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Hard NOC Life Episode 036: Talking Advantageous with Jennifer Phang

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Last week, one of the most-lauded science fiction films of the year was released digitally, on demand, and in cinemas in New York and the Bay Area. The film, Advantageous, a special jury award-winner at Sundance, tells the story of a single mother and the sacrifices she makes for her daughter in a pre-dystopian, near-future not unlike our own time. Starring Jacqueline Kim (Star Trek Generations), Jennifer Ehle (Zero Dark Thirty), and Ken Jeong (The Hangover), the film's writer/director Jennifer Phang recently joined Keith for a special one-on-one edition of Hard NOC Life. Topics covered on the show include: Jennifer's reaction to the near-universal praise the movie has received since its Sundance debut The evolution of Advantageous from its start as part of PBS' short film anthology to being a feature length film How the film uses the sci-fi genre to tackles themes of race, gender, class, age, and socio-economics Casting Jacqueline Kim as Gwen and her involvement in writing the feature Directing Ken Jeong's first dramatic role and how The Hangover led to his involvement in the movie How they lucked into casting a child actor as brilliant as Samantha Kim Why the film is considered feminist and the multiple ways to define feminism All this and more on Hard NOC Life! Watch it on your screen, hit "play," and check this.