EMPTY BY DESIGN

CENTERPIECE FILM

Struggling with identity is the core of Andrea A. Walter’s feature debut EMPTY BY DESIGN. The film follows two young adults: Samantha (Rhian Ramos), a mixed-race woman who was asked to return to the Philippines to help after her parents passed away, and Eric (Osric Chau), a stuntman whose work brings him back home after living in the U.S. for years. Samantha and Eric’s paths cross one night when she lends him cash to get into a club, and soon after they recognize another from school they begin to reconnect. Aimless like your 20s should feel, EMPTY BY DESIGN is a confident drama that explores what it feels like to be lost as a young adult: from career choices to the desire to find yourself in a childhood that feels long lost. Pulling from her own experiences, Walter creates a wandering drama that perfectly depicts feeling torn between multiple countries and lives. – Jenny Nulf

Program includes special extended conversation with writer/director Andrea A. Walter and actor/producer Osric Chau and Dante Basco!

 

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IN COMPETITION for Best Narrative Feature
SOUTHWEST PREMIERE

DIRECTOR/WRITER/CINEMATOGRAPHER: Andrea A. Walter
PRODUCERS: Joann Banaga, Osric Chau, Chris Pang, Dante Basco
CO-PRODUCER: Chad Kennedy
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Jane Basas, Sienna Olaso, Alan Pao
EDITOR: Brian Hershall Merrick
FEATURING: Osric Chau, Rhian Ramos, Chris Pang, Dante Basco, Madeleine Humphries

LENGTH: 86 min
LANGUAGES: English | Tagalog
COUNTRY: US | Philippines
GENRE: Drama

SUBTITLES: English
FORMAT: DCP

2019 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival Closing Night Film
CAAMFest 2019
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