“The life I have known is crumbling. Maybe
real life only starts when everything is too late.”
Ming, a Chinese teen, is disillusioned by society's "rules." Upon meeting a young woman named Ace, the door is opened to allow Ming to live the life she's always wanted. However, when the pressures of society resurface, their bond is put to the test, causing Ming to question who she is and where she belongs.
The reason for making this film is to create an authentic portrayal of life at this formative time in a young person's life. We've all asked ourselves at one point: Who am I? What is the self? We must document this unique point of view-- the moments captured in this film will not be typical, but truthful.
Producer: Sam Shafaghi
Sam Shafaghi is a comedian and writer from Toronto, and the host of his own comedy sketch web series called "The Weekly." His career began as an assistant and researcher on Canada's most popular late-night show, GEORGE STROUMBOULOPOULOS TONIGHT. He produced the mockumentary short film MY HERITAGE (2013), which won Best Film at the WILDSound Film Festival and screened at the Reel Asian Film Festival. Shafaghi maintains a writing blog on Tumblr ("Something Something Writing") and his work has been published in McSweeney's Internet Tendency.
Director: Xindi Lou
Xindi was born in Jilin, China. She graduated from United International College and holds a BA degree in Cinema and Television from Hong Kong Baptist University. During college, she made five short films as writer and director. She was admitted to both American Film Institute Conservatory and Columbia University in 2016. During her first year in AFI, collaborating with talent from all over the world, she directed “The Seat of Intellect”,“Capsule” and “Frog Wife”.
Cinematographer: Daiyao Yan
Daniel Yan was born in Chongqing, China. He graduated from Beijing Film Academy's cinematography program. After 4 years as a freelance cinematographer, he moved to LA and enrolled in the AFI Conservatory. Daniel worked on several feature projects such as The Great Wall, 12 Citizens, and Police Diary. He has experience in a variety of shooting techniques, such as helicopter aerial, 3D-Rig and 65mm IMAX film. In addition to being invited to the Taipei Golden Horse Academy and Busan Asian Film Academy, Daniel has won the Best Cinematographer Award at the Macau International Film Festival and nominated for awards by the Busan International Film Festival and the Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival .
Production Designer: Angran Li
Angran Li is a recent graduate of Parsons School of Design at The New School, with a BFA in Interior Design. During the semester she served as a design assistant to the scenic designer on two musicals on Broadway and Off-Broadway. She also worked on New York Fashion Week 2016 and the Costume Institute's Spring 2016 Exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, assisted the Sukhishvili Georgian National Ballet performance at Lincoln Center and worked on interior residential projects. During the summer she served as assistant director and cinematographer for MSU student independent films.
Editor: Guangwei Du
Guangwei is an honorary graduate of Communication University of China with a BA in Film Directing and Editing. Her directing short debut, PAST SUMMER (2011), was selected as special screening at 2012 Cinequest Film Festival. Her editing credits include but not limited to: JUNE (2014), XIAO NAN (2014), POETRY IN MOUNTAINS (2015) and HIDE AND SEEK (2016), got into numerous film festivals, including Shanghai International Film Festival, Asian University Film Festival and China Short Film Academy Award. She is now a second-year Editing Fellow at American Film Institute.
Story Editor: Jacob Stock
Born in New Jersey and raised in Rochester, NY, Jacob graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2013 with a BA in Cinema Studies and minors in Consumer Psychology and English. As an undergrad, he completed internships with NBC Television, Oscilloscope Laboratories, Universal Pictures, and Alex Gibney's Jigsaw Productions. Upon graduation, Jacob moved to New York City, where he worked in creative development for both film and television. His credits from this period include two seasons as a development associate on the original television series "Cedar Cove."
Story Editor: G. Wilson
G. Wilson was born and raised in Las Vegas, NV. During his studies at UNLV, he was honored with the College of Fine Arts DeVos Scholarship. He has screened several of his films at the Las Vegas Film Festival and was awarded the Young Cinema Lab Grant. After obtaining his BA in Film Studies, he was hired to write and produce content for Vegas.com. Currently enrolled at the AFI Conservatory as a 2nd year Screenwriting Fellow, he enjoys writing about the obscenities and absurdities of society, life, existence, etc.
Located in the heart of the entertainment community in Hollywood, the AFI Conservatory places a strong emphasis on narrative visual storytelling and personal expression. It is consistently recognized as one of the world’s top film schools. A dedicated group of working professionals from the film and television communities serves as mentors in a hands-on, production-based environment nurturing the talents of tomorrow's storytellers.
Established in 1969, the two-year Master of Fine Arts program provides training in six filmmaking disciplines: Cinematography, Directing, Editing, Producing, Production Design and Screenwriting. Admission to AFI Conservatory is highly selective, with a maximum of only 140 graduates per year.
Past alumni include David Lynch (Mulholland Drive), Darren Aronofsky (Mother, Black Swan), Terrence Malick (The Tree of Life), Sam Esmail (Mr. Robot), and Patty Jenkins (Wonder Woman).
Fundraising Deadline: November 7th
Shooting dates: January 8th - January 17th, 2018
The American Film Institute is a Government recognized 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization and holds tax exempt status. Donations made toward "HOW TO LIVE YOUR LIFE CORRECTLY" may be tax deductible under Section 170 of the U.S. Tax Code. A letter of acknowledgment from AFI will be sent for all contributions.
We will gratefully accept any in-kind donations to our film and you will make the credits. Please contact us and let us know how you can help. We'll gladly accept any of following: Filming Locations (Parking Lots, Small Shops, Strip Malls), Equipment (Camera, Grip, Lighting), Art Department & Construction Supplies, Visual Effects, Color Correction, Sound Mixing, Music Composing, Craft Services/Catering, Picture Vehicles
Any contribution is greatly appreciated!
All donations in USD.
Producer: Sam Shafaghi
Director: Xindi Lou