Joyce Wu (Writer/Director/Producer/Sophie) grew up outside Detroit. She wrote, directed, and produced her first play while a visiting student at the University of Oxford. She went on to become a founding member of Mir Productions, a New York-based theater company and was awarded a Maurice Kanbar Institute fellowship and a scholarship from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to pursue her master’s degree in film production from New York University’s prestigious Graduate Film program.
Sean Kleier (Zach) grew up in Louisville, Kentucky and cut his teeth in comedy, performing stand up and improv at the UCB Theater while writing and producing comedy content featured on The Huffington Post, CBS.com, Funny or Die and others. He has appeared in several independent feature films as well as on television in CBS’ “Madam Secretary” Showtime’s “The Affair” and the upcoming scripted comedy “Odd Mom Out” on Bravo.
Tsai Chin (Grandma) is best known for her role as Auntie Lindo in the film “The Joy Luck Club.” She was the first Chinese student trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. Her career spans more than five decades: on stage in London’s West End as well as Broadway, in numerous television shows including “Grey’s Anatomy,” and in over 25 films including “Memoirs of a Geisha” and two James Bond films: first as a Bond girl in “You Only Live Twice” and almost forty years later in “Casino Royale.”
Brian Yang (David) grew up in Columbus, Ohio and was raised in the Bay Area, attending University of California Berkeley where he studied Biology and Dramatic Arts. He is most known for his role as Charlie Fong on the CBS TV series “Hawaii Five-0.” Yang is also a producer of the 2012 documentary “Linsanity,” which premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. He is a recipient of the Remy Martin Asian American Achievement Award in Film and Television. He speaks both English and Mandarin.
Jess dela Merced (Director of Photography) is a writer/director with a recent MFA from the New York University Graduate FilmProgram where she received the 2012 Spike Lee Fellowship as well as the Lorraine Hansberry Arts, Performance, and Media Award. In 2011 she was selected for a unique writing internship created by Chris Rock at Comedy Central. Her thesis film “HYPEBEASTS” was written under the mentorship of Spike Lee and is a finalist in this year’s NBC Universal’s Short Film Competition. She is a 2014 SF Film Society Filmhouse resident and has been selected as one of IFP’s Emerging Storytellers. She is currently in development for her first feature film “Chickenshit”
Anna Yates (Production & Costume Designer) is a graduate of New York University’s Master’s of Fine Arts program in Scenic Design. She graduated with a Bachelor of Liberal Studies from Sydney University in 2009, where she studied Film, Art History, Literature and Psychology. She has designed numerous operas and plays for the stage as well as several short films, music videos and feature films, including “The Fly Room,” about the 1920s Geneticist, Calvin Bridges.