A dark comedy about a gay
Korean-American young man and his disapproving mother won the best
drama award at the 12th annual New York Television
Festival's Independent Pilot Competition.
According to My Mother is
a short film that also serves as a proof-of-concept for a TV
or web series.
In the film, Daniel (played by Daniel
K. Isaac) is a struggling actor in New York who visits his mother
Esther in California after the death of his beloved aunt.
Cathy Yan co-wrote the pilot with Isaac
According to the
film's website, Isaac started posting conversations he had with
his mother, Esther Lee, a Christian conservative Korean immigrant, on
Facebook and Instagram with the hashtag #AccordingToMyMother.
In one conversation, Lee tells her son
that she went to the funeral of a 57-year-old man, then asks for him
not to die before her. “I'll kill you if you do,” she says.
“Also. Can you get a different haircut?”
In another message, she tells her son
that demons are feasting on his soul. “They make buffet on your
spirit,” she says.
The New York Television Festival's
Independent Pilot Competition saw winners in 15 categories.