East of Hollywood

Production Notes

Chimera Entertainment’s “East of Hollywood” is a short mockumentary that sheds light on the struggle of Asian American actors during the audition process.

The film follows Ken Chang, a fourth-generation American, who enrolls in “Orientalification” classes to secure a spot on a network television series. Learning Mandarin, practicing martial arts, and thickening his fake accent prepare Ken for his coveted role as a bodega owner on the fictitious series, “Kung Fu Mom.”

Leading an extremely talented cast is Michael Tow (Unfinished Business, Royal Pains, R.I.P.D., and Daredevil) whose real life experiences helped to shape his character. “East of Hollywood” also stars Danni Wang (Madam Secretary and The Black List), Boston Magazine’s Best Actress, Celeste Oliva (The Company Men, Mystic River, 21), and Baywatch star Traci Bingham.

The film is written and directed by Chris Caccioppoli. The film is produced by Michael Tow. Caccioppoli and Tow previous teamed up on Soulmating and Reindeer Games, which have both placed at the Asian American Film Lab’s 72 Hour Shootout.

Behind the scenes, “East of Hollywood” reunites director Chris Caccioppoli with Thomas Kim, but this time with Kim serving as Director of Photography, and Co-Producer/Actress Liz Eng whose logistical prowess allowed the entire twenty-eight minute film to be shot in a 76 hour block of time. Filming nine pages a day, a personal record for all members of the cast and crew, forced the production to run on little sleep and a lot of enthusiasm.

With the exception of two shots,”East of Hollywood” was filmed entirely in Boston and featured many local talent both in front of and behind the camera. The film is slated to premiere at the Boston Asian American Film Festival on October 22-25, 2015.