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‘Fallen Stars’ Exclusive Trailer: Two Lost Souls Develop a Friendship in Los Angeles’ Koreatown Neighborhood

The film stars Emmy-nominated actress Michelle Ang and Ryan O'Nan.

Fallen Stars

“Fallen Stars”


This past year, actress Michelle Ang’s performance in the web series “Fear the Walking Dead: Flight 462” garnered her an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Actress in a Short Form Comedy or Drama Series. But Ang’s work in 2016 doesn’t stop there, as she also co-stars in the new indie drama “Fallen Stars” alongside Ryan O’Nan (“Fargo,” “Ray Donovan”), which will finally see a theatrical release this week.

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Set in Los Angeles’ Koreatown neighborhood, the film chronicles the unexpected friendship that develops between Cooper (O’Nan), a burnt-out bartender in her mid-30s who still isn’t sure what he wants to do with his life, and Daisy (Ang), an accomplished, socially awkward girl in her early 20s. Despite differences in age and background, the two gradually get to know each other and begin to share their lives together. The film co-stars Leslie David Baker (“The Office”), Jennifer Irwin (“The Goldbergs”), Todd Berger (“It’s a Disaster”) and Eric Edelstein (“Green Room”). Watch the trailer for the film below.

The film is written and directed by rising creative Brian Jett. He previously wrote and directed the 2011 film “Let Go,” which follows a melancholic parole officer and three eccentric ex-convicts placed under his supervision. “Fallen Stars” was produced by Stephanie Marin, who previously produced the film “Lucky,” about an aspiring serial killer who wins the lottery.

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“Fallen Stars” first premiered at the 2015 Austin Film Festival. It will have a limited theatrical release on December 2 via Tugg followed by a VOD release on March 14 via Gravitas.


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This one is a slow movie, really slow. The lead pair has no chemistry although they do have some cute moments.Most of their interactions are painful to watch, I understand the girl’s character has been written that way, aloof and quiet but it is annoying, it’s no fun to watch. Clearly, this movie was not made for entertainment, it gets boring a lot of places.


    Yes, it was a slow paced movie, but I was happy with that for a change…movies, even romcoms are catering to an audience that seems programmed to expect cut and dry, faster progressing storylines and plot twists these days. It was painful to watch at times, but that seemed by design, showing how two people have become aloof and somewhat numb by virtue of where they have or have not gone in life..they have become separated from the flow of lives that comprise most in the society around them and the movie shows pretty well how alone they are…the scene where they stand on the overpass, looking at all the people on an LA highway, busy driving, rushing about their lives at a fast pace. Where are they all going..what is it that they are a part of that these two cannot connect with?..the guy has had no real connection with anyone for many years and has had no career ambitions, while the young woman played by Michelle Ang has, at a young age, already achieved a certain high-level success status (by society’s standards) but her precocious intelligence is disillusioned with her perceived success. The only thing I would have liked to have seen fleshed out was a little more character background with the girl where you understood better why she is so distant from all possible relationships. But I also like that the director left those inferences to the viewer. The girl is highly intelligent, albeit socially a misfit, and likely doesn’t fit in with the conventionally accepted dating and relationship mores of her generation. Nor does the bartender guy fit in with the conventionally accepted role of a mid-thirties man who has it all together, is set in his career and is planning his future. Neither one fits their expected societal roles, and I like how it shows that while they are both loners, they don’t want to go through life alone. This movie is about the awkward movement towards communication and intimacy for both of them after being alienated for so long.
    -Pontificus Maximus

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