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“Every single day is

like a blank page of our life. So

we must seize the moment. If your

heart is peaceful and your

perception is pure, everything

around you will become pure.”

 

 

TPI_person_icon copy

 

TPI_person_icon copy

“Every single day is

like a blank page of our life. So

we must seize the moment. If your

heart is peaceful and your

perception is pure, everything

around you will become pure.”

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Sometimes, bad decisions can have tragic repercussions. For A-Peng, a young man recently arriving in the United States from China and not speaking a word of English, a poor choice of friends led to a lengthy prison sentence. Unable to cope with this shocking turn of events, he aims to end his life. And yet, a fateful intervention puts Judy, a volunteer from Tzu Chi USA in his path. This dramatic film presents the true story of a friendship that spans twenty years and continues, revealing how Buddhist wisdom can lead to inner transformation, bringing peace and solace to even the most troubled heart.

 
  

TICKETS

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GET TO KNOW THE CAST

Wanning Jen
as A-Peng Cheng

Formerly an engineer, Wanning Jen (任萬寧) is a Taiwanese-American actor and licensed drama therapist. He pursued acting after he could no longer stand fixing machines on the industrial peninsula of Mie, Japan. A drastic career change and his multi-cultural background shaped Wanning into a sensitive, empathetic person. In the roles he chooses, there is a voice to be heard and witnessed. To him, theatre is as much entertainment as it is therapy. He received his M.A in Drama Therapy from New York University. His recent drama therapy work includes as the keynote speaker at the Second Middle School Education Theatre Conference, trainer at an Anti-Bullying campaign, and leader at stress management/kids with special needs drama therapy groups. His recent acting work includes “Midnight Kill” as Lee, “Exile” as Activist, “Anna Karenina” as John, and “Bulan Terbelah Langit Amerika” as Peter Cheng. Learn more about his work here

Ya Han Chang
as Judy Wang

Ya Han Chang (張雅涵) is a New York-based actress making her film debut with Tzu Chi USA. She has also appeared off-Broadway at the Clurman Theatre at Theatre Row and the 59E59 Theater. Regionally, she has also appeared at the Ogunquit Playhouse, Lyric Stage, Alhambra, Broadway Palm, Dutch Apple Theater, and Secret Theater. She is a proud member of the AEA. Follow Ya Han on Facebook and Instagram.

Yen Chun Hsu
as Yen

Yen-Chun Hsu was born in Taiwan and started playing the cello at the age of nine. She has won numerous competitions in her native country. She left Taiwan at a young age to pursue classical music training in the United States. She attended Idyllwild Arts Academy located in California with “Full Scholarship” Award. Yen-Chun then obtained her Bachelor of Music in Cello Performance from the prestigious Oberlin Conservatory also under full scholarship. Yen-Chun later obtained her Masters of Music from Indiana University- Jacobs School of Music. She developed interests in modeling and acting during her study in graduate school. Yen-Chun is also fluent in English, Chinese, Taiwanese, and currently learning French.

Zilong Zee
as Jimmy

Growing up in central China, Zilong Zee discovered his love for acting and music early in life and in 2007 attended the acting school Cours Florent in Paris. There, Zee mastered French and appeared in theater productions, music concerts and videos, TV shows, independent films, and commercials. In 2011, Zee came to New York City to study musical theater. He quickly become immersed in the New York theatre community and performed at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Off-Broadway and in many regional theaters across the country. Zilong also is a pop singer and songwriter, his music can be found through all major music platforms including Spotify and iTunes. He starred in several independent films that have been accepted and recognized at film festivals, including the 67th Annual Cannes Film Festival and a "Best Actor" nomination at the Los Angeles Asians on Film Festival in 2015. Learn more about his work here

 

