Sunday, October 26, 2014 | 5:00PM
Bright Family Screening Room, The Paramount Center, 1559 Washington Street, Boston MA
(T: Park Street, Downtown Crossing, or Boylston)
East Coast Premiere
2013 | 96 mins | Drama
Directed by Steven J. Kung
Contains mature content. Viewers' discretion is advised.
Everyone is happy for rising actor GQ Qi – the network, his mother, his best friend – everyone except GQ himself. Heʼs stuck playing an offensive stereotype on a television sitcom, and the day he decides to speak up for himself on set, the executive producer fireshim. Struggling to pick up the pieces, he starts dating A-list casting director Rachel. Love and work become intertwined.
Their relationship survives the protestations of GQʼs mother and best friend, but starts to show strain as it becomes clear that GQ is unable to land another acting gig. Frustrated with Rachelʼs inability to produce results, GQ takes interest in a celebutante actress who tests his ambition and fidelity. As pressures from work, love and family come to a head, GQ must confront the hard question: How much of himself will he compromise for career success?
Steven J. Kung / Writer, Director One of .Mic’s Six Filmmakers breaking the Bamboo Ceiling, Steven J. Kung is a Taiwanese American writer-director making his directorial debut with A Leading Man, winner of two best feature awards.Kung also directed the award-winning documentary, SPEW: The Competitive World of High School Debate as well as promotional videos for the development campaigns of the Victory Fund and the University of Virginia. A dual director and UPM member of the Directors Guild of America, he produced Ernest Borgnine’s last movie, The Man Who Shook The Hand of Vicente Fernández. Previously, Kung worked as the assistant to Matthew Weiner on Mad Men, the assistant to director and DGA President Paris Barclay on In Treatment and as the assistant to Bruce Helford on Anger Management. His first job upon graduating from the CAA mailroom was working as a development executive for Academy Award-winning producer Edward Saxon (Adaptation, Silence of the Lambs). Kung honed his craft at the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts, where he was awarded the Multicultural Motion Picture Association Scholarship for incorporating Asian American perspectives into his filmmaking and the Lily Tomlin Performing Arts Scholarship for using film to advance LGBT rights. In addition to his M.F.A. from USC, Kung holds a B.A. with High Distinction in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia.
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