FESTIVALS AND AWARDS

2017 **JURY AWARD** ASIAN AMERICAN CATEGORY @ Student Director's Guild of America
2017 **WINNER** AUDIENCE AWARD @ East Lansing Film Festival
2017 **WINNER** BEST STUDENT FILM @ Charlotte Film Festival
2017 **WINNER** BEST NARRATIVE SHORT @ Full Bloom Film Festival
2017 **WINNER** BEST COMEDY SHORT @ Lionshead Film Festival
2017 **WINNER** AUDIENCE AWARD @ Gold Reel Student Film Festival
2017 **WINNER** BEST DIRECTOR @ The Alhambra Theater Film Festival
2017 **WINNER** BEST COMEDY SHORT @ SENE Film Music Art Festival
2017 *FINALIST* BEST COMEDY SHORT @ Central Florida Film Festival
2017 **NOMINATED** BEST SHORT @ Revolution Me Film Festival

2017 ARKANSAS SHORTS – A Night of Short Film Official Selection
2017 Azalea Film Festival Official Selection
2017 Benicia Film Festival Official Selection
2017 Berlin Student Film Festival Official Selection
2017 Boston Comedy Festival Official Selection
2017 Buffalo Niagara International Film Festival Official Selection
2017 CaribbeanLens Film Festival Official Selection
2017 Catalina Film Festival Official Selection
2017 End of Days Film Festival Official Selection
2017 FastNet Film Festival Official Selection
2017 Film Fest 52 Official Selection
2017 First Friday Film Festival Official Selection
2017 Hip Hop Film Festival Official Selection
2017 Hoboken International Film Festival Official Selection
2017 Indie Street Film Festival Official Selection
2017 Long Beach Indie International Film, Media, and Music Festival Official Selection
2017 Milledgeville Film Festival Official Selection
2017 Pine River Student Film Festival Official Selection
2017 Ridgefield Independent Film Festival Official Selection
2017 Sanford International Film Festival Official Selection
2017 Sick 'n' Wrong Film Festival Official Selection
2017 Snake Alley Festival of Film Official Selection
2017 Soo Film Festival Official Selection
2017 Super Geek Film Festival Official Selection
2017 The Alhambra Theater Film Festival Official Selection
2017 The Valley Film Festival Official Selection

 

Who is Marc Chung?

Nobody knows who Marc Chung is... word on the street is that Marc Chung lives in the valley located in Southern California.

logline?

Marc Chung buys a pellet gun to protect his address.

story?

Marc Chung recounts a story to his friends Stan and Kyle about the events that led up to purchasing a pellet gun to protect his address. It started four days ago when he received a change of name in his water and power bill under Marc’s address. Marc ask Dale the mailman, if he knew anything about the suspect, Robert Dungworth. Soon after, Marc receives another package revealing a SIM card from AT&T. Robert shows up at Marc’s door the next day. Marc questions Robert’s motive in regards about sending packages to his address. Robert takes off running after receiving the SIM card. A chase ensues. Robert gets away but not with the SIM card as it was dropped some time during the chase. He goes to the police station in hopes of getting the police involve. Officer Wolfberg dismiss Marc’s case as he doesn’t have evidence to move the case forward. Back in the garage, Marc explains that this is why he purchase the pellet gun, to protect his corgi, “Lil Killa” and his address.

SHORT STORY?

Marc Chung recounts a story to his friends Stan and Kyle about the events that led up to purchasing a pellet gun to protect his address. Marc encounters Robert who he believes is the man behind the debauchery. Is Marc telling the truth?

marc chung's PEEPS

MICHAEL CHAN | DIRECTOR

Michael Chan is an award-winning filmmaker. He won the Jury Award under the Asian American category at the student Director’s Guild of America for his AFI thesis film, Marc Chung Protects His Address. Michael's stories focus on complex characters and draw inspiration from his own personal experiences both in the military and growing up in a broken home.

He graduated from the two most prestigious film schools in the world: the American Film Institute with an M.F.A. in Directing and the University of Southern California with a B.A. in Film and Television Production. He also served four years in the United States Marine Corps.

You can find him at www.msilverback.com

Drew Pollins

DREW POLLINS | WRITER

Drew Pollins is a Directing Fellow the American Film Institute. Originally from Pleasanton, California, Drew moved to Vancouver, Canada in 2009, where received his BFA in Film Production from the University of British Columbia. His screen adaptation of the short story "Backward Fall" earned him the 2014 Leo Award for Best Student Film in British Columbia.

 

Daniel Leighton

DANIEL LEIGHTON | PRODUCER

Daniel is a graduate of the American Film Institute Conservatory producing program. He has worked in various production positions including Producer, Line Producer, Unit Production Manager and Key Production Assistant on numerous feature-length filmed events, feature films, short films, web-videos and promotional content. He has degrees from the University of California, Davis in Film Studies and English Literature with a minor in Sociology. He is currently working on numerous short films and web videos, as well as developing features. He love animals.

Caleb Tou

CALEB TOU | CINEMATOGRAPHER

Caleb fell into filmmaking later than most people. He developed an interest for still photography in high school, which would later transition into motion pictures. In college, he studied under the close mentorship of John Leblanc, Michael Chapman, A.S.C., and Thomas Ackerman, A.S.C. at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts School of Filmmaking. While going to school,  he worked in the North Carolina film industry on narrative work, music videos, and commercials. Caleb worked in the camera department on Peter Bogdanovich's feature film, SQUIRRELS TO THE NUTS. A short film he shot was an official selection at the 2014 River Run International Film Festival. Caleb spent two months last summer filming a documentary in South East Asia. This year, he will finish studying cinematography at the American Film Institute and continue working in the Los Angeles area.

Reynolds Barney

REYNOLDS BARNEY | EDITOR

Reynolds Barney was born and educated on Oahu (an island in the Hawaiian archipelago). He graduate from the University of Hawaii at Mānoa with a BA in creative media, where he received awards for collaboration and editing. During his undergraduate studies he directed, produced, and edited multiple short films that have screened internationally. Currently, Reynolds’ passion for post-production has brought him to the American Film Institute where he is studying for an MFA in Film Editing.

American Film Institute

At the world-renowned AFI Conservatory, a dedicated group of working professionals from the film and television communities serve as mentors in a hands-on, production-based environment nurturing the talents of tomorrow's storytellers. The Conservatory is consistently recognized as one of the world’s top film schools. 

With an emphasis on narrative visual storytelling and personal expression, each class breaks into teams that mirror a real production environment. Those teams collaborate on and produce more films than any other graduate level film program. 

Established in 1969, the two-year Master of Fine Arts program provides training in six filmmaking disciplines: Cinematography, Directing, Editing, Producing, Production Design and Screenwriting. Admission to AFI Conservatory is highly selective, with a maximum of only 140 graduates per year.

AFI alumni continually celebrate critical recognition, including wins at the Academy Awards (Wally Pfister, INCEPTION, cinematography class of 1988), Emmy Awards (Dante Di Loreto, TEMPLE GRANDIN, producing class of 1991), Tony Awards (Anne Garefino, "The Book of Mormon," producing class of 1988) and the Grand Prizes at the Cannes Film Festival (Terrence Malick, TREE OF LIFE, directing class of 1969) and Sundance Film Festival (Drake Doremus, LIKE CRAZY, directing class of 2005). Most recently, multiple AFI alumni received 2011 Emmy Award nominations, including Patty Jenkins (THE KILLING, directing class of 2000), Anne Garefino (SOUTH PARK, producing class of 1988), Brad Falchuk (GLEE, screenwriting class of 1996), Dante Di Loreto (GLEE, producing class of 1991), Bradley Buecker (GLEE, directing class of 2003), Jeremy Podeswa (BOARDWALK EMPIRE, directing class of 1984), Manny Cotto (DEXTER, directing class of 1984) and Paul Starkman (TOP CHEF, cinematography class of 1998). 

Notable Alumni

Darren Aronofsky (Directing, '92) 
BLACK SWAN, REQUIEM FOR A DREAM

David Lynch (Directing, '70) 
MULHOLLAND DRIVE, BLUE VELVET

Terrence Malick (Directing, '69) 
TREE OF LIFE, THIN RED LINE

Steve Golin (Producing, '81) 
BABEL, BEING JOHN MALKOVICH, ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND

Peter Jan Brugge (Producing, '79) 
THE INSIDER, HEAT

Rick McCallum (Producing, '75) 
STAR WARS: EPISODES 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Matthew Libatique (Cinematography, '92) 
BLACK SWAN, COWBOYS & ALIENS

Wally Pfister (Cinematography, '88) 
INCEPTION, THE DARK KNIGHT, MEMENTO

Christopher Gay (Editing, '06) 
MAD MEN, CSI:NY

Alfonso Goncalves (Editing, '93) 
BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD, WINTER'S BONE

Janusz Kaminski (Cinematography, '87) 
LINCOLN, SCHINDLER'S LIST, SAVING PRIVATE RYAN

Robert Richardson (Cinematography, '79) 
HUGO, DJANGO UNCHAINED, THE AVIATOR, CASINO

Susannah Grant (Screenwriting, '91)  
ERIN BROCKOVICH, THE SOLOIST

Scott Frank (Screenwriting, '84) 
MINORITY REPORT, OUT OF SIGHT

Paul Schrader (Directing, '69) 
TAXI DRIVER, RAGING BULL (both as writer)

Todd Cherniawsky (Production Design, '93)
AVATAR (as supervising art director), ALICE IN WONDERLAND (as art director)

Sharon Seymour (Production Design, '84) 
OLDBOY, ARGO, THE TOWN

Joseph Garrity (Production Design, '79) 
WAITING FOR GUFFMAN, SUNSHINE CLEANING, MY GIRL