My Heritage is a mockumentary short film about Chun Kit, a white man who was adopted and raised by his immigrant Asian father. Chun Kit grows up resenting his Tiger Dad, because he thinks nobody in North America understands the white oriental. So as an act of defiance, Chun Kit decides to cease all ties with his father, and abandon the man who loves him the most.
Here's our campaign video
Spinal Tap meets Joy Luck Club...
So we can share the experience of what's it's like to be a first / second generation Canadian. Also cause it's funny.
SON - Mike Fleury
Mike Fleury was born and raised in Greenwood, Nova Scotia. He started out as News Editor for the alt weekly newspaper 'The Coast'. While still in Halifax, Mike did numerous duties for CBC Radio as an anchor and reporter, where he fine-tuned the magnificent instrument that is his voice. Since relocating to Toronto in 2007, Mike has worked as a researcher and producer for CTV, an associate producer for CBC Radio's 'Q', an on-air anchor for TSN Radio, and a producer with CBC Television's 'George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight'.
FATHER - Tony Leung
In 1988, Tony immigrated from Hong Kong to start a new for his family in Toronto, Canada. Since then, Tony has founded IPE Logistics (Canada) Inc., a successful freight forwarding company with offices in Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal. Tony has always acted on the side, which most notably won him a free lunch for a local Church production of A Christmas Carol in 1990. Despite claims that he has “given up acting for good,” Tony has come out of retirement to give one final performance in “My Heritage.”
ALSO GUEST STARRING...
DIRECTOR, PRODUCER - Alex Narvaez
Throughout his early schooling, Alex developed an interest in creating and experimenting with various forms of media. As a Radio and Television Arts student at Ryerson University Alex was keen on creating an outlet for talented local artists without a platform. He found success on CKLN 88.1FM and launched a show dedicated to showcasing Canadian talent while launching his career as a personality and radio producer.
Today Alex works alongside George Stroumboulopoulos at the CBC as an Associate Producer for Radio and Researcher for Television. His career in radio and television broadcast have provided a detailed insight into media production which has prepared Alex to step into the Director’s chair for “My Heritage.”
CO-DIRECTOR, WRITER, PRODUCER - Philip Leung
Philip Leung loves long walks on the beach. Furthermore, he is a graduate of NYU’s Tisch program, and has co-written “The Diary of Amos Lee”, a nationally televised children’s sitcom. Further furthermore, he has written for Time Out Magazine, Popmatters.com, South China Morning Post, and Corduroy Magazine. Phil does the odd stand up wherever he travels, including Hong Kong, Singapore and Toronto. Most recently, he is a researcher, and occasional contributor to CBC Television’s George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight.
PRODUCER - Sam Vesti
Sam Vesti is an aspiring comedian. Outside of this project, Sam hosts "The Weekly," a sketch web-series that can be viewed on YouTube. He says "My Heritage" is his first time making short films "the right way". Vesti's main goal is to learn everything he can about making movies. He considers Phil Leung and Alex Narvaez as his most important teachers - and yes, they paid Vesti a nice sum to have that sentiment included in his bio.
COMPOSER - Anthony Leung
While Anthony officially works in social media, his rock star dreams are never too far away. Besides writing music for My Heritage, he has written soundtracks for iPhone games, a song raising some much needed funds for a children's charity, and a birthday song which he sent to impress his then long-distance girlfriend (they're now married with two kids). Based in London, UK, he has recently clocked over 12,000 tweets on his @meanwritehook handle. He'd love for you tweet him a hello, but his wife begs you not to egg on his Twitter addiction.
ASSOCIATE PRODUCER- Kiersty Hong
This is the third short film Kiersty has been a part of, but the first one she is helping on the production side. She just couldn't stay away from such an original piece of work, although the free meal, fantastic crew, and being vaguely reconnected to her Chinese roots were also incentives. In addition to her love of photography, writing, and other random creative projects, Kiersty also enjoys showing off her Polish skills with random Polish tourists on the subway. To complicate matters, Kiersty is working on a second Master's on the side where she ponders the ontology of life in all its ghastly humour.
WHERE WILL THE MONEY GO?
5% - Transportation
5% - Equipment Rental
10% - Marketing / Festival Submissions
20% - Music
30% - Graphics / Post Production
30% - Props
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