Marriage gets complicated when your husband decides to kidnap you.
During the Klondike gold rush, Tagish First Nation, Skookum Jim, hid millions of dollars’ worth of gold around the Yukon. 100 years later, Amanda, a small town wife/mother, dreams of opening Rise n’ Shine bakery on the Alaska Highway in memory of her mother. When her loan application is rejected because of her husband’s gambling problem, she is spiritually crushed, and kicks Jim out. Later, when she returns to work at Dawson Peaks Resort, two armed masked men hold up the restaurant and steal the historic relic “Charlie” believing that there’s gold in its nose. Amanda recognizes the men are her husband Jim and his shady friend Randy. She volunteers herself as a hostage. After they dodge the RCMP and find a hideout, gold fever inevitably takes over, and Randy tries to steal the gold for himself. Jim and Randy fight, causing Jim to fall 100 feet into a river. Just as Randy is about to run away with the gold, Amanda catches him off guard and knocks him out. As the gold falls into the river, Amanda must choose between saving her goodhearted but flawed husband or retrieve the sinking gold.
Silver Kim is a festival winning director and actor who is fanatical about pushing boundaries. He has won awards for his short films Pressure to Play and Cost of Paradise. He directed a web series: Resistant Virus starring Emily Tenant (Motive, Supernatural), Landon Liboiron (Degrassi) & Robert Clarke (Murdock Mysteries, Dirk Gently). In 2016, Silver directed/produced a parody music video of Michael Jackson’s Thriller that screened at Miami Urban Film Festival, Toronto Independent Short Film Festival, Queens City Film Festival & Comedy Film Festival in L.A. Prior to directing, Silver was an actor in the TV series Metropia with Maestro Fresh Wes. He’s appeared in V, Fringe, The Pacifier, New York Minute. He is an outdoor enthusiast who has a passion for the north. He has been visiting the Yukon for the last decade. Silver went to Ryerson University in Film Production and has a Master’s Degree from Yonsei University in South Korea.
What inspired your film?
The characters in the film were inspired by actual people we know in the Yukon, but with an extra shot of surrealism. Inspiration for Rise n’ Shine is taken primarily from the land and the people of the Yukon. The dichotomy of the environment and terrain is both beautiful and rugged at the same time. Life can be fleeting in the north, but the people are light hearted and are quick to joke and laugh which is an endearing quality that shines through in Rise n’ Shine.
The Yukon boasts a great diversity of different people, cultures and ideas. I wanted to include the belief systems of some of the indigenous cultures pertaining to objects and spirits by incorporating characters such a June (mother) and Charlie (moose). By expanding on our conventional ideas, we give life to both June and Charlie and through the experience of our protagonist Amanda, ask ourselves to reflect on how memories and the value we place on objects can influence our lives.
The land with its natural beauty creates a hauntingly romantic backdrop to this film. When outdoors you almost feel as if you’re in a time warp and can go to places that no person has walked in a hundred years. The land is rugged and unforgiving which breeds a certain heartiness to the people who call this place home. Because of the sprawled-out nature of towns in the Yukon, the long endless highways are a part of every person’s life. In the film, we engage the spirit of the land to accentuate Amanda’s detached and unconnected emotional state, which heightens her desperation. And by connecting both her conscience and subconscious to the surrounding water, mountains, wind and earth, we ignite a life changing revelation.
What was the biggest challenge in making your film?
The biggest challenge in making Rise n’ Shine was more logistical rather than creative. Ashley and I (Silver Kim) are based in Vancouver and making a low budget film in the Yukon which is 2500 kilometers away was just the tip of the iceberg. Finding the actors, hiring the crew and gathering all the film equipment was a big accomplishment considering the limited film resources in a territory of 30,000 people. Not to mention, you can count on both hands the number of people who had film related skills and they were all busy on their own projects because of the short filming season in the summer. We had to hire about half our cast and crew from Vancouver and fly them up to the Yukon for the duration of production along with pertinent film equipment that we couldn’t source in Whitehorse. Thankfully, Air North, a Yukon family owned and operated airline sponsored our film and made transporting about 15 cast and crew possible.
What advice would you give inspiring filmmakers?
I would advise any aspiring filmmakers to do it because you love it! Filmmaking is too hard, involves too much time, and costs way too much money to take on unless you can fully commit to the pain and euphoria of making a film. And don’t expect anything in return after you complete the film either. You will only put in the monumental amount of commitment it takes to make and finish a film if you truly love the entire process of filmmaking.
What’s next for you?
Ashley and I (Silver Kim) are currently working on a short horror film that will go into production sometime in the fall of 2020.