HARU’S NEW YEAR (ON-GOING)
Logline: A newly immigrated Asian girl wants to make friends in her new school, but struggles with speaking English. The moment she gives up on communication, she is given a new opportunity.
Introduction of Project: The film follows a young Asian immigrant to Canada dealing with isolation and loneliness in a new land. Haru, the main character, has difficulty reaching out to the other students in her new middle school. Haru feels embarrassed and frustrated all day long on her first day. The moment Haru gives up on communication, an eccentric girl named Frances appears to Haru. Haru shares her feelings with Frances at the end of the day.
Alice Shin is a Korean filmmaker who received her formal film training at Nihon University, Japan. She began her career in national broadcasting with the NHK Educational Broadcasting Company, Japan. Since then, she has worked in Japan, Korea, and the USA as a director, producer, editor, and other supporting roles. Her independent work has screened at numerous international film festivals, including Cine Rail International Film Festival (France) and Jeonju International Film Festival (Korea), and has been showcased on major networks like Fuji TV (Japan).
Outside her film work, Ms. Shin has worked in commercial photography, music videos, and promotions for major Korean and Japanese celebrities. As an educator, Ms. Shin has also enjoyed passing on her knowledge as a filmmaking teacher in the Korean secondary school system, and created educational films in partnerships with Seoul National University and the National Institute of the Korean Language.