A Family Guide to Hunting – Director Zao Wang and Producer Joyce Liu Countryman

When Eva (Kahyun Kim), the daughter, accidentally shoots her White hippie fiance, Peter (Craig Newman), dead, her parents, June (Margaret Cho), and Sam (Keong Sim) insist on getting rid of the body in order to protect Eva. As the family collides with each other on what is the right thing to do, tension and long-buried secrets about the  family’s journey to America begin to surface. Faced with this  expanded understanding of their collective past and sacrifices, Eva eventually makes the hard decision to save her family by getting rid of her fiance’s body in a way only she  knows how. Director and co-screenwriter Zao Wang and Producer Joyce Liu Countryman behind the wildly inappropriate and uproariously funny narrative short film stop by to talk about the origin story behind the film, premiering at the 2024 Tribeca Film Festival, assembling a terrific cast that includes the incandescent Margaret Cho as June and the film’s Executive Producer.


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About the filmmaker – Writer/Director Zao Wang was born in Beijing, China, into a family of filmmakers. At 14 his family emigrated to Mississippi, where he first learned English by watching a lot of American TV. After graduating college with degrees in physics and philosophy, Zao’s original passion for visual storytelling landed him at NYU-Tisch, where he received an MFA in Film Directing. His short and feature films are mainly in the psychological horror/thriller/sci-fi genres. Informed by his own immigrant experience, these genre films are elevated with his unique multicultural perspective, and often with a dash of dark humor. His films have won numerous awards at Tribeca, Fantasporto, Fantasia, Yubari, Busan, Palm Springs, among others. His short films have been optioned by NBCUniversal and Tomorrow Studios for TV development. Zao was chosen by J.J. Abrams as his only Directing Fellow at Bad Robot. He is a part of the Sony Diverse Directors and NBCUniversal Emerging Directors Programs, as well as a Directing Fellow at HBO Access.

About the filmmaker – Joyce Liu-Countryman is a Chinese American producer whose first feature, Eat With Me, premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival, screened at over 50 festivals internationally including Frameline and Outfest Fusion, and is streaming on Amazon Prime. After earning an MFA in producing from the AFI Conservatory, Joyce joined the diversity and inclusion team at Sony Pictures Entertainment, later promoted into marketing to manage testing of such titles as Jumanji: The Next Level, Little Women, and Bad Boys for Life. Her short, Becoming Eddie, was picked up by Sony Pictures Television as a half-hour comedy, where she will co-executive produce alongside Ken Jeong. Her DEI consulting clients include the Television Academy, NALIP and RespectAbility. Her projects center marginalized identities.