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Filmmaking

 
Teddy (Naomi Ko) sees May, again.

Teddy (Naomi Ko) sees May, again.

Watch a clip here.

NICE

Nice is a ½ hour series about Teddy Park, a 20-something fantasy football obsessed Korean American woman living in Minnesota. Teddy has tried to live her life as a typical “nice” Minnesotan girl. However, after she finds out that her breast cancer diagnosis has recurred, she decides to throw that Minnesota Nice to the wind — to become the biggest asshole in the state. But, in doing so, Teddy withdraws from everyone, and especially from her older sister, Hana (who is also preparing for her wedding). Throughout the series, Teddy’s friends and family begin to confront her secretive and unpleasant behavior throughout this high stakes coming-of-age story.

Created and written by Naomi Ko, directed by Andrew Ahn, produced by Carolyn Mao.

An official selection at 2018 Tribeca Film Festival, 2018 New Orleans Film Festival, 2018 San Diego Asian Film Festival.

Winner of the Audience Award in Episodic at the 2018 New Orleans Film Festival.

 
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[Nice] is completely hilarious and quite relatable. Not only does Naomi Ko turn Teddy into a character that you can get behind and one whose journey you definitely want to be a part of. When talking about the writing everything is sharp and witty...

Our Grade: A-, A seriously funny short/pilot that I hope does make it to series. Naomi Ko is someone to look out for as she really does an excellent job writing and acting in this really fun piece.
— Film Snob reviews
My favorite thing out of #Tribeca2018 was [the] pilot Nice created by [Naomi Ko]. Darkly funny, moving and whip smart while elevating diverse voices and talent. I truly hope to see this one picked up, it shows just as much promise as many of the sad comedies currently out there.
— ALLYSON JOHNSON, THE YOUNG FOLKS
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Confrontation

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Two estranged sisters chat at their mother’s funeral.

A short film written and directed by Naomi Ko.

Starring traci kato-kiriyama and Atsuko Okatsuka.


Henry

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Henry tries to adjust to his new home after the death of his original owner.

A short film written and directed by Naomi Ko.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.