As Asian American media moves to greater prominence in the online space, web series are becoming the norm thanks to the likes of Wong Fu Productions, NigaHiga and KevJumba. However, like most filmed entertainment, female-centric stories driven by women content creators are still a rarity. This is antipodal to a recent Nielsen report on social media that shows the largest demographic of the most active social networkers are Asian American women between the ages of 18-34 years of age. Filling this void are transmedia tastemakers like Felicia Day (THE GUILD), online make-up guru Michelle Phan, and Aussie Natalie Tran (Community Channel), but they're outnumbered by the dominant man-child machismo that infests the current internet entertainment landscape. Into this void comes Christine Kwon, Festival Managing Director of the Center For Asian American Media (CAAM) and longtime Film Festival darling Tanuj Chopra (PUNCHING AT THE SUN, Festival 2006), who team up for the original web series, NICE GIRLS CREW!
Sophie (Lynn Chen), Leena (Sheetal Sheth), and Geraldine (Michelle Krusiec) have been true “frenemies” since elementary school. All grown up and still nuts in their own way, they form a book club, yet whenever they meet, they actually never really talk about the book. That's not the point. Their subjects of interest? Don Draper, cannibalism, sex, dry martinis, interpretive dance, you name it. Feelings are hurt, banter is aplenty, and like those dames from ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS, the liquid lunch is a necessity.
The three actresses, Chen, Sheth and Krusiec, are comedically agile. For fans of their usual work, comprised of mostly dramatic or sultry roles in independent films, it’s refreshing to see three strong performers who get to truly exercise their acting muscles in the very tough genre of comedy, and raunchy comedy at that (We can thank BRIDESMAIDS for paving the way for this recent trend). All five webisodes of NICE GIRLS CREW will be screened back-to-back for this special presentation. World premiering to a sold out and enthusiastic audience in San Francisco recently, the Film Festival is honored to present this hometown screening, as the web series was shot entirely in Los Angeles.
Synopsis written by: Anderson Le