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.
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.
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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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.
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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, January 26-31
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