Origin Story

directed by Kulap Vilaysack

Documentary Feature | 2018 | USA | 107 min | Lao, English


When Kulap Vilaysack was 14, she took her father’s side in an argument and her mother replied, “Why are you defending him? He’s not your real dad.” Twenty years later, she’s finally ready to learn what that means.


Kulap Vilaysack is the child of Lao refugees. Born in Washington, D.C. and raised in Eagan, Minnesota, she currently resides in Los Angeles with her husband, Scott, and two dogs, Georgia Michaela and Molly Ringwald. Her debut documentary Origin Story chronicles a road trip into her complicated past. Vilaysack is also the creator, showrunner and sometimes director of the 4-season semi-scripted comedy series Bajillion Dollar Propertie$. She also served as showrunner and co-executive producer of the NBC special, A Legendary Christmas with John and Chrissy.” Kulap also recently directed the Emily Heller Comedy Special, "Ice Thickeners" for Comedy Central digital.



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