FRIDAY, October 6 @ 10:30am in Landmark Cinemas 9 City Centre CYPHER is part of the SHORT STOP: EIFF U short film package. Director: Lawrence Le Lam | 20:00 | Canada | 2017
FRIDAY, October 6 @ 10:30am in Landmark Cinemas 9 City Centre
CYPHER is part of the SHORT STOP: EIFF U short film package.
Director: Lawrence Le Lam | 20:00 | Canada | 2017 | Drama/Racism
Edmonton Premiere! Tensions still linger in 1997 LA between the Korean-American and the Black communities following the ‘92 Riots. After an incident in his father’s restaurant, Jay, a Korean-American high school student finds himself pulled into LA’s underground hip hop scene where the two worlds collide.
About the Director:
Lawrence Le Lam is an award winning filmmaker who loves exploring underground worlds and subcultures. His award-winning film, THE BLUE JET, delves into the hippie movement in 1970’s Taiwan when the secret Youth Police enforced short hair, and an infamous rebellious radio DJ broadcasted banned rock n’ roll to his many long-haired followers. His next project, and first narrative feature, currently titled HONGCOUVER will explore the world of real estate, wealth migration, and super rich Chinese satellite kids with luxury cars. Lawrence will be a part of the 2017 TIFF Talent Lab. In his working life, Lawrence works as an editor, and videographer at Point Blank Creative creating media for progressive organizations.
This film comes from a love of hip hop. Inspired by the recent movement of Korean and Korean-American rappers, we set out to write an Asian-American rap story, and we came across the story of Tiger JK. Tiger JK is a popular Korean rap star, but in his youth growing up in LA, he witnessed the violence between the Korean and Black communities during the 1992 LA Riots. He later said he wanted to use hip hop to create a dialogue between the two communities. We unfortunately were not able to connect with him, so we decided to write a story inspired by his story. We then came across a book called “Blowin’ Up: Rap Dreams in South Central” which was a sociological examination of the underground hip hop scene in LA. The book proved that hip hop does save lives. The book explored how, through the creative outlet of hip hop and through mentorship, the underground hip hop community provided an alternative identity and lifestyle for youth who grew up around and were vulnerable to gang violence. Our film celebrates music’s ability to transcend. The 16-year-old me who wore XXXL jeans that hung from my ass only understood part of the power of music like hip hop, but fortunately, characters in our film learn about the true power of hip hop, poetry, and self expression.
Age appropriate for: 14+ (Violence)
Festivals: Crazy8’s Film Event
(Friday) 10:30 am - 11:50 pm