Private Project

Jap

A narrative that reexamines the Japanese Internment and frames this known history into a modern-day context as it pertains to interracial relationships and Asian masculinity.

  • Long Tran
    Director
  • Long Tran
    Writer
  • Andy McIntyre
    Producer
  • Long Tran
    Producer
  • Arnold Mukai
    Key Cast
    “Gordon”
  • Joel Ambo
    Key Cast
    “Young Gordon”
    Grimm, Disjointed
  • Annie Truex
    Key Cast
    “Frances”
  • Evan Luputra
    Camera Department
  • Film Type:
    Experimental, Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    4 minutes 35 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 21, 2018
  • Production Budget:
    3,500 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Film Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital, Sony
  • Aspect Ratio:
    1.90:1
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    Yes
Director Biography - Long Tran

Long Tran is an award-winning filmmaker with a background in documentary work. His social justice oriented films have screened in every major city in the United States and recently had screenings in the United Kingdom. Long has worked on television shows and major movies that have filmed in the Pacific Northwest. Currently, Long is producing several independent short films and web-based projects. Moreover, he is editing a film he directed called "Jap" which is an avant-garde, fictional reexamination of Executive Order 9066 while preparing for his feature, directorial debut on an unnamed film that takes place after a hypothetical nuclear conflict. You could learn more about Long from various interviews that are available online including NBC News, University of Washington Tacoma, Renton Reporter, The Tacoma Ledger, and NW Asian Weekly.

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Director Statement

To whom it may concern,

I present to you my short film, "Jap" (2018).
I'm pleased to be able to share this film on the festival circuit after three years of wanting to tell a story centered around the Japanese Internment. Ever since learning about the story of activist and professor, Dr. Gordon Hirabayashi, who attended the same school I'm currently enrolled in, I became desperate in creating a film that reframed invisible Asian-American history to create a conversation on Asian masculinity and interracial relationships.

With the advent of dating apps like Tinder, it's clear that Asian men fair worse romantically compared to other demographics (from personal experience). This film is meant to educate audiences, and empower Asian men and women alike. I hope that this film helps create a dialogue in the United States where race becomes easier to talk about. I'm sure this film will bring to light Asian-American history to compel audiences to acknowledge that Asians are Americans, and not the 'other'.

For your consideration, I thank you.

Long Tran
University of Washington Tacoma  
B.A in Communications '19 and Arts, Media and Culture '19
Minor in Gender and Sexuality Studies '19 Law and Policy '19
Global Honors Program
Film Club President at UW Tacoma
(253) 391-1734 I longt7@uw.edu
longtranfilm.com