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STORY SYNOPSIS

Three Chinese Students —— Kate, Kai and Rena —— are studying abroad in the United States. Upon arrival, Kate tries to rent a room in a hurry yet she doesn't know the friendly subleaser is not as what she thinks. Hardworking student Kai participates in a school group project, fighting days and nights for a single spot of internship. Media major student Rena, knowing GPA is not the only criteria for job hunting, tries hard to practice English and social around. But is that good enough to survive in United States? As their journey goes, they start to realize studying abroad doesn’t seem to be as glamorous as they imagined.


WHOLE FILM

The film was directed and produced by and for International students. Besides the Movie Director, all key crew and cast are non-filmmakers. They all joined the team voluntarily with a strong belief in the good intention of this film.


OTHER VIDEOS


Special thanks to all organizations and friends below for promoting and helping with our online distribution!

OFFICIAL ONLINE DISTRIBUTION COLLABORATOR:
CareerTu, Chinese Radio NetworkILP Entertainment, BostonStudents.OrgVivddaShareandCheer, "Love and Wisdom" Nonprofit Organization 

OFFICIAL ONLINE DISTRIBUTION COLLABORATOR WEIBO ACCOUNTS:
EnMaze Pictures, USACOOL纽约小玩家北美咖啡师, 阿扑扑扑倒一切正太纽约和尚, 纽约吃货, ShareandCheer

OFFICIAL ONLINE DISTRIBUTION COLLABORATOR WECHAT ACCOUNTs:
USACOOLnycmasterCipher Ground, juba888aj_newyork, NYCUniCUMCCSSA, ChinaUSFusionElite

Key Crew & Cast

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Yung-Jen Yang (Director/DP/Editor) :

Yung-Jen Yang is the sole professional filmmaker on board. He was touched by Cathy's idea and good intention, and decided to work on this project voluntarily as Director, DP and Editor. He took the initiative to consolidate stories, transform them into workable formats, and constructed everything from conception to completion. Originally from Taiwan, Yung-Jen Yang is a narrative filmmaker, with a love for making horror and thriller films. He received his Bachelors of Art from Shih Hsin University in Taipei, and pursued his MFA from CUNY. Currently he works as a freelancing filmmaker in NYC area.

Personal Website: www.yungjenyang.com

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Cathy Jiang (Producer/Writer) :

Cathy Jiang is the initiator and sponsor of Study Abroad. She was shockd by 4·11 USC Gun-Shooting incident and decided to take an action to correct people's prejudice towards International students. Cathy hopes to produce a short to tell general public in China the reality of studying abroad. She pitched to Yung-Jen Yang the idea and persuaded him to collaborate on this film project. Currently she works as an Online Marketing Analyst at OSP Group. Cathy Jiang holds an MBA from Fordham University and a BS in International Commerce from Hebei University of Technology.

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Wenjie Rena Chen (Lead Actress) :

Rena Chen is working at NBC Universal as an Ad Sales Insights and Strategy Analyst. Prior to NBC Universal, she had experience working for Brainjuicer and Sesame Street in the field of Marketing. She holds a BA in Psychology from Bard College and took Marketing Research classes from NYU in her senior year of college. Rena is always an active Marketer in NYC with a good heart to help younger international students in many ways. When her friend Cathy decided to kick off the film project, she kindly accepted the role with a strong belief in the good intention of Study Abroad.

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Kai Liu (Lead Actor) :

Kai Liu is a Research Analyst at CoreBrand. He always loves brand consulting and hopes to build up his career along this path. Before joining CoreBrand, he worked for Blue Polo Interactive, Inc, Rauxa, Siemens, and Schneider Electric. Kai holds a MS in Marketing from Baruch College and a BS in Law from Wuhan University of Science and Technology, China. He joined the team of Study Abroad as a good friend of Cathy's, in the hope to bring the ignored facts to the general public in China, comprehensively and objectively.

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Jiang Liu (Lead Actress) :

Jiang Liu works as a Marketing Analyst at OSP Group. She joined the company with an outstanding background working for Atlantic Coast Media Group (ACMG), Tommy Hilfiger, Roland Berger Strategy Consultants, and Baidu, Inc. Jiang graduated from NYU with a MS in Integrated Marketing and Zhejiang University with a BS in Business. She was selected by her friend Cathy to play the role of Kate as her appearance matches well with the prototype.  She was persuaded by the good intention of Study Abroad and decided to support this project.


STILL Photos


Cast

Wenjie Chen

Rena

Jiang Liu

Kate

Kai Liu

Kai

Sabrina Colie

Roommate

Lonnie Kussin

Professor

Laura Martin

Group Member

Mark Salem

Group Member

Harry Perlmutter

Executive

Bo Pressly

Executive

Enrique Carillo

Executive

Andi Lam

Rena's Boyfriend

Kevin Chen

Kevin

Rachel Korb

Female Executive

 


Crew

Study Abroad Main Film

Director

Yung-Jen Yang

Producer

Cathy Jiang

Associate Producer

Xin Zhang

Director of Photography

Yung-Jen Yang

Assistant Camera

Penelope Yiallouridou

Editor

Yung-Jen Yang

 

Sound Recorder

Wenyue Jin

Qianfang Sun

Jiang Liu

Boom Operator

Takeru Tochisako

Kai Liu

Colorist

Chin Chia Chan

Sound Designer/Mixer

Sungting Yang

Script Superviser

Cathy Jiang

Production Assistant

Kailin Long

Takeru Tochisako

Kate Wu

Still Photographer

Jack Li

Di Lou

Kelly Tang

Shaotong Chang

Qin Qin

Wilson Huang

Philip Zhao

Benny Wu

Study Abroad Students Interview

Director

Hao Dong

Director of Photography

Hao Dong

Editor

Hao Dong

Study Abroad Behind the Scene

Director

Yung-Jen Yang

Director of Photography

Yung-Jen Yang

Editor

Yung-Jen Yang


Extras

Christina Chelliah

Subleaser

Jack Li

Subleaser

Juan Ortiz

Stoner

Steve Verhulst

Escort's Client

Rami Ghrewati

Rooftop Party Extra

Robert Moore

Partying crowd

Mark Gallazzini

Partying crowd

Elson Shrestha

Partying crowd

Amina Mehmedagic

Partying Crowd

 

Simerjot Kaur

Partying crowd

Andre Herzegovitch

Partying crowd

Andrew Bannish

Partying crowd

Connie M Harrigan

Partying crowd

Joseph Kane

Partying crowd

Kris Jones

Partying crowd

Olivia McCray

Partying crowd

Rodney Sherman

Partying crowd

Sheldon Griffin

Partying crowd

Sherine Jordon

Partying crowd

Vicky Schmidt

Partying crowd

Vincent Dobson

Partying crowd

Vincenzo Gulotta

Partying crowd

Yiqing Sun

Partying crowd

Penelope Yiallouridou

Coffee Shop Extra

Di Lou

Coffee Shop Extra

Takeru Tochisako

Coffee Shop Extra


Venue Sponsor

Xiao Yang

Junlu Xie

George Hu

Harry Perlmutter

Kailin Long

 

Tiantian Jin

Xing Lv


Special Thanks

Warut Snidvongs, Youngki Jin, Felicia Bradford, Fan He, Hao Wang, Shaotong Chang and her family, Tianjiao Wang, Yunru Han, Ruiwan Xu, Megan Guo, Haoxiang Li, Elena Wang, Ingrid Garongyouzhen, Jinghuang Liu.

Everyone else who helped and supported this film.