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directors Wade Allain-Marcus and Jesse Allain-Marcus
The distant past, the recent past and the present collide in French Dirty a meditation on love, loss and growing up as a millennial.
Not over his parents’ divorce, VINCENT hasn’t really found himself. Untethered to a job nor any real responsibilities, he hangs out with STEVE, his childhood best friend, and JESS, his girlfriend. That is until the moment he meets ROMA. The chemistry is undeniable, but Vincent's still involved with Jess, so he introduces Roma to Steve and watches love bloom, forcing him to hide his growing feelings.
When Steve leaves town, Vincent and Roma hook up, admit they are in love and vow to tell Steve by the end of the day. But as the sun drops behind the Los Angeles skyline, Vincent ruminates on his parents’ failed marriage, his own arrested development and the choice he must make to become a better man.
WADE ALLAIN-MARCUS (Writer, Director, “VINCENT”) received his BFA from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts in Theater. Immediately following graduation Wade booked roles in Friends With Money, Take Me Home Tonight, Waist Deep, and co-starred with Ethan Hawke in Antoine Fuqua’s Brooklyn’s Finest.
Soon after he guest starred on Gossip Girl and Burn Notice. Also that year he was invited to participate in the Sundance Theater Lab in a play that opened at New York’s Fringe Festival, originated the role of Eddie Harper in Post No Bills Off-Broadway at the prestigious Rattlestick theater, and premiered in San Diego at the Old Globe Theater with Welcome to Arroyo’s. From 2009-2011, he studied under the great meisner acting teacher, William Esper, at the William Esper Studio.
In 2013, Wade was chosen from 7000 applicants to participate in ABC’s Talent Showcase. He most recently recurred on VH1’s Single Ladies in January 2014.
After moving to Los Angeles three years ago, he began his journey as a writer/director. Since his arrival he’s written over 10 feature films and plays, and helmed a series of short films including You’re Fucking Nothing, Open House, and Una Y Otra, Y Otra Vez, which is currently on the Festival circuit.
In August 2014 he was invited into the Sony Pictures Television Diverse Directors Program where he worked with a series of current showrunners, Sony Executives, and highly established television directors like How I Met Your Mother’s Pam Fryman.
On the heels of finishing his first feature, French Dirty, that he starred in, co-wrote, and co-directed, he is doing the same for his second feature which is currently ramping into pre-production. Presently untitled, it explores similar themes and is described as a modern take on "the 7 year itch."
JESSE ALLAIN-MARCUS (Director) has been making movies since he was 10 years old. His short films have screened at many film festivals including the Norfolk Film Festival, Newport Film Festival and Los Angeles Film Festival including Last Family Picture (part of the Future Filmmakers Program 2013) and Spaceman (2014) as well as his Una y Otra y Otra Vez (co-directed with his brother) which premiered in the LA Muse section during the 2014 LA Film Festival.
He’s worked as an editor, cinematographer and commercial director. Jesse is a graduate of Oakwood School, the Cal Arts Summer School for the Arts and currently attends Wesleyan University.
You Have His Eyes
dir. Chris Wilson
In each family a story is playing itself out. All its characters affected, for better or worse...You Have His Eyes chronicles the search for Lionel Scott, A Jamaican track runner and national record holder, who abruptly disappeared one day from existence. The story opens with a captivating personal confession from estranged birth mother to son. Heart warming as much as it is shocking, Neomi’s account of her son’s adoption is an empowering story about perseverance, sacrifice, resilience and above all love. “[Director Christopher] Wilson has used his skills to reveal a haunting story of love, mystery, and pain. By the time you reach the end of his escapade, your emotions are highly charged, filled with anticipation and hope. Wilson does not disappoint.” (Emmy award winning journalist JC Hayward).
A South Florida native, Christopher is the founder and president ofCTW Productions. He honed his film and writing skills while attending the private college, Hawaii Pacific University. His entrepreneurial skills led him to become the CEO of 7one. A social organization intent on spreading an empowering message, “Live Life. 7 days a week. One day at a time.”, and positive lifestyle to the collective global community. Christopher Wilson’s personal journey has now become the most highly acclaimed film dealing with the subject of adoption on the market today. The director’s first feature film has captivated audiences across America. Winning eight major awards in the preliminary stages of the film’s festival circuit run. Including two best director nods, two audience choice awards, and two best of festival honors.
dir. Dmae Roberts
Mei Mei, A Daughter’s Song is a cross-cultural tale of a mother and daughter separated by language and culture, yet bound together for life. (Running time 26 minutes.)
In 1990, producer Dmae Roberts won a Peabody-award for her radio documentary, “Mei Mei, A Daughter’s Song." It was the first bi-racial and Taiwanese-American radio documentary on public radio. 25 years later, she created a half-hour film using the audio documentary “Mei Mei” as the soundtrack.
Mixing live action, animated effects and archival footage, “Mei Mei” tells the story of Dmae and her mother as they travel to Taiwan together after a long absence.
As Chu-Yin Roberts’ story unfolds she reveals the abuse she experienced when she was sold into servitude at the age of two and her hardship growing up during World War Two. She talks about the female Buddha who saved her life. It soon becomes clear the tensions they experienced with each other had to do not only with the always-complicated mother/daughter relationship, but also the fact they were of different cultures yet intrinsically tied together because they were family.
This multimedia film is the 25th anniversary of the radio documentary that originally aired on NPR, BBC, CBC and ABC.
Dmae Roberts is a two-time Peabody winning radio art/writer whose work often airs on NPR. Her work is often autobiographical and cross-cultural and informed by her biracial identity. Her Peabody award-winning documentary Mei Mei, a Daughter's Song is a harrowing account of her mother's childhood in Taiwan during WWII. She recently adapted this radio documentary into a film. She won a second Peabody-award for her eight-hour Crossing East documentary, the first Asian American history series on public radio. She received the Dr. Suzanne Ahn Civil Rights and Social Justice award from the Asian American Journalists Association and was selected as a United States Artists (USA) Fellow.
Her stage plays and essays have been published in Oregon Humanities magazine, But Still, Like Air I’ll Rise (Temple University Press), Reality Radio (UNC Press), Alexander Press and The Sun Magazine, Where Are You From? by The Thymos Group and Mothering in East Asian Communities book collection by Demeter Press. Roberts has been writing a personal column for the Asian Reporter and been hosting/producing Stage & Studio on KBOO FM. She is the executive producer of MediaRites Productions in Portland, Oregon.
dir. Talon Gonzalez
Talon Gonzalez is an independent non-fiction film director from Big Sur, California. He is a recent graduate from Occidental College in Los Angeles, California. He also attended FAMU international film school in Prague, Czech Republic in 2012. His student films explore topics relating to ethnic and cultural identity. He was awarded Best Editing at the 2014 United Nations Associate Film Festival for his short film, Mestizo. Talon is also a creative media director for the tech start-up, Student IDeals.