Maegan Houang

In Full Bloom


In Full Bloom

A short film starring Kieu Chinh written & directed by Maegan Houang
Now Part of Sentient.Art.Film's 2021 Omnibus 

A project by VSCO Voices

"In Full Bloom" Review
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Featured in Alter / Alter
Maegan Houang weaves an Alluringly Surreal Tale of Memory & Loss in Fantasy Short 'In Full Bloom' / Directors Notes
'In Full Bloom' Review
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A Nowness Asia Pick
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Watch: Maegan Houang's Surrealist Fairytale Short Film 'In Full Bloom'
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shots Presents September Monthly: Six Films from Unsigned Directors / shots magazine
Intriguing Female Characters Highlight these 8 Sci-Fi & Fantasy Shorts
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Happy Family Night Market: Review / Screen Slate
Featured in Nowness China / Nowness 
Featured in Omeleto Animation
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"In Full Bloom" by Maegan Houang
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'In Full Bloom': Memory can be fickle, especially in old age
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Second Generation: Interview with Maegan Houang
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Featured Short Film / Film Shortage 
Interview / We Are Moving Stories
'In Full Bloom' - A surrealist short film about losing someone you love
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'In Full Bloom' directed by Maegan Houang
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LAAPFF Short Film Review: 'In Full Bloom' by Maegan Houang
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FemmeFilmFest Review: Maegan Houang’s in competition short In Full Bloom
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FemmeFilmFest Interview: In Full Bloom director Maegan Houang
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Short Film of the Week: 'In Full Bloom'
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Director Maegan Houang's Vision takes Full Bloom in Poignant Short / Shoot Online
'In Full Bloom': A Short Film on the Black Hole of Grief
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Comcast Asian Horror Shorts / X-finity

2019 Atlanta Film Festival Official Selection
2019 Fantastic Fest Official Selection
2019 Nitehawk Film Festival Official Selection
2019 Beyond Fest Official Selection
2019 Sidewalk Film Festival Official Selection
2019 New Orleans Film Festival Official Selection
Runner up AT&T 2019 Film Awards Futuristic Category
2019 LAAPFF Official Selection
2019 CAAMFest Official Selection
2019 Twister Alley Film Festival Official Selection
2019 Breakthroughs Film Festival Official Selection
2019 Oak Cliff Film Festival Official Selection
Best Fiction Film 2019 Vidlings & Tapeheads Film Festival
2019 42nd Asian American International Film Festival Official Selection
2019 Traverse City Film Festival Official Selection
2019 Hollyshorts Film Festival Official Selection
2019 Mill Valley Film Festival Official Selection
2019 Horrible Imaginings Film Festival Official Selection
2019 DC Shorts Film Festival Official Selection
2019 Sao Paulo International Short Film Festival Official Selection
Maya Deren Short Film Innovation Prize Winner at 2019 Femme Filmmakers Festival
2019 Indie Memphis Official Selection
2019 Toronto Reel Asian Official Selection
2019 East Lansing Film Festival Official Selection
2019 Tide Film Festival Official Selection
2019 Phenomena Film Festival Official Selection
2019 Weird Film Festival Official Selection
2019 Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival
2019 San Diego Asian American Film Festival Official Selection
Best Live Action Film at 2019 Backup & Beyond Film Festival
2019 Film Pipeline Short Film Competition Runner-Up 
2020 London Short Film Festival Official Selection
2020 Female Filmmakers Berlin - Best Experimental Film
2020 Aesthetica Short Film Festival - Short of the Week Block
2020 Allies in Arts Screening Sponsored by Gia Coppola
2020 Oakland Film Festival - Best Experimental Short 

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"Unique, quietly arresting. Beautiful production design. The FX are top notch. Seriously impressive style and execution. A combination of surreal storytelling and impressive visual effects, the film presents a strange narrative that's rooted in simplicity and sees it right through without overstaying its welcome. The imagery is unnerving but also kind of adorable in spots, like a live-action Disney movie that has a darker edge than most." - SXSW Rejection Feedback

"The director describes her desire for cinema like this. "I want to feel something even if I can't put it into words." Mourning through loss is a popular theme for filmmakers, but only rarely does the translation into a good drama succeed. In a subtle way, the director manages in an imaginative high concept film without any dialogue to take the viewer on an always surprising, thrilling and mysterious journey, whose end is as shocking as it is consistent. The authentic experience of loss of her main character Cecile echoes in us for a long time, leaving us touched and astonished - a true cinematic moment." - Jury Statement at Backup & Beyond Festival for winning Best Live Action Film