Open Ethnicity Pilot

420-friendly dramedy about the highs and lows of Hollywood North (Vancouver, BC). There's nowhere to go for Summer but up. High up. Can she escape her physical doppelgänger, overcome breakdowns, and capture the hearts of casting directors all over town?

  • Sunny Chen
    Director
    Sad China: Ocean Girl
  • Sunny Chen
    Writer
    Adewolf: Dynamite, Sad China: It's Okay
  • Sandeep Hundal
    Producer
    Man in the High Castle, Girls vs. The City
  • Emily Carlstrom
    Producer
    The Tragic Fall of Valerie Mallory Finkerstein
  • Sunny Chen
    Key Cast
    "Summer Ting"
    A Million Little Things, Cheer Squad Secrets, Supergirl
  • Lex Mayson
    Key Cast
    "Aries Miles"
    Untold Stories of the ER, Woke
  • Julie Tao
    Key Cast
    "Jennie Bai"
    To All The Boys: P.S. I Still Love You, To All the Boys: Always and Forever, Motherland: Fort Salem, Charmed
  • Anthony Demare
    Key Cast
    "James"
    Arrow, Turner & Hooch
  • Justyna Bania
    Key Cast
    "Adele"
    The Twilight Zone, Firefly Lane, Woke
  • Jacq Ainsworth
    Key Cast
    "Katherine Cage"
    Odd Girl
  • Nikki Chohan
    Key Cast
    "Kristin"
    Valley of the Boom, Write Before Christmas, Time for You to Come Home for Christmas
  • Cedric Yu
    Director of Photography
    The Right One, Never Kiss a Man in a Christmas Sweater, Twilight Storytellers: The Mary Alice Brandon File
  • Project Type:
    Television, Web / New Media
  • Genres:
    Comedy, Drama
  • Runtime:
    17 minutes 43 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 8, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    15,700 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Canada
  • Country of Filming:
    Canada
  • Language:
    English
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
Distribution Information
  • TELUS Optik Local
    Distributor
    Country: Worldwide
    Rights: Video on Demand
Director Biography - Sunny Chen

Sunny Chen (陈珊妮) is a Canadian actor, singer, songwriter, and filmmaker. At 6 years old, Sunny immigrated from Nanjing, China, to Canada's beautiful west coast. Her ancestors are from Sichuan and Hubei; her parents grew up in poverty and political instability. Sunny finished high school in Langley, BC, and moved to Vancouver at 17. She took out a student loan and completed her BA in psychology and English literature at the University of British Columbia, while working part-time jobs. When Sunny's not on set or onstage, she writes, produces, and directs QTBIPOC-centered narratives, and music videos. Sunny uses both she/her and they/them pronouns.

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Director Statement

I live as an uninvited guest on stolen lands belonging to the xʷMəθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) nations. I look forward to every storytelling opportunity, and advocate for equity and diverse representation in media. I continue to do everything I can to make this industry inclusive and safe for everyone, which includes sharing space with Black and Indigenous leaders.