A Film by Shu Zhu


Christine is a working actress fading into obscurity. Day by day, she works tirelessly with the futile hope of her career getting a second wind. As countless others in Los Angeles, she blindly follows her dream like a moth to flame, taking a toll on her family and herself. We observe the banality of Christine’s daily routines like a fly on the wall. Through her tasks, we get a glimpse of Christine’s deteriorating mental state and an impending transformation.


  • Picture of Shu Zhu © Shu Zhu

    Shu Zhu

    Shu is a recent graduate from AFI Conservatory's Directing program and holds a BFA in Film and TV Production from New York University. After a period of assistant work for Martin Scorsese’s Sikelia Productions and Chinese artist He Xiangyu, Shu co-founded a boutique production company, Noface Productions while freelancing as a producer and cinematographer for independent projects in New York. The films Shu’s
    directed/produced have been showcased at festivals around the world, such as New York City Independent Film Festival, NewFilmmaker New York, China Independent Film Festival, Asian American International Film Festival, among others.

Awards + Festivals

  • 12th LAS VEGAS FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Las Vegas, NV, USA)May 2, 2019
  • 16th FEAR NO FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA)June 20, 2019
  • 4th CALCUTTA INTERNATIONAL CULT FILM FESTIVAL (Best Post Modern Film, Kolkata, India)July 9, 2019
  • 23rd LA SHORTS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Los Angeles, CA, USA)July 18, 2019
  • 16th ANONIMUL INT'L INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Sfantu Gheorghe, the Danube Delta, Romania)August 5, 2019
  • 19th NEVADA CITY FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Nevada City, CA, USA)August 23, 2019
  • 3rd MANIFESTO FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Amsterdam, The Netherlands)September 6, 2019
    UNDO DIVERGENT FILM AWARDS (Official Selection, Arlington, MA, USA)September 10, 2019
  • 7th ANNUAL SKYLINE INDIE FILM FEST (Official Selection, Winchester, USA)September 12, 2019
  • 14th NIAGARA FALLS INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Niagara Fall, New York, USA)September 18, 2019
  • 7th ALBUQUERQUE FILM AND MUSIC EXPERIENCE (Official Selection, Albuquerque, NM, USA)September 24, 2019
  • 10th OAXACA FILMFEST (New Industry Selection, Oaxaca, Mexico)October 4, 2019
  • 5th MINIKINO FILM WEEK (Short List, Bali, Indonesia)October 5, 2019
  • 2nd ST NEOTS FILM FESTIVAL - YOUTH FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Saint Neots, United Kingdom)November 6, 2019
  • 20th BACKUP & BEYOND FILM AND MEDIA ART FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Weimar, Germany)November 20, 2019
  • 4th BILBAO INTERNATIONAL ZINEMA SCHOOL FEST (Official Selection, Bilbao, Spain)November 25, 2019
  • 5th CHHATRAPATI SHIVAJI FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Pune, India)December 29, 2019
  • 6th BORREGO SPRINGS FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Borrego Springs, CA, USA)January 16, 2020
  • 2nd DIORAMA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, New Delhi, India)February 5, 2020
  • 16th KINOFILM - MANCHESTER INT'L SHORT FILM & ANIMATION FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Manchester, United Kingdom)February 25, 2020
  • 2nd OAKLAND SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Oakland, California, USA)March 24, 2020
  • 21st LANDSHUT SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Landshut, Germany)March 25, 2020
  • INTERCONTINENTAL FILMF FESTIVAL 2020 (Official Selection, New York, USA)March 29, 2020
  • 19th IVY FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Providence, Rhode Island, USA)April 13, 2020
  • 15th THE MYRTLE BEACH INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Myrtle Beach, SC, USA)April 21, 2020
  • 2nd PALEOCHORA LOST WORLD SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Paleochora, Crete, Greece)May 30, 2020



Shu Zhu
Shu Zhu, G Wilson
Shincy Lu, Sounder Pictures
Director of Photography
Ayinde Anderson
Art Direction
Harshita Reddy
Costume Design
Gabrielle Levion
Stephen Halbert
April Guangwei Du
Sound Design
Nathan Ruyle, Michael Krystek
Xueran Chen


Jeanie Lim
Josh McHugh
Troy Hatt
Harmonie He
Hana Wu


Running Time
16:54 min
Shooting Format
Digital 2K
Screening Format
DCP, BluRay, DVD, .mov, mp4 (HD)
Aspect Ratio
Stereo, 5.1



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

+49 (0)30 61620068


American Film Institute Conservatory
2021 North Western Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90027, USA

(323) 856-7600


Sounder Pictures
950 N Kings Road
Unit 209 West Hollywood
CA 90069


Shu Zhu