Dreams diverge in So Yun Um's 'Liquor Store Babies'

Short documentary explores the lives and dreams of two liquor store owners and their children.

So Yun Um's personal short documentary Liquor Store Babies explores the intersecting lives of two friends and their fathers, each of whom own liquor stores, amidst the unpredictable backdrop of Los Angeles.

The five-minute documentary draws from the director's true-life experience, contrasting two sides of the same coin. As the lives of So, her friend Danny, and their Korean American parents begin to diverge, their differences only work to strengthen their bonds. Liquor Store Babies is a candid and real look at how the lives and dreams of liquor store owners and their children are cyclical and ever connected to one another.

Produced through Visual Communications' 2018 Armed with a Camera program, Liquor Store Babies premiered at the 2018 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival and subsequently screened at the Palm Springs International Film Festival, San Diego Asian American Film Festival and more.

We're pleased to present the online premiere of Liquor Store Babies.

Um just launched a crowdfunding campaign to expand Liquor Store Babies into a feature-length documentary. Liquor Store Dreams focuses on a group of second generation Korean Americans looking to claim their own legacy in bustling Los Angeles. As they forge new paths, they're forced to face the history and stereotypes that plagued their parents, each of whom owned liquor stores in Los Angeles.

To learn more about the project, and to donate to Liquor Store Dreams, head over to Kickstarter.

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