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Children of Invention
Directed by Tze Chun
Produced by Mynette Louie
Trevor Sagan
Written by Tze Chun
Starring Cindy Cheung
Michael Chen
Crystal Chiu
Music by T. Griffin
Cinematography Chris Teague
Editing by Anna Boden
Release date(s) 2009
Running time 86 minutes
Country United States U.S.A.
Language English

Children of Invention is an independent film written and directed by Tze Chun. It premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival, screened at over 40 film festivals, and won 15 festival awards.

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Plot

Two young children living in the Boston suburbs are left to fend for themselves when their mother gets entangled in a pyramid scheme and disappears. The film is loosely based on Tze Chun’s own childhood[1], as well as his Sundance 2007 short, Windowbreaker.

Production

Though set in Boston, the film was shot primarily in and around New York City, with several days in Boston for exteriors.[2] The film premiered at Sundance just 10 months after the first draft of the script was completed.[3]

Reception

The film was very well-received by critics on the festival circuit, and won the following awards:

  • Grand Jury Prize, Best Narrative Feature - Independent Film Festival Boston
  • Grand Jury Prize, Best Narrative Feature - Newport International Film Festival
  • Grand Jury Prize, Best Narrative Feature - L.A. Asian Pacific Film Festival
  • Grand Jury Prize, Best Film - San Diego Asian Film Festival
  • Best Narrative Feature - San Diego Asian Film Festival
  • Best Narrative Feature - Ojai-Ventura Film Festival
  • Special Jury Prize, Best Narrative Feature - Sarasota Film Festival
  • Special Jury Award - San Francisco Int'l Asian American Film Festival
  • Special Jury Prize, Acting Ensemble - Nashville Film Festival
  • Special Jury Prize, New Talent to Watch in Acting - L.A. Asian Pacific Film Festival
  • Special Jury Prize, Emotional Storytelling - Indie Memphis
  • Honorable Mention, Editing - Woodstock Film Festival
  • George C. Lin Emerging Filmmaker Award - DC APA Film Festival
  • Puma Emerging Filmmaker Award - Hawaii International Film Festival
  • Visionary Award - Austin Asian American Film Festival

Distribution

Tze Chun and the film's producer Mynette Louie were named in Ted Hope's list of 21 Great Free Thinkers of Indie Film for their hybrid DIY festival/DVD distribution strategy. The film will debut theatrically in Boston on February 26, 2010, and in New York and Los Angeles on March 12, 2010.

References

  1. ^ Tze Chun, "Children of Invention": Pyramid Schemes, Herbalife and Collaboration, IndieWIRE, 1/8/09.
  2. ^ Difficult times, past and present: Tze Chun looks at his new film and the indie industry, The Boston Globe, 1/22/09.
  3. ^ A Conversation With Tze Chun, Hammer to Nail, 4/8/09.

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