October 18, 2004

FYI: ETHAN MAO World Premiere

Dear friends of Ethan,

I'm so excited to tell you that "Ethan Mao" will be world premiering as part of American Directions at the AFI Los Angeles International Film Festival on Wednesday November 10 at 9:30PM.

Jun Hee Lee, who made his feature acting debut as Ethan Mao, has just been cast as a supporting lead in "American Pie IV." And if you watch MTV, you may spot Jerry Hernandez who was featured as Jojo's boyfriend in Jojo's number one music video "Leave (Get Out)".

"Ethan Mao" was also selected as the closing film for the Hong Kong Lesbian & Gay Film Festival. More festival dates to be announced soon. Please check out our updated website.

The screening times at AFI Fest are:

Wed. Nov 10, 9:30pm, theatre A12, ArcLight Hollywood
Sat. Nov 13, 12:30pm, theatre A13, ArcLight Hollywood

For the AFI screenings, tickets will go on sale starting this Friday Oct 15: http://www.afifest.com

Thank you for all your support, and hope to see you at the world premiere!

Quentin Lee

Facades fall away when everyday family life is hijacked by extreme situations. This genre-busting film blends drama, thriller and romance into a singular coming-of-age journey for the titular character. Newcomer Jun Hee Lee’s innocent face and straightforward portrayal help illuminate a troubled adolescent buffeted by life’s storms.

Eighteen-year-old Ethan Mao’s life starts to spin out of control following back-to-back traumatic events: an attempted robbery at the family restaurant and his father’s discovery that Ethan is gay. Out on his own, he leads a hustler’s sketchy life until he meets another street kid, Remigio, who offers sanctuary. Ethan later convinces Remigio to take him home to collect some belongings, including a necklace that belonged to his deceased mother. When his family returns unexpectedly, a hostage situation results in confrontations and revelations for all concerned.

Writer/director Quentin Lee (SHOPPING FOR FANGS) draws on influences from Thomas Hardy to Gus Van Sant to craft a story thoroughly modern in its examination of one gay Asian teenager’s struggle to claim his place in life. Using subtle shifts in sound and music, a voyeuristic camera and unexpected narrative jump cuts, Lee subtly frames the disorienting world of ETHAN MAO.
- P.E. Thomas

Posted by ronn at October 18, 2004 12:08 PM