The Dream of the Audience: Theresa Hak Kyung Cha

: Documentary
GENRE: Documentary
STATUS: Post-Production


An artist reimagines home as a dream space where she and her audience can connect, commune and collaborate in storytelling.


Told through an interweaving of voices, text and image, the film takes the audience on a journey of discovery of Cha's art and in the process gain some insights about ourselves. Drawn from memories, artifacts and Cha's imprint on others, the narrative traces Cha's roots, rise and death, and her continuing influence as a creative pioneer who came of age during the transformative culture of 1970s. On November 4, 1982, Cha is brutally murdered in New York City at the age of 31, the same week her acclaimed experimental novel DICTEE is released. This film evokes a powerful female voice and brings to life a body of work that resists being silenced, engaging audiences and echoing over and over again through many voices.



This film introduces Theresa Hak Kyung Cha’s powerful work , having been overlooked for decades by our contemporary cultural canon. It brings her distinctive voice – one that represents her Korean-American experience, her identity as a woman, and her pioneering artistic vision – to a growing audience. Cha is often referred to as a Korean-American icon, whose experimental novel DICTEE helped establish Asian-American studies departments in universities throughout the country. Many artists also credit Cha -- who drew upon multiple disciplines, forms, and cultures -- for expanding the dimensions of what art making can be. Yet, Cha remains largely unknown to a wider audience beyond that of other artists. There is a consensus among many curators that Cha's art has been, and continues to be, overlooked, and this film seeks to rectify that historical omission. 


Woo Cho - Director / Producer

Over the years Cho has served in many roles—as director, producer, attorney and distribution consultant—in the independent film community. She is a Sundance Institute and IFP Lab Fellow, and her projects have received funding support from NEH, NYSCA, NBPC, and ITVS. Previously she served as head of business affairs for Arthouse Films, overseeing the acquisition and licensing for a portfolio of over 20 award-winning films. From 2011 to 2013, she served as head of productions and business affairs for Lovett Stories + Strategies, a boutique documentary production company. She produced "Twelve Disciples of Nelson Mandela," which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, and her film credits as legal counsel and/or distribution consultant include such award winning films as Through A Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a PeopleThe Artist Is Present: Marina AbramovicWaste LandDaughter From DanangParadox Lake, and Flag Wars, among others.

Cindy Yoon - Producer / Editor

Yoon is a film and video editor who has worked in feature, documentary, commercial, and short form film projects. Her interest in media began in Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, where she focused on media and international relations. She has edited and managed web media projects for many nonprofit organizations, including the Lawyer’s Committee for Human Rights and the Asia Society, eventually becoming the web program director for the Asia Society. Projects she has contributed to include "Winter’s Bone," Oscar nominee for Best Picture and winner of the 2010 Sundance Grand Jury Prize, and "Monogamy," winner of Best New York Narrative at theTribeca Film Festival. 

JiYe Kim - Co-Producer / Multimedia Editor

 Kim is an artist and film editor born in South Korea and currently based in New York City. She recently completed a short film titled "(1990 – 2011)," and edited the feature documentary, "Cerro Rico, Tierra Rica," directed by Juan Vallejo, which premiered at the Valdivia International Film Festival, Chile, and subsequent screenings internationally. Her works have been exhibited in a variety of venues (including her solo show "Right to Left {Under the Milky Way}" shown at the Giacobetti Paul Gallery in Brooklyn) and have screened in various film festivals, including the second Women’s Film Festival in Chennai, India, and the fifth Independent Documentary Festival in Seoul, South Korea.


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