We are very excited to announce the launch of a crowdfunding campaign for Kin, a new short film to be directed in August by the highly talented Mila Zuo – based on a script co-written by Zuo and Beg Steal Borrow’s William Brown.

The campaign comes on the back of Zuo winning the 2019 Oregon Media Arts Fellowship, sponsored by the Oregon Arts Commission and administered by the NW Film Center.

The crowdfund campaign is being run through Seed&Spark, a site dedicated uniquely to filmmakers. For more information about the campaign – and to donate – check it out here…!

It is only between your help and the award from the Oregon Arts Commission that Kin will get made.

About Kin
Kin tells the story of three 20-somethings who live together in beautiful rural Oregon, passing their time with beer, TV, home repairs, and vague dreams about a better future.

Conversations about love, security, and taste punctuate the film’s depiction of three young adults in a forgotten Pacific Northwest town, as a shy young man is enthralled by the overconfidence of the couple he lives with.

While the men repair their neglected home, the young woman works at a small motel, as Kin builds towards a violent climax, exploring its origins and testing how far audiences can go in their ability to sympathise, identify with, and even forgive characters.

Cast and crew
Kin looks set to feature various actors who are well known from the realms of American independent cinema – and it will be exciting to update people about that as soon as the cast is confirmed.

Meanwhile, the film’s director, Mila Zuo, is best known for her short film, Carnal Orient, which premiered at Slamdance in 2016 before going on to play at a host of other festivals in North America and further afield.

Zuo Mila

Mila Zuo preps a new film shoot

The film has since been picked up by online horror distributor ALTER, where Carnal… has thus far received over 77,000 views.

In addition, Zuo’s visual essay Détourning Asia/America premiered at CAAMfest 2019 in San Francisco. The film features and is made in collaboration with renowned Asian-American film director Valeria Soe.

Kin will be lensed by Edward P. Davee, who is an award winning writer/director whose films have screened in several film festivals and art galleries around the world.

His first feature, How the Fire Fell won Best Feature Film at the Seattle Film Forum’s Local Sightings Film Festival and was distributed by FilmBuff.

In 2012, Davee also won the Oregon Media Arts Fellowship as well as additional grants from the Oregon Arts Commission and the Regional Arts and Culture Council. The proposal for his 2nd feature film, Lost Division, won him the annual RACC Innovation award as well.


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Introducing A Letter to Ariadne

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This is just a quick note to announce Letter to Ariadne #1: From Preston to Peristeri, a short film-letter that was shot on 30 June 2015 in Preston, England, and which takes the form of a letter from its maker to Ariadne, the maker’s one-year old niece.

From Preston to Peristeri was made ahead of the referendum in Greece on 5 July 2015 regarding whether to accept the bailout conditions proposed on 25 June 2015 by the so-called Troika of the European Commission (EC), the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the European Central Bank (ECB) to help Greece out of its current debt crisis.

Although the referendum is concerned with a choice made by the people of Greece, a refusal to accept the bailout conditions could/would effectively involve Greece’s exit from the European Union, which in turn might affect the future of that organisation, of the currency that many of its member states use, the euro, and of Europe itself. This in turn might affect geopolitics in a considerable fashion.

When the letter asks Ariadne to consider not excluding Greece, the idea is not to deny that Greece can and will take its destiny into its own hands. However, it is to ask Ariadne to consider the root of the Greek debt crisis, which to the best of the filmmaker’s understanding involves a role played by the richer countries in Europe, namely those which have most influence over the afore-mentioned Troika, both in the creation of debt and in the perpetuation of debt in Greece through its proposed bailout conditions – a debt that would through interest be greater than Greece’s entire GDP (i.e. unpayable).

Let us be clear. Greece borrowed money beyond its means, but those who lent it also were not checking with any particular care about whether those loans were sound. Here’s some free money, someone says to you. What? You mean, I can have that money and thus lead a life a bit more like yours, or at least what I perceive yours to be? Or more simply: what? You mean I can use this money in order to lead an easier life? Who would not say yes to such a tempting tibi dabo?

Families fall apart and what family is or means changes over time. Nonetheless, in a Union, we should support each other. This is the principle of Union. But when the Union is built upon mutual greed, exploitation and economic subjugation that is sold as economic liberation, then this seems less like a Union and more like use and the treating of the other as an object, as a means to an end, and not as an end in itself.

The human cost is great: unemployment, depression, suicide and the turn to extremism in desperation. Another place hollowed out for the purposes of profit. Humans are weak, but we should not hate each other for this.

So, in effect, the film asks Ariadne to consider never to exclude anyone from her life and to whom she owes many things just because they are perceived as being or materially are more poor than she. It also asks her never to perpetuate the perceived or material poverty of others.

The filmmaker hopes that the film does not come across as condescending, especially to the people of Preston and Greece, not least because he uses images of the former to frame discussions of the latter. He surely has grasped imperfectly the condition of Preston in the contemporary world, but on 30 June 2015, Preston posed for him in the fashion that features in this film-letter.

Although the filmmaker does not mention Peristeri in the letter, he likes the idea that a place in Athens might signify a dove (Περιστέρι/Peristeri means pigeon or dove in Greek), and thus by extension peace. May peace reign both in Preston and in Peristeri.

The music that features in the film is by David Miller.

Apologies for the quality of the sound recording on the voice over; the maker only had his laptop with him at the time of making the film.