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Busan 1999

Directed by:

Thomas Percy Kim

11 mins

Friday, Nov 18, 2022

6:00 PM

Shorts Program 1: Opening Night

Jeanie, an expecting Korean-American woman, returns to her mother's old rustic home in Busan South Korea decades after immigrating to America. She scrubs and bathes her old, dirty, frugal mother, Moonja, searching for forgiveness and reassurance of what it means to be a mother.


About the Filmmaker

Thomas Percy Kim is a Korean-American writer/director kindled by raw, introspective narratives and poetic imagery. His debut stop-motion short film, TREJUR, has screened at venues such as Heartland (now Indyshorts) and Busan International before receiving the Harry Winston Brilliant Futures award and YoungArts gold medal by the age of 17. Currently at USC’s Film Production program, he is repped at APA as writer/director, and his live-action short, SI, starring Ki Hong Lee (MAZE RUNNER) premiered at the 2020 LAAPFF before being sold to and distributed by HBO/Max.
He is a 2022 Sundance Ignite Fellow, 2021 Shorts to Feature Lab Fellow, and a 2021 Diverso Minority Report Fellow, where Dede Gardner (MOONLIGHT) selected and reviewed his feature, ISLE CHILD, based on his proof-of-concept short, SI. His latest short, BUSAN, 1999, won Best Narrative at the SFFilm Festival, qualifying it for the 2023 Oscars®.
Thomas is currently based in LA and in the middle of financing ISLE CHILD with EP Jim Cummings.

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