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A RIVETING AND RARE ASIAN AMERICAN SOCIAL JUSTICE STORY

THAT RESONATES ACROSS ALL CULTURES

"Unquestionably the best docudrama that illustrates the most heinous hate crime in the 20th century against a Chinese American on the eve of his wedding.”

Corky Lee, Photojournalist (Vincent Chin Case)

ABOUT THE FILM

A brutal case of bloodshed, a mother’s gut-wrenching loss, and a community’s outrage, Justice for Vincent (JFV) is a disturbing and moving modern story about race told from a rarely seen Asian American perspective. Written and produced by Lawrence Chau and directed by Andy Palmer, the award-winning and Oscar-qualifying short film is inspired by the historic Vincent Chin case that sparked the largest nationwide Pan-Asian civil rights movement in America.

 

Allegedly mistaken for being Japanese, Chin, a Chinese American citizen, was bludgeoned to death with a baseball bat days before his wedding by two Caucasian autoworkers during the so-called “Japanese Auto Invasion” in Detroit 1982 — a crime that saw the murderers walk away with a mere $3000 fine and three-year probation.

 

Archival images from the real-life Chin case featured in the film are graciously provided by activists Helen Zia, Stewart Kwoh, and award-winning photojournalist and photo laureate Corky Lee.

 

Disclaimer: JFV is inspired by true events.  Certain names, events, dialogue and sequences have been fictionalized and dramatized for storytelling purposes.

 

Duration:  17 min 22 sec

This film has not been rated, but contains violence and coarse language not suitable for children.

 

ACCOLADES

IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER

Asian World Film Festival 2018

Los Angeles, October 24 - November 1

Top 5 Young Filmmaker Showcase

Young Filmmaker Award


 

Cinema WorldFest Awards 2018

Ottawa, September - November Autumn Selection

Award of Merit Human Interest Short (Winner)


 

Asians On Film Festival of Shorts 2019

Los Angeles, January 19-20

Official Selection


 

Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival 2019

Los Angeles, February 13-22

Best Dramatic Short Film (Winner)


 

Oregon Short Film Festival 2019

Portland, February 22-24

Best Picture (Winner)

DisOrient Asian American Film Festival 2019

Eugene, March 14-17

Audience Choice Short Film (Winner)

World Premiere Film Awards 2019

Ottawa, January to March Winter Selection

Best Actor - Lawrence Chau (Winner)

Best Supporting Actress - Lee Chen (Winner)

Philadelphia Independent Film Festival 2019

Philadelphia, May 8-11

Best Short Film (Winner)

Best Actor - Lawrence Chau (Nomination)

Best Actress - Lee Chen (Nomination)

American Asian Latino Film Festival  NYC

New York City, May 17-19

Best Script - Lawrence Chau (Winner)

Best Cinematography - Justin Janowitz (Winner)

London International Motion Picture Awards 2019

London, May 24-25

Official Selection

The Telly Awards

New York City, May 2019

Silver Winner for Creative Excellence

General Social Issues

DC Asian Pacific International Film Festival 2019

Washington DC, May 31-Jun 2 

Official Selection

Los Angeles Film Awards 

Los Angeles, May 2019

Best Narrative Short - Lawrence Chau & Andy Palmer (Winners)

Annual Best of Fest Best Narrative Short - Lawrence Chau & Andy Palmer (Nomination)

Houston Asian American Pacific Islander Film Festival

HAAPIFEST 2019 in conjunction with OCA Greater Houston

Houston, June 20-28

Official Selection

Palm Springs Best Shorts Competition

Palm Springs, June 2019

Award of Excellence:  Special Mention Film Short - Andy Palmer & Lawrence Chau (Winners)

Award of Excellence:  Asian Film Category - Andy Palmer & Lawrence Chau (Winners)

Award of Merit:  Leading Actress - Lee Chen (Winner)

Stage 32: 4th Annual Short Film Contest

Los Angeles, June 2019

Screenwriter - Lawrence Chau (Finalist)

Hong Kong Film Art International Film Festival 2019

Hong Kong, July 4-7

Official Selection

Olympus Film Festival 2019

Los Angeles, July 2019

Best Narrative Short (Finalist)

Best Actor - Lawrence Chau (Finalist)

 

