Hui Tong, Kelly Ng
Asian American International 2020
CAAMFest, San Diego Asian, Los Angeles Asian Pacific, Vancouver Asian, Philadelphia Asian American, DisOrient, NY International Children’s
Elementary school students from NYC’s Chinatown-based PS 124 stage a production of FROZEN KIDS.
PS 124, also known as Yung Wing Elementary, is selected as one of the few schools permitted to present the kids version of the hit Disney musical FROZEN. Notably, the school’s theatre club is the only predominantly Asian American group to participate in the Junior Theater Festival, which allows filmmakers Hui Tong and Kelly Ng to open up a conversation between students, parents, and teachers about Asian cultural and academic stereotypes as they relate to the arts. Their modest film follows the familiar path of behind-the-scenes performance chronicles – auditions, casting, disappointments, joy, rehearsals, countdown to opening night, doubts, and, ultimately, a successful debut – with the welcome twist of focusing on a charismatic group of kids from cultural backgrounds who almost never see themselves on stage or screen.