Capturing the Streets of Mid-’90s Seattle in ‘Float’

Capturing the Streets of Mid-'90s Seattle in 'Float'
Capturing the Streets of Mid-'90s Seattle 'Float'

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Logline: “Float” is a short film set in 1995 Seattle following the trials and tribulations of a Cambodian hustler named Rocky Mang.

Elevator Pitch: 
“Float” is a short set in mid-1990s North Seattle, following the day-to-day trials and tribulations of Cambodian-American hustler Rocky Mang. Still living at home with his family, Rocky spends his days cruising the streets of Seattle, slanging goods on the corner as he struggles to help his family make ends meet. His days are a hazy wash of grinding and hustling, only broken by his persistent attempts to convince a bikini barista, Jenni-Mo, to go on a date.

The film is loosely based on real people and is meant to present a window into a time, place, and culture.

Production Team:
Director/Writer – Tristan Seniuk
Co-Director/Co-Writer – Voleak Sip
Producer – Zack Tupper
Cinematographer – AJ Rickert-Epstein

About the Film:
With “Float” we wanted to tell a visually interesting and compelling story about a community that has been generally underrepresented in the media at large as well as in the Seattle film community. We wanted to showcase these characters as more than the typical one-dimensional Asian side characters and present as more true-to-life representations of real people in real environments.

Current Status: We are currently raising funds to begin pre-production.

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