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Synopsis: In this “sequel” to all romantic comedies, the honeymoon is over. First came love. Then came marriage. Then separation, and to add insult to injury, now an IRS audit.

Unemployed, tailed by the IRS and hilariously pathetic without the love of his life, Jake tries his best to drown himself with booze and girls. Ally tries to stay afloat with work, and yoga where she meets the enigmatic yogi, True (Billy Beck.) Despite both their efforts to move on and escape their reality, Jake and Ally are forced to sit and deal with the audit process, and each other. Receipts are more than money spent… they’re a record of memories made. As they sort through the last years of receipts and the memories they inevitably carry, the inharmonious couple begins to understand what went wrong.

‘Starting From Scratch’ merges comedy with drama in an honest depiction of two individuals simply fumbling, at times tumbling through life, and discovering that when it comes to relationships, hindsight is 50/50.


Comedy / Romance





Run Time

90 minutes


James Huang (Jake Lew)
Elizabeth Sandy (Ally Clark)
Charles Kim (Charles)
Billy Beck (True)
Maddy Curley (Lanie)
Sara Mornell (Dr. Frank)
Sadie Alexandru (Jade)
Nicole Ghastin (Grace)
Shelly Bhalla (Claire)
Tom Wright (Homeless Stan)
Aaron Takahashi (Jim)
Dylan Mooney (Mr. Black)

Directed by

James Huang

Written by

James Huang

Produced by

James Huang
Elizabeth Sandy

Prod. Company


Asians On Film Festival - USA - 2013

Best Comedy Feature (Elizabeth Sandy, James Huang Yellow Sun Films)

DisOrient Asian American Film Festival - USA - 2013

Best Feature (Elizabeth Sandy (producer), James Huang (director, writer, executive producer) Yellow Sun Films)

Independent Filmmakers Showcase IFS Film Festival - USA - 2013

Jury Award for Best Editing (James Huang, Yellow Sun Films)

Independent Filmmakers Showcase IFS Film Festival - USA - 2013

Best Cast (Maddy Curley (actress), Dylan Mooney (actor), Sara Mornell (actress), Billy Beck (actor), Shelly Bhalla (actress), Nicole Ghastin (actress), James Huang (actor), Elizabeth Sandy (actress), Tom Wright (actor), Charles Kim (actor), Aaron Takahashi (actor), Sadie Alexandru (actress), Yellow Sun Films (production company))

New Jersey International Festival - USA

Honorable Mention, Best Film (Elizabeth Sandy (producer), James Huang (director/writer/executive producer), Yellow Sun Films)

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Aspect Ratio

1.78 : 1

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