Growing up in Oakland’s hip-hop culture, Eng struggles with her Chinese American identity. To her high school basketball team, she’s just that girl who sits on the bench, but to the Asian kids she’s “Americanized.” As her sophomore year of high school comes to an end, Eng tries to find a sense of belonging within the two worlds that don’t accept her. Writer & Director: Erica Eng Producer: Simran Mahal Casting Director: Claire Koonce Director of Photography: Drew Daniels Production Design: J.D. Moran Editor: Bowei Yue Sound Design & Mix: Bo Pang Music Composer: Aiko Fukushima Post Color: Asa Fox Featuring Music by Zion I and Beejus Eng: Terry Hu Nee Nee: Helen Ong Steph: Amber Gaston Tori: Sharar Ali-Speaks Coach Carr: Mark Neely David: Charles Yan Denise: Shannon Dang Poster design by Blood, Sweat + Polony AWARDS: Won “Best Dramatic Short” Cinequest * Oscar Qualified Won “Young Cineastes Award” Palm Springs ShortFest Won “Audience Choice Award” Cinequest Film Festival Won “Best Short Film” Bentonville Film Festival Won “Best Narrative Short” San Diego Asian Film Fest Won “Best Cinematography” Salute Your Shorts Film Festival Won “The Marlyn Mason Award” 1st Place Flickers’ Rhode Island Won “Best Director” TIDE Film Festival Won “Rising Star Award” Bushwick Film Festival Won “Best Local Film” Drunken Film Festival Oakland Won “Best Short Film” Oakland Short Film Festival Won “Gratitude Award” Centre Film Festival Won “Audience Award: Best Narrative Short” Centre Film Festival Won “Excellence in Narrative Short Storytelling” Destiny Film Festival Won “Audience Award: Best Narrative Short” Coronado Island Film Festival Won “Audience Choice Award: Best Narrative Short” DisOrient Film Festival Won “Outstanding Music” Short Circuit Pacific Rim Film Festival Won “Outstanding International Film” Short Circuit Pacific Rim Film Festival Nominated “Best Narrative Short” Seattle Asian American Film Festival Nominated “Best Narrative Short” Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival Nominated “Best Female Focus” Cordillera Film Festival Nominated “Best Local Film” Salute Your Shorts Film Festival Honorable Mention “Best Live-Action Short” Gold List Semi-finalist ScreenCraft Film Fund Fall 2019 Official Selection: Atlanta Film Festival, Cleveland International Film Festival, Urbanworld, IndyShorts International Film Festival, Newport Beach Film Festival, Calgary International Film Festival, Pittsburgh Shorts Film Festival, Salute Your Shorts, LA Shorts International, San Diego International ShortFest, Boston Asian American Film Festival, Vancouver Asian American Film Festival, CAAM Fest, NewFilmmakers LA, DC Asian Pacific American Film Festival, Oakland International Film Festival + more