on dvd: tze chun's children of invention

Okay, film fans. Finally, writer/director Tze Chun's debut feature Children of Invention is now widely available on DVD everywhere -- Amazon, Best Buy, Blockbuster, Netflix, iTunes... wherever you like to purchase our DVDs -- it's there! You know how much I love this film. You now have no excuse not to see it. Take a look at the trailer:

The movie is about two young children, played by the amazing Michael Chen and Crystal Chiu, who are left to fend for themselves when their mother gets embroiled in a pyramid scheme and disappears:
One of Filmmaker Magazine's "25 New Faces of Independent Film," writer-director Tze Chun makes "a fine feature debut" (Manohla Dargis, New York Times) with one of the most-awarded and best-reviewed films of the year. CHILDREN OF INVENTION is by turns humorous and heartbreaking, an "urgent, artful...austerely poetic" (Variety) "edge-of-your-seat family drama" (Spout) that's both "powerfully moving and rigorously intelligent."(Boston Phoenix).

After being evicted, hardworking single mom Elaine Cheng (Cindy Cheung, Lady in the Water) tries to maintain a normal life for her children, Raymond and Tina. Elaine juggles a number of jobs, including working for a questionable pyramid scheme. When Elaine doesn't return home one night, nobody knows the kids are home alone, and they are left to fend for themselves. As the days pass, Raymond, a budding inventor, realizes he needs to come up with a plan to take care of his little sister.

Referencing both the mortgage meltdown and suburban Ponzi schemes, "the film finds delicate moments of beauty and grace as its child heroes are forced to make their way" (Filmmaker Magazine). Featuring "gifted child actors--off-the-charts cute, refreshingly free of Hollywood precociousness" (LA Weekly), CHILDREN OF INVENTION is "as close to cinematic purity as one is likely to see this year" (Film Society of Lincoln Center), "a rueful homage to American dreams both wonderful and warped" (Village Voice).
It's a really wonderful, heartbreaking film, with some amazing direction and brilliant performances from Cindy Cheung and the kid actors. Please see it! Also, for those of you in New York this weekend:

Giant Robot is hosting a DVD launch for Children of Invention, with a reception featuring actors Cindy Cheung and Crystal Chiu, writer/director Tze Chun, and producer Mynette Louie. It's happening this Saturday, August 14 at Giant Robot New York. Here are some more details:
Giant Robot Presents: Children of Invention DVD Launch Party

Saturday, August 14
6:00pm - 8:00pm

Giant Robot New York
437 East 9th Street
New York, NY

Giant Robot is proud to host a DVD launch for Children of Invention, which premiered at Sundance in 2009. Tze Chun's "fine feature debut" (NY Times) is by turns humorous and heartbreaking, an "urgent, artful" (Variety) film about two children who fend for themselves when their mother gets hooked by a pyramid scheme and disappears.

"As willing to point out the shortcomings of the victims as well as the system that is failing them..., the filmmaker succeeds in making a complex film with limited resources, an abundance of heart, and few clear-cut answers." - Giant Robot

The reception will include actors Crystal Chiu and Cindy Cheung, director Tze Chun and producer Mynette Louie, who will be available to sign copies of the new DVD.
Come on out, purchase a DVD, get it signed by the people who made it happen. Then go home and watch it! For more information about the launch party, go to the Facebook event page here. For further information about Children of Invention, go to the movie's website here.

angry archive