Oregon Cinema Arts Film Festival 2019

Portland, August 10-11

Best Actor - Peter Adrian Sudarso (Winner)

New York Film Awards

New York City, July 2019

Best Narrative Film - Lawrence Chau & Andy Palmer (Winners)

Best Original Story - Lawrence Chau & Andy Palmer (Winners)

Annual Best of Fest Best Narrative Short - Lawrence Chau & Andy Palmer (Nomination)

Boston Asian American Film Festival 2019

Boston, October 24-27

Official Selection

Innovasian Film, Screenplay & Music Contest 2019

Los Angeles, November 8

Finalist

Vancouver Asian Film Festival 2019

Vancouver, November 7-10

Official Selection

Canada Shorts - Canadian & International Short Film Festival 

Canada, December 2019

Finalist

92nd Academy Awards

Los Angeles, February 9, 2020

Live Action Short Film - Oscar-Qualified

Palm Springs Best Shorts Competition

Palm Springs, January 2020

Humanitarian Award for Outstanding Achievement - Andy Palmer & Lawrence Chau (Winners)

Golden State Film Festival 2020

Los Angeles, February 21 - March 1

Best Drama Short (Winner)

 

 

Top Shorts Film Festival 

Los Angeles, April 2020

Director - Andy Palmer (Honorable Mention)

Actor - Lawrence Chau (Honorable Mention)

 

 

Festigious International Film Festival

Los Angeles, April 2020

Best Inspirational Film - Lawrence Chau & Andy Palmer (Winners)

 

 

Filmcon Awards

Los Angeles, April 2020

Best Narrative Film - Lawrence Chau & Andy Palmer (Winners)

 

 

Best Actor Award New York

New York, March - April 2020

Best Actress in a Drama - Lee Chen (Platinum Winner)

Best Actor in a Drama - Peter Adrian Sudardso (Bronze Winner)

Best Ensemble - Lee Chen, Lawrence Chau, Peter Adrian Sudarso, William McNamara,

Zach Scheerer & Rachelle DiMaria (Platinum Winner)

 

 

The Actors Awards

Los Angeles, May 2020

Best Actress - Lee Chen (Winner)

Best Ensemble - Lee Chen, Lawrence Chau, Peter Adrian Sudarso, William McNamara,

Zach Scheerer & Rachelle DiMaria (Winner)

 

 

Best Actor Award New York

New York, May - Jun 2020

Best Supporting Actor - Lawrence Chau (Silver Winner)

Vegas Movie Awards

Las Vegas - Jan 2021

Best Inspirational Film - Award of Excellence (Winner)

Best Ensemble - Lee Chen, Lawrence Chau, Peter Adrian Sudarso, William McNamara, Zach Scheerer & Rachelle DiMaria (Award of Merit)

Best Director - Andy Palmer (Semi-Finalist)

27th Annual Communicator Awards

Kentucky, May 2021

Award of Distinction (Winner)

Film/Video/Television - Social Issues/Responsibility 

 

Team JFV

Director

Producer

Writer

Co-Writer

Executive Producer

Director of Photography

Stunt Coordinators

LEAD CAST

 

Lily Chin                                           

Vincent Chin                                    Henry Lee                                        Roger Evans                                      Mickey Stevens                                Patricia Ashwood                                           

SUPPORTING CAST

 

Judge

Kevin                                                

Johnny                                              

Officer Williams                              Officer Santiago                              

Vincent’s Fiance                             

Mrs. Evans                                       

Mickey’s Girlfriend                         

 

Casting By                                        

Background Casting By

Production Manager                     

 

Production Coordinator                

 

1st Assistant Director                    

2nd Assistant Director

Editor                                               

Mix Editor                                        

Visual Effects Producer

 

Music Composer

 

Costume Designer                         

Key Set Costumer                           

 

Production Designer                      

Set Decorator                                  

Art P.A.                                             

 

Hair & Makeup/Special Effects    

Special Effects Makeup Artist      

 

Key Set P.A.                                      Background P.A.                             

Craft Services P.A. 

