Thursday, September 6, 2018

HollyShorts: Okay, Annex - Tricia Lee Interview

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Tricia Lee is an accomplished and versatile director with Canadian and British citizenship who earned her US Green Card as an “artist of extraordinary ability.” She brings collaborative, imaginative and leadership experience to the table, having directed 3 award-winning feature films, 2 webseries and 7 shorts. BLOOD HUNTERS (Audience Choice “Best Feature” – Fright Night Theatre) sold to Hulu and had a North American day and date release in 2017. The film was presented in Cannes by Frontieres in the Goes To Cannes Marche Screening and had its world premiere at Horror Channel’s Frightfest in London. To make this film, Tricia successfully converted 19 tech investors from the highly-sought-after Angel Investment Networks into movie investors … an unprecedented and laudable feat!

Her work has been consistently applauded for finding the beating emotional heart and compelling themes in the center of the conflict and remarkably connecting with audiences. Of note, recent dramatic short films include MEETING MOMMY (starring Simu Liu from TAKEN, KIM’S CONVENIENCE) which is currently a semi-finalist in the NBC Universal Short Film Festival and reached the top 28 on Youtube’s Trending List and has garnered over 425,000 views and AFFECTION (starring Steve Lund from BITTEN, REIGN and Steph Song from BLOOD AND WATER, SMALLVILLE), which premiered at the Oscar-Qualifying LA Shorts International FilmFestival. SILENT RETREAT, which won Best Canadian Feature –Toronto After Dark, was theatrically releasedacross Canada with a 2-week run in Toronto. The film was picked up for distribution by Gravitas Ventures and VVS and sold to NBC Universal’s Chiller Network and Superchannel.

Tricia is a go-getter and always developing exciting new content. Her screenplay SPOKEN is currently a quarter-finalist in the Screencraft Film Fund Screenplay Contest and was selected for the Stowe Story Lab. OKAY ANNEX, a short screenplay was a finalist in the Hollyshorts Screenplay Contest. Also, she and her co-creator signed a shopping agreement with Big Vision Creative for the sci-fi TV series pitch they pitched at ITVFest.

Embracing every opportunity to grow in her field, she has benefited from shadowing mentorships from Jeff Woolnough on SyFy’s THE EXPANSE, Erik Canuel, producing director on CBS’ RANSOM, Peter Deluise on Freeform’s SHADOWHUNTERS and most recently, the highly-regarded powerhouse - Nancy Meyers on the highly anticipated “Walmart Box” Oscars® commercial.

Other career highlights include stints as a field producer / director for Kids CBC, directing dramatic recreations on Discovery Channel’s FRAUD SQUAD and producing the Ontario Arts Council short THE OLD WAYS, which premiered at TIFF.

A not-so-ordinary life took Tricia Lee from teaching piano after 10 years of studying the instrument, to living in England for a year, to 8 years in experiential marketing, to owning 4 AirBNB condos (which she lives in-between when they are empty), to having a surprise wedding within 24 hours of being engaged, to riding a motorcycle, to scuba-diving, to hiking the Inca trail to Machu Picchu -- and the adventure continues...


2017 Short
Starring: Simu Liu (Kim's Convenience, Blood and Water, Taken), Christina Jung (Kim's Convenience)

Tricia Lee talks about her current screenplay during the interview. Please make sure you and hear all about it. Okay, Annex is going to be good!

Praise for TRICIA LEE

"Toronto based director Tricia Lee is turning out some of the best horror to emerge out of the Great White North. Her latest film “Silent Retreat” won Best Canadian Feature at Toronto After Dark and for good reason" 

"Definitely one of the best films at FrightFest 2016 Blood Hunters is that rare beast of a movie that offers tons of on edge entertainment while managing to be extremely intelligent and emotionally involving as well." LOVEHORROR.CO.UK
"A strong idea backed up with strong visual style, Blood Hunters is a genre fan’s dream, or more aptly, nightmare come true.” HOLLYWOOD NEWS

“I used to have fantasies of taking a weeklong vow of silence at a rural retreat - that is, until I saw this chilling little number from Canadian director Tricia Lee” NATIONAL POST

"Silent Retreat beautifully blends supernatural horror with the terrors of the real world" RUE MORGUE

"A tense little beast of a movie that has some powerfully terrifying moments interspersed with some even more impactful silences." AIN'T IT COOL NEWS

"As an independent director / producer playing in the horror space Lee is something of an anomaly within a Canadian industry that tends to direct available supports towards more 'high brow' efforts - "Horror is a little different than what the Canadian system normally funds so I've had to find my own way of doing it," she acknowledges - to say nothing of being a woman playing in what is very much a male dominated sandbox, and its precisely that female perspective that has drawn local icon Julian Richings - a familiar face popping up in projects ranging from big budget blockbuster Man Of Steel, to a recurring part as Death on Supernatural, to recent Sundance smash The Witch." TWITCHFILM

“(Lee’s) managed to make a satisfying genre splice that also happens to be one of the most cliche-free films of the year" HORROR CULT FILMS

"Tricia Lee seems to be going from strength to strength and improving with every film she makes." HORROR MOVIES UNCUT

Zoe can only see her mom once a year on her birthday. On the day that she turns six, Zoe has some hard questions for her father to answer.

Rebecca Chan ― Zoe
Rebecca Chan is an actress, known for Heroes Reborn: Dark Matters (2015), Rogue(2013) and The Adventures of Napkin Man! (2013).

Simu Liu ― John
Simu is a Canadian Screen Award nominated actor, writer and stunt performer, known for his roles as Jung Kim on the CBC sitcom Kim's Convenience (2016) and Faaron on the NBC series Taken (2017), based on the film franchise starring Liam Neeson.

Immigrating from China at the age of 5, Simu was raised in Mississauga, Ontario. After graduating from the Richard Ivey School of Business and working at a top accounting firm for nearly one year Simu decided to switch careers and pursue acting. He has quickly established himself as a talented actor in films, television series, commercials and music videos, with roles on series such as Heroes Reborn (2015), Blood and Water (2015), Nikita (2010), Warehouse 13 (2009) and Air Emergency (2003).

Simu lives in Toronto today with his dog Barkley. He trains extensively in martial arts and stunt work in addition to television and theatrical performance. He also writes professionally for television.

Tina Jung ― Christine
Tina Jung is known for her work on Make It Pop (2015), Kim's Convenience (2016) and Man Seeking Woman (2015).

Tricia Lee on the Red Carpet with JBN Journalist, Kristin Cercado.


HollyShorts takes place August 9-18, 2018 at the TCL Chinese Theater, Harmony Gold Theater and other locations in Hollywood. Nearly 400 short films will compete for the festival’s top prizes. Last year HollyShorts finalists included 3 out of the 5 Live Action Oscar nominees and the winning short Silent Child from Rachel Shenton and Chris Overton. This year, HollyShorts received an all-time record 5,000 submissions from over 80 countries. The competition will feature Live Action, Animation and Documentary Shorts as well as web series, student shorts, music videos, TV pilots, and VR. The festival also features a screenplay competition where the winning short gets greenlit, shot and shown at next year’s festival courtesy of Seattle Film Summit.

Video/Edit: James Vallesteros (@jamesvallesteros). Audio: Edward Chung.

HollyShorts Film Festival is an organization devoted to showcasing the best and brightest short films from around the globe, advancing the careers of filmmakers through screenings, networking events, and various panel and forums. The Oscar Qualifying HollyShorts Film Festival showcases the top short films produced 40- minutes or less. Categories include Short Animation, Short Live Action, Short Documentary, Music Video, Webisode, Commercials, TV, and Digital Microbudget.
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