Daeryun Chang (aka Dae Ryun Chang) first received exposure to filmmaking while attending a film camp at the New York Film Academy. There he wrote and directed a short called “Ol’ Reliable” starring Mukul Chadda, now an established stage actor in India. Having degrees from UBC, Columbia and Harvard, he has spent his entire professional life as an academic and is currently a professor at Yonsei University where he teaches marketing and advertising. For his courses he has produced documentaries such as “Distribution in Korea” and “Eating and Health in Argentina.” He wrote the story and directed a short “I, Profess” that was an official selection at KOSMA Film Festival in 2014, and an official selection at #TOFF for December 2015. His second short, “Call Coho” has received monthly selections at ROMA CinemaDOC (December) and the Los Angeles Independent Film Festitval Awards (December) where it received the Best Foreign Short Award. He also teaches a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) on the world’s largest platform Coursera called “International Marketing in Asia.” He can be followed on Twitter at @daeryun.
This movie was inspired by the tragic Sewol Ferry accident that resulted in the loss of hundreds of innocent victims, many of whom were teenagers. In Korea’s rush to economic success we have lost sight of the core values that have made Koreans work hard such as caring for family and other people. Materialism has never been one of Korea’s cherished virtues. My hope is that viewers in other countries can understand that economic progress should never outweigh mutual respect or personal integrity.