Painting Hands

A stern father, intent on painting his house, keeps getting interrupted by his playful four year old son. When he scolds him, the son runs off and the father goes on a search to find him.

  • James Y. Shih
    Moment, City Walk, Distance
  • James Y. Shih
  • Daniel Yin
    Key Cast
  • Atticus Yin
    Key Cast
  • Musi Ang
  • Seth Wells
  • James Y. Shih
  • Seth Wells
  • Grant Friesen
    Director of Photography
  • Eliot E. Corley
  • Renault's Rorschach
  • Henry Brower
    Assistant Director/Script Supervisor
  • Ivy Chu
    Sound Mixer
  • Kevin Saph
    Boom Operator
  • Jennifer Chang
    Special Thanks
  • Interpretations 2.0
    Special Thanks
  • Frank Shih
    Special Thanks
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    Drama, Asian American, Family
  • Runtime:
    2 minutes 54 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    July 2, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    500 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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Director Biography - James Y. Shih

James Y. Shih is a Taiwanese-American filmmaker from Milpitas, CA and currently lives in the Los Angeles area.

James has worked as a producer for "Fight Life", a feature length documentary that takes an in-depth look into the lives of professional Mixed Martial Arts fighters. He's also the Co-Producer of “Advantageous”, a sci-fi feature about a mother and a daughter struggling to survive in a dystopian future, winner of the Sundance 2015 Collaborative Vision award.

James has also made other award-winning and nominated films such as “Distance” and “Moment”.

James recently graduated with a Masters in Fine Arts in Screenwriting at Cal State Northridge and is currently working on a number of exciting projects in Los Angeles and Taiwan.

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Director Statement

My dad told me as an adult that he felt he was too strict with me as a child because my grandfather spoiled me. Looking back on my life there were times when he was tough on me like in school or in karate class he'd scold me for not trying harder. But there were moments of warmth too. He once recorded a series of audio tapes to help me learn Mandarin, he also stitched up one of my favorite pairs of pants that I tore. Recently, my dad overcame a severe sickness so this film was important for me to make to show my love. I wanted to create a short film that expressed the bond a father and son can share that goes beyond words. Even if we don’t say “I love you”, it’s understood.


Note: An earlier version of this project was originally submitted for the Interpretations 2.0 contest in 2016 and has been re-edited for festival submission.