In this story about identity, family and loneliness, James, an aloof Korean American gypsy cab driver, helps his fare, Jiyoung, a young Korean woman, search for her brother, who was adopted by Americans 20 years earlier. As they search, James remembers his own childhood as an adopted son, and begins to hope and believe that he is the one Jiyoung is looking for. Through their journey, the two strangers realize they’ve discovered a sense of family in each other.
Dong Hyeuk Hwang
Dong Hyeuk Hwang was born and raised in Seoul, Korea. After he graduated from the Seoul National University with a B.A. in Communications, he wrote and directed numerous short films including Our Sad Life and A Puff of Smoke. Moving to Los Angeles, he continued to make films, completing two shorts Heaven & Hell and Desperation. He recently graduated from the University of Southern California with a M.F.A. in Film Production. MIRACLE MILE has been screened at over 40 film festivals worldwide and won numerous awards, including DGA Student Award and Student Emmy Award. MIRACLE MILE is Dong's thesis film and the basis of his gritty urban feature script K. Town.
Born and raised in Toronto, Canada, Christina Piovesan moved to Los Angeles in 2000 where she earned an M.F.A. degree in Film Production from the University of Southern California. While at USC she produced half a dozen award-winning short films that have screened at festivals worldwide. She was recently honored with a Student Emmy Award from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for her work as producer on MIRACLE MILE.
After graduation, Piovesan worked on the busy desk of senior television literary agent Ann Blanchard at the William Morris Agency (WMA). She left WMA to work in development for producers Gina Matthews and Grant Scharbo at Roundtable Entertainment. She also contributed on the development of the feature comedy Superfan at Revolution Studios.
Piovesan is currently developing several feature film projects with the intent of producing them under her fledgling production banner First Generation Films in the coming year.
Most recently, Karl Yune was cast in the Dreamworks film Memoirs of a Geisha, executive produced by Steven Spielberg, where he plays opposite acclaimed Chinese actress Gong Li. He also starred in Screen Gem’s Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid. Yune will be seen in Forbidden Warrior, a fantasy film, which he describes as, “Lord of the Rings meets Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon,” due for release by Miramax in fall 2005. Born and raised in Washington D.C., Yune later moved to New York to attend Columbia University. While in school, he made ends meet by modeling for companies such as L’Oreal and Phat Farm clothing.
Director Dong Hyeuk Hwang’s search to find a young actress who spoke fluent Korean proved to be a challenge. Born outside of Seoul, Hana Kim was 14 years old when her family moved to Los Angeles. After only one year in the United States, her parents returned to Korea, leaving Kim and her older brother alone in Southern California. Passionate for performance, she actively participated in her church theater group where Dong discovered her. Drawing from her own difficult past, she quickly identified with her character, Jiyoung. Kim attends Harbor College where she is majoring in education.
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