OPENING NIGHT PRESENTATION & GALA – SPA NIGHT
Directed by Andrew Ahn
Los Angeles’ Koreatown is a three-square-mile block of restaurants, strip malls, and markets located halfway between the bustling city centers of Hollywood and Downtown, a tightly knit trilingual community and the city’s most densely populated district. Young Korean-American David Cho (Joe Seo) has up to now lived a subdued life in this oft-ignored neighborhood, but when his immigrant parents (Youn Ho Cho and Haerry Kim) can no longer afford to keep the family restaurant open, they look to their son to find a new job and help pay for his costly SAT-prep courses. David honors his parents’ wishes and shadows a successful family friend, but what starts as a university tour turns into a drunken 24-hour bender that ends at a nearby Korean spa, where the sheltered David first witnesses the underground gay hookup scene. Though he himself is shy and deeply closeted, he takes a job at the spa, learning both about this new world and his burgeoning sexuality. Spa Night, which won Seo the Sundance Film Festival’s Special Jury Prize for Breakthrough Performance, is an intentionally muted but deeply moving bildungsroman of discovery, and as both David and his parents come to terms with their place in this busy metropolis, Koreatown gets the spotlight it has always deserved.
Warning: Adult content
Post Screening Panel:
Andrew Ahn, Director, SPA NIGHT
Joe Seo, Actor, SPA NIGHT
Opening Night Food Caterers:
Blue Ribbon Sushi Izakaya
Fatty Fish Restaurant
Her Name is Han
Eileen’s Special Cheesecake
Open Bar Sponsored By:
YOBO Soju and YumBui Wine
*Opening VIP Reception 6-7 P.M.
$80 – Screening and Gala Celebration
*$150 – VIP Pre-Reception, Screening, and Gala Celebration
American filmmaker Andrew Ahn was born and raised in Los Angeles and studied filmmaking at California Institute of the Arts (Cal Arts). His short film DOL premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.