WE ARE PERSIMMON FILMS: LOVERS OF LIFE AND ART, VISIONARIES AND COLLABORATORS … HOLD ON A MINUTE HERE, PERSIMMON FILMS IS REALLY JUST ME. AND SOME GOOD FRIENDS OVER THE YEARS. AND THE LITTLE MOVIES WE MADE…

Persimmon Films is a collective of filmlovers and filmmakers and friends. And we sputter and we dawdle. But we, each in our own way, are dedicated to telling stories through the moving image.

Why?

In the words of the indomitable Pauline Kael: “A good movie can take you out of your dull funk and the hopelessness that so often goes with slipping into a theatre; a good movie can make you feel alive again, in contact, not just lost in another city. Good movies make you care, make you believe in possibilities again.” Persimmon Films shares this love of a good movie. And we constantly endeavor to get the “good” part down.

Broken 4:56

Our stab at drama. Remember we wrote, shot, cut and submitted all in 72 hours. Be kind. Our leading lady was great and, deservedly, won best actress.

Smith 1:42

A nice little teaser for a movie that was never made. Oh the sadness of the stories never told, the movies never made. By the insanely talented Joe Stramowski, a good friend and collaborator.

Rat Seeking Monkey 6:35

We had a lot of fun with this one in post – voice overs in bad Korean even. A little clunky but I have a fondness for the song (we wrote it!) and the ending (reminds me of the ending of Tootsie). Again, microwaved in 72 hours flat!

Good Night, Mr. Lee 4:20

They say you always remember your first. What I remember is all night writing at Katz’s Deli, 5-6 hours of footage shot in multiple locations in New York City, cut down to four minutes and 20 seconds, again, all done in 72 hours. A feat in and of itself. Plus we won the envious trifecta of prizes for best editing, best director and best film.

Filmography

 

Producer (10 credits)

 

2007 Aunt Tigress (Short) (co-producer)

2006 Goodnight Mr. Lee (Short) (producer)

2007 Rat Seeking Monkey (Short) (producer)

2008 Broken (Short) (producer)

2009 Shabu Shabu Manga (Short) (executive producer)

2009 I Don’t Sleep I Dream (Short) (associate producer)

2017 Return (Pre Production) (Extended Short) (producer)

2017 The Proposal (Pre Production) (Feature) (producer)

2018 Happy Cleaners (Post Production) (Feature) (associate producer)

2018 It’s Deeper Than You Think (Pre Production) (Extended Short) (producer)

2019 unnamed Musical (teaser/trailer)

 

Director (6 credits)

 

2006 Goodnight Mr. Lee (Short) (director)

2007 Rat Seeking Monkey (Short) (director)

2008 Broken (Short) (director)

2017 Return (Pre Production) (Extended Short) (director)

2017 The Proposal (Pre Production) (Feature) (director)

2018 It’s Deeper Than You Think (Pre Production) (Extended Short) (director)

2019 unnamed Musical (teaser/trailer)

 

Actor (4 credits)

 

2007 West 32nd “Ajushi”

2007 Rat Seeking Monkey “Bartender” (voice)

2009 Smith “Smith”

2018 Happy Cleaners “Man at Food Cart”

 

Writer (6 credits)

 

2006 Goodnight Mr. Lee (Short) (writer)

2007 Rat Seeking Monkey (Short) (writer)

2008 Broken (Short)(writer)

2017 Return (Pre Production) (Extended Short) (writer)

2017 The Proposal (Pre Production) (Feature) (writer)

2018 It’s Deeper Than You Think (Pre Production) (Extended Short) (writer)

2019 unnamed Musical (teaser/trailer)

 

Thanks (2 credits)

 

2018 The Fever and the Fret (special thanks)

2007 The Good Husband (Short) (special thanks)