I Will Make You Mine
I Will Make You Mine
Surrogate Valentine 3 - a film by Lynn Chen

I WILL MAKE YOU MINE

surrogate valentine 3 - a film by lynn chen

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SYNOPSIS

Three women wrestling with difficulty in their love lives confront their past relationships with the same man: a retired musician-turned-father.

Surrogate Valentine (2011) Trailer

In Dave Boyle's Surrogate Valentine (2011) we met Rachel, musician Goh Nakamura's high school crush. His sequel Daylight Savings (2012) introduced us to two more potential love interests, Erika and Yea-Ming.

Daylight Savings Trailer (2012)

Six years have passed since then, and I Will Make You Mine continues through the eyes of these women. Each woman has a flawed history with Goh, yet they believe he may be the answer to their problems.

How much has Goh really changed? Can he finally make a choice?

I Will Make You Mine is a bittersweet story of growing up while continuing to reach for the familiar, all set to the real-life soundtrack of Goh Nakamura and Yea-Ming Chen.

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CAST/CREW

(in alphabetical order)

DIRECTOR'S STATEMENT

The first draft of “I Will Make You Mine” was born on a plane ride for Thanksgiving. The anticipation and anxiety drove me to write my very first feature film script. Every family reunion, I know I will face a lot of emotions - memories of who I used to be, what my life was like the last time I saw them. I am a different person when I’m around people who knew me when I was a younger, more naive version of myself. I know I will regress into the old me. 

This movie explores the experience you have when you are confronted by your past. With ex-lovers, things become even more complicated. Here is a person who knew you intimately, someone who you’ve been vulnerable with. The regression doesn’t feel normal, it feels embarrassing. You become this ghost with bad manners, cheating on your current life. I imagined three very different women (Rachel, Erika, and Yea-Ming), all who have a romantic history with the same man (Goh). His presence forces them to acknowledge that they’re not living the lives they had envisioned. They each have to re-evaluate what’s important to them, and figure out if Goh is still a part of that formula.

I’ve been singing and playing piano since I was five-years-old, so music is a huge part of this film. I believe songs are an effective way to show how difficult it is to communicate what you're feeling - especially as an older person. Youth and music are often intertwined, so it was important for me to showcase real musicians (Yea-Ming Chen and Goh Nakamura play versions of themselves) as they navigate the creative process from a more mature, albeit messy perspective.

The feeling I most want to share with “I Will Make You Mine” is hope. Hope that it’s not too late to be the person you dreamed you would be. Hope that as we get older, we can take the time to be proud of everything we’ve accomplished, rather than disappointed over all the detours and dead ends. Hope that we can open our eyes to a different perspective by acknowledging and honoring the thoughts and desires of our former selves.

It is that hope that led me to make my first movie. After three decades of acting, I am now a filmmaker. 

- Lynn Chen

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AWARDS FOR SURROGATE VALENTINE/DAYLIGHT SAVINGS (PARTIAL LIST)

  • 2011 SXSW Film Festival (Nominated: Audience Award - Emerging Visions)

  • 2011 San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival (Won: Audience Award - Best Narrative)

  • 2011 San Diego Asian Film Festival (Won: Grand Jury Prize)

  • 2011 Dallas International Film Festival (Won: Special Jury Prize - Special Achievement: Acting)

  • 2011 BAM CinemaFest

  • 2011 Seattle Film Festival

  • 2011 Cleveland International Film Festival

  • 2011 Dallas International Film Festival

  • 2012 SXSW Film Festival (Nominated: Audience Award - 24 Beats Per Second)

  • 2012 San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival (Nominated: Jury Award)

  • 2012 VC Film Festival (Nominated: Grand Jury Prize - Best Narrative Feature)

  • 2012 Hawaii Film Festival

  • 2012 Cleveland International Film Festival

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