Tonight, I caught the very funny, touching and well produced independent film, “Falling for Grace,” written, produced, and directed (as well as starring) Asian-American actress Fay Ann Lee in her first film. Margaret Cho, Ken Leung, Christine Baranski and Lewis Black also star in the film. Here is a brief synopsis from movie postcard:
“Grace Tang, a banker from Chinatown, longs to be part of New York’s high-society. At a socialite party, she is mistaken for a Hong Kong heiress and meets her Prince Charming, the blue-blooded New York scion, Andrew Barrington, Jr. She decides to run with her new identity. Hailed by audiences as the new “My Big Fat Greek Wedding”, KVMR-FM says “Falling for Grace is one of the summer’s most romantic comedies.”
If you’ve gone to see any independent films and have met any the producers, you know there are many challenges to raising money and getting distribution. Despite starring many Asian-American actors and actresses, this is a mainstream movie and needs to reach mainstream audiences for wider distribution. Although Falling for Grace was a debut sold out hit at the 2006 Tribeca Film Festival, this has yet to be picked up by any major studio or distributor. If crap like “I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry” can get made and distributed, Falling for Grace needs to stay alive in theaters to get picked up for wider distribution.
If you get a chance to see the movie this Sunday, (August 26th), you can catch the film at The 4 Star Theater (Clement & 23rd in San Francisco) at either the 2:30 pm or 7:00 PM. Sunday may be the last showing in San Francisco if there’s not enough interest. It’s a really fun movie.