                                                          

 

1st Assistant Camera                     

2nd Assistant Camera                 

 

2nd Assistant Camera/DIT            

Steadicam Operator                    

Drone Operator                              

 

Gaffer                                               

Best Boy Electric                            

Key Grip                                          

 

Sound Mixer                                    

 

Stills Photographer                        

 

Graphic Designer                          

Set Medic                                        

 

Filmed At                                        

 

Insurance Services                         

Payroll Services                              

Forward Processing

 

Craft Services                                  

 

Camera Equipment

Lighting

 

Car Rental 

Andy Palmer

Lawrence Chau

Lawrence Chau

Andy Palmer

Lawrence Chau

Justin Janowitz 

Steve Brown

Yoshi Sudarso

Lee Chen

Peter Adrian Sudarso

Lawrence Chau

William McNamara

Zach Scheerer

Rachelle DiMaria

 

Lon J. Fiala

Eric Henry

RoShawn Briscoe

Andre Boyer

Michael Milford

Ell (Rachel) Lee

Nancy Harding

Kristina Nikols

 

Lawrence Chau

Morgue N. Marcus/

Little Bird Casting

Elliott Barker

 

Daniel Edelman

 

Marcos Bargellini

Benjamin Pinaire

 

Andy Palmer

David F. Murray

Kris Millsap

 

Frank Lead

 

Franzy Staedter

Hannah Runkle

 

Taylor Jean

Lara Bedrossian

Joo-Young Kim

 

Victoria Arias

Robert Bravo

 

Rebecca Demeter

Jackson Todd

Claire Dew

Alex Robinson

 

Jenna Hoffman

Peter Lau

Travis Shannon

 

Matthew Parchen

Kurt Nolen S.O.C.

Jon Zuber

 

Walter Lin

John Fisher

Olivia Riportella

JJ Flores

 

Anthony Kozlowski

 

Kegan Lambert

 

Marcos R. Perezcarro

Adam Lem

 

DC Stages & Sets

 

Kelly Co.

 

Media Services

Food Fetish

Keslow Camera 

Spitfire Lighting & Grip

 

Legends Car Rentals

Archival Images Graciously Provided By

Corky Lee

Helen Zia

Stewart Kwoh

Karen Zhou

Photography

Allison Joyce/Getty Images
Bettmann/Getty Images
Brandon Bell/Getty Images
Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
Eva Marie Uzcategui/AFP via Getty Images
Evan Agostini/Getty Images
Kerem Yucel/AFP via Getty Images
Lea Suzuki/San Francisco Chronicle/Hearst Newspapers via Getty Images
Ringo Chiu/AFP via Getty Images

 

Media Sources

 

American Citizens for Justice
Chicago Tribune
Detroit Free Press
Honolulu Star-Bulletin
NBCNews.com
The Honolulu Advertiser

 

Production Counsel By

Ramo Law

Chad Russo

 

Clearance Counsel By

 

Donaldson + Callif 

Dale Nelson

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Trailer

 

SPECIAL SCREENINGS

 

Museum of the Moving Image NYC

Activist Filmmaking:  JFV Screening & Guest Panel Speaker

New York City, May 24, 2019

http://www.movingimage.us/

Curated by Warrington Hudlin, Vice Chair - MoMI

Moderated by Rashid Shabazz, Chief Marketing & Storytelling Officer - Color of Change

Lawrence Chau, Actor & Filmmaker - Justice for Vincent

Nadhege Ptah, Actress & Filmmaker - Paris Blues in Harlem

Publicity

ZWTV Interview

[Lawrence Chau speaks English in this Mandarin TV program]

PRV Interview

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Thanks

From Lawrence Chau - JFV Filmmaker

ANDY PALMER

Director

Embarking on a short film entails pulling friend favors.  Known for his award-winning work in horror features (The Funhouse Massacre, Camp Cold Brook, Find Me) was never a consideration, for a good director is a good director.  And Andy Palmer is a mighty good director.  Only someone with his expertise and levelheaded cool could we have pulled off what we did.  We were just surprised a feature film director would agree to helm a dramatic short. The reason: Andy was drawn to the power of the script of Justice for Vincent for, as a Caucasian man from the conservative Mid-West, his biracial marriage to an Asian American Pacific Islander (his wife) has endured its fair share of discrimination. Andy assembled a top notch, diverse crew to bring JFV to life, which in itself was symbolic for people from all walks of life embraced the film's universal anti-hate message. Personable, professional, and blessed with an acute creative eye and technical savvy, we are indebted to Andy for captaining the production of JFV.  We pulled off a miracle, from pooling together name talent to navigating an intense regimen of round-the-clock pre-production calls and meetings (whilst juggling other jobs) to incredulously filming JFV in two, long, hot summer days in June 2018 -- coincidentally 36 years to the date of Vincent Chin's murder.

