SXSW 2022: Asian American Director David Siev Documents His Families Struggles To Keep Their Family Restaurant Open in BAD AXE (Documentary Feature Competition)

Directed by David Siev
Produced Diane Quon, Jude Harris, Katarina Vasquez, David Siev
Executive Produced by Jeff Tremaine, Shanna Newton, Michael Meinhold, Tim Chow

***World Premiere – 2022 SXSW – Documentary Feature Competition***

2022 SXSW Screening Schedule:
World Premiere – Monday, March 14 at 12:30 PM at Alamo Lamar E
Online Screening – Tuesday, March 15 at 9:00 AM
Tuesday, March 15 at 3:00 PM at Violet Crown Cinema 1
Tuesday, March 15 at 3:30 PM at Violet Crown Cinema 3
Friday, March 18 at 3:00 PM at Alamo Lamar B

After leaving NYC for his rural hometown of Bad Axe, MI at the start of the pandemic, an Asian-American filmmaker documents his family’s struggles to keep their restaurant open. As fears of the virus grow, deep generational scars dating back to the Cambodian Killing Fields unearth between the family’s patriarch, Chun, and his daughter, Jaclyn. When the BLM movement takes center stage in America, the family uses their voice to speak out in their conservative community. What unfolds is a real-time portrait of 2020 through the lens of this multicultural family’s fight to keep their American dream alive in the face of a pandemic, racial reckoning, and the trauma of having survived a genocide.

About Director David Siev

After graduating from the University of Michigan, David left his small Midwest town of Bad Axe, MI for Los Angeles. He landed a home at Jeff Tremaine’s production company, Gorilla Flicks, where he spent several years finessing the art of guerrilla filmmaking. As a jack of all trades filmmaker, David holds producing, camera, and consulting credits on everything from hidden-camera blockbuster comedies (Bad Trip – Netflix) to rock and roll biopics (The Dirt- Netflix). David first made waves in the Asian-American festival circuit with the debut of his award-winning short film, Year Zero. The film would go on to win Best Narrative Short awards from the DC Asian Pacific American Film Festival, Vancouver Asian Film Festival, Manhattan International Film Festival, and several others. David currently lives in New York where he is now focused on writing and directing his own projects.

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