Private Project

Family First

A mother mentally recalls moments with her gay son, struggling to reconcile her beliefs with the trauma she has caused him.

  • Dean Lin
  • Dean Lin
  • Raphael Gonzalez
  • Helen Sun
    Key Cast
    Weeds, Ghost Whispers, Grey's Anatomy
  • Dom Huynh
    Key Cast
  • Chase Torrance
    Key Cast
  • Taylor Fuller
    Director Of Photography
  • Nicolas Bluffin
  • Alex Lukas
    Sound Recordist
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    8 minutes 28 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 5, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    1,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    Chinese, English
  • Shooting Format:
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
    Black & White
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
Director Biography - Dean Lin

Dean is a student filmmaker who has interned at The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Paramount Pictures, The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, and Fulwell 73 Productions. After spending nearly a decade struggling with his sexuality and mental health, Dean advocates for those struggling with Eating Disorders and promotes Diversity and Inclusion in his work.

Dean has displayed his work in the Occidental College's Film Festival, the Burbank International Film Festival, and the Corvallis Queer Film Festival. Dean has also spoken for TEDxOccidental College in April of 2018. In addition to his extensive diversity, production, filming, and digital marketing experience, he is assisting scripted/unscripted development as an the production intern at Fulwell 73.

Dean graduated in May 2019 and holds a B.A. in Media Arts and Culture with a concentration in Film Production from Occidental College. He is currently an Executive Assistant to the Executive Producer/Showrunner of Carpool Karaoke at CBS Television Studios.

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Director Statement

Having grown up as a gay-Chinese American, I’m interested in the topics of anti-blackness and homophobia specific to my community because of the blatant racism and homophobic comments made at dinner tables, parties, and family gatherings I noticed from childhood. “Family” and “tradition,” words that are meant to empower, but instead posed barriers on communities around me. Childhood memories of being bombarded by heteronormative traditions, importance of family, and anti-blackness impact the Chinese-American community as a whole. My parents’ dedication to ensure I have an education and focus on discipline created an emotional gap in our home. Not understanding my own identity and feeling shame for having same-sex attractions, I developed serious mental health issues as a result. However, overcoming these struggles have helped me in the film industry and bring underrepresented issues and perspectives to the screen. I hope to signify that while this short film will be emotionally draining for some audiences who have gone through similar things, there can be room for education/growth in this unspoken topic. Looking forward, I believe this project will serve as one of the turning points in my professional and personal development as a filmmaker and director. I hope to use what I’ve learned these past three years to tell an impressionistic, compelling story that inspires an audience to fight for justice and become activists/allies for issues like the ones I am focusing on.