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Don't Come Back From the Moon
Directed by
Bruce Thierry Cheung

USA / 2017 / 84
East Coast Premiere

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Q&A Attendees
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Dean Bakopoulos
In a rundown desert town, the men begin to vanish one by one, leaving their families to wonder where they have gone and will they return. Is this some sci-fi abduction? After one father's cryptic note, the kids starting referring to the disappearances as going to the moon.

The supernatural atmosphere persists, enhanced by soft grainy camera work and a discordant soundtrack, the town starting to look post-apocalyptic, with barren land, tumble-down buildings and kids lolling about with no options or hope. The real reason for the absentee fathers, however, is more mundane. Lacking job opportunities, they seek greener pastures. At the center of it all is fifteen-year-old Mickey, juggling teenage tomfoolery, his love for another forsaken kid, and acting the grown-up, providing for his younger brother and now single mom. In this beautifully executed story, what choice will Mickey make: remain to rebuild his world, or leave to find his own future? — Ben F. Fischer

Bruce Thierry Cheung is a filmmaker based in New York City. He is of Vietnamese descent but was raised in Hong Kong and Los Angeles. As a former architect, he has sharpened a passionate eye for space, composition, and movement. His short film, Each Moment is the Universe premiered at Tribeca Film Festival and was a Vimeo Staff Pick. He received his MFA in Film from NYU, where he served as a Department Fellow and a teaching assistant for Spike Lee. His cinematography credits include the feature films The Adderall Diaries, Yosemite, In Dubious Battle and Zeroville. Don't Come Back From the Moon is his feature film debut.
Cast/Featuring: Jeff Wahlberg, James Franco, Rashida Jones, Alyssa Elle Steinacker, Henry Hopper
Executive Producer(s): Great Point Media
Producer(s): Jay Davis, Lauren Hoekstra, Vince Jolivette, James Franco
Director(s): Bruce Thierry Cheung
Screenwriter(s): Dean Bakopoulos, Bruce Thierry Cheung
Cinematographer(s): Chananun Chotrungroj
Editor(s): Joe Murphy
Production Designer(s): Maki Takenouchi
Composer(s)/Music: Johnny Jewel
Sound Designer(s): Scott Hirsch
Animator(s): Naoko Hara
Courtesy of: Elysium Bandini Studios
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