A lonely, anxious girl wishes to save her cancer-stricken father and befriends the granddaughter of a shaman. Together, they create a secret witchcraft ritual which leads to unexpected consequences.

  • Michael K.Y. Yip
    The Gay Mafia, Demon Huntr, Spookable
  • Jennifer Kim
    KCRW UnFictional (NPR), KCET-TV (PBS), Once Upon a Camp
  • Jennifer Kim
    KCRW UnFictional (NPR), KCET-TV (PBS), Once Upon a Camp
  • Medha Jaishankar
    He Went That Way, Night of the Bride, Please Don't Feed the Children
  • Sylvia Ray
    Preggers, Our Late Father, A Period Piece
  • Derek Richmond
    Lady Gaga 2016 Grammys Performance, Led Zeppelin, “Brandy & Coke”, U2, “Invincible”
  • Hailey Soomin Lee
    Key Cast
    "Janie Park"
    Little America, Sarajin, Butterface
  • Viva Lee
    Key Cast
    "Minhee Morgan"
    Polaris, Bossy Bear, Deadly Class
  • J.J. Joo
    Key Cast
    "Dr. Park"
    The Young and the Restless, Tequila & Bonetti, O-Dogg
  • Taehee Kim
    Key Cast
    "Mrs. Park"
    Sarajin, Sonlux, Vanguard
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  • Genres:
    Young Adult, Family, Comedy, Drama
  • Runtime:
    12 minutes 59 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    August 28, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    3,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English, Korean
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • 2023 Roadmap Writers Shorts Competition (Script)
    Los Angeles, CA
    United States
    Top 10 Finalist Script
Director Biography - Michael K.Y. Yip

Michael K.Y. Yip is a writer/director based in Los Angeles. He was born in Hong Kong, and raised solely by three women (mother, aunt, and grandma), Michael was caught between cultures when he moved to Canada. Unable to find comfort in the myriad of identities that he grew up around in, Michael finds himself stuck in the intersectionality of being a queer immigrant living in Canada. In a previous life, he studied fashion design but eventually ventured into the world of filmmaking after his mother’s passing.

Her death ripped away his identity and will continue to spend years trying to reconnect with his past to get closer to her. Having to repress his sexuality in his teens forced him to conceal a part of himself from those closest around him, and lead to a curious interest in characters and stories that dissect the lies we tell each other, and the sacrifices made to appear “good.”

His works have screened in film festivals all around the world, and he is currently developing multiple projects. Repped by REJ Entertainment and PARADIGM, Michael is a multi-faceted artist, also known as a professional dreamer.

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Director Statement

With a background in fine arts, Michael K.Y. Yip has always sought to create visually striking yet emotionally poignant cinematic experiences that transport audiences into a heightened but grounded world.

Meticulously composed shots are always at the core of Michael’s films, assuring that the frame itself tells a story of our characters. From experimental shorts like THE GAY MAFIA, to 3D animated sequences created for film, television, and social media. Michael’s design background comes through in his affinity for color and graphics.

Beyond the visual intensity in his works, Michael always prioritizes the journey the character goes through. With a background in screenwriting, Michael understands the importance of the characters and uses the cinematographic elements within the frame to connect the audience with the characters.

Unafraid to critique and dissect the society around him, Michael thrives to create thought-provoking works, immersive worlds, and emotionally complex moments of humanity through his art.