Bad Axe

After leaving NYC for his rural hometown of Bad Axe, MI at the start of the pandemic, an Asian-American filmmaker documents his family's struggles to keep their restaurant open. As fears of the virus grow, deep generational scars dating back to the Cambodian Killing Fields unearth between the family's patriarch, Chun, and his daughter, Jaclyn. When the BLM movement takes center stage in America, the family uses their voice to speak out in their town where Trumpism runs deep. What unfolds is a real-time portrait of 2020 through the lens of this multicultural family’s fight to keep their American dream alive in the face of a pandemic, Neo-Nazis, and the trauma of having survived a genocide.

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Credits

Director:

David Siev

Executive Producer:

Jeff Tremaine, Shanna Newton, Michael Meinhold, Tim Chow

Producer:

Jude Harris, Diane Quon, Katarina Vasquez, David Siev

Cinematographer:

David Siev

Editor:

Rosie Walunas, Peter Wagner

Music:

Stephanie Kowal

Contact

Distributor:

Andrew Herwitz
andrew.herwitz@filmsalescorp.com

Public Film Contact:

Katarina Vasquez
Baker's Dozen Films
kat@bakersdozenfilms.com

Publicity Contact:

David Magdael
dmagdael@tcdm-associates.com
213 399 1434

Sales Agent:

The Film Sales Company

Details

Primary Entry:
Platinum Badge
Film Badge
Secondary Entry:
Music Badge
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Film Festival Wristband
Year:

2022

Premiere Status:

World Premiere

Genre:

["Documentary", "Drama", "Family"]

Screening Section:

Documentary Feature Competition presented by IMAX

Screening Category:

Documentary Feature

Country:

United States

Language:

English

Runtime:

100 mins