it will explore the dismal state of our education system, the pressures of society on women, and the sacrifices of mothers everywhere with even further humanity and beauty. 

Check out the Kickstarter video above (which I directed and co-edited) along with the the page, and give what you can. We have great prizes and it’s for a worthy cause not to mention an awesome film.

Thank you. You rock.

Q&A after the screening of our short film “Distance” (距離). *

Having our film at CAAMfest was a great and surreal experience for me. I was an intern at the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM) back in 2010-2011. To come back years later to screen a film here is nothing short of awesome. 

I learned that the CAAM programmers didn’t know I was one of the filmmakers until after it was selected. I’m not opposed to using connections, but to know that the film was selected on merit was especially fulfilling.

Thanks again to all that came. Another shout out to Jessie Chui (Songs For Cinema) for allowing us to use his beautiful song “Asymmetries of Loss” for the film score.



*Part of the ONE ON ONE shorts program at CAAMfest 2013. Filmed on March 21st 2013. Directors James Y. Shih, Nick Louie and actor Iris Hsu in attendance. Moderated by Mordecai Stayton. Special thanks to Daniel Tong for filming the Q&A.

Trailer for our short film “Distance” (距離).

Last screening at CAAMfest is tomorrow! Part of the ONE ON ONE shorts program:

Location - Sundance Kabuki Cinemas (1881 Post St., San Francisco)

Time: March 21st, 2013, 6:30 pm

ONE ON ONE shorts (90 min):

What do we mean to each other in any given moment? What matters most is what we take away, and what we leave behind. In these films, strangers, friends and loved ones have close encounters; some end well, others not so much. (source:

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Should be fun!

"Fight Life" World Premiere!

Three years ago I was being choked out by another student at Jake Shield’s Gracie Fighter gym in Berkeley while Jake looked on.

I wondered to myself, “I didn’t know film research could be this painful.”

Seems like ages since that moment, but it’s been worth the wait. After 3 years of production, Fight Life the MMA Documentary I helped produce is finally coming to the big screen.
Location: The Roxie Theater in San Francisco
Date: January 20th, 2012
Time: 7pm and 9pm
Special Guests: Jake Shields and more.
“Fight Life” is a groundbreaking documentary that gives the audience a rare look into the real life of the professional mixed martial arts fighter and the sport they’ve chosen.