2015 FESTIVAL THEME

FILM. FRAME. FORM

LOCKSMITHS


Director: James Kwon Lee

James is an LA-based writer-director who was born in England, lived in South Korea, and moved around the US, residing in a total of 11 different cities across three continents.

He graduated Duke University with a degree in biology, and has a publication for his work in filming microscopic images of mitochondria in fibroblast cells. Prior, he has conducted cancer research at the Medical University of South Carolina, which has led to him becoming an international finalist for a Sanofi Aventis convention, where he presented his work to Michael J. Fox and E.O. Wilson. Also at Duke, he studied abroad in Tanzania, and repaired medical equipment while assisting doctors at a rural mountain hospital. He made a documentary of his work and presented the film at the Engineering World Health Conference in Washington, D.C.

Realizing that filmmaking combines his passion for technological innovation and humanistic storytelling, he attended the USC School of Cinematic Arts for an MFA. There, he won the Thomas B. Bush Award for excellence in Cinematography and the Entertainment Partners Award for excellence in Producing. While attending school, he interned at Blumhouse Productions and Partizan, with heavy emphasis on conducting script coverage, as well as organizing files and contracts for the legal and business affairs department.

He has since directed award winning shorts, commercials, and special projects, including an action previs sequence for an upcoming film that stars Kevin Hart and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.

Director’s Statement

I love to entertain. I write and direct dark stories that quietly voice a spiritual or moral issue. Through films, I believe I have the opportunity to connect viewers to certain realities unknown or ignored--empowering the disabled, the disadvantaged, and the spiritually aching--through a medium that has drawn and entertained people of all backgrounds, shapes and sizes.


Two robbers, posing as locksmiths, unknowingly break into the home of a murderer who is in the middle of hiding his latest victim. The inevitable encounter leads to a series of terrifying incidents that culminates in a heart-rending reveal of the killer's motive.