Children of Invention Directed
USA / 2009 / 86minutes
Times and Venues:
Tinker Street Cinema
The lives of immigrant Elaine Cheng and her two children, Raymond and Tina, are turned upside-down when they are evicted from their home. In an honest effort to feed her family while pursuing the American Dream, Elaine begins working longer hours, falling for an illicit pyramid scam while leaving the children to entertain themselves in their squatted apartment. One morning, the children awake to find their mother missing. After determining that she may be gone for good, Raymond and Tina devise a get-rich-quick scheme of their own with the hope of buying their old house back.
Featuring some of the best child performances (including the Hudson Valley's Michael Chen) to ever leap off an indie film set, Tze Chun’s semi-autobiographical “Children of Invention” is a must-see first feature that resonates with style, grace, subtlety and honesty, bottling not only the experience of a stranger in a foreign land, but also that of a family. (Michael Lerman)
Tze Chun's short film "Windowbreaker" screened at the 2007 Woodstock Film Festival as well as thirty other international festivals. He was named one of Filmmaker magazine's "25 New Faces of Independent Film" in 2007.
Chun also painted the original artwork used in the poster for "Half Nelson" as well as the children's book drawings in the film. He is currently working on multiple film and television projects.
MAIN CREDITS: Cast/Featuring: Cindy Cheung, Michael Chen, Crystal Chiu
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