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Andi Mack star and Becoming Eddie director Lilan Bowden is helming not one, but two short films.
The first short is the drama Once Was, an LGBTQ+ and immigrant story, created and produced by an all female team. The story paints a picture of how difficult it is to love someone else before learning how to move past your own trauma.
Once Was is based on actress Vera Cherny’s (The Americans, Startup, Queen of the South) real relationships and the hardships she experienced while navigating love and self-acceptance when she moved to America. Cherny wrote the screenplay and stars alongside Austin Highsmith Garces. Maggie Phillips serves as producer.
The crowdfunding campaigning is ending soon so make sure you support here.
For more info on the film visit www.oncewasfilm.com and check out their Instagram. Watch the video below for even more details.
Bowden’s second directing venture is the comedy short called Oh-Cha. (Meaning “five rounds” in Korean). Written, directed, produced, shot, acted by an entire all-Asian cast and crew the film follows Jun and his two best friends Chris Lee and Brenda, who plan the perfect five rounder night in Koreatown after Jun’s girlfriend unexpectedly breaks up with him, but things don’t go as planned and their friendship gets tested. The short stars and is written by Chuck Maa, Jane Kim, and Alfred Aquino who are comedians and alumni of the Asian AF improv team alumni.
Oh-Cha recently hit their goal on Indiegogo and they released this hella funny video to give more details about the short.
Check out Oh-Cha‘s Instagram here.
The Bowden-directed Becoming Eddie is currently in development to become a TV series at Sony Pictures Entertainment. Written and executive produced by Ed Lee, Becoming Eddie is a love letter to his childhood in 1980s New Jersey.