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4th Year Student Lawrence Le Lam Picks Up a 2015 WFF BC Student Shortwork Award

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By Roxanne Toronto | filed in Emily Carr Stories

Posted on December 09, 2015 | Updated June 10, 2019, 11:07AM

The Blue Jet debuts at the Whistler Film Festival with accolades.

Film/Video and Integrated Media major Lawrence Le Lam is the recipient of the Whistler Film Festival Student ShortWork Award for his grad film, The Blue Jet. The awards took place at the 15th annual event held December 5, 2015.

Inspired by an untold story, the film focus is a 1970's Taiwan-set, rock & roll-bathed tale of legendary radio DJ Blue Jet, who broadcast banned music, made bootleg vinyl records, held underground concerts and avoided the secret youth police.

Still from The Blue JetWritten, directed, edited and produced by Le Lam, The Blue Jet screened at Festival Du Nouveau Cinéma 2015 and won the Emily Carr University President's Media Arts Award for Best in Live Action Film this past May. Le Lam has been named one of the Top 15 People to Watch from the Whistler Film Festival by This is a Spoon Studios Ltd.


Read their review below and be sure to catch the trailer after the jump.

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This film rocks. Yes, it won the best student film at the festival but I still feel like it needs to be recognized more. The story is about a rebellious radio DJ who had the b*lls to play forbidden rock n’ roll in 1970’s Taiwan. It’s sort of like Pirate Radio but awesome for completely different reasons. This is the best film I’ve seen come out of Emily Carr and it has converted me to a big Lawrence Lam fan. In a culture where we tend to continuously draw attention to the lack of female representation in film it’s important to note that Asian representation in film is horribly underrepresented in North America. To know that some of my best friends didn’t have people on screen they could identify with saddens me, and I hope Lawrence will become one of the leaders in the next generation of Asian filmmakers. He is a perfectionist filmmaker that I am proud that I got to meet him before he makes it big.
Joel Ashton McCarthy - This is a Spoon Studios Ltd.

The Blue Jet - TRAILER

Winner of Emily Carr University's President's Media Arts Award for Best in Live Action Winner of Best Student Short, Whistler Film Festival 2015 Winner of Best Male Actor, Best Director, Best Short Film, Vancouver Short Film Festival 2016 Winner of Best Student Production, Leo Award 2016, Winner of Best in Canada, Toronto International Short Film Festival 2016 Official Selection Festival Du Nouveau Cinéma 2015 Official Selection Port Moody Film Festival 2016 Official Selection Raw Film Festival 2016 Official Selection Medellín International Film Festival 2016 Official Selection Northwest Film Forum, Local Sightings Film Festival 2016 Telefilm Canada's Not Short on Talent showcase, Cannes Court Métrage / Festival de Cannes 2017 Official Selection Taiwanese American Film Festival 2017 Official Selection Brainwash Drive-In/Bike-In/Walk-In Movie Festival 2017 Official Selection See You Sound International Music Festival 2017 Official Selection HollyShorts Film Festival 2017 --- ROCK & ROLL SECRET YOUTH POLICE 1970s TAIWAN Baptized in blue denim, Blue Jet is a rebellious radio DJ who broadcasts forbidden rock n' roll in 1970’s Taiwan. The country has been under martial law for the past two decades, and the KMT Secret Youth Police seek out the long-haired instigators of “hippie” culture. Hear the untold story of a legend, remembered by an old fan who recalls his first time walking on the wild side. Written, Directed, Edited, and Produced by Lawrence Le Lam Director of Photography - Leonardo Harim Starring: Howie Lai, Donald Heng, Sky Kao, Rick Tae, Johnson Phan, Ryer Wang, Jerome Yoo, Demi Zeng, Julie Wong