I Don't Have a Phone

A teenage girl runs away from a broken home…
A daughter finds her long lost dad on the street…
A veteran ends up in a shelter…
A young gay man drifts between foster homes and prisons…
Everyone has a story, and it matters!

  • Raymond Ma
    Director
    Bahala Na
  • Raymond Ma
    Writer
    Pedals in the Ocean
  • Raymond Ma
    Producer
    Pedals in the Ocean
  • Katherine Park
    Key Cast
    Frequency, The Fire & Hearth
  • Raymond Ma
    Key Cast
    Elementary, Fresh Off the Boat, VEEP, Castle
  • M.Q. Tran
    Key Cast
    It Happened Again Last Night, Earning the Day
  • Hayley Keown
    Key Cast
    101 Ways to Get Rejected, Chaperones
  • Mickey Casab
    Key Cast
    Proposed, Soleful
  • Gary Lamb
    Key Cast
    Shakespeare Apocalypse, Interview
  • Thomas Ochoa
    Key Cast
    The Secret Life of Me, Proposed
  • Robert Factor
    Key Cast
    Boooom, Brain in a Box
  • Film Type:
    Short
  • Runtime:
    39 minutes 31 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    September 8, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    10,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Film Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
  • L.A. Shorts Award
    Los Angels
    United States
    Best Shorts/Best Script/Best Actor/Best Actress/ Best Score
Director Biography - Raymond Ma

Raymond Ma has been acting for forty years. He was inspired by watching Chinese drama, the Three stooges, Little Rascals, Addams Family, Bewitched, Bonanza, I Love Lucy, Lassie in the 60s. His acting career is credited to hundreds of shows in TV and movies, plus numerous commercials (IMDB).
Mr. Ma won The Most Promising Director Award at the Pacific Film Institute 1984 in Hawaii. From there he went on producing films, commercials and infomercials.
One of the memorable one was 1990 “Breathing Fire” which starred Jonathan Ke Quan (Indiana Jones-Temple of Doom” ) and Bolo Young ( Bloodsport ). He also co-produced “Pedals in the Ocean” which earned The Golden Angel Award at the Chinese American Film Festival in 2011 in L.A.
In 2014 Mr. Ma directed a play “Bahana La” (Let It Go) which toured among the San Gabriel Valley libraries and was highly praised.
“I Don’t Have a Phone” is his “official” directing debut in film.

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Director Statement

“I Don’t Have a Phone” was written to raise the awareness of the constant day to day struggles of homeless people in our society which increasingly becomes epidemic.
We face the social problems such as family complaints further then leads to food inadequacy, violence, domestic abuse, sexual abuse, mental health and homelessness.
We also have to examine the inadequacy of the government operation toward the social services, including how we treat our veterans.
We need to address these problems and extend our hands to reach out to help these people who are in need.
“If I can stop one heart from breaking, I shall not live in vain.” Emily Dickinson once said.