Film Showcase: D.Asian | Sarah Smith, Director | 10 min. | USA, 2015


January 22, 2016


D.Asian | Sarah Smith, Director | 10 min. | USA, 2015
4th grade is all about fitting in. For ten-year-old Daniel that means owning the latest in Hello Kitty fashion, liking the cutest boy in class, and convincing yourself you’re Asian when everyone else thinks you’re white. Davis Desmond and Sari Lennick (A Serious Man) star in this short comedy that proves that identity is in the eye of the beholder. Trailer: D.Asian


Sarah Smith – DIRECTOR
Sarah Smith is a Los Angeles based filmmaker and television producer. She’s also written for The Young & The Restless where she and her team won a WGA award for outstanding scripted daytime drama in 2013. She was also a writers’ assistant for the Emmy winning writing team of As the World Turns (2002, 2004, 2005), where she was invited to participate in the 2004 and 2005 Procter and Gamble writers’ workshop. In addition to her writing and producing work, Sarah edited the feature films Saint Janet and Armless, (an official selection to the NEXT category of the 2010 Sundance Film Festival). Sarah is a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.

Sarah Smith headshot


Phillip Guttmann is a writer, clinical social worker and teacher. In theater, he worked on and off Broadway with The Araca Group, LAByrinth Theater Company, The Play Company and the New Group. His plays have been produced in New York at Chashama, Westbeth and the West Bank Theater. He was a finalist in the Cherry Lane Theater Mentor Festival, was selected by ABC to participate in their writers development program and served as a member of the GLAAD Media Awards committee for Theater. More recently, Phillip’s career has focused on issues pertaining to social justice. Since 2012, Phillip has worked for the New York City public defender The Legal Aid Society as a social worker. He has also worked with Gay Men’s Health Crisis, Footsteps, The NYC Office of the Appellate Defender, as a therapist at Services for the Underserved and most recently as a part time adjunct lecturer, teaching sociology at CUNY Bronx Community College. Phillip holds an MSW from New York University and an MFA in playwriting from The New School.

PhilipGuttman - D.Asian - Writer:Producer