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Dax Phelan’s JASMINE starring Jason Tobin, Byron Mann and Eugenia Yuan unspools at the 11th Action On Film International Film Festival on September 19

JasmineDax Phelan’s award-winning film JASMINE starring Jason Tobin, Glen Chin, Grace Huang, Sarah Lian, Byron Mann and Eugenia Yuan, is screening in competition at the 11th Action On Film International Film Festival at the Krikorian Monrovia Cinema 12, 410 S Myrtle Ave, Monrovia, California 91016, on Saturday, September 19th at 7pm. The film is nominated for two awards: Best Actor (Jason Tobin) and Best Art Direction (Suki Lui) and Lisa K. Fowle,  received an Honorable Mention for Best Sound Design For ticket information, click here.

Leonard To (Jason Tobin) is a man who is struggling to come to terms with the unsolved murder of his beloved wife, Jasmine. After more than a year, he decides to come back to Hong Kong and move on with his life. He searches for a new job, attends group grief support meetings, and reconnects with Grace, a woman from his past. While he still calls the police, hoping Jasmine’s murder case will be resolved, Leonard does seem to start life anew.

A scene from Dax Phelan's JASMINE

A scene from Dax Phelan’s JASMINE

On the first anniversary of Jasmine’s death, Leonard visits her burial site and crosses paths with a mysterious man, who Leonard becomes convinced is a prime suspect for his beloved wife’s death. Leonard decides to investigate and follow this man, in hopes of finding connections to his wife’s murder, and reports the man to the police. However, when the police fail to arrest the man, Leonard realizes that the only way for him to stop his own fiery downward spiral and move on with his life once and for all is to take matters into his own hands. The result: a shocking and unforgettable final revelation.

ACV Executive Director John Woo, Jon Anderson, Jason Tobin, Dax Phelan, Byron Mann, Nicole Watson and David Tsuboi attend the #AAIFF2015 screening of Jasmine at Village East Cinema in New York on July 30, 2015. Photo by Lia Chang

ACV Executive Director John Woo, Jon Anderson, Jason Tobin, Dax Phelan, Byron Mann, Nicole Watson and David Tsuboi attend the #AAIFF2015 screening of Jasmine at Village East Cinema in New York on July 30, 2015. Photo by Lia Chang

In his directorial debut, Dax Phelan keeps us on an edge of our seats and takes us on a roller-coaster ride with his star-studded cast and crew. With a strong character-driven narrative and constant suspense all set in the bustling city of Hong Kong, Dax Phelan creates a story that is bold, riveting, and shocking with a theme that is universally relatable to anyone who has ever loved and anyone who has ever suffered. JASMINE is dedicated to Dax Phelan’s mother.

Dax Phelan attends the screening of Jasmine at Village East Cinema in New York on July 30, 2015. Photo by Lia Chang

Dax Phelan attends the screening of Jasmine at Village East Cinema in New York on July 30, 2015. Photo by Lia Chang

Dax Phelan is an award-winning screenwriter, producer, and director based in Los Angeles, Hong Kong, and New York. Phelan was previously the Creative Executive for veteran producer Mace Neufeld (THE HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER) at Paramount Pictures and Sony Pictures Entertainment on projects such as THE GENERAL’S DAUGHTER, THE SUM OF ALL FEARS, and THE EQUALIZER. Last year, Phelan teamed up with Academy Award-nominee Oren Moverman to executive produce Anja Marquardt’s SHE’S LOST CONTROL, which was nominated for two Film Independent Spirit Awards: Best First Feature and Best First Screenplay. He is currently adapting Neil White’s memoir IN THE SANCTUARY OF OUTCASTS for producer Stratton Leopold (MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE III) and co-producing Orson Welles’ final film, THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WIND. Phelan was awarded the 2015 LOS ANGELES ASIAN PACIFIC FILM FESTIVAL Grand Jury Prize for Best Narrative Feature for JASMINE, which also won in the categories of Best Editor (Chris Chan Lee), Best Cinematography (Guy Livneh), Best Sound Design (Lisa K. Fowle) and Best Actor-Drama (Jason Tobin).

Below is my photo coverage of the #AAIFF2015 screening of JASMINE at Village East Cinema in New York on July 30, 2015

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Lia Chang, Bea Soong, Phil Nee, Elizabeth Sung, Eugenia Yuan, Jason Tobin, Tzi Ma and Vic Huey at the #AAIFF2015 screening of Jasmine at Village East Cinema in New York on July 30, 2015. Photo by Ursula Liang

Lia Chang, Bea Soong, Phil Nee, Elizabeth Sung, Eugenia Yuan, Jason Tobin, Tzi Ma and Vic Huey at the #AAIFF2015 screening of Jasmine at Village East Cinema in New York on July 30, 2015. Photo by Ursula Liang

Lia Chang

Lia Chang

Lia Chang is an award-winning filmmaker, a Best Actress nominee, a photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in FebOne1960.com Blog, Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.

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