Writer-director Henry J. Kim's latest short film project "All Men Are Thieves" began filming in San Francisco this past week.
The indie crime-noir drama utilizes various locations throughout the City.
Kim along with producers Michael Kaney, Henry Chu and Ward Sorrick hope that their project will boost indie film production in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Chu, a local entrepreneur and partner in the popular Liquid Nitro Energy Drink company, said the short film could potentially be expanded into a feature-length film.
To finance their project, the filmmakers raised over $7,000 through a crowd-funding campaign on Indiegogo.com to help shoot the 15-page script.
They also threw a fundraiser launch party at Carbon Lounge, in addition to receiving generous donations of time and resources from people all over the Bay Area, including cast, crew and production staff volunteering to make the film a reality.
The project has also gotten support from luminaries such as San Francisco Entertainment Commissioner Steven Lee and California State Assembly member Fiona Ma.
Kim, whose previous films include "No Rest For The Wicked" and "At Dawn They Sleep" said he hopes to make more films with the City as a primary backdrop for his stories, much like how acclaimed director Spike Lee often utilizes his hometown of New York in his films.
"All Men Are Thieves"stars Frederick Szkoda (who co-wrote the script) and Lanny Joon. Additional cast includes Brandon Hanson, Levy Tran, Erin Tjoe, and Nicki Sun. The film's producers include Michael Kaney, Ward Sorrick, Daniel Delgado, Henry Chu, Alun Lee, and Erin Tjoe.
"We are all anticipating to show San Francisco the hard work that has been placed behind it," Kim notes in his director's statement. "'All Men are Thieves,' is a new film project that I am extremely excited for because it represents what I believe to be the best of all that I’ve learned thus far. This is the film I was meant to make, and it’s going to be the best I’ve ever made. I’m sure of it. Then again, if I didn’t believe that from the beginning, why try in the first place, right? Our goal is to make the best short crime/drama film yet made in San Francisco."
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