Independent Feature Film.
Two very different women strike up an unlikely friendship in the course of a day, exploring their psyches, lives, and world views as they navigate the waters of potentially becoming true friends.
Writer/Director LINA SUH
Producer SHARON S. PARK
Cinematographer HEYJIN JUN
Editor ELISA OH
Composer JR SCHWARTZ
a unique creative TEAM...
"Sav & Simone" will film for 10 days in spring 2019. The script is written by Lina Suh, who will also direct; producer is Sharon Park; cinematographer is Heyjin Jun; the editor is Elisa Oh. As Elisa said it "That's a solid K-pop girl group." But in fact, all four Korean and Korean-American women graduated within the last couple years with an MFA from University of Southern California's film program, the #1 film school in the U.S. as ranked by THR. As Lina assembled the core team, she did not plan for it to be a Korean girl group, only intended to find the best people for the job... she ended up with a bunch of Korean women, each a star in her profession.
a timely STORY of modern women...
The story is about female friendship. A friendship version of "Before Sunrise"... Californian girl rebel SAV (Annika Foster) searching for her true self in the digitally mired era and a no-nonsense divorce lawyer SIMONE (Sam Yim) rooted in her Korean family, form an unexpected bond. Two hilarious, thoughtful, complex women get caught up in a day of conversation and shenanigans.
from script to MOVIE SCREEN...
The first feature film for filmmakers can be the hardest to finance.
An independent film by definition, is a film that has not yet secured distribution before beginning production. When completed, "Sav & Simone" will be submitted to prestige international festivals such as Busan Film Festival, Cannes Film Festival, Toronto Film Festival, as well as boutique local festivals. We aim to secure distribution at festivals but will also look at non traditional distribution opportunities on streaming platforms. Our goal is to bring a film to audiences, to watch, laugh, be moved, and talk about for coming decades.
A story from a new generation of storytellers.
Thank you for your generosity, and for loving independent cinema.
Writer, Director - Lina Suh grew up in the American Midwest, Seoul Korea, and New York. She received her BFA from NYU Tisch School of the Arts in Dramatic Writing, and later an MFA from USC in film production, competitively the #1 and #2 film schools in America ranked by THR. Lina produced award-winning fiction shorts and directed a short documentary FLOW ON THROUGH in Cambodia for a World Bank-issued “Water and Sanitation” guide. She produced a first feature – LET’S BE OUT, THE SUN IS SHINING from writer/director Bornila Chatterjee, receiving the Audience Award at the New York Indian Film Festival. Lina taught screenwriting at ESRA (Ecole Superieure de Realisation Audiovisuelle) a French film school satellite in NYC. She directed short films SO F*CKING HAPPY FOR YOU and GOOD FACE as well as music videos for Los Angeles artists. Lina is in development to write and direct multiple feature film and TV projects in New York and Los Angeles, with an eye toward co-productions with Korea.
Cinematographer - Heyjin Jun found that her passion in storytelling is through the visual language. She earned her B.A. from UCLA’s School of Theater, Film, and Television, and her MFA at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts, with a focus on cinematography. Her works have been featured in numerous film festivals including Sundance Film Festival, Austin Film Festival, and screened at CAA, UTA, and the DGA awards. Her commercial credits include HBO/Sesame Street, Slack, Github, and many more. Heyjin and her work have also featured in American Cinematographer magazine 2018 May issue for Wyrm and she was nominated for the ASC Student Heritage Award for Difficult People.
Producer - Sharon Sunjung Park. Also USC film production MFA graduate. Produces like a Boss. Dancing queen. 'Nuff said.
Editor - Elisa Oh is an editor, writer, director, illustrator and comic-creator whose work features authentic stories about underrepresented, queer, Korean-American characters. The eldest child of a preacher, Elisa grew up poised to follow in the family business, graduating from UC San Diego with a BA in Philosophy and then from Fuller Theological Seminary with her Masters in Divinity. After parting ways with the Church, she decided to perhaps accrue student loan debt professionally and chose to study at the University of Southern California, where she received an MFA in Film and Television Production, with an emphasis in screenwriting. She is also a 2018 Sundance New Voices fellow, which is something she’s had to explain as being very prestigious to all of her Korean aunties who are worried about her choice to be an unwed artist.
Sav & Simone is a modern day story of friendship.
"Sav" - Annika Foster fell in love with acting ever since her first local children’s theater play at age 10. She spent her childhood in the Pacific Northwest, playing as many parts as she could on the little island she called home until she made the move to Los Angeles to attend USC’s School of Dramatic Arts. In her four years there, she performed in numerous plays and student film productions (including two of Lina’s!). She also spent a semester studying conservatory style theatre at the British American Drama Academy in London. Annika has appeared in ABC’s "Modern Family", several Lifetime Network shows, web series, an independent feature, and a short film close to her heart called Mudpots.
"Simone" - Sam Yim. At a very young age, Korean-American actress Sam Yim moved from South Korea to Toronto, Canada to Seattle, WA and finally to the New York City area where she grew up. She studied acting at Rutgers University and during her third year was able to work with acclaimed director Tim Carroll at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London, as Ophelia in Hamlet. Her career began, while at Rutgers, in the feature film "West 32nd" with co-stars John Cho and Grace Park. After receiving her BFA, she relocated to Los Angeles to pursue her acting career. Most recently she also had a role in the 2017 blockbuster "Transformers: The Last Knight."
These weirdos start the film as strangers, becoming friends in the course of a day...
Charting the various stages of first meeting, connecting, disconnecting, laughing, crying, misunderstanding, learning, hurting, and choosing whether or not to stay friends after all that.
"Simone" (Sam Yim) spent an afternoon learning how to make braised fish (은대구 조림) at Soban (소반 / a Jonathan Gold favorite) so that she can cook it for "Sav" in a scene in the film. Thank you Soban! We love you.
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