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Asian American International Film Festival 2015 | New York City


Directed by Nelson Kim

Narrative / USA / 2015 / Drama, Romance, Thriller / 75 mins / English / New York City Premiere

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Village East Cinema
July 24, 2015 9:00 pm


SOMEONE ELSE is a surreal drama about the clash of wills between two Korean American cousins. Jamie (Aaron Yoo), a shy young law student hungry for a more vivid, risk-taking existence, visits his wealthy playboy cousin Will (Leonardo Nam) in New York City. Jamie has always looked up to Will for following his personal pursuit of pleasure in a way that Jamie’s own cautious, reserved nature has never dared.

In his quest to emulate Will, Jamie sheds his old identity and gets involved with a mysteriously alluring girl named Kat (Jackie Chung). But in a series of surprising twists, Jamie’s adventure spirals out of control, and his dream of self-transformation becomes a nightmare that threatens to destroy him.

SOMEONE ELSE begins as a straightforward drama and ends as something quite different, taking the audience on a wild, unsettling ride in which nothing is as it first appears. It’s a journey into dark places, lit up along the way by laughter, sex, thriller-worthy surprises, and a compelling central mystery that will leave viewers discussing and debating it long after the movie ends. Written and directed by first-time feature filmmaker Nelson Kim, SOMEONE ELSE marks the arrival of a fresh new vision in American independent cinema, a breakthrough in the representation of Asian Americans on screen, and a mind-bending puzzler with enthralling acting and brilliant screenwriting. The film stars Aaron Yoo (DISTURBIA, 21, NICK AND NORAH’S INFINITE PLAYLIST, The CW’s THE TOMORROW PEOPLE), Leonardo Nam (THE PERFECT SCORE, THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS: TOKYO DRIFT, SISTERHOOD OF THE TRAVELING PANTS 1 and 2), and newcomer, Jackie Chung.


Post Screening Panelists:

Nelson Kim, Director, SOMEONE ELSE
Aaron Yoo, Actor, SOMEONE ELSE
Brandon Harris, Producer, SOMEONE ELSE

Director's Bio

Nelson Kim is an Asian American writer/director. His short films have screened at Urbanworld, Anthology Film Archives, Palm Springs Shortfest, Asia Society, CAAMFest, and the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival. His feature screenplay CONFIDENCE MAN was a semi-finalist for the Netflix/Film Independent Find Your Voice Competition and a quarter-finalist for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Nicholl Fellowship. In addition to his work as a filmmaker, he is also a film critic, journalist, and teacher. He writes articles and reviews for Hammer To Nail, Senses of Cinema, and other websites, and is an adjunct professor in the Film Division of Columbia University and the Communication and Media Studies department at Fordham University. Nelson received his MFA in Film from Columbia. SOMEONE ELSE is his first feature film.

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Village East Cinema
July 24, 2015 9:00 pm