SHORTS: MADE IN NYC: LOVE LETTERS TO NEW YORK
Village East Cinema
July 28, 2017 9:45 pm
In this poetic short, Director Howie Lam presents a question to his viewers: “What do you do when you can’t let go of the person you love?” His film explores this by presenting us a desolate backdrop of New York City and analyzing a man’s internal struggle between reality and fantasy.
Born and raised in New York to Chinese immigrant parents, Howie Lam discovered the idea of visual storytelling in High School, making short films and skate videos on a VHS camcorder. This led him to choose School of Visual Arts to pursue filmmaking, an unorthodox choice given that he was the only one of his extended family to not study a more traditional career path.
In 2007, he decided to move to Shanghai, China to experience a new culture and be closer to his family. During that time, his career took a slight detour when he started working at a boutique creative agency, focusing on branding and marketing for some of the world’s leading brands. It was only recently he realized his life was far from being fulfilled. In 2016 he decided to leave the agency life and put his focus back into filmmaking. Fade, a short film he created in 2016 was his first foray back. He’s currently in Shanghai as a working commercial director.
With almost 8.5 million people spread across five boroughs, compelling New York City stories are being told every day. Living in the city that never sleeps, Asians are continually working to shape the city’s modern landscape. This program highlights the diverse aspirations, failures, and energy of Asians in the Big Apple.
In This Program:
DISTANCE, DEADLY VIEW, I SEE YOU, THE PLEASURE OF BEING SERVED, FADE, FOR THE LOVE OF MANGOS, I DON’T MAKE THE RULES