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American Seoul is a short film written and produced by Grace Rowe and directed by Jason Moore.  The story follows a Korean punk rocker as she navigates through the city of Los Angeles, while encountering different Asian American women along the way: an aspiring actress dealing with stereotyping in Hollywood, a wannabe rapper who dreams of being a superstar, and a whitewashed debutante looking for directions.  Although intended to show potential investors what the feature film would look like, American Seoul played at over a dozen film festivals worldwide.  The short film stars Judy Jean Kwon, Grace Rowe, Nancy J. Lee, and Jeanne Chinn.

 

The feature film screenplay, (based off Grace Rowe's one-woman play, "The Grid Life") won the Best Screenplay Award at the Asian American International Film Festival in New York City, First Runner-Up for the CAPE (Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment) Award for Best Screenplay, and the First Runner-Up for the Cynosure Screenplay Contest.  In addition, Grace Rowe was chosen as one of ten participants for the Film Independent Screenwriter and Producer Labs in association with the script, and was nominated for Filmmaker Magazine's "Top Ten Independent Filmmakers to Watch" list.

Watch the entire short film below.

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