Inclusion StatementThis film features a 100% POC cast. Our director, producer, and cinematographer are all WOC. It was not only important but non-negotiable that we create an inclusive & diverse project reflected on and off camera.
About The Project
is an ironic tale of humor and sadness. Like life.
is a story about otherness.
is also a story about togetherness.
When Evan wakes up in the middle of the desert, he has no memory of how he ended up there. While searching for help, he meets Dawn, a dry humored & not-so-angelic messenger angel assigned to guide him home. The two must work together to get back to their lives but soon find out it's no walk in the clouds.
MATTERS OF THE HEART
This story was written out of sadness but became a product of joyfulness. Ce'st la vie! We believe this film demonstrates the healing power of storytelling and will become a springboard for others to tell their own stories. If you've ever tried running away from yourself, this is for you. If you've ever been that person trying to help someone from running away, this is for you.
WHY BUILD THIS STORY WITH US?
Movies are magical.
Movies also cost money to make.
We've done our best to cut costs but we need your help to create Evan's world!
"When I first laid eyes on the script for Evan I was incredibly moved; it's a quirky, magical piece that is grounded in the complexity of our human experience through the eyes of two unforgettable characters. The film on one side explores the arduousness of a never ending journey, and on the other the inability to cope with the present due to our actions in the past. I'm so honored to be directing this piece and getting the opportunity to work with Chanelle and Deyo; I've been fans of them both for as long as I can remember! Thank you for supporting the underrepresented and original stories." - Roxy Shih
Our film is backed by a diverse crew including our director, Roxy Shih (Toronto Female Eye Festival winner for The Tribe and Painkillers), producer Theresa Chiu (CAAMFest and VCFilm Fest nominated for Love Arcadia), cinematographer Daphne Wu (My B.F.F. with C Thomas Howell, Aimy in a Cage with Crispin Glover), and production designer Hogan Lee (Life of Pi, Lucy, Silence).
In a hyper stimulated generation, this film focuses on moments that we just can't scroll past.
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About This Team
Introducing our team!
Director - Roxy Shih
Roxy Shih is an internationally acclaimed Taiwanese-American producer and
director. Born in Europe, Roxy’s multi-cultural background has given her a distinct voice in her cinematic accomplishments. Because of her versatile range from unscripted comedy to feature length horror/thriller, Roxy was able to work with many independent companies both overseas and domestically, making her one of the most in demand independent cinema artists today.
Roxy was one of ten chosen for the prestigious Armed With A Camera fellowship in
2011 and received a grant to direct a short film, Play Time, that premiered at the DGA
and went on a successful film festival tour internationally. She has then had her work
shown at an array of festivals such as The LA Film Festival, LA Asian Pacific Film
Festival, St. Louis International Film Festival, Cannes, and SXSW.
Roxy had her directorial debut, The Tribe, acquired by Empress Road Pictures in 2016.
The film stars the illustrious Jessica Rothe (Happy Death Day, LA LA LAND), Anne
Winters (Mom & Dad, 13 Reasons Why) and Michael Nardelli (The Collection, Circle).
The film has garnered a lot of media attention and has won awards at prestigious
festivals such as Best Narrative Feature at Nice International Film Festival, Best Debut
Feature Film at The Female Eye Film Festival in Toronto, and Best Feature Director at
Other Worlds Austin Film Festival.
In 2016, Roxy helmed episodes of the highly anticipated sci-fi anthology series
Dark/Web, which will be released later in 2019. More recently, she is releasing her
sophomore feature PAINKILLERS, which stars Madeline Zima (Californication, Twin
Peaks), Grant Bowler (Defiance, True Blood), Debra Wilson (Mad TV), Mischa Barton
and Adam Huss (Power). The film is produced by Title Media and Lone Suspect,
releasing with a limited theatrical on January 31 st then nationwide VOD on February 4th.Hulu will take rights exclusively April 2019.
On the side, Roxy believes in giving back to her community and serves as the founder
and current Festival Director for the Taiwanese American Film Festival to give other
Taiwanese and Taiwanese-American cinema artists a platform to be seen.
Producer - Theresa Chiu
Theresa Chiu is a writer and producer from Alpharetta, Georgia, currently based in Los Angeles, California. Her award-winning debut feature film Love Arcadia, a coming-of-age romantic dramedy, enjoyed a successful tour on the festival circuit before prominently featuring in Comcast's Cinema Asian America series and earning distribution from outlets worldwide. Her extensive experience in arts and entertainment includes roles at the Center for Asian American Media, CBS Television Drama Development, and the Endeavor Talent Agency. A graduate of Duke University, she is currently developing a new work with an Atlanta-based theatre company and producing the feature film Dream Walker, a supernatural thriller set in Taiwan.
Cinematographer - Daphne Wu
Daphne Wu is an award-winning cinematographer based in Los Angeles. Since her graduation from USC's School of Cinematic Arts in 2011 she has accumulated a full repertoire of narrative features, shorts, music videos and fashion films as a director of photography.
She has ten narrative features under her belt, including My B.F.F. (2016) with C Thomas Howell (The Outsiders, E.T.), and Aimy in a Cage (2015), starring Crispin Glover (Back to the Future) and Paz de la Huerta (Boardwalk Empire, Enter the Void).
Her active approach to cinematography is to constantly innovate and challenge how a narrative can be translated visually onto the screen. She loves to take creative risks and enjoys working with directors and producers that are just as fearless in their vision.
Set Designer - Hogan Lee
Hogan was born and raised in Taiwan. The city of Taipei was his window to getting to know the world. The foundations of his creativity come from the unrestrained expression and cultural contradiction from Taipei. Like being in the state of drifting, Hogan pays attention and respect all forms of life when he travels. He understands the world by seeing and learning from people's everyday lives which is his only faith of aesthetics towards cinematic arts.
After working on several well-known international feature films such as Life of Pi, Lucy, and Silence, Hogan decided to widen his horizons from Set Decoration to Production Design. Hogan received his M.F.A. degree in Production Design at the University of California, Los Angeles and he currently resides in Los Angeles.
Costume Designer - Lillian Fu
Lillian Fu's credits include the feature film Sleight (Sundance), the Asian comedy duo SeventhGrade, and more recently the tv series, Dirty John on Bravo and Netflix which received a Golden Globe and Critics' Choice Awards nomination for Connie Britton's performance.
"Evan" - Deyo Forteza
"Dawn" - Chanelle Wang
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