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USA, 2009, 86 mins, Color



Director/Screenwriter: Tze Chun
Producers: Mynette Louie, Trevor Sagan
Co-Producer: Dave Saltzman
Cinematography: Chris Teague
Editor: Anna Boden
Cast: Michael Chen, Tina Cheng, Crystal Chiu


Two young children living outside Boston are left to fend for themselves when their mother gets embroiled in a pyramid scheme and disappears. After being evicted from their home, the Cheng family finds that times are tighter than ever. Hardworking single mom and recent Boston transplant Elaine tries desperately to find the means to support her young children, Raymond and Tina. They squat in a model apartment in an unfinished building, but try to maintain a normal life. Elaine juggles a number of jobs, including working for a questionable pyramid scheme. Meanwhile, Raymond and Tina become latch-key kids and find amusement in building childish inventions. When Elaine doesn't return home one night, things take a turn for the worse. Nobody knows the kids are home alone, and they are left to fend for themselves. As the days pass, Raymond realizes he needs to come up with a plan to take care of his little sister. Based on Tze Chun's own award-winning short film, “Windowbreaker," which screened at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival, "Children of Invention" is a drama about the influence of an adult world on children, the immigrant mentality, and shortcuts to the American dream.

Tze Chun
Tze (pronounced "Z") Chun is a filmmaker working out of New York City and Los Angeles. He was born in Chicago and raised outside of Boston, and received his bachelor's degree in film studies at Columbia University. Tze's short film "Windowbreaker," made for $600, was selected to play at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival, as well as over thirty other high-profile international festivals. It won the audience award at the 2006 New York City Short Film Festival and best short film at the 2007 Vietnamese International Film Festival. That same year, Tze was selected to participate in Tribeca Film Festival’s All Access Program with his feature Artificial Dissemination and IFP’s No Borders International Co-Production Market with his feature You're a Big Girl Now. In the summer of 2007, Tze was named one of Filmmaker Magazine's "25 New Faces of Independent Film." Tze is currently working on multiple writing and directing projects. His feature film You're a Big Girl Now is a period drama about his mother's childhood growing up in a Singaporean brothel. Based on two years of research and interviews, the film is currently being shopped. Pending financing, he hopes to shoot the film in Malaysia sometime next year. Tze also works as a painter and visual artist. He is represented at CVZContemporary gallery in Soho, and has commissioned portraits in private residences in New York City, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Boston, and New Orleans. Tze also painted the original artwork for the poster of Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck's Academy-Award nominated Half Nelson (THINKFilm) as well as the children's book drawings used in the film. Children of Invention is Tze's feature film debut.

          NO WIND, NO WAVES
U.S.A., 2008, 22 mins, Color

Director: Julian Anthony Higgins

A middle-aged Chinese man traveling to America to visit his son finds himself lost and alone in a country he doesn't understand, and where no one seems willing to help him. An unsettling portrait of contemporary America and of a world whose people seem to be growing ever further apart.

06/12/09 11:30 AMVenue 3 (HS)
Saugatuck High School Auditorium
401 Elizabeth Street
06/13/09 07:00 PMVenue 3 (HS)
Saugatuck High School Auditorium
401 Elizabeth Street


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