 
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STEVE BROWN

Stunt Coordinator

Moving mountains to make JFV is no understatement.  Having A-list stunt coordinator Steve Brown on-board JFV lives up to that adage.  This, after all, is a man whose credits include Wonder Woman, Deadpool 2, Logan, X-Men, Transformers and The Equalizer.  Not only that, Steve made time amid his busy schedule of filming the Avatar sequels to help meticulously choreograph the difficult murder scene in which Vincent Chin was bludgeoned with a baseball bat. As with many of the cast and crew aboard JFV, doing a short film was below their pay grade.  However, the common thread that drew everyone together was the message and the power of the script. As a biracial Korean-American scarred by the difficulties he faced growing up, Steve knows all too well what the bitter sting of racism feels like.  JFV owes a great amount of gratitude to Steve, and his ace stunt sidekick Yoshi Sudarso, for their time, talent and work on JFV.

CORKY LEE

Photojournalist

Award-winning photojournalist Corky Lee devoted his life to changing negative stereotypes of Asian Americans portrayed in the media through the power of his lens.  From covering the Vincent Chin case to championing social and political issues that affect the rights and lives of Asian Americans to ensuring Asian American history is a part of American history, Corky became an activist in his own right.  However, the acclaimed photo laureate was by no means easy to court with Justice for Vincent.  After a thorough interrogation and moved from having watched the rough cut of JFV, he was gracious with allowing us to include his photos from the Chin case in our film.  Sadly, Corky passed away in January 2021 from COVID-19 complications at age 73.  It was an honor to stand alongside Corky at various film festivals and cultural events across the U.S. as he championed our powerful little film throughout 2019.  I am forever grateful for the friendship, the memories, his support, and for his lifetime of work benefiting the Asian American community. Corky is truly a one-of-a-kind talent and inspiration.  Rest in power, dear friend.

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ELIZABETH SUNG

Actress/Filmmaker

Unbeknown to most, the late great Elizabeth Sung (The Joy Luck Club, Memoirs of a Geisha, The Young and the Restless) was the first person to join the cast of JFV.  Elizabeth had lived through the Vincent Chin case, and like everyone, was mortified by both the tragedy of the murder and the travesty of the justice system. Her signing on to portray Lily Chin was needless to say a "big get." She, like the rest of the cast and crew, did so because she understood the historical significance of the story and the importance of sharing it with a new generation of audiences, particularly younger Asian Americans not familiar with the case.  Having Elizabeth on-board inspired us to raise the bar even higher.  Sadly, weeks before the cameras were to roll, Elizabeth fell ill and had to opt out. Committed to seeing JFV through, she helped us find her replacement, which came by way of Lee Chen.  Lee carried the spirit of Elizabeth with her, and delivered a searing performance that would make her friend gleam with pride from above.  I will always remember what Elizabeth said to me at our first encounter when I pointedly asked, "It's a powerful project, but are you sure someone of your stature would be interested in an independent short?"  She read into my concerned dollar-dilated pupils and replied, "Lawrence, I'm a filmmaker, too.  Not every project is about money."  Words worth cherishing.  From all of us at JFV, thank you and rest in peace, dear Elizabeth.

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STEWART KWOH

Attorney

Attorney and lifelong activist Stewart Kwoh was another blessing.  When Stewart heard about the Vincent Chin case in Los Angeles, he picked up the phone, rang Lily Chin in Detroit and simply asked: "How can I help?"  When I approached him about JFV, he echoed that mantra, graciously granting me access to his legal and photo archives.   Henry Lee, the civil rights activist portrayed in JFV, is a fictional composite character inspired by all the real life activists -- Liza Chan, the iconic Helen Zia, and the many lesser known male figures like Roland Hwang, James Shimoura, Kin Yee, and, of course Kwoh.  Tireless in his commitment to helping the under-served, Kwoh continues to advocate for civil rights, provide legal and education services for the under-privileged from all walks of life, and builds coalitions to positively impact the Asian American Pacific Islander community through Asian Americans Advancing Justice, the non-profit organization he helped establish.  AAAJ's mission is simple: to create a more equitable and harmonious society for all.

