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J.P. Chan’s A Picture of You, starring Jo Mei, Andy Pang, Jodi Long, Teyonah Parris and Lucas Dixon, Screens at The Seattle Asian American Film Festival on February 14

Jo Mei stars in J.P. Chan's A PICTURE OF YOU.

Jo Mei stars in J.P. Chan’s A PICTURE OF YOU.

The Seattle Asian American Film Festival is screening J.P. Chan’s self-assured feature length directorial debut, A Picture of You on Saturday, February 14, 2015, at the Northwest Film Forum Screen 1, 1515 12th Ave Seattle, WA 98122. 6pm. Click here to purchase tickets.

A Picture of You stars Jo Mei (Adult World) and Andy Pang (“The Good Wife”; “Elementary”), as estranged siblings Jen and Kyle, who travel from New York City to rural Pennsylvania to pack up the home of their recently deceased mother (TBS’s “Sullivan & Son” Jodi Long). While there, they inadvertently make a shocking discovery that turns their world upside-down. A serious movie about life that collides into a funny movie about death, A Picture of You is a story about loss, family, secrets, making up, and moving on. The film also features Teyonah Parris (Dear White People; AMC TV series “Mad Men”) and Lucas Dixon.

Andy Pang and Jo Mei, who play siblings in the critically-acclaimed indie film A Picture of You by J.P. Chan, after a screening at AMC 7 Theaters in New York on June 22, 2014. Photo by Lia Chang

Andy Pang and Jo Mei, who play siblings in the critically-acclaimed indie film A Picture of You by J.P. Chan, after a screening at AMC 7 Theaters in New York on June 22, 2014. Photo by Lia Chang

Last year, I caught the critically-acclaimed film during its extended theatrical release in New York, and highly recommend it. It has been called “a great little indie family drama”, and film festival audiences have been delighted with the film’s spirit. A Picture of You was awarded Best Screenplay at the 2014 LA Asian Pacific Film Festival, and was named NEW YORK TIMES CRITIC’S PICK during its theatrical premiere last summer.

Warning: Strong language and adult content.

Co-Presented by: NAAAP Seattle and Pork Filled Players

Post Screening Panelists: J.P. Chan, Director, A Picture of You

View trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rZ04f3c79ug

JP Chan, writer/director of the recently wrapped A Picture of You, is flanked by his castmembers Jodi Long, who can currently be seen on Sullivan and Son, and Jo Mei ,at the 35th Asian American International Film Festival, at the Clearview Chelsea Cinemas in New York on August 4, 2012. Photo by Lia Chang

JP Chan, writer/director of the recently wrapped A Picture of You, is flanked by his castmembers Jodi Long, who can currently be seen on Sullivan and Son, and Jo Mei, at the 35th Asian American International Film Festival, at the Clearview Chelsea Cinemas in New York on August 4, 2012. Photo by Lia Chang

“A Picture of You thankfully avoids the saccharine of “families reunited because of a death of parent” movies with realism and levity and is a worthy addition to the growing canon of Asian American film.” – Beyond Chinatown, June 29, 2014

“A curiously likable, entertainingly laid-back Asian-American take on all-too-familiar dysfunctional family tropes, this Kickstarter-enabled effort boldly mines farce along with sentiment.” – Variety, June 27, 2014

“A Picture of You has an elegant ease to it’s storytelling. It’s supremely relatable and should be noticed.” – Cinemit, June 27, 2014

“Sensitive and understated, J.P. Chan’s A Picture of You balances humor and sentiment with an instinctive hand, skillfully unearthing honest, unexpected laughs amid intense grief.” – The Village Voice, June 20, 2014

“Chan and his cast, especially the truly great Mei, find the truth in the ridiculous enough for it to work on its own modest terms.” – RogerEbert.com, June 20, 2014

“Subverts cliché…there’s enormous warmth.” – The New York Times, June 19, 2014 [A New York Times Critics’ Pick]

“A sharp, mischievous family drama with an ending that will stick with you for days.” – WayTooIndie.com, June 6, 2014

“This disarmingly low-key genre-hybrid delivers both dramatically and comedically.” – The Hollywood Reporter, May 24, 2014

“A Picture of You is a smart, intimate, well-conceived and neatly executed low-budget film which draws the audience into a…family secret…with impressive results.” –The Huffington Post, May 23, 2014

DIRECTOR BIO:
J.P. CHAN (Writer / Director / Producer) is a self-taught filmmaker and playwright living in New York City. His short films have screened at film festivals including Slamdance, SXSW, Tribeca, and Comic-Con. His plays have had productions and readings in New York and Chicago. He is a member of the Ma-Yi Writers Lab, holds a graduate degree in urban planning from NYU, and was born in New Jersey to working-class immigrant parents. He makes his movies and plays while working full-time as Assistant Director for Multimedia Production at MTA, the New York metro region public transportation agency.

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