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Grace Hannoy's When We Grow Up Screens at AAIFF

Written by triple threat actor producer and writer (and also self-acclaimed poet and screenwriter) Grace Hannoy, the feature length film When We Grow Up is already receiving critical acclaim.

It screens Friday, July 27th at 5:30 pm at the Village East Cinema at the Asian American international Film Festival.

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When We Grow Up seeks to turn the typical “coming of age narrative” directly on its head while still playing its dramatic comedy straight. When the death of family dog shakes the family matriarch to the core, the adult children
(Elijah, Maris and Louise) return back home, but also to the childhood role they filled while growing up. Conflict arises at the funeral when the children struggle to keep up with the reality of their own circumstances. 

When We Grow Up also seeks to grow some attention to some hard-hitting modern-day issues that the mainstream media does not cover such as racial adoption issues, sexual intimacy among a mature generation, and the redefining of the American family unit.

Boasting a colorful team of all female creatives, Hannoy also stars in the movie with an equally bright cast; director Zorinah Juan¬≠¬≠ is inspired by her second-generation Filipino American upbringing to constantly bring light to the themes of cultural identity belonging and failure. Her short film The Second Province is currently being shown. Simon Standler hailing from Portland, Oregon is a creative partner of Hannoy and have collaborated together on the film. 


Grace Hannoy studied creative writing from New York University’s Tisch School of The Arts and has received her B.F.A in Drama in December 2014. Describing herself as a screenwriter and poet, she is also an actor writer and producer. As an actor she studied a variety of techniques at the new Studio on Broadway as a student for two years as well as with the Stone Street Studios and The Atlantic Theater Company’s Acting School, as well as study classical practical aesthetic acting. she would further go on to develop and perfect her audition and monologue techniques with Karen Kohlhass. As a writer and producer, Hannoy makes her first feature length film When We Grow Up which Hannoy wrote, produced as stars in. When We Grow Up has currently won the Best of Hoosier Lens Awards will be premiering at the Asian American International Film festival on July 27th,and at the Woods Hole Film Festival on August 1st 4:30 pm. Read more about her here.


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New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts