DOL (FIRST BIRTHDAY)
Short Narrative Fiction, S16mm, 11:11, 2011
Language: English and Korean with English subtitles

AWARDS
Grand Jury Award Outstanding Narrative Short Film at Outfest: Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Film Festival 2012
Jury Award Best Narrative Short Film at Polari: Austin Gay and Lesbian International Film Festival 2012

OFFICIAL SELECTION
Sundance Film Festival 2012
Big Muddy Film Festival 2012
San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival 2012
Fusion: Los Angeles LGBT People of Color Film Festival 2012
CinemAsia Film Festival 2012
Torino GLBT Film Festival 2012
Sundance London Film and Music Festival 2012
DisOrient Asian American Film Festival of Oregon 2012
Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival 2012
Boston LGBT Film Festival 2012
Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival 2012
Korean American Film Festival New York 2012
Worldwide Short Film Festival 2012
Frameline: San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival 2012
Los Angeles Film Festival 2012
Outfest: Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Film Festival 2012
Asian American International Film Festival 2012
NewFest: The NYC LGBT Film Festival 2012
QFest: Houston GLBTQ International Film Festival 2012
Korean American Film Festival Los Angeles 2012
Rhode Island International Film Festival 2012
Polari: Austin Gay and Lesbian International Film Festival 2012
DC Asian Pacific Film Festival 2012
Sacramento International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival 2012
Vermont International Film Festival 2012
San Diego Asian Film Festival 2012
Curta Cinema: Rio de Janeiro International Short Film Festival 2012
fiveTEN Film Festival 2012
Seattle Asian American Film Festival 2012

OTHER SCREENINGS
Korean-American Students at Yale Screening
Kansas City FilmFest 2012 Sundance Festival Shorts
Newport Beach Film Festival 2012 Collegiate Showcase - CalArts
Queer American Shorts: From the Personal to the Political at the West Hollywood Library November 7, 2012

PRESS
Huffington Post -- The Sundance Diaries: I Made This Film To Come Out To My Parents
KPCCs Off Ramp with John Rabe
Short of the Week: Review
Like the Dol (First Birthday) Facebook Page

LOGLINE
A gay Korean-American man yearns for a family life just out of reach.

SYNOPSIS
Nick is a gay Korean-American man living in Koreatown, Los Angeles with his partner Brian and their dog Chloe. When Nick attends his baby nephew's 'dol,' a traditional Korean first birthday party, he finds himself yearning for a life just out of reach.

DIRECTOR’S STATEMENT
I made this film to come out to my parents.

I knew I wouldn't be able to tell them, to say the words "I'm gay." So I cast my family in the film, but never told them that it was about a gay Korean-American man. The filmmaking process both distracted from and prepared me for the inevitable -- that I would eventually have to show my parents the finished film.

I hoped that showing my parents a film about a gay Korean-American man would help them understand me. I wanted to use the medium of filmmaking to tell them a story, not just say the words "I'm gay." And hopefully the story would better articulate who I am and what I am dealing with: that I struggle with my gay and Korean identities, that I wish I could have a family the way my father had a family, and that despite all this, I am a proud gay man.

CAST
NICK KIM: Joshua Kwak
BRIAN PARK: Martin Lee
CHRISTINE KIM: Chris Yejin
JIM KIM: James S. W. Lee

CREW
WRITER/DIRECTOR/PRODUCER/EDITOR: Andrew Ahn
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY: Ki Jin Kim
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR: Christina Miserendino
LINE PRODUCER: Steve Cha
ASSISTANT CAMERA: Rasika Ruwanpathirana
GRIP/GAFF: Norbert Shieh
PRODUCTION DESIGN: Araceli Lemos & Hanul Bahm
PRODUCTION SOUND: Rich Gavin & Patrick Gavin
ANIMAL HANDLER: Melanie Grossberg
TELECINE: Alden Delos Santos
SOUND DESIGN/MIX: Scott A. Jennings
ADDITIONAL SOUND: Jerry Summers
ADDITIONAL GRIP/GAFF: Gorav Kalyan
ADDITIONAL PRODUCTION SOUND: Mark Allen Wilson

TRAILER

Made in part by the Panavision New Filmmakers Grant, The CalArts School of Film/Video Project Fund, and the CalArts Diversity Grant.

Joshua Kwak, Martin Lee, and Muki Chris Yejin and James S.W. Lee