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Synopsis: Lily is a Chinese single mother who is online dating. One evening, Lily attends a singles mixer where she is forced to reconcile between her preoccupation with her daughter’s life and her desire to date.

Language

Chinese, English

Run Time

14 minutes

Starring

Rachel Lu (Lily)
Hana Kim (Joyce)
Eliud Garcia Kauffman (Art)
Elena Ouspenskaia (Elite Match event host)
Paul Spriggs (Timothy)

Directed by

Kathy Meng

Written by

Kathy Meng

Produced by

Joe Kuperschmidt
Kylie Billings

Director's Statement

The introduction of online dating in the 21st century has had an enormous impact on dating habits and relationships. Particularly among Millennials, Online dating is a universal experience. It’s bizarre, tragic, and—at times—funny. However, the quest for companionship is not unique to Millennials.

My protagonist is a middle-aged woman. She is a single mom. She is an immigrant. She is attempting to balance a family and a career, and at times—she feels like she can’t. My goal is to make a movie about a woman with real-life problems.

In film and in life, single moms often struggle in the background. The story of Lily is one that every woman has experienced: the quest for love while balancing family and career. This feminist issue is still very relevant today. Despite Lily is someone who you may pass by at the mall or on the sidewalk, but she has an inner strength that shines through.

Director's Bio

Kathy Meng graduated from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts in 2016. Her previous short film My Boyfriend’s Daughter signed a TV distribution deal with ShortsTV. My Boyfriend’s Daughter continued on to screen at numerous film festivals.

Her 2016 short film Nanny was a student finalist at Fusion Film Festival. Nanny received craft awards in best actress and screenwriting from First Run Film Festival. Her films are rooted in realism, depicting modern Chinese women who are outsiders and want intimacy yet are deprived of it due to society’s prejudices. She draws inspiration from her upbringing in Beijing and Massachusetts to tell stories through a multicultural lens. She is a Richie Jackson Artist Fellowship finalist.

Production Year

2022

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