THE STORY OF SAIGON ELECTRIC: Believe In The Power Of Dreams
Help Us Get SAIGON ELECTRIC To the Big Screen This October!
SAIGON ELECTRIC, the latest film from Vietnamese American filmmaker Stephane Gauger, director of OWL AND THE SPARROW (LA FILM FEST 2007 Audience Award for Best Feature, Independent Spirit Award Nominee), is winding down its successful film festival (San Francisco Asian Pacific Film Fest, Seattle International Film Fest, Hong Kong International Film Fest, LA Asian Pacific Film Fest, Vietnamese International Film Fest) is set to be released this October 7th in select US cities!
Plans are set! However, with the theatrical landscape for independent and international cinema becoming more expensive, we want to do this right and get the film to as many theaters as possible. Your donation will ensure that SAIGON ELECTRIC can open to as many cities as possible. These are the current cities we want to open in: Orange County, San Jose, Houston, Dallas, Los Angeles, Seattle, San Diego, Atlanta, Washington DC, Honolulu.... and many more!!!
This Is Not Oliver Stone's "Vietnam"
The connection between young Vietnamese, either from Vietnam or overseas, is interconnected through many trends, with hip hop and street culture becoming a prominent force. Globalization and the power of the Internet has infused a familiar, yet unique culture. SAIGON ELECTRIC is a window in this emerging street culture in Vietnam, but with the traditional tropes of a coming-of-age story. Kids in Vietnam stay connected via Facebook, watch GLEE, listen to Eminem, and are as in the know as any kid in the OC, NYC, Paris, or Sydney.
In our wish of telling universal stories with a global outlook and a distinctly Vietnamese point of view, the seeds of SAIGON ELECTRIC were planted. As the population of Vietnam grows younger and younger, youth culture is seeping onto the streets of Vietnam. Hip hop and graffiti artists are alive in todays rapidly modernized culture. As our production team researched the best underground talent in Vietnam, we found much support from the hip hop community. Hundreds of young dancers came to audition for the chance to be captured on film, and we believe we were very fortunate in the ones selected to showcase their world of expression. We want to give the teenagers a voice and present to an international audience a fresh new look at the dreams and struggles of Asian youth.