The Reason to Live | 2017 | Texas Premiere

Directed by Rachel Boyoung Kim
11 min

Sat Jun 2 | 2:20 PM

An optimistic, busking musician tells his story about how music has transformed his life from his troubled past and why he can't give up playing music.

Language English

Country or Origin USA

Genre Documentary Short

Boyoung Kim is a filmmaker from South Korea. In 2013, she came to America to study film in pursuit of her dream to become a filmmaker. In 2014, she worked in the production department at California Musical Theatre and she assisted in production of two short films funded by the Bay Area Video Coalition, and the second was for the 48-hour film competition in San Jose, CA. From 2015-2016, Boyoung directed a number of short films, including a short documentary called Dream Bags (2016), which was selected by the NATAS for a scholarship award. Last year, she worked on another documentary project, The Reason to Live (2017), which screened at the Roxie theater in San Francisco. Shortly after that, Boyoung went to Israel and was one of four directors amongst 20 young filmmakers from 14 different countries. She directed Jerusalem, if I forget you (2017) through the Jerusalem Film Workshop program as a documentary film student representative for SFSU. Her film about gender's role in street art was screened at the esteemed Jerusalem Film Festival in July alongside the last year's winners and nominees of Cannes, Sundance and Tribeca. Also, it screened at other Jewish Film festivals in the world. She is currently developing an experimental documentary short film about the legacy of the Korean War. Filmmaking is her number one passion, as she constantly explores new ways to express her creativity.


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