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Sundance Film Festival Premiere Photo: Jennifer Phang’s ADVANTAGEOUS Featuring Jacqueline Kim, James Urbaniak, Freya Adams, Ken Jeong, Jennifer Ehle, Samantha Kim, Jeanne Sakata, Jennifer Ikeda and Matthew Kim, Screens at 2015 Sundance Film Festival through Jan. 31

Jacqueline Kim in Jennifer Phang's Advantageous

Jacqueline Kim in Jennifer Phang’s Advantageous

Good Neighbors Media in Association with D.K. Entertainment, Inc. and I Ain’t Playin’ Films is presenting Jennifer Phang’s visually stunning sci-fi feature Advantageous at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, unspooling at various Park City venues from January 26th -31st. Phang returns to Sundance, where she premiered her debut feature Half-Life in 2008. Advantageous is among the 16 narrative features in the U.S. Dramatic Competition category.

Independent Spirit award nominee Jacqueline Kim (Charlotte Sometimes), who stars in  Advantageous opposite James Urbaniak, Jennifer Ehle and Ken Jeong, also produced and co-wrote the screenplay with director Jennifer Phang. The cast also features Freya Adams, Jennifer Ikeda, Olivia Horton, Sameerah Luqmann-Harris, Rex Lee,Troi Zee, Theresa Navarro, Mercedes Griffeth, Jeanne Sakata, Matthew Kim, and introducing Samantha Kim.

The cast and creative team of ADVANTAGEOUS at the Sundance Film Festival premiere on January 26, 2015 in Park City, Utah. Photo courtesy of Jeanne Sakata

The cast and creative team of ADVANTAGEOUS at the Sundance Film Festival premiere on January 26, 2015 in Park City, Utah. Photo courtesy of Jeanne Sakata

In a metropolis in the near future, Gwen Koh (Jacqueline Kim), a beautiful woman full of poise and grace, works as the spokesperson for the Center for Advanced Health and Living, a company that offers a radical new technology allowing people to overcome their natural disadvantages and begin life anew. Gwen and her daughter, Jules, do all they can to hold on to their joy, despite the instability surfacing in their world. But when a shift in company priorities threatens her job and her family, will Gwen undergo the procedure herself?

The mother-daughter relationship is the heart of the story and the bond between them is unbreakable. In co-writing the screenplay for Advantageous, Kim and Phang drew directly from their experiences with their mothers, while envisioning what kind of mothers they themselves would be. The pair’s script represent strong female voices, a common theme on display at this year’s Golden Globes with women garnering more substantive roles.

Advantageous is a dystopian survival story of a mother and daughter and the sacrifices a parent would make to protect and ensure their child’s future. Advantageous explores the idea that we are all running on machines and devices. The film delves into the ongoing interdependence between humans and machines, positing that machines rely on human beings for their purpose as much as human beings rely on them. It is a thought provoking statement on the position of men and women in a near future economy in which appearance is of the utmost value. Women are seen as commodities in a male dominated world.

Screening Schedule:

MON 1/26 @ 5:45PM LIBRARY CENTER THEATRE

TUE 1/27 @ 6:00PM
 SUNDANCE MOUNTAIN RESORT SCREENING ROOM

WED 1/28 @8:30AM LIBRARY CENTER THEATRE

THU 1/29@ 12:15 PM
 ECCLES THEATRE

FRI 1/30@10:00 PM REDSTONE CINEMA 2

SAT 1/31@ 3:30 PM ROSE WAGNER PERFORMING ARTS CENTER

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Reviews:
moviecitynews.com: Sundance 2015 Review: Advantageous

WEBSITE https://advantageous.me

ADVANTAGEOUS stars Jennifer Ikeda, Matthew Kim and Ken Jeong at the Sundance Film Festival premiere on January 26, 2015 in Park City, Utah. Photo courtesy Michael Kim

ADVANTAGEOUS stars Jennifer Ikeda, Matthew Kim and Ken Jeong at the Sundance Film Festival premiere on January 26, 2015 in Park City, Utah. Photo courtesy Michael Kim

Advantageous is produced by Robert Chang, Theresa Navarro, Moon Molson, Ken Jeong and Jacqueline Kim. With cinematography by Richard Wong, editing by Sean Gillane and Gena Bleir, production design by Dara Wishingrad and Aiyana Trotter, VFX animation by Catherine Tate, Ricardo Marmolej and Jean Elston, original score composed by Timo Chen.

About the Director

Jennifer Phang’s award‐winning debut feature Half-Life premiered in 2008 at the Tokyo International and Sundance film festivals. It screened at SXSW and was distributed by Sundance Channel. She was invited to Sundance Institute Screenwriters Lab and was awarded a San Francisco Film Society/Kenneth Rainin Foundation FilmHouse Residency and Sundance Institute Feature Film Grant. The Berkeley-born daughter of a Chinese-Malaysian father and Vietnamese mother, Phang graduated from the MFA directing program at the American Film Institute.

The 2015 Sundance Film Festival runs January 22 to February 1 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah. The Festival is the centerpiece of the year-round public programs for the Institute, which also hosts 24 residency labs and grants more than $2.5 million to independent artists each year.

The Sundance Film Festival®

The Sundance Film Festival has introduced global audiences to some of the most groundbreaking films of the past three decades, including WhiplashBoyhoodRich HillBeasts of the Southern WildFruitvale StationLittle Miss Sunshinesex, lies, and videotapeReservoir DogsHedwig and the Angry InchAn Inconvenient TruthPrecious and Napoleon Dynamite, and through its New Frontier initiative has showcased groundbreaking media works by artists and creative technologists including Chris Milk, Doug Aitken, Palmer Luckey, Klip Collective and Nonny de la Pena. The Festival is a program of the non-profit Sundance Institute®. 2015 Festival sponsors to date include: Presenting Sponsors – HP, Acura, SundanceTV and Chase Sapphire Preferred®; Leadership Sponsors – Adobe, Airbnb, Grey Goose® Vodka, LensCrafters and Southwest Airlines; Sustaining Sponsors – Blundstone Australia Pty Ltd, Canada Goose, Canon U.S.A., Inc., Chobani, LLC, Omnicom, Stella Artois® and VIZIO. Sundance Institute recognizes critical support from the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development, and the State of Utah as Festival Host State. The support of these organizations helps offset the Festival’s costs and sustain the Institute’s year-round programs for independent artists. sundance.org/festival

Sundance Institute

Founded in 1981 by Robert Redford, Sundance Institute is a nonprofit organization that provides and preserves the space for artists in film, theatre, and new media to create and thrive. The Institute’s signature Labs, granting, and mentorship programs, dedicated to developing new work, take place throughout the year in the U.S. and internationally. The Sundance Film Festival and other public programs connect audiences to artists in igniting new ideas, discovering original voices, and building a community dedicated to independent storytelling. Sundance Institute has supported such projects as Beasts of the Southern WildFruitvale StationSin NombreThe Invisible WarThe SquareDirty WarsSpring AwakeningA Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder and Fun Home. Join Sundance Institute on FacebookInstagramTwitter and YouTube.

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Lia Chang Photo by GK

Lia Chang Photo by GK

Lia Chang is an actor, a performance and fine art botanical photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. Lia starred as Carole Barbara in Lorey Hayes’ Power Play at the 2013 National Black Theatre Festival in Winston-Salem, N.C., with Pauletta Pearson Washington, Roscoe Orman, and made her jazz vocalist debut in Rome Neal’s Banana Puddin’ Jazz “LADY” at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe in New York. She is profiled in Jade Magazine.

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