With Asia Pacific American Heritage Month underway, film festivals centered around content created by Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are in full swing. But have you ever thought about how all this content is created?
These six independent creator crowdfunding campaigns are here to tell our stories from the ground up. Between a short film chronicling a love story from beyond the grave and a documentary following a Cambodian cyclist, there’s something on this list for everyone to enjoy. However, these projects all rely on donations (or sharing on social media platforms) to reach the screen.
Read on to learn more about these six projects and how you can help support AAPI storytelling. Some of these campaigns are ending soon, so be sure to share and receive these donations as soon as possible!
1.”The woman in yellow(Deadline: May 31)
Directed by Kyoto, Japanese-born filmmaker Eiko Nijo, “The Woman in Yellow” may not be the Asian American ghost story one would expect. The short film will follow a woman who meets her parents by chance, decades after their death. While her parents offer much-needed guidance, she’s able to find a sense of closure in the sudden reunion.
2.”Winning is not everything(Deadline: June 4)
When it comes to Asian American families, the pressure to succeed can be…intense. Actor and filmmaker Timothy Krabill aims to bring some humor to the experience of this potential television pilot, which will share Krabill’s semi-autobiographical story of growing up half-Korean in the Pacific Northwest during the 80s and 90s.
3.”Champion(Deadline: June 10)
“Champion” comes from the mind of Kimberly Han, Head of Programming at NBCUniversal. The short film will follow a young Korean-American who dreams of leaving Los Angeles and returning to her hometown of Seoul, South Korea, where her father is still working. Han drew inspiration for the piece from her own “goose family” and wants to help tell stories about the immigrant experience within the AAPI diaspora.
4.”Over the clouds(Deadline: June 12)
Filmmaker Jon Hill will explore the grief of losing a parent in “Above the Clouds,” which will follow a Thai American comedian exploring Los Angeles in the wake of his father’s death. Although “Above the Clouds” might sound serious, Hill points out that the short will be a comedy based on her own experiences of her father’s passing.
Calling all fans of hot doctor characters: this one’s for you. In “Queerfully Departed”, Mimi Pascual dies during a routine medical procedure, only to learn that her soulmate is none other than the doctor responsible for her untimely demise. The short will also mark the seventh collaboration between queer filmmakers. Mara de la Rosa and Trent Nakamura.
This feature-length documentary, centered on the story of Cambodian American competitive cyclist Johnny Phan, is in the first stage of its fundraising campaign. “In pursuit of Cambodiawill follow Phan on his journey to the 2023 Southeast Asian Games, an Olympic-level competition slated to take place next May in Hoa Binh, Vietnam.