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Project of the Day: ‘The Scent of Fish Sauce’

Project of the Day: 'The Scent of Fish Sauce'

Here’s your daily dose of an indie film in progress; at the end of the week, you’ll have the chance to vote for your favorite.

In the meantime: Is this a movie you’d want to see? Tell us in the comments.

“The Scent of Fish Sauce”

Tweetable Logline: Set to the dark, exotic aromas of fish sauce, this short film follows
the romance of a Vietnamese nurse and her young American male patient.

Elevator Pitch: Mai, a Vietnamese nurse, is hired to take care of an injured American
man. After turning him on to the secret pleasures of Vietnamese cooking,
Mai’s romantic dreams take a strange turn.

Employing fish-sauce as a symbol of cultural clash and desire, The Scent
of Fish Sauce depicts how two separate, distinctive cultures can
harmonize without compromising the essential aspects of each. With a
mixture of romance, humor and suspense, told from a uniquely Asian
aesthetic perspective, this film is set to be an exotic, sensual and
sensational journey of discovery and insight refracted through the lens
of cultural difference.

Production Team:

Cast: Tram Ly, Dillon Cavitt, Gayland Williams
Written and directed by Trinh Dinh Le Minh
Produced by Michael Roberson, Caleb Kuntz and Minh Trinh
Director of photography – Huay-Bing Law
Production designer – Heidi Diederich
Music composer – Xo Xinh
Edited by Trinh Dinh Le Minh & Kyle Seaquist

About the Production: From Minh Trinh: ‘As a foreigner living in the US, I feel an invisible
gap between what I can share and what people can understand. For
example, not everyone can accept fish sauce, the most important
condiment and a symbol of Vietnamese cuisine. For some Westerners, the
smell of it may be too pungent or smelly. When I cook fish sauce in my
Austin house, I can tell my housemates feel frustrated sometimes.
Inspired by my cooking experience, I wrote The Scent of Fish Sauce.’

Current Status: Post-production

For more information and to support this project: Indiegogo Page

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Huy VÅ©

This looks very good and promising!

Tua Vu

The film is so good. And the actors are very lovely !

Van Hong Nguyen

Great !

Nguyen Le Nam

Very good

TJ Martinez

This movie looks very good I would like to see it to see the fish and the sauce those are two things that I like I bet there is lot's of fish and lots of sauce in this movie I hope that nobody dies in this movie I don't want to see a scandalous film I want to see a happy film full of fish and sauce.

Bao Anh Nguyen

Film very good


Film very good !

judy mcmillan

Gayland Williams is wonderful! I'd like to see this movie chosen as Project of the Day. :)

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