USA | 2021 | 84min | Debut Feature
*** Parallax only handles the festival rights of the film.***
Director: Kit Zauhar
Screenplay: Kit Zauhar
Producer: Kit Zauhar, Andrew Nadkarni, Jason Wang
Cinematography: Owen Smith-Clark
Music: Richard Phillip Smith
Sound: Samantha Morris
Sound Designer: One Thousand Birds
Editing: Kira Dane
Production: Rooster Films, Modern Pleasures
Kit Zauhar, Scott Albrecht, Vivian Zauhar, Isabelle Barbier, Henry Fulton Winship, Audrey Kang, Derek Zheng, Jackson Crook, Shirley Huang, Richard Lyntton, Fraser Jones, Randall Palmer, Lily Hung, Tanya Morgan, Abbey Rowe, Tiye Amenechi, Gabrielle Richardson, Melanie Kleid, Joe Viola
About the film
Kit Zauhar’s first feature, ACTUAL PEOPLE is an adventurous anthropological study of the millennial and Gen Z species. In this boundary-pushing story about twentysomething womanhood, Riley, with clumsiness and frustration, is forced to confront escalating anxieties about her love life, family, and future as a biracial Asian American girl in her final week of college. Amidst a series of personal dramas and relationship fallouts, Riley wanders through the streets of New York at night, drifting through cozy and messy student apartments, participating in a melange of tipsy party conversations involving sex, politics, and race.
Working with a $10k microbudget, this independent production surprises us with all-too-relatable conversations and witty banter, naturalistic performances from the director herself and her friends, and a level of raw, naked vulnerability that never crosses into self-indulgence or narcissism. ACTUAL PEOPLE is an Asian American woman’s mumblecore that gives voice to an up-and-coming generation, with a refreshing and daring filmmaking style that fits the growing pains of the protagonist as she navigates the hazy boundaries of adulthood, gender, and race.
74th Locarno Film Festival
Concorso Cineasti del presente
Milano Film Festival 2021
International Competition - Aprite Award
Novos Cinemas 2021
Special Mention of International Competition
Slamdance Film Festival 2021
Kit Zauhar is an Asian-American writer, director, and actress from Philadelphia currently living in Chinatown, NYC. Her work explores intimacy, lust, and humiliation.
She is in pre-production for her second feature, 2 Men 2 Women.
2016 Helicopter (short film)
2021 Actual People