Hong Chen - Day One

a short cinema verite documentary

  • Hong Chen
    Key Cast
  • Alberto Vaccarino
  • Devon Catucci
    Production Manager
  • Ilya Katsap
  • Ilya Katsap
  • Ilya Katsap
  • Ilya Katsap
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Runtime:
    15 minutes 59 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    February 22, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    1,200 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
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  • Film Color:
    Black & White
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
Director Biography - Ilya Katsap

Ilya Katsap is an editor and director based in Harlem, New York.

After studying at the School of Audio Engineering he produced Hip Hop beats and ran studio sessions for local NY/NJ artists, he was eventually hired to work at Bad Boy Records where he learned film editing through hands-on experience, while evolving and adding to his creative repertoire of talents.

Ilya’s career includes the directing and editing of documentaries, music videos and short films, in addition to commercial editing for NY ad agencies like Craft, 72andSunny and McCann. His clients include:

Coca-Cola, Bad Boy Records, Ciroc, MGM, Canon, FujiFilm, A&E, Trap Records and Verizon.

In 2016 his documentary short Hong Chen was honored by the Cannes Film Festival and featured at the Cannes Short Film Corner.

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Director Statement

One day while waiting for the metro, I was touched and inspired by Hong Chen's music. In the edit the natural sounds of the city drove the pace and rhythm, creating a silent film with sound.