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2018 Asian American International Film Festival


Directed by Alex Chu

NARRATIVE FEATURES / USA / Comedy, Drama, Family / 84 mins / Chinese (Cantonese), English with English subtitles


Co-Presented by Asia Society
August 3, 2018 8:15 pm Not Available


Q&A to follow with filmmakers

FOR IZZY tells the story of what happens after a retired divorcee, Anna and her lesbian daughter Dede, who is struggling with addiction, move next door to a lonely widowed father Peter and his autistic adult daughter Laura.

Dede, an unemployed photojournalist, is getting over a broken engagement. She wants to prove to her mother Anna and herself that she can be responsible, but struggles with addiction. Laura, who is a high-functioning autistic, yearns for independence from her well-intentioned, but extremely protective father. The two form an unlikely pair as Laura becomes the key to Dede’s sobriety and Dede becomes Laura’s window to the outside world.

Anna, a burnt out investment banker who feels cheated by time and parenthood, finds a companion in Peter, a lonely accountant whose life revolves around his only daughter Laura. Their unexpected romance brings light and energy back into their lives—a second chance. But as old demons surface, the relationships of all four people are tested.

FOR IZZY is a narrative feature drama filmed in a documentary format and infused with elements of magical realism. In the end, through an act of blind courage, the four overcome adversity to become a family.

 Post Screening Panelists:

Alex Chu, Director

Michelle Ang, Lead Actor and Producer

Jennifer Soo, Actor and Producer 

Jim Lau,  Actor and Producer

Kris and James Chen, Moderators

Tickets to Screening:

$16 General
$12 Student/Senior

Screening made possible by: GAPIMNY—Empowering Queer & Trans Asian Pacific Islanders, Rebel Motion

Director's Bio

Raised in Libya, Alex Chu has lived in Asia, Canada, and the US. His most recent film FOR IZZY premiered at the 17th Ashland Independent Film Festival, where it won the Varsity Audience Award for best feature. FOR IZZY also won the Grand Jury Prize at the 34th Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival. Chu’s previous works include the Asian American feature YES, AND…, a gay zombie martial arts musical FORTUNE COOKIE MAGIC TRICKS, and the Occupy Wall Street themed short drama THE EQUITY PARTNERS. Outside of filmmaking, Chu is an activist and has served as Committee Chair for Digital Media with the March For Science LA.


Director: Alex Chu
Actor, Producer: Jim Lau, Jenny Soo, Michelle Ang

Dates & Times


Co-Presented by Asia Society
August 3, 2018 8:15 pm Not Available