Molly Mermelstein as Female Prison Guard
Susan Su as Ding (Tzu Chi volunteer)
Chiz Schultz as Dr. Levine
Kevin Ho as Ding’s Son
Freeman Su as Cheng’s Father
Jenny Zhang as Cheng’s Mother
James Wu as Young Cheng
Chia Tan Liu as Store Owner
Susan Chou as Sister Yang
Man Leung Cheung as Brother Yang
Caezar Reyes as Repeat Offender
Suky Xu as Waitress
Stephen Ohocinski Jr. as Counselor
Manolo Calderon as Store Employee

Hailey Velez as Young Child
Orease Bowers as Irate Inmate
Lenny Thomas as Angry Inmate
Isa Goldberg as Greenhaven Guard #1, Downstate Guard #1
Ransel R. Sangster as Greenhaven Guard #2
Hassan Farrow as Greenhaven Guard #3
Blake French as Rikers Prison Guard
Al James as Male Hostage
James Lee Reed as Downstate Guard #2
Craig Allen Ortiz as Mail Inmate
Steven Levine as White collar criminal
Pedro Ruiz as Attica Prison Guard
Keith Mackler as Scrawny Inmate
Jeffry Keith Paredes as Cook Inmate #3

 

Molly Mermelstein as Female Prison Guard
Susan Su as Ding (Tzu Chi volunteer)
Chiz Schultz as Dr. Levine
Kevin Ho as Ding’s Son
Freeman Su as Cheng’s Father
Jenny Zhang as Cheng’s Mother
James Wu as Young Cheng
Chia Tan Liu as Store Owner
Susan Chou as Sister Yang
Man Leung Cheung as Brother Yang
Caezar Reyes as Repeat Offender
Suky Xu as Waitress
Stephen Ohocinski Jr. as Counselor
Manolo Calderon as Store Employee
Hailey Velez as Young Child
Orease Bowers as Irate Inmate
Lenny Thomas as Angry Inmate
Isa Goldberg as Greenhaven Guard #1, Downstate Guard #1
Ransel R. Sangster as Greenhaven Guard #2
Hassan Farrow as Greenhaven Guard #3
Blake French as Rikers Prison Guard
Al James as Male Hostage
James Lee Reed as Downstate Guard #2
Craig Allen Ortiz as Mail Inmate
Steven Levine as White collar criminal
Pedro Ruiz as Attica Prison Guard
Keith Mackler as Scrawny Inmate
Jeffry Keith Paredes as Cook Inmate #3

 

BACKGROUND

Juan Hernandez  - Robert Shearn III - Tony Wave - Moe Starke - Ron Dizon - Dastan Mukhambetov - Scott Jenkins - Edwin Rodriguez - Jude Joseph - Matt Simon - Leon Gonzalez - Stefan Robert - Brandon Mendez - Dexton Cummings - Ida Eva Zielinska - Nancy C.H. Wei - Brenda Cornell - Cathy Schwartz

 

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MEET THE CREW

Executive Producer

Director & Editor

Screenwriter

Director of Photography & Colorist

Producer

Associate Producer

Casting Director

2nd Unit Director

1st Assistant Director

2nd Assistant Director

Assistant Camera

 

Gaffer

Key Grip

 

Sound

Production Designer

Art Assistant

Hair & Makeup

Wardrobe

Production Assistant

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Ting Fan

Daniel Ferrara

Ida Eva Zielinska

Matt Braunsdorf

Stephen Ohocinski Jr.

