Local Sightings 2019 - BTS Stories: The Paper Tigers w/ Bao Tran
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NWFF’s BTS Storytelling series gives a first-look behind-the-scenes into the filmmaking process! Join writer-director Bao Tran of the feature film, The Paper Tigers, as he speaks to the challenges and victories associated with shooting a highly choreographed kung fu film on the streets of Seattle’s International District, and in various boxing and MMA gyms in the region!
Having just wrapped the film in September, Local Sightings will be the first of such speaking engagements related to this action-dramedy. Come with your questions, and get ready to laugh!
When their old Kung Fu master dies under mysterious circumstances, three estranged friends, despite being terribly out of shape and washed-up as fighters, must reawaken their abilities to find the killer and restore their master’s honor.
Imagine Bruce Lee in his 40s, out of shape and divorced, estranged from his kids, and trying to figure out his place in the world. Then imagine that same Bruce Lee’s comeback. Family, career, and life might have consumed us, but there will always be a part of us that is dying to do a few spin kicks in the backyard. This movie is dedicated to those who are one kick away from pulling their hamstrings… one lap away from a smoke break…
Mentored by master action director Corey Yuen, Bao’s approach draws on spectacle through story and character. Screen Anarchy praised his written-and-directed short BOOKIE for its “flawlessly realized world populated by entirely fleshed out and believable characters, driven by a compelling narrative and brought to sumptuous life.” His editing credits include CHO LON, one of Southeast Asia’s highest-budgeted action blockbusters, and JACKPOT, a heartfelt comedy selected as Vietnam’s official entry to the 2016 Oscars for Best Foreign Film. THE PAPER TIGERS is an upcoming indie action-drama-comedy that will be his first feature film as director. Ain’t It Cool News enthusiastically declared Bao as “a director I expect to see big things from.”