Henry J. Kim: Directing His Dream on His Own Terms

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Director Henry Kim. Photo by Larry Wong

Director Henry Kim. Photo by Roman Medjanov

Have you ever met someone that is so passionate about something, that you instantly feel passionate about the same thing too? Someone that makes you feel comfortable even if you’ve only met that person once? Someone you want to help because you believe in his vision?  Well, Henry Kim is addicting and has a loyal and dedicated following. In his latest Bay Area short film, All Men are Thieves, that wrapped last week, he raised $7,000 in about 2 weeks (http://www.asianweek.com/2013/08/14/the-new-hollywood-model-crowdfunding/), recruited actors who worked pro bono; and a crew putting in long hours because Henry works OT!

Henry is a Bay Area native who originally wanted to be a comic book artist following in the footsteps of his idol/icon Jim Lee.  However at age 13, Henry’s architect/general contractor father brought home over 500 VHS tapes from a video store client who couldn’t pay him and his passion for storytelling through films overcame the images on a page.  He read lots of books, experimented with different film techniques and dreamed/still dreams of being the first Korean American to be a top Hollywood director with his own distinctive style.

All Men Are Thieves is a crime drama based in San Francisco’s fictional “Fall City” where every episode is centered on different characters yet interconnected (fashioned after his favorite comic book “Criminal”). The crew shot for 10 days hoping to have this short film/TV pilot picked up by Netflix. Being self taught, Henry doesn’t follow a script; all scenes are in his head but ten times bigger.  He doesn’t sleep much and also doesn’t understand the word “downtime.” His motto is “Don’t stop, keep going” and attracts similar people who believe in the same mantra:

Producer Henry Chu, who first contacted me and lured me in:

Working with Henry J. Kim was an eye-opening experience. He is a director with a unique vision and talent and someone who is incredibly humble but always makes sure he’s the hardest working person on set, and he appreciates everyone and gives his cast and crew plenty of space to shine and contribute their own unique qualities to the film. He creates an environment that balances hard work with fun and allows creativity to flow but also demands excellence from everyone and the results speak for themselves.

Electronic Violin Extraordinaire Dave Kim:

I first met Henry Kim at a Hackcancer fundraiser which was held at the Fairmont Hotel, San Francisco a few months ago.  After my performance, he came up to me and said that he drove all the way from the E. Bay specifically to come meet me and to ask if I would be interested in being a part of a movie he was about to shoot.  He said that I would be perfect for the “club scene”.  He immediately got my attention.  After further investigation, I checked out his video regarding the movie and previous films he directed and produced.  I told myself I definitely need to work with this guy.  First of all, we’re probably related and second I would be stupid to pass up on an opportunity to work with someone of his talent.  It’s only a matter of time before he becomes huge.  Henry is like the little brother I never had.  There’s nothing I wouldn’t do to help him succeed and to see his dreams become reality.  His energy and work ethic is infectious.  I feel honored to have had an opportunity to work with Henry and to be a part of All Men are Thieves as both an Executive Producer and performer.

Henry Kim

All Men Are Thieves Crew Wrap Party at Burma Superstar Oakland. Photo by Larry Wong.

Actor Lanny Joon:

Henry was a complete joy to work with. He and I are very similar in our work ethic in that we do whatever it takes to get the job done but never letting anyone sacrifice our own vision or dignity in the process. The greatest quality in Henry is his ability to make you passionate about his ideas but also gives you the opportunity to share your creativity. And he genuinely and whole heartedly takes care of everyone involved in making his movie. He’s the big brother on set.  I know for a fact that I will be working with this man for a very long time into the future.

Actor Frederick Szkoda:

Henry is an absolute nutter, a crazy genius, and a work ethic that is almost a danger to himself. He works harder than anyone I’ve ever met and is as committed to his family as he is to his passion of film making. He’s always genuine. Doesn’t pussy foot around, and so you always know where you stand with him. He showed me what it is to work hard, create a family on set, and to take everyone with you in the journey. He inspired me with his passion and his stories, and can’t wait to make the next movie with him. In short…. he’s awesome…. times two.

Catch the Fever of Henry J. Kim by following www.AllMenAreThieves.com or https://www.facebook.com/allmenarethieves

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