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Ovum

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In the near future, a woman must make a life changing decision after a mind bending procedure.

Director’s Statement

I firmly believe great science fiction should hold a mirror to our society and challenge our deeply set traditions. That’s why I write humanistic sci-fi stories that take place in our near and possible future. The characters and their connections to each other are paramount over flashy VFX or plot devices. OVUM was borne out of my frustrations of the continued attacks on reproductive rights as well as the evolution of VR technology. I’m a first generation Chinese-American woman working in the male dominated field of science fiction film and was very conscious in how I casted roles in front of and behind the camera. The main cast is multiracial and consists of primarily women and people of color. I also know firsthand how difficult it can be to rise up as a female filmmaker and made sure to employ women behind the scenes in all the department heads including the Cinematographer, Producer, and Production Designer. It’s not enough for me to just talk about inclusivity, we all need to do the work necessary to raise women and each other up. This film is proof that trusting and hiring women to lead can produce great and challenging stories.

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