Tong Su

Kathleen Vissichelli-Hanley

Jae Greene

Melissa Watson

Heather Cole

Rob Agulo

Jonathan Rodriguez

Sean Li

Tim Widdop

Will Mena

David Rosenberg

Zelda Vyssotsky

Michael Adler

Dena Olivieri

Emily Foley

Jonathan Paredes

Matt Calenesse

Kayla Gibson

Brandon Speakman

Manolo Calderon

Production Designer

 

Music Composer

 

Sound Mixer

Visual Effects

Catering Service

 

 

 

Special Thanks to

 

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Sheau Ling Soo

Daniel Levine

Patrick McArthur

MassiveMusic

Mike LaFerla

Tong Su

Nancy C.H. Wei

Ting Fan

Chinlan Pao

Joyce Lee

Imperial Taiwanese Gourmet Restaurant 北港台菜館

Great Wall Supermarket 大中華超級市場 (Main Street, Flushing, NY)

Xiang Fu Grocery Inc. (Brooklyn, NY)

Judy Wang

Tzu Chi New York volunteers

 

 

Our Initiatives to Rehabilitate the Incarcerated

The Tzu Chi Foundation is committed in its mission in providing compassion and relief to those who need it most.  In 2013, the Tzu Chi Foundation began donating Jing Si Aphorisms and Tzu Chi USA Journals to prisons in the United States.  Jing Si Aphorisms features short sayings, or aphorisms, by Dharma Master Cheng Yen intended to guide readers toward wisdom and peace.

The initiative then blossomed into a correspondence program between Tzu Chi volunteers and inmates across the country.  To date, our literature has reached more than 40 states and more than 260 inmates are now in correspondence with our volunteers.  You can learn more about our rehabilitation initiatives here, see the program in action in our documentary series Beyond Bars,” or in this episode of “US Tzu Chi 360,” where Tzu Chi volunteers in New York work collaborate with the Buddhist Correspondence Course at the Chuang Yen Monastery in Carmel, New York.

 
 

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MEET THE CREW

Executive Producer
Ting Fan

Director
Daniel Ferrara

Screenwriter
Ida Eva Zielinska

Director of Photography & Colorist
Matt Braunsdorf

Producer
Stephen Ohocinski Jr.

Associate Producer
Tong Su

Casting Director
Kathleen Vissichelli-Hanley

2nd Unit Director
Jae Greene

1st Assistant Director
Melissa Watson

2nd Assistant Director
Heather Cole

Assistant Camera
Rob Agulo
Jonathan Rodriguez

Gaffer
Sean Li
Tim Widdop

Key Grip
Will Mena

Sound
David Rosenberg

Set Designer
Zelda Vyssotsky

Art Assistant
Michael Adler

Hair & Makeup
Dena Olivieri

Wardrobe
Emily Foley

Production Assistant
Jonathan Paredes
Matt Calenesse
Kayla Gibson
Brandon Speakman
Manolo Calderon

Production Designer
Sheau Ling Soo
Daniel Levine

Music Composer
MassiveMusic

Sound Mixer
Mike LaFerla

Visual Effects
Tong Su

Catering Service
Nancy C.H. Wei
Ting Fan
Chinlan Pao
Joyce Lee

Special Thanks to
Imperial Taiwanese Gourmet Restaurant 北港台菜館
Great Wall Supermarket 大中華超級市場
(Main Street, Flushing, NY)

Xiang Fu Grocery Inc. (Brooklyn, NY)
Judy Wang
Tzu Chi New York volunteers

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Our Initiatives to Rehabilitate the Incarcerated

The Tzu Chi Foundation is committed in its mission in providing compassion and relief to those who need it most.  In 2013, the Tzu Chi Foundation began donating Jing Si Aphorisms and Tzu Chi USA Journals to prisons in the United States.  Jing Si Aphorisms features short sayings, or aphorisms, by Dharma Master Cheng Yen intended to guide readers toward wisdom and peace.

The initiative then blossomed into a correspondence program between Tzu Chi volunteers and inmates across the country.  To date, our literature has reached more than 40 states and more than 260 inmates are now in correspondence with our volunteers.  You can learn more about our rehabilitation initiatives here, see the program in action in our documentary series Beyond Bars,” or in this episode of “US Tzu Chi 360,” where Tzu Chi volunteers in New York work collaborate with the Buddhist Correspondence Course at the Chuang Yen Monastery in Carmel, New York.

 
 

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