Upcoming Release – Xinyi Zhu’s ‘Kindling’ shares a story of estranged friends who reunite for a life changing event

Trailer: https://vimeo.com/385635639

Director Xinyi Zhu’s Kindling focuses on two women who come together for a life changing event. This brilliant film which won the Best Drama Award at the 2020 USC First Look Film Festival will be screening online for 2020 Indy Shorts International Film Festival – Heartland Film.

Two estranged childhood best friends confront each other about who they were and what they have become, when one drives the other to get an abortion. 

Director Xinyi Zhu’s most recent short Kindling was selected for the 2020 Palm Springs International ShortFest and won the Best Drama Award at the 2020 USC First Look Film Festival. Xinyi is co-directing an USC-Warner Bros. feature Phantom that is looking to be in production in August 2020 and is developing her first feature film Nanzhou Brothers, which she also wrote. Zhu works with non-fictional content as well and worked on Quaran-Zine Connections, a mini documentary she made with the Asian American Documentary Network (A-DOC). In her work, she aims to explore intimate relationships, genders, and topics about trans-corporeality and poststructuralism.

Kindling will be screening online for the 2020 Indy Shorts International Film Festival – Heartland Film on July 21st – July 26th. It will also be screening online for Nevada City Film Festival from August 28th – September 4th.

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