Norman Mao

Here is a short film I made in 2010 called The Potential Wives of Norman Mao. Enjoy!

The Potential Wives of Norman Mao
Written & Directed by Derek Nguyen
Starring: George Takei (Narrator), Ed Lin, Tina Chen, Ron Nakahara, Cindy Cheung, Michelle Ang, Soomi Kim, and Wai Ching Ho
Producers: Blake Ashman-Kipervaser, Shannon McCoy Cohn, and Derek Nguyen
Executive Producers: George Takei, and Kimchi Nguyen Beck
Co-Producer: Sam Chase
Associate Producers: Ken Feisel, Jackie McCaffrey, and Ryan Nguyen
Director of Photography: Sam Chase

Norman Mao is an overweight, and socially-awkward man-child from Hong Kong, who at the age of 33 is still unwed. Desperate to get him married, his parents take him on an international junket across the globe to find him a worthy Chinese wife. The Maos arrive to a New York City hotel, which is their final stop on their trip and their last hope to find Norman a bride. Having hired a professional matchmaking service, the Maos meet with three matches for Norman. Will one of these women be a potential wife for Norman or is he destined to lead a terribly lonely life?

The Potential Wives of Norman Mao is a quirky and heartwarming short film narrated by the legendary George Takei (Star Trek) and starring Ed Lin (A Waiter Tomorrow and renowned writer), Tina Chen (Three Days of the Condor, The Hawaiians), Ron Nakahara (Hawaii Five-O), Cindy Cheung (Lady in the Water, Children of Invention), Michelle Ang (My Wedding and Other SecretsThe Tribe), Soomi Kim (Law & Order), and Wai Ching Ho (The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Flight of the Conchords). Beautifully shot by Sam Chase (Moonlight Sonata, Two Mothers, Almost Perfect), this comic fairytale was written and directed by of Sundance Screenwriters Lab alumni Derek Nguyen, and produced by Blake Ashman-Kipervaser (Prince of Broadway, TheLottery, Greg the Bunny) and Shannon McCoy Cohn (Sea Nation).

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Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Market
Jan. 28 – Feb. 3, 2012
Clermont-Ferrand, France

Irvine International Film Festival
Jan. 12, 2012
Irvine, CA

Valley Film Festival
Nov. 13, 2011
Whitefire Theatre
Sherman Oaks, CA

Teaneck International Film Festival
Nov. 13, 2011
Puffin Cultural Center
Teaneck, New Jersey

St. Louis International Film Festival
Nov. 12, 2011
Tivoli Theatre
St. Louis, Missouri

Boston Asian American Film Festival
Nov. 11, 2011
Potluck Shorts: Art of Love
MIT- Building 10, Room 250
Cambridge, MA

Vancouver Asian Film Festival
Nov. 6, 2011
Cineplex Odeon Village Cinemas
Vancouver, Canada
Canadian Premiere

Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival
Nov. 5, 2011
Ibrahim Theater/International House
Philadelphia, PA

The New York Times
AAIFF National Tour
Oct. 21, 2011
New York Times Building
New York City

Hawaii International Film Festival
Oct. 15, 2011
Dole Cannery E Cinemas
Honolulu, Hawaii

Raindance Film Festival
Oct. 5, 2011
Apollo Cinema Piccadilly Circus
London, England
UK Premiere

DC Asian Pacific American Film Festival
Oct. 8, 2011
Crossing Cultures Shorts Program
Goethe Institut Theater
Washington DC

NewFilmmakers Los Angeles
Sept. 23, 2011
The Sunset Gower Studios
Hollywood, CA

DC Shorts Film Festival
Sept. 9-15, 2011
E Street Theatre & Artisphere Theatre
Washington DC

New York City International Film Festival
Aug. 22, 2011
Times Square (Broadway between 46th & 47th Streets)
New York City

Asian American International Film Festival
Aug. 12-18, 2011
A DAY LESS ORDINARY Shorts Block with Q&A
Clearview Chelsea Cinemas
New York City

LA Shorts Fest
July 26, 2011
Laemmle Sunset 5
West Hollywood, CA

Cannes Film Festival & Market – Short Film Corner
May 11-21, 2011
Cannes Film Market – Palais des Festivals
Cannes, France
European Premiere

Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival
April 29, 2011
DGA Theatre
West Hollywood, CA
World Premiere