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Constellation 13 Wolves

Manda Brava is the troubled, charismatic lead singer of punk band 13 Wolves tasked with fighting the demon powers taking over the world. With powers beyond human comprehension and an attitude to match, will Manda survive another night of punk-rock mayhem, or will the demons finally catch up to her?

  • Tora Kim
    Half/Life, The World: Bangkok, Baby
  • Adrienne Camille
    TMZ, Authentication
  • Tora Kim
    Half/Life, The World: Bangkok, Baby
  • Jonathan Shrader
    Superfast, Black Jesus
  • Jin Kelley
    Stunt Coordinator
    The Hitman Chronicles, Samurai Cop 2
  • Tora Kim
    Glee, The Mentalist
  • Brian Lally
    Bukowski, L.A. Confidential
  • Cela Scott
    La La Land, Star Trek: Renegades
  • Max Thayer
    S.W.A.T., Dominion
  • Bryan Crawford
    Eclipse, The Other One
  • Adrienne Camille
    TMZ, Authentication
  • Randy Culzac
    Angelina Dreams, In the Heat of the Night
  • David Crocco
    Death Valley, Mississippi Damned
  • Michael McIntyre [Stunts]
    Cannibal Clown Killer, 20 Minutes Late
  • Yarett Harper [Stunts]
    Furious Seven, Secret In Their Eyes
  • Samuel Lock [Stunts]
    Hollywood Revelations, Adam 8
  • Jin Kelley [Stunts]
    The Hitman Chronicles, Samurai Cop 2
  • Peter Jang
    Mortal Combat X, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
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  • Genres:
    Sci-fi, fantasy, music, drama, experimental
  • Runtime:
    10 minutes 41 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    November 1, 2014
  • Production Budget:
    1,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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Director Biography - Tora Kim

An accomplished multifaceted artist, Tora Kim was born in Seoul, South Korea, to a family from both sides of the DMZ. Her family traveled extensively before moving to the east coast of the United States. In New York City, Tora Kim won several literary awards for prose writing at Barnard College and New York University. She first gained public notoriety leading the seminal rock band Xtatika, founded in 1999. She went on to record and tour internationally, working with the likes of Sean Lennon, John Zorn and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Often bringing elements of performance art into her stage shows, Ms. Kim honed her thematic style through ritual and its practical as well as aesthetic applications. This practice continued on through original experimental theater pieces performed in the underground clubs of New York to institutions such as the Public Theater and P.S. 122. As an actress, Tora Kim has worked with Willem Dafoe, James Franco, Oscar-winners Paul Schrader and Dustin Lance Black, and has recently appeared in THE MAGICIANS (SyFy), HAND OF GOD (Amazon), DOG EAT DOG (dir. Paul Schrader). She has written, directed and starred in the original short films HALF-LIFE, CONSTELLATION 13 WOLVES, and the upcoming THE WORLD, BABY!. Tora Kim lives in Los Angeles with her two Jindo-wolf dogs.

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Director Statement

The story driving this film is a personal one. As a former rock-singer and touring band leader who was born in Seoul and grew up in Panama, New Jersey and New York respectively, I felt a very strong need to connect my western life story with my eastern background and ancestry, especially with regard to my North Korean family line. I started writing this as an origin story that involves an exploration of self as artist and her destiny, as well as the dichotomy of inner and outer identity. And what better way to explore the trauma of love, work, family and separation than within the genre of action/fantasy, replete with demons, fight scenes and original punk-rock adrenaline!

All the music is written and performed by myself and some very talented friends. The images were very clear to me from the get-go -- before I even adapted this short film from the original hour-long pilot script. In a world with so little understanding of North Koreans and the pervasive plight of lasting political, societal and familial separation (I include myself in that group needing to understand), I felt the need to create a visual language that would help me to understand my own (at times mind-bending) experiences of living in society as an outsider. The film also references films that I have connected strongly with in the past, to filmmakers who have created their own vivid filmic language -- sometimes bewildering to behold, but always personal and unforgettable in nature.

Because life can be a bewildering enterprise. Thankfully, the making of this film was not - it was an amazing shoot that took place during a massive heatwave in Southern California over the hottest weekend on record in the last 10 years. Directing and acting this script that I wrote was an energetic and unbelievably joyous effort made possible by many - a fantastic crew and cast that brought their best sweat and positive energy to this project.