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A sixth grade girl, who spends the majority of her time exploring early 2000s pop culture through her internet connection and dreaming of becoming a pop superstar, receives a reality check when she meets up with her online crush at the mall.

  • Jessica Liu
  • Jessica Liu
  • J. Graciano Garcia
  • Evelyn Warner
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  • Andrew Lutheran
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    Palo Alto
  • Shay Backe
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  • Jordan Franco
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  • Reilly Jimenez
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  • Eichin Chang-Lim
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  • Kimberly Cohen
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  • Mike Mcmillin
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    9 minutes 39 seconds
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    United States
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Director Biography - Jessica Liu

Jessica Liu is an up and coming director, writer and video editor with two BAs in Film & Digital Media and Feminist Studies - Culture, Power, Representation, at UC Santa Cruz. Since graduating she has served as one of ten student delegates chosen nationally, at the 29th annual San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival, worked as a producer for the award-winning documentary “Dharavi Diary” 2011 (Cinequest, National Geographics All Roads 2012, Epidemic Film Fest, etc) , edited a video for TECHSF which broadcasted on ABC Channel 7′s “Beyond the Headlines” in May 2013 and most recently had her short film, "Memory Blocks", which she directed and wrote while studying abroad in Singapore, selected for the 2013 San Diego Asian Film Festival. Her latest project "oRaNgEdReAmS", a short set in the early 2000s will make it's premiere at the 20th Dances with Films at the TLC Chinese Theatre on Hollywood Blvd in Los Angeles.

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Director Statement

oRaNgEdReAmS is a dark-humor portrayal of a young girl who gets sucked into the world of pop culture that eats away at her insecurities, and ultimately causes her to try to silence the voice of self-destruction in her head, in any possible way. We explore the psyche of heightened emotions, fears, and self-imaging by diving head-on into the 12 year old mind. Our main character fully displaces her underlying issues of parental, cultural disconnect, and self-loathing by pinning all her worth into gaining acceptance by a higher social status and unrealistic, pop-star dreams.

This classic coming-of-age narrative is set in a new, unexplored, terrain of the retrospective early 2000s, net-culture: a time when the internet was ripely developed for access and relatively unregulated - (pre-social media where kids could connect with people who were not in their physical social circle and fabrication of identity was much more likely and believable).

Additionally, the unfiltered dialogue that is used in voice-over and exchange between the pre-teens is completely honest and raw. The completely apolitical nature of early 2000s pre-teens is embodied as an additional insight into our current "Millennial" generation's foundational history. We are left to question how different are our desires, judgements and beliefs of ourselves from our middle-school minds? Did we give up on our childhood dreams and why?