Open Ethnicity: Pilot Behind-The-Scenes

Art imitates life. Watch our cast and crew of #OpenEthnicityTV fake it 'til they make it! Just kidding, we know what we're doing, duh. Our pilot is available now on TELUS Optik TV and STORYHIVE's YouTube channel: http://www.linktr.ee/openethnicity!

  • Sunny Chen
    Director
    Open Ethnicity, Sad China: hum1n
  • Holly Mai-Kin Kaplan
    Director
    Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin, The Lesson, Open Ethnicity
  • Holly Mai-Kin Kaplan
    Cinematographer
  • Sunny Chen
    Writer
    Open Ethnicity
  • Holly Mai-Kin Kaplan
    Writer
    Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin, The Lesson, Open Ethnicity
  • Sunny Chen
    Producer
    Sad China: Ocean Girl
  • Lex Mayson
    Key Cast
    "Self"
    Joe vs. Saff, Open Ethnicity, Batwoman
  • Julie Tao
    Key Cast
    "Self"
    Charmed, To All The Boys 2 & 3
  • Cedric Yu
    Key Cast
    "Self - Cinematographer"
    Jingle Bell Bride, Never Kiss a Man in a Christmas Sweater
  • Miren Valdes
    Key Cast
    "Self - Costume Designer"
    Love in the Forecast
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Runtime:
    6 minutes 47 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    October 29, 2020
  • Country of Origin:
    Canada
  • Country of Filming:
    Canada
  • Language:
    English
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
Distribution Information
  • TELUS Optik TV
    Distributor
    Country: Canada
    Rights: Video on Demand
Director Biography - Sunny Chen, Holly Mai-Kin Kaplan

Sunny Shanni Chen 陈珊妮 (they/she/them) is a queer, nonbinary first-generation Chinese Canadian settler immigrant on unceded Katzie, Kwantlen, Matsqui, and Semiahmoo lands. Sunny makes music and movies while dreaming about the early 2000s.

Holly Mai-Kin Kaplan 美娟 (she/her) is a second-generation Chinese-American filmmaker, born and raised in New York City. With a penchant for writing at a young age, she was awarded a Silver Key from the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards for her short story when she was 16. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Film & Media Arts at American University and was awarded the Ron Sutton Award for Visual Literacy. While studying abroad at FAMU International in Prague, Czech Republic, she wrote, shot, and co-directed her first short, “The Lesson (Lekce)", on 16mm. Following the reception of her short film in 2016, Holly became an apprentice to late independent director-producer Ben Barenholtz on his feature film "Alina" (2017). Currently, Holly is a Director's Assistant on HBO Max’s “Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin".  As an up-and-coming filmmaker, Holly's ultimate goals are to convey interesting and untold stories on screen from a diverse perspective. Inspired and driven by ties to her Cantonese heritage, Holly is invested in bringing narratives about the Asian diaspora to the forefront.

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