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Short N' Sweet: A Donut Princess Podcast

Jul 27, 2023

So Yun Um's directorial debut documentary feature film, "Liquor Store Dreams," made its world premiere at the 2022 Tribeca Film Festival. The film delves into the experiences of second-generation Korean American children of Liquor Store owners in the LA area, shedding light on their unique challenges. Her work has been screened at prestigious events including the Tribeca Film Festival, Busan International Film Festival, BFI London, and more. In addition to her accomplishments, So Yun Um is currently a participant in the 2022-2023 BAFTA Breakthrough USA program. She is an alumnus of the 2021 CAAM Fellowship, where she received mentorship from acclaimed Director Nanfu Wang, as well as the recipient of the Armed with a Camera Fellowship by Visual Communication, the Sundance Uprise Grant, and a Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program Grantee.


Join us on this engaging journey as we delve into the captivating world of "Liquor Store Dreams," discussing the experiences of growing up in immigrant families, the challenges of customer service, and the importance of breaking stereotypes surrounding store ownership. Along the way, we'll provide invaluable advice for Asian Americans pursuing their dreams. Don't miss out on this opportunity to be inspired and support the incredible work of our guest. Tune in now!


Liquor Store Dreams is now available on PBS and Apple TV.


Here are five golden nuggets for aspiring filmmakers:


1. Stay true to your own story: Tell a story that nobody else can tell. Take your time to work on the craft and create something uniquely you.


2. Embrace your delusional fighting spirit: Believe in yourself even when others may not. Support yourself and find the inner motivation to keep pushing forward.


3. Be brutally honest in editing: Cut out anything that feels boring or not cool. Don't just make your favorite movie; challenge yourself to create something truly exceptional.


4. Find a supportive community: Surround yourself with people who understand your vision and can contribute to your film. Build a network of like-minded individuals, including producers, cinematographers, and editors.


5. Don't tolerate toxic individuals: If there are people in the industry who are disrespectful or hinder your progress, feel free to cut them out. Focus on collaborating with those who support and uplift you.

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