- Directed By: Andrew Ahn
- 110 Minutes
- Monday, April 3, 2017 7:00 p.m.
Director Andrew Ahn is scheduled to be present.This year’s featured artist for the Emerging Asian/Pacific American Voices spotlight is director Andrew Ahn. Set in Los Angeles’s underground world of Korean spa gay hookups, Spa Night tells of a young man who works to reconcile his obligations to his struggling immigrant family with his burgeoning sexual desires. Spa Night debuted at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival in the U.S. Dramatic Competition category. Preceding the feature film are two of Ahn’s short films, Andy (2010, 6 min.) and Dol (First Birthday) (2011, 11min.). In Korean and English with English subtitles. Contains mature content. (2K DCP Presentation)
Andrew Ahn is a Korean-American filmmaker born and raised in Los Angeles. His debut feature film Spa Night premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival in the U.S. Dramatic Competition. Ahn participated in the Sundance Screenwriters Lab, the Film Independent Screenwriting Lab, and the Film Independent Directing Lab for the project. With his producing team, Ahn raised over $62,000 on Kickstarter to fund production. The project also received a Sundance Institute Cinereach Feature Film Fellow grant, Panavision New Filmmaker grant, and FilmLA grant.
Ahn's short film Dol (First Birthday) premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and has screened at numerous other festivals and venues around the world, including the Lincoln Center, REDCAT, and the Los Angeles Film Festival. The film received the Outfest Grand Jury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Short Film and the Austin Gay and Lesbian International Film Festival Jury Award for Best Narrative Short.
Ahn is an alum of Film Independent’s Project Involve and has promoted diversity in the arts by mentoring youth filmmakers through programs like Pacific Arts Movement’s Reel Voices and Outfest’s OutSet. He is also a board member of Los Angeles Performance Practice. He graduated from Brown University and received an MFA in Film Directing from the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts).
Ahn and his team were honored with the 2017 Independent Spirit John Cassavetes Award from Film Independent for the feature film Spa Night.