Cast: Kieu Chinh
In Full Bloom is a surrealist short film about overcoming the loss of a partner within the parameters of living as a female Vietnamese immigrant.
After her husband’s death, Cecile becomes an agoraphobic hoarder, paradoxically practicing what she loves — gardening — indoors without the help of direct sunlight. She orders worms to grow a rare flower. Though they help the flower grow, the development comes at a price when the worms create a black hole that absorbs everything she cherishes. With her home unrecognizably empty, she has no choice but to leave for the first time since her husband died and re-assimilate into society on her own terms.
Maegan Houang is a writer and director based in Los Angeles. Born and raised in East Lansing, MI, she grew up watching Hong Kong movies her father showed her on repeat.
She worked on the Starz show COUNTERPART as a staff writer on Season Two for which she wrote episode 207 “No Strings Attached” and co-wrote the finale “Better Angels” with creator/showrunner Justin Marks. Maegan also directed several acclaimed music videos for artists such as Mitski, Charly Bliss and Skylar Spence. Her video for Mitski’s “Happy” was featured as #3 Best of the Year in Fact Magazine. Her video for Skylar Spence’s “I Can’t Be Your Superman” received a Vimeo Staff Pick and was nominated for a UKMVA. Her work has been featured in 1.4, Noisey, Videostatic, Promo TV News, Shots Magazine, and Fangoria among others. In 2015, she made 1.4’s Long List for Brilliant Filmmaking.
The Nitehawk Shorts Festival and NoBudge (the online platform spotlighting the best in low-budget indie filmmaking) have partnered to present a program of seven short films that are either currently or will soon premiere on NoBudge.com.