Harold strands his apathetic son on the other side of the country. The challenge: make yourself interesting - find your way home and don’t do it quickly. He then alienates his self-hating daughter and pushes away his bored wife to setup this blunt, multi-generational black comedy/drama.
Told from an Asian American perspective by writer|director X. Dean Lim with a script that scored in the top 5% on The Black List, First World Problems is set to premiere at the 2018 SXSW Film Festival.
Featuring Stephen Park (Fargo), Tamlyn Tomita (Berlin Station), Brandon Soo-Hoo (Tropic Thunder) and Nikki Soohoo (The Lovely Bones) and shot by the ethereal lens of Chris Saul (Nike, Lenovo), First World Problems asks just how bad is your shit, really?
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X. Dean Lim ( “XDL” ) wrote and directed the SxSW Film Festival Grand Jury nominee "First World Problems" - a pilot exploring Asian Privilege. FWP was also featured in Indiewire off a script that scored in the top 5% on The Blacklist.
Dean has directed nearly 1,700 episodes of television. He has worked single camera, multi-camera and LIVE TV and is equally adroit in both drama and comedy. He has also shot both Hong Kong-style and Western-style action. Recently he directed Ep 308 ABC's The Good Doctor and started the year with Ep 712 of NBC's Chicago MED before returning again this summer for Ep 805. He is currently directing The CW's KUNG FU.
Originally from New York, Dean is a former magazine feature writer. He is also a comic-book-level illustrator and an avid tennis player - after playing the game for three months, he made it to the finals of the US Open in Paddle Tennis.
He currently lives in Los Angeles.
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One of my deepest regrets is not having studied art. But I'm happy I'm in a profession that allows me to doodle to get a point across.
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