Cypher Vsff

Lawrence Le Lam's Cypher Cleans up at the Vancouver Short Film Festival

Posted on February 08, 2018 | Emily Carr News

Congratulations to alumnus Lawrence Le Lam (2016) on the roaring success of his short film Cypher at the 2018 Vancouver Short Film Festival. Directed and co-written by Le Lam, Cypher took home several prizes at the Vancouver Short Film Festival, including Best Sound Design, Best Actor (Male), Best Cinematographer, Best Director for Le Lam himself, and finally, Best Short Film. 

True to Le Lam's passion for fringe arts movements, Cypher tells the story of a Korean high school student's introduction to the world of underground hip hop set amidst the racial tensions of 90s Los Angeles. Cypher follows the success of Le Lam's previous award-winning short film, The Blue Jet, about a radio DJ in Taiwan playing banned rock 'n' roll on the airwaves.


The Crazy8s Film Society in association with Trembling Void presents CYPHER. Tensions still linger in 1997 LA between the Korean-American and the Black communities after the ‘92 Riots. After an incident in his father’s restaurant, Jay, a Korean-American high school student finds himself pulled into LA’s underground hip hop scene where the two worlds collide. MUSIC This One by Dustfingaz

Check out this feature article on Le Lam in The Georgia Straight!

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