Jane Chow is a Los Angeles-based director, writer, and editor from Hong Kong. Her film Sorry for the Inconvenience is set in Los Angeles Chinatown, where a lonely teenager tries to help her parents keep their seafood restaurant afloat during the COVID-19 pandemic. Between chopping green beans and packing takeout orders, she attempts to hang on to a semblance of normalcy by studying for her driver’s permit and prepping for her high school Zoom theater debut in “The Tempest”. But soon she is squeezed by hard decisions of her future versus her family in the present.
Jane Chow 'Los Angeles Chinatown has always been a special place to me. Having grown up in Hong Kong and moved to America without family or citizenship, I found pieces of home in Chinatown, learning about the immigrants who came before me. But over the past year, the Chinatown community has faced increasing hardship, largely because of racism surrounding COVID-19. On top of that, developers have been gentrifying the neighborhood for years, pushing out legacy businesses and low-income residents. With this film, I wanted to humanize the families behind these small businesses and show their fight to stay afloat.'
Written and Directed by Jane Chow (@janialls)
Starring Caitlin Cheung (@ccaitlincheung), Alice Ko (@iamaliceko), and Jim Lau
Produced by Jane Chow and Peter Rafe (@peterrafe)
DP: Oscar Martinez (@ojess15)
Composer: Tav Bartlett (@tavbartlett)
UPM, DIT: Enyi Zhu (@enyizhu)
1st AC, Gaffer: Jasper Qiu (@realjasperqiu)
Production Sound Mixer: Sandra Joen Pérez-Tejeda (@joen.zt)
Edited by Jane Chow and Peter Rafe
Color and Sound Design by Jane Chow
Visual Effects by Peter Rafe
Shot on location at Hop Woo in LA Chinatown (@hopwoola)
Produced with the support of Endeavor Content and Ghetto Film School for the Deutsche Bank Frieze LA Film Award