Christina Choe‘s debut feature Nancy recently premiered at Sundance in the U.S. Dramatic Competition, where it won the Waldo Salt Best Screenplay Award and was acquired by Samuel Goldwyn Films for theatrical release. Nancy stars Andrea Riseborough, Steve Buscemi, Ann Dowd, John Leguizamo, and J. Smith-Cameron and was included on the Best films of 2018 by Indiewire, The Village Voice and A/V Club. You can pre-order it in iTunes here. Choe’s docu-series Welcome to the DPRK, a personal portrait of North Korea, was also recently acquired and released by Topic Studios/First Look Media, currently streaming online. Her short film I Am John Wayne won the Grand Jury Prize at the Slamdance Film Festival, while her other shorts The Queen and Flow screened at Telluride, SXSW and Aspen, among many others.
On the latest episode of the Talkhouse Podcast, we feature a conversation between friends, Kickstarter alums and fellow Korean-American writer-directors Andrew Ahn and Christina Choe, recorded at the Kickstarter Lodge during last month’s Sundance Film Festival. Choe was at Sundance with her debut feature Nancy (which won her the festival’s Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award) and Ahn with his Sundance Now TV show This Close, about two deaf best friends. Over the course of their wide-ranging and extremely unfiltered conversation, Ahn and Choe discuss not only their new projects but also telling stories of one’s own community, how Andrew came out to his parents through a short film, Christina’s club KGB (Koreans Gone Bad) – and a whole lot about Christina’s mom! For more filmmakers talking film and TV, visit Talkhouse Film at talkhouse.com/film. Subscribe now on iTunes or Stitcher to stay in the loop about future Talkhouse Podcasts.
The music featured in the podcast is as follows:
1. Intro / outro underscore: “Plastic Man vs. The Giant Red Phase Of The Sun” – Iced Ink
Episode engineered by Lydia Branscomb and edited by Mark Yoshizumi. The Talkhouse podcast producer is Elia Einhorn.
Photo by John Nguyen.