In Full Bloom

A Film by Maegan Houang


In Full Bloom is a surrealist short film about overcoming the loss of a partner within the parameters of living as a female Vietnamese immigrant.
After her husband’s death, Cecile becomes an agoraphobic hoarder, paradoxically practicing what she loves — gardening — indoors without the help of direct sunlight. She orders worms to grow a rare flower.
Though they help the flower grow, the development comes at a price when the worms create a black hole that absorbs everything she cherishes. With her home unrecognizably empty, she has no choice but to leave for the first time since her husband died and re-assimilate into society on her own terms.


  • Picture of Maegan Houang © Maegan Houang

    Maegan Houang

    Maegan Houang is a writer and director based in Los Angeles. Born and raised in East Lansing, MI, she grew up watching Hong Kong movies her father showed her on repeat.
    She currently works on the Starz show COUNTERPART as a staff writer on Season Two. Maegan also directed several acclaimed music videos. Her video for Mitski’s “Happy” was featured as #3 Best of the Year in Fact Magazine. Tom Breihan of Stereogum said that if he had made a best music video directors of 2016 List, her name would be #1. Her video for Skylar Spence’s “I Can’t Be Your Superman” received a Vimeo Staff Pick and was nominated for a UKMVA. Her work has been featured in 1.4, Noisey, Videostatic, Promo TV News, Shots Magazine, and Fangoria among others. In 2015, she made 1.4’s Long List for Brilliant Filmmaking.

Awards + Festivals

  • 43rd ATLANTA FILM FESTIVAL (Narrative Shorts Program, Atlanta, GA, USA)April 4, 2019
  • 35th LOS ANGELES ASIAN PACIFIC FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Los Angeles, CA, USA)May 2, 2019
  • 5th TWISTER ALLEY INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Woodward, USA)May 2, 2019
  • 37th CAAMFEST (Official Selection, San Francisco, USA)May 9, 2019
  • 7th SHORTS@FRINGE - AZORES FRINGE FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Azores, Portugal)May 24, 2019
  • * 13th SORSICORTI SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Palermo, Italy)May 27, 2019
  • 14th SARDINIA FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Alghero, Sardinia/Italy)June 3, 2019
  • 6th FANTASTIC FILM FESTIVAL - GALACTICAT (Official Selection, Penelles, Lleida, Spain)June 5, 2019
  • 8th PROKUPLJE FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Prokplje, Serbia)June 6, 2019
  • 8th OAK CLIFF FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Dallas, USA)June 6, 2019
  • 8th ANNUAL BREAKTHROUGHS FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Toronto, Canada)June 7, 2019
  • 13th CRYPTSHOW FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Barcelona, Catalunya, Spain)June 28, 2019
    3rd VIDLINGS & TAPEHEADS FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Michigan, USA)June 28, 2019
  • 4th MENORCA FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Menorca, Spain)July 15, 2019
  • 42nd ELCHE INTERNATIONAL INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Elche, Alicante, Spain)July 19, 2019
  • 6th MOOSBURGER KURZFILMNACHT (Official Selection, Moosburg, Germany)July 20, 2019
  • 2nd KALABURAGI INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Gulbarga, Karnataka, India)July 20, 2019
  • ANABELLE MUNRO’S MOST IMPORTANT FILMS (Official Selection, Las Vegas, USA)July 26, 2019
  • 15th ANNUAL HOLLYSHORTS FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Hollywood, CA, USA)August 8, 2019
  • 4th REGINA INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Regina, Canada)August 13, 2019
  • 21st SIDEWALK FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Birmingham, Alabama, USA)August 19, 2019
  • 30th SAO PAULO INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Sao Paulo, Brazil)August 21, 2019
  • 42nd ASIAN AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Brooklyn, NY, USA)August 24, 2019
  • 1st CASTROVILLARI FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, CastrovillarI, Italy)August 24, 2019
  • TRAVERSE CITY FILM FESTIVAL 2019 (Official Selection, Traverse City, Michigan, USA)August 30, 2019
  • 10th HORRIBLE IMAGININGS FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Santee, CA, USA)August 30, 2019
  • 21st BELO HORIZONTE INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Midnight Section, Belo Horizonte, Brazil)August 30, 2019
  • 3rd MANIFESTO FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Amsterdam, The Netherlands)September 6, 2019
  • 42nd MILL VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, San Rafael, CA, USA)September 9, 2019
  • 2nd FILM FESTIVAL OF TIME: ANCIENT FUTURES (Official Selection, Auckland, New Zealand)September 17, 2019
  • 15th FANTASTIC FEST (Official Selection, Austin, TX, USA)September 19, 2019
  • 2nd TWIN TIERS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Norwich, NY, USA)September 20, 2019
    FEMME FILMMAKERS FESTIVAL (Official Selection)September 20, 2019
  • 13th BALI INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Bali, Indonesia)September 24, 2019
  • 14th HELL'S HALF MILE FILM & MUSIC FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Bay City, MI, USA)September 26, 2019
  • 7th BEYOND FEST (Official Selection, Hollywood, CA, USA)September 26, 2019
  • 6th WOFF - WORLD OF FILM INT'L FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Glasgow, Scotland)October 3, 2019
  • 5th MINIKINO FILM WEEK (Official Selection, Bali, Indonesia)October 5, 2019
  • 15th VIET FILM FEST (Official Selection, Fountain Valley, CA, USA)October 11, 2019
  • 18th TOHORROR FILM FEST (Official Selection, Torino, Italy)October 15, 2019
  • 30th NEW ORLEANS FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, New Orleans, USA)October 16, 2019
  • 14th ORLANDO FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Orlando, FL, USA)October 17, 2019
  • 16th DC SHORTS FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Washington, DC, USA)October 19, 2019
  • 38th UPPSALA INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Out of Competition, Uppsala, Sweden)October 21, 2019
  • 5th WEIRD FILM FEST (Official Selection, San Francisco, CA, USA)October 22, 2019
  • 17th CATACUMBA FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Godella, Valencia, Spain)October 26, 2019
  • 5th GRAND RAPIDS FEMINIST FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA)October 27, 2019
  • 22nd INDIE MEMPHIS FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Memphis, TN, USA)October 30, 2019
  • 5th BAHIA INDEPENDENT CINEMA FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Salvador, Brazil)November 1, 2019
  • EAST LANSING FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, East Lansing, MI, USA)November 1, 2019
  • 2nd SOUTHEAST MICHIGAN FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Hamtramck, MI, USA)November 1, 2019
  • 2nd LINZ INT'L SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Linz, Austria)November 7, 2019
  • 20th SAN DIEGO ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, San Diego, CA, USA)November 7, 2019
  • 23rd TORONTO REEL ASIAN INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Toronto, Canada)November 7, 2019
  • FESTIVAL INTERNACIONAL DE CINE DE AUTOR (Official Selection, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico)November 13, 2019
  • 33rd BRAUNSCHWEIG INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Braunschweig, Germany)November 19, 2019
    20th BACKUP & BEYOND (Official Selection, Weimar, Germany)November 20, 2019
  • 40th SPORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Palermo, Italy)January 20, 2020
    3rd JELLY FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, North Hollywood, CA, USA)February 22, 2020



Maegan Houang
Maegan Houang
John J. Lozada & Vanessa Elliot
Director of Photography
Christopher Ripley
Art Direction
Emmy Eves
Costume Design
Anne Valliant
Gus Spelman
Sound Design
Grant Meuers
Rob Rusli


Kieu Chinh


Running Time
10 minutes 40 seconds
Shooting Format
Red Epic Dragon
Screening Format
DCP, BluRay, DVD, .mov, mp4 (HD)
Aspect Ratio



Markus Kaatsch
aug&ohr medien
Riemannstr. 21
10961 Berlin, Germany

+49 (0)30 61620068


Maegan Houang
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