What happens when a chance meeting leads you to look back at your own identity, and the cultural choices you’ve made along the way? That question is at the heart of “Front Cover,” a new film that follows openly gay New York City fashion stylist Ryan (Jake Choi) who has rejected his traditional Asian upbringing. Ryan has been assigned to style Ning (James Chen), a famous Chinese actor for an upcoming photo shoot. Though the two initially get off on the wrong foot, an unlikely friendship forms between them, which leads Ryan to reexamine his childhood, his culture, and his identity as he sets foot on an unknown path. Watch an exclusive clip from the film below.
The film is directed by Ray Yeung, who previously directed “Cut Sleeve Boys,” about two middle-aged British Chinese gay men who reexamine their lives after the death of their friend. “Front Cover” was an official selection at last year’s Seattle International Film Festival and Chicago International Film Festival, as well as at this year’s Toronto LGBT Film Festival and Frameline Film Festival.
“Front Cover” opens in New York at the Village East theater on August 5th, and in Los Angeles on August 12th on Sundance Sunset 5, with a national release to follow.