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The Auction - Short Film - directed by Gloria U.Y. Kim

The Auction

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January, 2010
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Born in Seoul, Korea, Gloria Ui Young Kim comes from a long line of writers and media makers. After getting her degree in English Literature at the University of Toronto, Gloria decided to follow in her grandfather and uncle’s footsteps and pursued her love of film attending Ryerson for Image Arts while working as a journalist for Maclean’s. Her short film ROCK GARDEN: A LOVE STORY (R/T 10:50, 2007), described by Atom Egoyan as “absolutely beautiful” and “perverse,” has extensively toured the festival circuit and won the Global Audience Award for Best Anarchy Film at Slamdance 2008, a Special Jury Prize at Worldfest 2008 and been nominated for Best Cinematography-Shorts at the 2009 Canadian Society of Cinematographers Awards. Gloria is a recent grad of the Canadian Film Centre’s Director’s Lab and has been nominated for the 2009 K.M. Hunter’s Award-Film & Video by the Ontario Arts Council for her body of work. She has two feature projects in development, THE BANQUET, about a misanthropic chef who learns to embrace her culture, family and love, and HE, a modern-day re-telling of the mythological journey of the fool set in the metropolis of Athens.

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Gloria U. Y. Kim
Sandra Paolucci
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SANDRA PAOLUCCI is a Toronto-based producer who produced the award-winning film Rock Garden: a love story (35mm, drama, RT: 11min, CBC/Bravo) directed by Gloria Kim, which has screened at over 30 international films festivals to date. Described as “absolutely beautiful” by Oscar nominated director, Atom Egoyan, the film won the Global Audience Award for Best Anarchy Film at the 2008 Slamdance Film Festival in Park City, Utah as well as the Special Jury Prize at the 2008 WorldFest-Houston Film Festival. Most recently, the film won the Best Visual Effects in an Independent/Short Film award at the 3rd Annual Elan Awards. Joshua Allen, the film’s Director of Photography, was nominated for the Best Cinematography – Short Film award by the Canadian Society of Cinematographers in 2009. Sandra recently completed the short film, The Auction (16mm, drama, RT: 15min, CBC), a 70s period piece set in Toronto about a 10-year-old Korean girl’s quest to make up for the life her mother left behind. The film will have it’s world premiere at the 2010 Sprockets Toronto International Film Festival. Sandra’s credits also bridge the television world, working with Beth Stevenson of Decode Entertainment producing the one-hour soccer documentary Going for Gold at Gothia (1 x 60) for TVO. While at Decode, Sandra also worked on several animated series including the Decode/Hat Trick co-production Bromwell High (13 x 30) for Channel 4 and Teletoon, as well as Girlstuff/Boystuff (26 x 11) for YTV. Sandra is a former CFTPA Intern and is now working with the commissioning team at Canwest developing original Canadian dramatic content for Showcase and Global Television.
Gloria U.Y. Kim
Tiffany Beaudin
Film photographer: 
Joshua Allen
Matt Greyson
Rosalind Mills, Jason Phin
Art Director: 
Johnny Nghiem
Ginger Martini
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Joy Kim
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Vicki Kim
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John Ki
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Shelley Marshall
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Sherry Mandel
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It's Christmas in Toronto, 1978. Eight-year-old Meehee Park longs for two things: to make her mother happy and to get a Cindy doll from Santa. But she soon realizes that Santa isn't real and her parents are struggling to make ends meet. This distresses Meehee to no end, that is until one fateful day when she comes across a neighbourhood auction that will pit her two greatest desires, leaving Meehee to choose between dreams of the past and fitting in with the present.
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2010 Sprockets Toronto International Film Festival

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