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The Park

In the quiet corner of a city park, a seemingly ordinary conversation takes an unexpected twist, hinting at a tender love that once bloomed.

  • Dorren Lee
  • Dorren Lee
  • Dorren Lee
  • Dorren Lee
    Key Cast
    Star Trek: Discovery, The Strain, Possessor, Kung Fu, Shadowhunters
  • Taras Lesiuk
    Key Cast
    Anne with An E, Clarice, Reign
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    romance, drama
  • Runtime:
    5 minutes
  • Production Budget:
    3,500 USD
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Director Biography - Dorren Lee

Dorren Lee is a Taiwanese-Canadian actress, director, writer, and producer. She began her career in the film industry as an actress, starring in acclaimed shows such as "Star Trek: Discovery" (CBS), "Possessor" (Sundance), "Kung Fu" (CW/HBOMax) and "The Strain" (FX), working with Academy Award-winning directors J. Miles Dale and Guillermo Del Toro.

"The Park" is the first short film she has written, directed, produced, and edited. She currently resides in Toronto, Canada.

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Director Statement

"The Park" came to me as I daydreamed about this adorable couple I saw sitting in the park. "They must be a couple", I thought, "they have immense chemistry". But what if they're not? What if they're one of those couples who were destined to be together but fear of love and chronic dissatisfaction made it difficult to see the fortunate one had encountered? Oh, the tragedy.

This film is about the constant search for something more which blinds us from the present moment and all the blessings we have. It is about two people who are soulmates but a misstep makes it so they can only be friends, not lovers.

I am inspired by the works of Hou Hsiao-Hsien, Eric Rohmer, Luca Guadagnino, and Celine Song to name a few. After watching A24's "Past Lives", I knew I had to finish this film. "Past Lives" is a gem of a film in a haystack of copies - and the director's refreshing vision is testament that there is an audience for Asian-American female filmmakers. I aspire to be one of those filmmakers.