Short Film: in love with a problem, 22min., Canada, Documentary

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in love with a problem, 22min., Canada, Documentary
Directed by Julie Kim
Miranda Wang and Jeanny Yao were still in high school when they discovered plastic-eating bacteria in Vancouver’s Fraser River. Passionate about the problem of plastic waste, the two millennial innovators are now on an inspiring journey to solve it. Their dedication has taken them all the way from Vancouver to Silicon Valley. From bacteria to cutting edge chemistry, their story has illuminated one of our earth’s biggest eco disasters.

Director Biography – Julie Kim

Julie Kim is an award winning Director / DP based in Vancouver. She is known for bringing her projects to life in an honest and cinematic fashion.

Her documentary ‘In Love With a Problem’ follows two innovative teens who set out to rid the world of plastic waste. Along the way, they discover plastic-eating bacteria, unlock breakthroughs in chemistry and journey from Vancouver to Silicon Valley.

Julie’s commercial work speaks to a global audience. She has worked with international clients including: Netflix, Starbucks, Amazon, Dr.Oetker, Scotiabank and the NHL. Julie is drawn to human stories and visual storytelling.

‘In Love With a Problem’ is currently available on CBC Gem and Telus.

Director Statement

The journey of this documentary started with me googling plastic pollution solutions. I discovered some articles featuring a couple of local young female scientists on the hunt for change. One cold call to Miranda Wang in Menlo Park, California, started a years-long conversation, that resulted in my project telling their story. My intention is to instil knowledge and hope for future generations, specifically inspired by my own teenage daughter. Younger generations are hearing constant doom and gloom that span from school to social media, creating an increasing depression and anxiety for the future of our planet.

Miranda Wang and Jeanny Yao are addressing the problem straight on, and showing the world their curiosity and caring, is enough to make some big changes.

I believe these two young women are incredible role models for girls, youth, leadership and in life. I learned that my own contribution to our pollution problem is to bring a voice to people like our young scientists who are finding ways to combat climate change and encourage a prosperous eco-economy. For us, our children and their future.

By femalefilmfestival

The irony of this festival is that its goal is to not be around in 5 years time. To eventually not be relevant because there is zero need to have a festival geared for female talent and female stories because the stories presented in Hollywood and around the world are a balanced showcase of the human experience from both sexes. Our goal is to achieve a lot of success and then fold into oblivion simply because there is no need for this festival. This festival was created by the FEEDBACK Film & Writing Festival as a simple reaction to a strong need to showcase female talent from around the world in a more profound way. When putting together the weekly festival, the administration noticed a lack of a female presence in the stories being shown at the festival. A classic example and analogy to the frustration is how the festival noticed that even the smaller roles in a screenplay were written for a man to play. There was zero reason for this in many stories. How a police officer, or a political campaign manager, for example with 3-4 lines in a screenplay was a "HE" character. Why? And these are the screenplays written by the winners! The talented one who have obtained agents and have began/beginning their careers as a writer.

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