CREATED BY: NAOMI KO
DIRECTED BY: ANDREW AHN
WRITTEN BY: NAOMI KO
PRODUCED BY: CAROLYN MAO
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: NAOMI KO, ANDREW AHN, CAROLYN MAO
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA
RUNNING TIME: 23 minutes
GENRE: Comedy/Drama television show pilot
LANGUAGE: English and Korean with English subtitles
AWARDS / ACCOLADES
OFFICIAL SELECTION: 2018 TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL
OFFICIAL SELECTION: 2018 NEW ORLEANS FILM FESTIVAL
Nice is a half-hour series about Teddy Park, a 20-something Korean American living in Minnesota, who must deal with the consequences of keeping her breast cancer a secret from her friends and family.
Teddy Park is a 23-year-old Korean American woman living in Minneapolis. She’s an aspiring writer whose biggest accomplishment to date is winning two fantasy football championships. After a routine mammogram, Teddy discovers she has breast cancer for the second time. With the stress of her older sister’s upcoming wedding, intense fantasy football league, and burgeoning romantic relationship, Teddy decides to continue to keep her diagnosis a secret from her friends and family.
Nice is a ½ hour series about Teddy Park, a 20-year-old woman, who decides to keep her breast cancer diagnosis (and among other things) a secret. Influenced by her Korean American heritage and “Minnesotan Nice” culture,” Teddy attempts to maintain a cancer-free image. But, in doing so, Teddy withdraws from everyone, and especially from her older sister, Hana. Her friends and family begin to confront Teddy’s secretive and unpleasant behavior throughout this high stakes coming-of-age story.
Naomi Ko (Showrunner, Creator, Writer, Executive Producer, Lead)
Naomi Ko is a filmmaker, actor, and storyteller. Naomi is known for her role as “Sungmi” in the 2014 award-winning feature film, Dear White People. She is a Moth StorySLAM winner and a featured performer for Mortified. Her work has been developed and supported by the Knight Foundation, the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, and the Minnesota State Arts Board. Currently, Naomi’s writing and performance is featured on The Mortified Guide, available on Netflix. She is a 2017 McKnight Media Artist Fellow. Ko graduated with a degree in art history and English literature from the University of Minnesota.
Andrew Ahn (Director, Executive Producer)
Andrew Ahn is a queer Korean-American filmmaker born and raised in Los Angeles. His feature film Spa Night premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival where lead actor Joe Seo won a Special Jury Award for Breakthrough Performance. The film also won the John Cassavetes Independent Spirit Award in 2017. Ahn workshopped Spa Night in the Sundance Screenwriters Lab, the Sundance Screenwriters Intensive, the Film Independent Screenwriting Lab, and the Film Independent Directing Lab. Ahn recently directed the entire first season of the Sundance Now original show This Close from creators Shoshannah Stern and Josh Feldman.
Ahn is an alum of Film Independent’s Project Involve and the Sundance Institute FilmTwo Initiative. He has promoted diversity in the arts by mentoring youth filmmakers through programs like Pacific Arts Movement’s Reel Voices, Outfest’s OutSet, and the Sundance Institute's Native Filmmaker Lab. He graduated from Brown University and received an MFA in Film Directing from the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts).
Carolyn Mao (Producer, Executive Producer)
Carolyn is a creative producer based in Los Angeles. She is currently raising financing for her second feature, You and Me Both, with lead Constance Wu (Fresh Off the Boat, Crazy Rich Asians). She was a fellow of Film Independent’s 2015 Producing Lab and also participated in Film Independent’s 2016 Fast Track with the project. Her first feature Good Enough premiered at Boston International Film Festival where it won the Indie Spirit Best Actress Award. Previously, she worked as a development executive where she developed television, film and book properties, including the Emmy award winning children’s series Spooksville. She also co-launched the comedy web series platform, Thundershorts. Carolyn was a 2017 Film Independent Project Involve Fellow and received the inaugural Amazon Studios fellowship and is also a Time Warner OneFifty Artist.
Ki Jin Kim (Cinematographer)
Ki Jin Kim is a Los Angeles-based Korean filmmaker and founding member of Nonetheless Productions. Kim is known for his work as the cinematographer on the John Cassavetes Independent Spirit Award winning film Spa Night (2016 Sundance Film Festival). Kim’s recent producing work includes the feature film Columbus, which premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, as well as award-winning shorts Deer Flower and Myrna the Monster. Kim participated in the Sundance Creative Producing Summit and the IFFR Rotterdam Lab. He received a Panavision New Filmmaker Grant and The EFILM | Company 3 Feature Film Grant. He moved from his native Korea to Los Angeles to attend the Film Directing Program at the California Institute of the Arts.