Talented young Chinese American filmmaker is the director to watch -Justin Calen Chenn's quirky comedy gem, Folklore, won over audiences and critics at the Boston Sci-Fi Film Festival, walking away with Best Ensemble Acting and Best Director awards.
"The quirky comedy was extremely well received," Boston Sci-Fi Festival Director Garen Daly says.
Los Angeles-Long Beach, CA (1888PressRelease) March 21, 2012 - Justin Calen Chenn's quirky comedy gem, Folklore, won over audiences and critics at the Boston Sci-Fi Film Festival, walking away with Best Ensemble Acting and Best Director awards. Proving you can bring mythical beings, urban legends and laughter to life on a shoe string budget, rave reviews are pouring in for the talented young Chinese American filmmaker and his feature film.
Showing to a packed house, "The quirky comedy was extremely well received," Boston Sci-Fi Festival Director Garen Daly says. Set over the course of one day, Folklore follows an android, a water nymph, a time traveler, aliens, a vampire, and many other mythic beings of folklore as they are interviewed and asked to update a fictional government agency on their lives. The delightful flick touches upon the many laughs, joys, awkwardness and plights of life that any of us will be able to enjoy…whether we are human or not.
"It was a great experience to just be at the [Boston Sci-Fi] Film Festival. Winning Best director was a real pleasure and I'm ecstatic about it since it's my first award in film. I'm even happier to know the cast got recognized when they won [for Best Acting Ensemble] because they were just so good," Chenn says.
Critics agree, highly praising Chenn's cast. "Every performance was spot on in this uniquely entertaining film," Boston Sci-Fi Festival reviewer Lauren Costa says. Sorespot Movies Blog says, "Chenn mines the idea for some wonderful interviews with a wild range of characters, an android, shapeshifter, alien twins, a vampire, Chinese God, werewolf, Icelandic troll, a Unicorn, a time traveler and a sea nymph. The actors were all very good."
The cast stars a mix of rising stars and industry veterans, including Laura Waddell (Torchwood: Miracle Day), Paulie Rojas (soon to be seen in select theaters nationwide in The Witches of Oz, starring Christopher Lloyd, Billy Boys & Lance Henriksen), Rachel Rath, Napoleon Ryan (Disney's The Suite Life on Deck), Ruth Connell, and Maria Olsen (Percy Jackson, Paranormal Activity 3). Incredibly, the cast came from countries around the world like England, France, Mexico, Scotland, Ireland, South Africa, China, Puerto Rico, Norway, and the USA to be a part of Chenn's film.
"Justin [Calen Chenn] is a filmmaker gifted with humor, depth, imagination, ingenuity, charm and relevance. My favorite thing about Justin is his own personal story and how he's made his life a work of art," says Paulie Rojas, who channels Audrey Hepburn in the film as the beautiful sea nymph.
During the Q&A session following the Festival screening, Chenn revealed he spent a mere $13,000 on the film, raised entirely through the crowd funding website, Kickstarter.com. "Kudos to Chenn for being able to raise the money via Kickstarter. That is no easy feat. Accomplishing such shows the director had a lot of passion for the project and truly believes in it," Dark of the Matinee film blogger Christopher Coffel says. Jay Seaver of EFilmCritic says, "For a movie made on an extraordinarily tight budget, "Folklore" is put together quite snappily; it's obviously low budget, but it's just as obviously a low budget used well."
Folklore is the third feature film for Chenn, who has had to overcome tremendous obstacles to get where he is today. He battled a childhood of homelessness, self-mutilation and criminal behavior before turning his life around and focusing on film at the age of 24. Now, at age 29, the driven filmmaker is thrilled for the future. He says, "Being a person who once lost everything, I'm extremely grateful for every positive experience that comes my way, and this is one I won't forget. Hopefully, there's more to come!"
Folklore's next stop on the film festival circuit is the Phoenix Film Festival on March 30th and March 31st. The film will be screening in the International Horror and Sci-Fi category.
Folklore, is a Sevittarius Entertainment production in association with Monsterworks66 and The Kitchen Productions. Writer/Director Chenn is currently in various stages of development on a sci-fi drama, described as a politically charged action film set in a parallel dimension, and an intimate sci-fi gangster drama centered around aliens on Earth.
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