Updated: Jun 16
March 2023, Superstar Art Foundation completed the production of its humanity themed feature film "Lost In 24". As a part of SAF's film production program for humanitarian purpose.
"Lost In 24" is a captivating and heartwarming suspense film that tells the story of divorced mother Jennifer and her daughter Emily who travel to Texas for a vacation, preparing to start a new romance. However, Jennifer suddenly discovers that her daughter has mysteriously disappeared and has been involved in a murder case. Desperate, she seek help with police officer Court to find her missing daughter and implement her revenge plan.
The film reveals for the first time the criminal underworld of illegal organ trafficking. With a tight plot and gripping suspense at every turn, the film impacts the viewer's visual senses with its strong visual contrasts, emotional core, and unexpected story ending. This film is a must-see for anyone who loves this genre of film, as it blends suspense, action, and emotion.
May Liu (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm10699373/), who served as the film's screenwriter, director, and producer, said in an interview with journalist, "I have always wanted to make a film about humanity. In my heart, I am a warrior, and I believe that film is the best way to spread positive energy to society and help people recognize good from evil and fight for justice. This film is a humanity-themed film that I created for the Superstar Art Foundation and my first film as a director. It was very difficult because we did not have external investment, but we were fortunate to have the support of my friends, which allowed us to complete the film in such a short period of time. Of course, if we had more investment, I think I could have done better, such as achieving better picture quality with better equipment."
This film was a comprehensive challenge for me. Although I had previously worked as a producer on several films, in this film, I was the director, leading the story and script creation, selecting actors, purchasing props and costumes, starring, and performing post-production editing. These tasks were not ones that we were unwilling to pay others to do, but they believed that these tasks were impossible to complete within the specified time, so I had to do them myself. Because I am someone who pursues results, in my dictionary, there is nothing that is "impossible." When I decide to do something, no matter how difficult it is, I will complete it.
Our casts also accepted the challenge of this film, realistically interpreting their roles, and add their own spice into the role. The performance of the heroine is also remarkable, especially the image of the rebellious girl Emily played by the 17-year-old Texas actress Lana Gillett. The police officer played by actor Marcus Medina contributed a lot of action scenes to the film, which added to the film's highlights. Although some of them had doubts during the filming process about whether I could complete the filming in time. I think this is a fixed mindset people have about female directors, and this is exactly why I wanted to make this movie.
During the 3-year pandemic, I saw many people's misfortunes around me. I cannot provide economic help to everyone, but as an artistic creator, the only thing I can do is to use my own creation to call for attention from the world and provide more help to the unfortunate people.
"If we were to look at it from a business perspective, this may not be a perfect commercial film, but it is a genuine one because each character in the film represents our true selves."
"Lost In 24" uses aerial photography to capture the beautiful scenery of the city and discovers the beautiful scenery of Texas. The emotional core of the film lies in Jennifer's emotional and psychological changes, from her rebellious attitude towards her daughter, to her desire for a new romance, from her anxiety upon learning of her daughter's disappearance to carrying out her revenge plan. The audience's concern for the fate of her daughter, Emily, continues to push the story to a climax, and the ending of the story is both unexpected and reasonable.
The pacing of the movie is well-balanced, with tense and suspenseful moments interspersed with quieter scenes that allow the characters to develop. The editing is also top-notch, with seamless transitions and a consistent tone throughout.
Another strong point of the movie is its use of violence. While there are some intense and graphic scenes, they serve a purpose in advancing the plot and developing the characters. The violence is never gratuitous or excessive, and it adds to the realism of the story.
Overall, "Lost in 24" is a gripping crime-thriller that will satisfy fans of the genre. It features impressive acting performances, an intricate plot, and strong pacing and editing. If you're looking for a movie that will keep you on the edge of your seat and leave you thinking long after the credits roll, "Lost in 24" is definitely worth watching.
The film is joining the competition of Film Festival, and estimated screening in USA in May, 2023.
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