2006 Second Annual Short Film Competition Winner Joe Turner Lin
Starting in the summers during college, Joe Turner Lin began his
journey in the film industry and has since worked on over sixty
feature length and short films, television, commercial and music-video
productions including: "Whatever," "Joe's Apartment," "Jeffrey,"
"Dogs," "HBO: Real Sex," "The Rosie O'Donnell Show," and "National
Geographic Explorer." After producing a number of independent
features, he returned to school at Columbia University's M.F.A. Film
Program, where he received the Arthur Krim Award and HBO's Young
Producer's Development Award. As a writer/director, his short thesis
film, Seibutsu (Still: Life), was a National Finalist for the Student
Academy Awards in 2004, and recently won the Grand Jury Prize at the
San Diego Asian Film Festival. Currently, Joe is a partner in Kulture
Machine LLC, and continues to ursue projects that intrigue and
fulfill him creatively.
A young man who works the graveyard shift at an all-night photomat
falls in love with the picture of a girl.
For Tokio, the day is a time to sleep. At night, he works the
graveyard shift at a high-speed photomat, with a girl named Jennie.
One fateful night, a photo gets jammed in the machine, and Tokio finds
himself looking. In his loneliness, he begins to steal photos of her,
imagining that if he can collect enough photos, and move them around
fast enough, he can animate her face with her soul. When Jennie
discovers that Tokio has fallen in love with someone else, she calls
the girl into the photoshop. Tokio must confront the reality of his
love, and in doing so, the pain from his past.