Director's film to explore race in the Sunset district 

The San Francisco native and film student at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts is currently in pre-production on his film called “The Sunset,” which deals with racial prejudices and violence between Asian-American and Irish-American teens in the Sunset district. The film will start shooting in January.

What inspired this movie? My first three years in college, each year a very close friend of mine from home was killed. Their tragedies inspired me to make a story about tolerance and open-mindedness, while including the issues that they dealt with.

The entire film is 15 minutes. Is it more challenging telling a complete story in such a finite amount of time? Definitely. You have to make sure not to tackle too many things that need to be resolved. I have to hone in and make it about one change in each character and still convey the themes of each character.

Where are you casting for the film? The people in the film will be local actors. I’m casting in San Francisco and New York and I’m also using some non-actors — kids I went to high school with who a lot of this is inspired from.

Who is footing the bill for the film? Since this is a student-run production and I’m paying for it all out of pocket, we’re looking for in-kind donations of food. ... I’m also fiscally sponsored by the national nonprofit Fractured Atlas, which gives student artists fiscal sponsorships.

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