Experiencing Interruptions?


First place winner of HBO's inaugural APA Visionaries contest. “What can I get to you?” That’s the question driving a conflicted young hustler who sells everything and anything to make money. As he code-switches through various cliques, he’s forced to confront racism as well as the immorality of his occupation.

  • Dinh Thai
  • Dinh Thai
  • Brian Burgett
  • Kevin David Lin
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Short, Television
  • Genres:
    Crime, Drama, comedy
  • Runtime:
    18 minutes 15 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    February 1, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    40,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • HBO APA Visionaries
    Los Angeles
    United States
    April 29, 2017
    First Place
    New York
    United States
    October 26, 2017
    New York
    Best Direction
  • Seattle Asian American Film Festival
    United States
    February 23, 2018
    Washington State
    Best Short Narrative
  • Indy Film Fest
    United States
    July 15, 2017
    Indiana Premiere
    Best Short - American Spectrum
  • IFS Film Festival
    Los Angeles
    United States
    May 4, 2017
    Best Independent Short
  • Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival
    Los Angeles
    United States
    April 28, 2017
    World Premiere
    HBO APA Visionaries - First Place
  • Asians on Film Festival
    Los Angeles
    United States
    January 26, 2018
    Best Drama, Best Actor, Best Director
  • The Indie Fest
    Los Angeles
    United States
    May 4, 2017
    Award of Excellence Special Mention
  • Arizona International Film Festival
    United States
    April 29, 2017
    Arizona Premiere
    Best Dramatic Short
  • Play House West Film Festival
    North Hollywood
    United States
    March 25, 2017
    Grand Jury - Best Short, Best Screenplay
  • Los Angeles Film and Script Festival
    Los Angeles
    United States
    March 22, 2017
    Best Short
  • NBCU Shorts Fest
    NYC, LA
    United States
    October 24, 2018
    Outstanding Director, Outstanding Actor, Next Generation Filmmaker
Distribution Information
  • HBO
    Country: United States
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Dinh Thai

Dinh Thai is an award-winning writer/director by way of commercial directing. He’s actively developing ideas for film and TV while running his production company Art and State, creating adverts for brands and ad agencies.

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Director Statement

“Monday,” winner of HBO Asian Pacific American Visionaries contest, gave me an opportunity to express and address some of the racial nuances and relationships I’ve been encountering throughout my life. The characters, scenes, interactions, and themes were borne from influences, but the challenge was to make them relatable and entertaining. The culmination is a fast-paced, quick-witted, part-fiction, part-autobiography story about a young Asian-American hustler who struggles with the ethical and moral implications of his actions.