EVERYTHING BEFORE US AND CLOSING NIGHT AWARDS CEREMONY
Directed by Wesley Chan, Philip Wang
EVERYTHING BEFORE US takes place in the near future when all romantic relationships are overseen by the D.E.I (The Department Of Emotional Integrity). By assigning everyone a “Relationship Score,” this system is meant to promote responsibility, happiness, and order within the chaotic process we know as falling in love. Born from the realization that scores tend to pivot our decisions today, EVERYTHING BEFORE US is a playful response to our world run by systems and ratings. With a focus on two couples, Wong Fu Productions foreshadows our possible future if such an institution were to exist.
When Ben reconnects with his ex-girlfriend, Sara, to fix his damaged score, they’re forced to reconcile their past. While it seems as though one chapter of their lives has officially ended, their reunion turns out to be the beginning of many more as they must choose to either comply with the rules of the D.E.I or reject it all for the sake of love. Seth and Haley, recent high school graduates, are in their first registered relationship together. With bright eyes and innocent hearts, they experience the challenge of not only being each other’s first loves, but also each other’s first heartbreaks.
Founded by Wesley Chan, Ted Fu, and Philip Wang, Wong Fu Productions is primarily known for their YouTube channel, which has grown to over 2 million subscribers and over 300 million views in the span of 10 years. Their work has been critically recognized and praised by organizations such as CNN, NPR, the 2008 Cannes and 2011 Sundance Film Festivals, and even the White House. EVERYTHING BEFORE US is Wong Fu Production’s first feature film and with plenty of cute, lovey-dovey moments, and suspenseful drama build up, it is definitely a crowd pleaser and evidence of Wong Fu’s influence in the Asian-American community today.
Co-presented by: Cape
Post Screening Panelists:
Wesley Chan, Director, EVERYTHING BEFORE US
Philip Wang, Director, EVERYTHING BEFORE US
Christine Chen, Producer, EVERYTHING BEFORE US
Christopher Dinh Nguyen, Producer, EVERYTHING BEFORE US
Taylor Chan, Editor, EVERYTHING BEFORE US
Closing Night Liquor Sponsor:
Beam Suntory to serve tastings of Knob Creek Rye, Maker’s Mark 46, and Basil Hayden
The AAIFF 2015 Award Ceremony will precede the screening of EVERYTHING BEFORE US. The Closing Night Reception will take place immediately after the film at the same venue (Museum of the Moving Image).
EVERYTHING BEFORE US makes Philip Wang and Wesley Chan’s feature directorial debut and Wong Fu Production’s first feature film. Founded by Wesley Chan, Ted Fu, and Philip Wang, Wong Fu Productions is primarily known for their YouTube channel where they create short films, sketches, music videos and vlogs for their fanbase of supporters from around the world. While Wesley, Ted, and Philip initially met as friends who simply enjoyed making videos, they now has grown to over 2 million subscribers with over 300 million views, and are recognized as pioneers for a new generation of content creators, as well as a voice for the under represented Asian American Community.