Gaugher is director of The Owl and The Sparrow, to open in OC and LA this weekend.
The film, set in bustling Ho Chi Minh City, focuses on the travails of a young orphaned girl runaway who ends up becoming matchmaker between an elephant handler at the local zoo and an airline stewardess.
This is Gauger's first feature film. He played a French colonial officer in The Rebel. Owl and the Sparrow has won numerous festival awards, including one at the LA Film Festival last year.
Gauger was last on Subversity back in 1999 discussing Vietnamese American filmmaking: kuci.org/~dtsang/subversity/Sv990323.ram.
Tim Bui leads an effort to promote Vietnamese film distribution in the West, called Wave Releasing. A director himself, he was last interviewed by Subversity's show host for a review in OC Weekly in 2001 on his role directing Green Dragon starring Forest Whitaker: www.ocweekly.com/2001-05-17/film/history-vs-memory/
The film opens Friday 16 January in OC at Irvine Westpark 8 and Regal Garden Grove 16, as well as in Los Angeles at Laemmle Sunset 8.
The film web site is: http://www.owlandthesparrow.com/
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