TIE A YELLOW RIBBON

(2007, HD narrative feature, 87 min)

Winner of four Best Film and Director awards, the coming-of-age drama sheds light on the emotional toll of cultural and familial displacement of young Asian American women.

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Estranged from her Midwestern family, Jenny, a 20-something Korean adoptee, regains a sense of home through the budding friendships she develops with the Asian American community in New York, until her brother shows up at the door, stirring up long-lost feelings that she has tried to forget.

ROBOT GIRL

(2002, 16mm narrative, 20 min)

The B-movie inspired ROBOT GIRL recalls the genre's campy, sci-fi style, though its portrayal of a cutter girl in a mental struggle with reality is thoroughly sincere.

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When Kane meets Michael in the surreal hours of a late-night Manhattan club, she tells him she's a robot. A skeptical Michael challenges Kane to prove her "true" identity. Is she real flesh or a technological wet dream?

Surplus

(2000, 16mm narrative, 22 min)

A favorite at film festivals and with critics, SURPLUS is a stark, allegorical film uncompromising in its depiction of poverty and child abandonment.

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Shot in stark black and white, SURPLUS is the haunting tale of a poor Korean farmer forced by economic necessity to choose which one of his four daughters to give up. This dark fairytale-like film is uncompromising in its depiction of the abandonment of a child as the ultimate sacrifice for survival.

TIE A YELLOW RIBBON

(THE SHORT FILM, 2005, 5 min)

A sneak peek at the work-in-progress trailer of this older, very different short-film version of the full-length 2007 movie.

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This work-in-progress tape of the 2005 short film version of TIE A YELLOW RIBBON was never shown. Temporary music by Blonde Redhead was used as a place holder for the later music by the composer in the full-length public version.

THE ATTACHMENT PROJECT

(work in progress, documentary feature)

A piercing look at adoptees' journeys to love, attach and bond with their families. The documentary is the last in a trilogy of adoption-themed films by director Joy Dietrich.

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Studies assert that about 30 to 40 percent of adopted children experience some form of attachment disorder. In the last 20 years, psychotherapy based on attachment theory has gained increased attention in the adoption community as a solution to treat them. The documentary feature, “The Attachment Project” (working title), takes a look at several adoptees' experiences with their families, from the successful to the complete collapse of the relationship.

JAI DEE/JAI DAM

(Good Heart/Black Heart,
feature script in development)

An abandoned baby girl is raised by a monk in a remote monastery in Thailand.

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A baby girl is left at the doorstep of a remote monastery in Thailand. A young monk takes her under his wing and raises her despite the laws against it. When she blossoms and becomes an enticement to the other monks, he entrusts her to a local peasant woman, only to have the woman sell her off. After a decade of struggling to accept his beloved ward's disappearance, the monk goes in search for her.