CHRISTINE CHOY

Filmmaker/Professor

I had met the inimitable Christine Choy decades ago when she showcased her Oscar-nominated documentary Who Killed Vincent Chin? in Toronto.  I was a student then.  I sat there for 90 minutes, frozen with a lump in my throat, eyes welled with tears, and a jaw clenched in shock and anger. I carried that documentary with me for decades, and yes, I confess I always thought it would make a great film. So, to have Christine join me at a film festival in New York to watch JFV was more than a full-circle moment.  Granted JFV is just a short film and not the feature I had long dreamt of making, but still:  a moment is a moment.  From the red carpet and screening to dinners laced with insightful, fiery conversations to evening strolls back to her home on the East Side, I have come to know what others have long known about Christine: she is a force to be reckoned with.  Sharp-witted and sharp-tongued, Christine sizzles like a firecracker.  Always has, always will.  Thank you, Christine, for your work in activist filmmaking, for being a mentor of the arts, for your wisdom and courage, and for being a pioneer and inspiration.

Message

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When your childhood is afflicted with altercations with racist neighbors; when, at age 7, you see your old brother bullied on the playground; when, from out of the blue, you get called “chink” whilst crossing the street; when you transition from a culturally diverse high school to a predominately white journalism school where your peers don't speak to or sit near you; when you learn and come to appreciate the hardships your parents endured as immigrants; and when you see a riveting documentary like Who Killed Vincent Chin?, you can’t help but become race conscious. 

 

Learning about the racial injustice of the Vincent Chin case affected me in a profoundly personal way; like many, I was pained and haunted by it.  Moreover, in seeing Vincent's mother Lily, I saw my own mother.  Both were Chinese immigrants from the same small village in the province of Guangdong; both came to North America to marry with the simple aspirations of raising a family in working class Chinatown; and, with their broken Kaiping-accented English, both even sounded alike.  Not to draw a false equivalency in any way, but my mother, also had to navigate an intensely stressful legal battle in a confusing new land where she had sacrificed so much to call "home." 

Throughout my accomplishments in show business in Asia and North America, the Vincent Chin story had always churned in my gut.  For decades, I had always thought it would make a great feature film. I know I'm not the only one. 

 

Justice for Vincent (JFV) may not be the feature I had long dreamt of making; however, it might very well be one of the few -- if not -- first cinematic adaptions to emerge since the historic case took place nearly 40 years ago. With our short film, I make no qualms in admitting it is an adaptation “inspired by” true events.  

 

When it comes to adaptations, creative embellishments are always undertaken to tell a story, often for dramatic effect. We've seen this happen with projects on The Kennedy’s, The Royal Family, Marilyn Monroe, and numerous rock stars, for instance. In doing so, filmmakers agonize over a myriad of details:  plotlines, points of view, characters, dialogue, elements of fiction, which scenes make the final cut, and which scenes get left on the cutting room floor.  It is truly an excruciating process.

 

I make a point of explaining this because the Asian American Pacific Islander community does not bear the good fortune of having many (if any) major Hollywood social justice films in comparison to, say, our Jewish and African American counterparts.  As such, some members of the AAPI community might understandably be guarded about the Chin story, and not accustomed to seeing it adapted for the silver screen with creative modifications.

 

I can only say in making JFV our intention was pure.  Everyone who came on board to make JFV in 2018 gravitated to the power of the story, and recognized its relevance (yes, pre-Covid). It is a solid, high caliber production from top to bottom that hits the heart, provokes the mind, and stirs the soul.  I am humbled at how well it has been received by film festival audiences from across the country and abroad.  

 

More importantly, the message of JFV is clear:  a mother's loss is a mother's loss; hate is hate; injustice is injustice. As a first-time filmmaker, and with a project like JFV, my wish is simply to enlighten viewers, and to inspire compassion and understanding in people from all walks of life.  Only by standing together, shoulder-to-shoulder, can we successfully combat the divisive forces of hate and injustice that threaten our collective safety, security and civility.

 

Lawrence Chau

JFV Filmmaker

 

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