A trailer has been released for “All I Want Is Everything,” a film inspired by its director’s experiences in New York City’s Asian dance party scene and her parents’ immigrant story
Chinese/Filipino American filmmaker Allie Cuerdo told Them that she wanted to create a movie based on her time “throwing raves with the radical party collective BUBBLE_T,” a safe space for queer Asian nightlife “where we can destroy the model minority myth.”
The trailer for the 17-minute film follows Alice Kim, an undocumented teen who wants to make her parents proud but is also trying to take ownership of her life and make her own choices.
Kim gets accepted to Columbia University after photoshopping her college application and dealing drugs at parties to fund her education at a private school.
“When I was writing this film in the early days of the pandemic, I thought, ‘We need this in the world,’” Cuerdo said.
“As Asian Americans, as a queer family, we need to remember we were here, and we made something beautiful,” she added. “And today, in the midst of a rise of anti-Asian violence, it is even more important to honor our heritage, learn our history and celebrate who we are.”
“All I Want Is Everything” is led by an “over 70% queer, female and Asian” cast and crew, according to Cuerdo.
“Our sets were designed by a queer Vietnamese couple; the rave decor was created by Asian duo Confettisystem; and our wardrobe was provided by our queer friends at Opening Ceremony, Private Policy, CFGNY and Prabal Gurung,” she said.
The film will make its debut on Friday at the Asian Pacific Film Festival in Los Angeles.
“All I Want Is Everything” will then be shown at The LA Art Box, a Filipino and woman-owned gallery, from May 20-June 19.