16 year old Yeonsoo tries to convince her runaway mother to return home.
Soak is a family drama short film and will have its World Premiere at the 2021 SXSW Film Festival.
Yeonsoo played by Do Eun Lee
Mina played by Chaewon Kim
Written and Directed by Hannah Bang
Produced by Sharon Park and Queen Kim
Cinematographer Heyjin Jun
Production Designer Sujung Han
Editor Kelsy Lua
Music by Jesper Ankarfeldt
Sound Designers Lo Yao Huang, Dorothy Lee, and Jiashu Li
Do Eun Lee is a up and coming South Korean actor who has been working in short films, music videos, commercials, as well as in television. On her spare time she loves to take photographs, read novels and do the hula dance! She also enjoys watching romance or thriller movies.
Chaewon Kim is a South Korean actor who graduated from the Korea National University of the Arts, School of Drama. She has been performing both on stage and camera since then. Her works include: Georgia, which premiered and received the Sonje Award from the 2020 Busan International Film Festival and the role of Yunhee in Scattered Night, which received the Grand Prize at the 2019 Jeonju International Film Festival.
Hannah Bang is a South Korean writer/director with a love of mixing the beautiful and macabre in her storytelling. After working in the fine art photography world in New York, Hannah moved to LA and recently received her M.F.A. from USC film & tv production program. There, she directed multiple projects including an ensemble theater play <Prodigy> for the Hollywood Fringe Fest, a co-directing collaboration feature called <Voodoo Macbeth>, and a sponsored short film <Ripple Effect> that was shot during the pandemic shutdown using virtual production technology and LED screens. Hannah’s MFA thesis short film <Soak> will have its World Premiere at the 2021 SXSW Film Festival. Hannah is always looking for new avenues to hone her storytelling craft. Hannah is a Jon Chu scholar, a recipient of the Bridges and Larson Directing Scholarship and a co-recipient of the ETC Innovative Technology Award.
Sharon S Park is a filmmaker based in Los Angeles from New York. She receives her BS in Biochemistry at the University of Washington and MFA in Film and TV Production at the University of Southern California, where she is selected to direct high profile productions. Park continues to explore her storytelling craft in various mediums and successfully produces award-winning projects. She is currently developing several feature films and a podcast series. Besides filmmaking, she enjoys baking, reading webcomics, binging on K-dramas with her dog, and propagating plants.
Queen Kim (A.K.A Kim Jonghee) was born in 1988 and raised in Seoul, South Korea. In 2014, he graduated the School of the Art Institute of Chicago with a bachelor’s degree in film directing. He then produced and directed his first feature, 3,000, which was released in cinemas in the states. After that, he was named jury member for Meters International Film Festival in the International Short Film category. In 2017, he started his master’s study at the University of Southern California and earned degree in 2020. He launched a film marketing and production company called QK Pictures in 2017.
Heyjin Jun has found her passion in storytelling with her own visual language and earned her B.A. from UCLA’s School of Theater, Film, and Television, and her MFA at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts, with a focus on cinematography. Her works have been featured in numerous film festivals such as the Busan International Film Festival, Sundance, and Austin Film Festival, and screened at CAA, UTA, and DGA awards. Her commercial work credits include HBO/Sesame Street, Slack, Github, and many more. Heyjin and her work have been also featured in American Cinematographer magazine 2018 in May for Wyrm. She was also nominated for the 2018 ASC Heritage Award and received the best cinematography at Little Wing Film Festival for Difficult People.
Sujung Han majored in theater and film studies as well as architectural engineering at Hanyang University. She first dove into production design by working as a set designer on the play <Nest>. Her main works include projects with the theater group Sungbookdong Pigeons, and the short films : <Simpangi>, <Soak>, <Tropics>, and <Family>.
Originally from the Philippines, Kelsy Lua earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Boston University. She moved to Los Angeles to pursue her passion for film and is a recent graduate from USC's School of Cinematic Arts in the MFA Film and Television Production program with a focus on Editing. Kelsy edited numerous short films that were selected to film festivals and won awards. The short film, "On the Clock" was screened at the Creative Mind Group showcase at Cannes Film Festival 2019 and won the Best Narrative Short Award at the Los Angeles Diversity Film Festival. "Breach of Trust", another short documentary edited, received First Look Industry Award for Best Documentary, and was screened at the AFI Fest 2020.
Jesper Ankarfeldt is an award winning Danish film composer with more than 100 films to his name. Jesper's music have been awarded on multiple occasions, latest at the Golden FIPA award for Best Original Music for the TV episode Van God Los: Kerstkado. Jesper has also written the music to the Netflix Horror show called Ares.
Huang, Lo-Yao is a Taiwanese sound designer, screenwriter, film/theater director whose work often reflects modern social issues such as gender equality, sexual violence, and mental illness induced by capitalism. She strives for reflecting the times and the fragility of the middle class through her artwork. Her theater pieces have been awarded in the Taipei Fringe Festival and shortlisted by Guling Street Avant-Garde Theater. She has also won the Bronze Award in the Filming Taipei Screenplay Competition and been shortlisted in the Excellent Screenplay Award and TV Script Award. She is now a MFA student majoring in Film/ TV Production at USC.
Jiashu Li was born and raised in Wuhan, China. The art of sound and moving images became the place he felt most comfortable and understood. At SCA, he found his passion in sound design and he hopes to contribute his vision and creativity. Jiashu has always been aware of the way sound works with our unconsciousness and sense memories. He worked on a Documentary Dream with One Eye Open in his third semester in which he had to connect the internal world of an autistic girl to the audience by sound design. In the same semester, Jiashu edited group ADR, Walla, and backgrounds for the feature film Voodoo Macbeth. He also did sound design for USC thesis film Soak and Last Day.
Dorothy Lee is a multimedia filmmaker passionate about incorporating improvisational performances, realism production, and practical effects in her works. Lee focuses on sound, cinematography, and directing. Her 16mm visual and sound immersive film Body Hair Archive (2014) screened at film festivals in Hong Kong, Poland, Brazil, Switzerland, and Canada. Lee worked on an overarching sound production as a sound mixer, editor, designer, and re-recording mixer for an advanced narrative short Kindling (2019) at USC. The film won the Best Drama at First Look 2020 and screened at Palm Spring International Short Festival 2020. Since then, she has deeply engaged in pursuing her career in the sound industry by working as a sound designer and mixer for USC projects.