Life gets turned upside down for Kimberlee and Aimee Fung when their father decides to leave his well-paying corporate executive job in San Francisco and move the family to Bakersfield, CA. Moving in with grandparents and helping out with the family business, a massage parlor called “Touch of the Orient,” add to the remodeling of their lives. If the social pressure of starting at a new high school in the middle of the school year weren’t enough, Kimberlee and Aimee are among only a handful of Asian American kids at North High. They soon realize that every choice they make—from where to sit at lunch to what clubs to join—will determine where and if they fit in.
Claire Yorita Lee
Five Dollar Martini Productions is the producing partnership of Eric Byler, Claire Yorita Lee, Di Quon and Liza Suh. The team first came together in 2004 with the intention of creating an Asian American family drama and to improve the portrayal of Asian Pacific Americans in mainstream media. They shot MY LIFE…DISORIENTED in 2004 and 2005 on location in Bakersfield.
Biracial writer/director Eric Byler grew up in Virginia, Hawaii and California before graduating from Wesleyan University in Connecticut. Byler was nominated for a 2003 Independent Spirit Award for his first feature film, Charlotte Sometimes. His second feature, Americanese, premiered at the South by Southwest Film Festival in 2006 where it won the Audience Award and Special Jury Award for Outstanding Ensemble Cast. Current projects include Kealoha (The Loved One), in development, and a Charlotte Sometimes sequel called Tre, in post-production.
Claire Yorita Lee
Claire is half Japanese, half Chinese and grew up in Orange County. After graduating from UC San Diego, she studied abroad in Guatemala, Colombia and Ecuador. As an ABC/Disney Television Writing Fellow, Lee worked with ABC executives developing scripts. She was also in the FOX Diversity Writing Program. She has worked on numerous television shows and pilots, including ABC’s Thieves, FOX’s Skin, and most recently NBC’s Medium, where she sold a story.
Di Quon made her big screen debut as "Lily Kim," a hotel seamstress in Maid In Manhattan starring Jennifer Lopez and directed by Wayne Wang. Featured in print, commercials and Aerosmith and Prince album covers, Quon now focuses on film and television. Her credits include Medium, Boston Public, Grounded for Life and a WB network pilot with producer team Carsey-Warner-Mandabach (That 70s Show) and Mark Burnett (Apprentice) that was filmed in Barcelona. In addition to her role as producer, Quon stars as Kimberlee in MY LIFE…DISORIENTED.
Liza Suh has been producing commercials, television and films for nearly a decade. From high-concept television commercials and creative cable network promos to television pilots to short films, Suh has collaborated with top-level talent and companies. Some of her clients include Showtime Networks, The Sundance Channel, A&E Biography and Cox Communications. Her film credits include the short film The Last Real Cowboys, starring Billy Bob Thornton, which played the festival circuit and won several awards, along with other projects currently in development at Paramount Pictures and Lions Gate Entertainment.
Hira Ambrosino was born and raised in Japan. She began to study classical piano performance at a very young age and to study theater while in high school. Her credits include CSI: N.Y., Friends, Everybody Loves Raymond, Arrested Development, Fraiser and recurring roles on The West Wing and Monk.
Karin Anna Cheung
Roger Ebert of The Chicago Sun Times has called Karin Anna Cheung "a gifted Asian American actor." She played her first feature film lead in Better Luck Tomorrow, directed by Justin Lin. The film screened at festivals across the country, including Sundance, and was purchased by MTV. Cheung enjoys an active career in film, television, stage and music.
Although Cece Cline started her career as a singer and dancer, many people remember her as Annie Brady on the NBC daytime drama Days of Our Lives. Her feature film credits include All the King's Men and Memoirs of a Geisha. She has been focusing on her first love, the theater, as a founding member of the Cassiopeia Theatre Company in Los Angeles, currently in its second successful season.
Teddy Chen Culver
Teddy Chen Culver's credits include stage and screen. He had a starring role in Achievers and was nominated for a 2002 GLAAD Media Image Award for a role he developed in the play Fallen Guardian Angels. Besides Charmed and JAG on the small screen, Culver will be on the big screen in Tre, directed by Eric Byler.
