Short Slot 2

Tickets go on sale on Friday, February 19th


Thu Feb 27, 2020 – 7:30 pm | Hendricks Arts Center
Sat Feb 29, 2020 – 12:00 pm | La Casa Grande


Directed by Shange Zhang
Narrative Short
USA | 14 min | 2020

Caramel is a coming-of-age story about an 18-year-old teenager, Eric, who inadvertently discovers his mom’s immoral past — that she was a 90s adult film star — on the day before his grandfather’s funeral. Shocked and embarrassed, he does not know how to process the news, both internally with his own feelings, and externally as he deals with his schoolmates who crash the funeral. More importantly, his relationship with his mom seems forever changed — will he embrace her past and stand up for her?


Signing on to direct this film was an easy “yes” for me. The team behind this female written, directed, and produced short film set out to create a story on screen that reflects the diverse world we live in, while staying true to our comedic roots. The comedic timing each performer brought to set was just *chef’s kiss.* And we are proud our cast and crew represent a variety of individual backgrounds, including African American, Middle Eastern, LGBTQ, Latinx, and Asian.

Caramel -Shange ZhangShange Zhang

Born and raised in China. Shange Zhang found his passion for filmmaking and started to work as a film director since 2015. His recent short film, The Five Minutes was selected by several International Film Festivals including Florida Film Festival, Calgary International Film Festival, Fantasia Film Festival, Foyle Film Festival and won the best Sci-fi Short film in 2019 Los Angeles Film Award and Asian On Film Festival.

Film Information

Director: Shange Zhang
Country: USA
Year: 2019
Language: English
Runtime: 14 min.
Rated: PG-13


Writers: Sam Hobson
Producer: Vivian Ip, Queen Kim
Director of Photography:  Hark Xu
Editor: An Shu, Dun Jin
Music: Jesper Ankarfeldt

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