Two reasons to check it out when it comes to a film festival near you in 2009:
1. It just looks good.
2. Gary King wrote, directed, produced, and also financed it (through cashing out his 401K), and if there's one thing to get behind, it's Asian American filmmakers who put everything they have into making sure their story gets told.
Here's some more information on the premiere:
New York, New York – September 8, 2008 - On Friday, October 17, Kitchen Table Films will hold a private premiere event of the independent feature film drama "New York Lately" at the Tribeca Cinemas in New York. Written, directed and produced by Gary King, the premiere will feature a full screening of the 92-minute film and host an after party at the same venue. The filmmakers and select cast will be in attendance for post-screening Q&A's.
"New York Lately" follows multiple characters as they weave through their daily lives struggling to find happiness. Using New York as the backdrop, filmmaker Gary King interweaves several unrelated tales into a larger tapestry that not only pulls viewers into these intimate day-to-day lives, but also draws on those interactions to show how we are not all that different from each other.
The film is packed with rising talent, including up-and-coming singer Susan Cagle whose New York underground music career was showcased on the Oprah Winfrey Show and a haunting musical score by Ben Romans of the chart-topping band, The Click Five. Along with other powerhouse performances by the ensemble cast, this is a dazzling independent film not to be missed.
In 2006, King quit his corporate job to pursue filmmaking full-time, moving from Northern California to New York where the inspiration for the film was born. "New York Lately" fuses together those universal themes -- love, infidelity, obsession and friendship -- and explores them among city moments that pulse together. "The film moves through its various stories without attempting to make character intersections any more meaningful than the random nature of life itself," says King, "the effect is a sprawling mosaic of New York City and its everyday people, living everyday lives. People can relate to that."
King also served as producer and financed the film by cashing out his entire 401K. "It's definitely an independent film in every sense of the word, from its financing to the way we shot guerrilla style all around the city," says King. "My motto was: no permits, no problem."
Based in New York, Kitchen Table Films is an independent film and media production company, founded in the summer of 2003. The company name and logo are inspired by the humble beginnings, late hours and grassroots effort required in creating independent films.
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