Christopher Dinh started his acting career at UCLA, not as a theater major, but as a biology major with his sights fixed on med school. While working at a coffee shop on campus, he was befriended by a theater professor who talked him into taking his first theater class. Dinh continued to take acting classes at UCLA and at East West Players sporadically throughout college. He eventually found himself involved in independent films both in front of and behind the camera.
Dennis Dun is a prolific actor who is best known as Wang, the partner of the tough-as-nails Jack Burton (Kurt Russell) in Big Trouble in Little China. Dun began his film career as a production assistant on Wayne Wang's 1984 film Dim Sum. He made his acting debut a year later in Year of the Dragon. Dun's other credits include John Carpenter's Prince of Darkness, The Last Emperor, Warriors of Virtue and My American Vacation.
Amanda Fuller started working at age nine and hasn't stopped since. Besides being an accomplished theater and film actress, her TV credits include Strong Medicine, Boston Public, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Judging Amy, Dragnet, Without a Trace, The Division, Touched by an Angel, Malcolm in the Middle, That 70s Show and The Practice, just to name a few.
Eric Hackett is an artist and successful actor in film and TV. His big screen credits include Mr. Jinx and the soon-to-be-released Tre. Hackett is currently involved in a new feature film. He loves the business and is thrilled to be working. Born to work and have fun, he is striving to get more of both.
Jeremy Hogan has been acting since he was a kid, appearing in commercials and TV shows such as Saved By The Bell and Full House. Co-founder of the Cassiopeia Theatre Company in Los Angeles, he is accomplished in both the performing and visual arts. He has recently performed starring roles in two plays by Sam Shepard, Cowboy Mouth and Savage Love, produced by Perception Entertainment.
MY LIFE…DISORIENTED is Ashley Holcomb's first film and television experience. A Bakersfield native, she was studying theater at Cal State Bakersfield when she read for and landed the role of Taylor.
CiCi Lau still gets asked for her ID when she goes into a bar on occasion, yet she's been cast as a grandma before. She has also played a mental patient (The Gleam of Dawn), poker player (Lucky), dry cleaner owner (10-8), nail technician (Legally Blond), Mrs. An (ER), and an "Asian Woman" (The Tick). She has also appeared in Constantine and numerous other TV shows and films.
Velie Mar is best known for his role as the real-life grandfather and "Kung-Kung" of the lead actress Di Quon. Third-generation Chinese American, Mar is a real Bakersfield pioneer. He moved to Bakersfield in 1946 where he owned both a grocery store and wholesale company. All three of his children grew up in Bakersfield, and at a youthful 89, he and his wife still reside there.
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Best known for her portrayal of Taylor Townsend on television's The O.C., Autumn Reeser was raised in San Diego and moved to Los Angeles to study theater at UCLA. Feature film roles include the curious co-ed Sylvia in the award-winning independent film Americanese and a small-town dreamer in the upcoming Our Very Own. She has also appeared in numerous sitcoms, such as The George Lopez Show, Complete Savages and Grounded for Life, and in dramas such as CSI and Cold Case.
Jodie Tate started working professionally at the age of ten when she landed her first leading role as Annie in Chicago. She went on to perform in more than 15 productions in the Chicago area, along with numerous independent films, commercials and industrials. She has appeared with Donnie Osmond in the Broadway national tour of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and several Off-Broadway shows.
Tamlyn Tomita, chosen by People as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the World in 1991, is a Japanese-born actress whose television credits range from the 1980s soap opera Santa Barbara to more recently recurring roles on 24, JAG, The Agency and Crossing Jordan. Some of her more prominent film credits include The Day After Tomorrow, Picture Bride, Karate Kid II and The Joy Luck Club.
Phil Young's voice will be in the upcoming season of Family Guy, and was seen in Lodestone's production of When Tigers Smoked Long Pipes and Claim to Fame. Originally from San Francisco, Young has performed in many theaters there as well as other major cities. His TV credits include Nash Bridges and General Hospital.
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