• Jay

    Directed by Szu-Wei Chen
    Taiwan/USA | 14 minutes |

Jay, a 13-year-old Taiwanese boy, is fascinated by his toned and athletic older brother. In order to get close to him, Jay feigns an interest in basketball so that his brother will practice with him. Steadily, Jay’s fascination develops into an attraction—one with which Jay is forced to reconcile after his brother brings home a girlfriend.

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film details

Director: Szu-Wei Chen
Producers: Szu-Wei Chen, Alexander Yarber, Lu Po-Shun, Chien-Ni Yang
Screenwriter: Szu-Wei Chen
Cinematographers: Shyan Tan
Editor: Szu-Wei Chen
Music: Frank Hsiao
Cast: Nick Wang, Aric Chen, Yishan Wang, Rae Liu
Country: Taiwan/USA
Language: In Mandarin with English subtitles.
Year: 2019
Running Time: 14 minutes
Awards: Alternative Spirit Award (LGBTQ) Short First Prize and Best LGBTQ Film Grand Prize, Flickers’ Rhode Island International Film Festival
Contact Email: sc4285@columbia.edu
Website: https://www.facebook.com/Jayshortfilms/

director biography

Szu-Wei Chen is a filmmaker originating from Taiwan, now based in New York City as he pursues his MFA in film from Columbia University. Having grown up with an interest in directors such as Edward Yang and Lou Ye, Szu-Wei is currently exploring a means to bridge the film language he grew up on with his experiences living in the US. His latest short film JAY was awarded the ALTERNATIVE SPIRIT AWARD LGBTQ SHORT FIRST Prize, and the YOUTH JURY AWARD BEST LGBTQ FILM GRAND PRIZE at the 2019 Rhode Island International Film Festival.

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