NYU Thesis Short Film / “POP!” is a mother-daughter dramedy. Jennifer Yang is a Chinese-American woman (32 years old), who is still living at home with her Tiger-Mom mother, Pearl. Jennifer is suffering from adult acne. Jennifer is dragged around by Pearl to help her clear her adult acne, as Pearl wants to bring Jennifer to the Chinese American Chinese New Year banquet. Through this Jennifer realizes that she can never fully measure up to her mother’s wishes and desires.


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  • directed by:

    Alexandra Hsu

  • written by:

    Michael Cumes

  • story by:

    Alexandra Hsu

  • directed by:

    Alexandra Hsu

  • produced by:

    Alexandra Hsu, Roxy Shih

  • cinematography by:

    Enrique Unzueta-Miranda

  • edited by:

    Brett Noborikawa, Zekun Mao

  • production design by:

    Yao Zhang

  • starring:

    Michelle Ang, Cindera Che, Amir Malaklou, Grace Shen

  • production companies:

    NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Alexandra House Productions

Film Festivals

Official selection: 1 festivals

  • 2017 NYU Tisch Dennis Riese Production Award

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