On The Cusp, Longlist - Short Film - Fiction

Post Office

Courtney Loo, David Karp

Thrice Cooked Films, Muddy Water

Language is potentially the most important part of a culture -- it determines how you communicate with one another, build relationships, and create a sense of community. Growing up as a Chinese-American girl in a predominantly white neighborhood, I was completely ashamed of my Asianness. I refused to go to Chinese school and tried my best to hide anything that associated me as "other" and do everything in my power to fit int. Fast forward 20 years later, and one of my deepest regrets is not learning Mandarin earlier. All of the relationships I missed out on due to the language barrier is something that I think about every day -- particularly how it has impacted my relationship with my grandparents. Making this film was a cathartic experience. I've come to the realization that just because I cannot speak the language does not make me any less Chinese - and that my two identities, as a Chinese-American, do not compete with one another. At stages in my life they did, but not anymore. I am both.

Courtney Loo and David Karp are filmmakers based in New York. After graduating college, Courtney and David co-founded Thrice Cooked - a music management and film production company that manages singer-songwriters Pink Sweat$ and KIRBY. They are most passionate about telling stories with wild imagination and creating original characters. Their most recent short film ‘Post Office’ premiered at Slamdance 2021 and was programmed at the Asian American International Film Festival in August 2021. ‘Post Office’ was released online on Short Of The Week and received a Vimeo Staff Pick. Outside of narrative work, the duo has directed music videos for artists such as Kehlani, D Smoke, Pink Sweat$, Lil Tjay and many more. Their music videos have amassed over 250 million views.