SEATTLE (June 4, 2013) — Jamie Chung, a 30-year-old Chinese American actress from San Francisco, has won the Best Actress Golden Space Needle Award for her staring role in the 2012 independent film “Eden”. The award was handed out last weekend at the 39th Seattle International Film Festival.
The Film Festival from May 16 through June 9, 2013 is the largest, most highly attended film festival in the United States, reaching more than 150,000 annually. The 25-day festival is renowned for its wide-ranging and eclectic programming, presenting over 250 features and 150 short films from over 70 countries each year.
“Eden”, a 2012 U.S. film from Centripetal Films and Phase 4 Films, centers on Eden (Chung), a young Korean-American girl, who is abducted near her home in New Mexico and forced into prostitution by a domestic human and drug trafficking ring located in the outskirts of Las Vegas.
Based on the true story of Chong Kim, over the course of two years, Eden reluctantly ensures her own survival by carving out power and influence within the very organization that has imprisoned her.
The feature length dramatic film was released in March 2013 and directed by Megan Griffiths with a screenplay by Richard B. Phillips. It stars Chung, along with Matt O’Leary and Beau Bridges.
Chung has appeared in several mainstream films including “Grown Ups”, “Premium Rush”, “Sorority Row”, “The Hangover Part II”, “Princess Protection Program”, and “Sucker Punch”. Her martial arts film credits include “The Man With The Iron Fists”.
Her television roles helped spark her popularity, from MTV’s “The Real World San Diego” and “Road Rules Challenge” The Inferno II”, which led to the soap opera “Days of our Lives”, and series regular roles on ABC’s “The Samurai Girl” and “Once Upon A Time”.
The 39th Seattle International Film Festival, the largest and most-highly attended festival in the United States, announced today that Seattle artist Piper O’Neill has been commissioned to design and create the 2013 Golden Space Needle Awards. A Seattle-based artist, O’Neill boasts an impressive and diverse body of work ranging from sculpture and delicate tissue collages to video installations and short film.
For the past 28 years, SIFF has celebrated its most popular films and filmmakers with the Golden Space Needle Audience Award. Created to recognize the audience’s favorite films, awards are given to the Festival’s Best Feature Film, Documentary, Actor, Actress, and Short Film. Following every SIFF screening, audience members submit their votes in applicable categories.
SIFF Managing Director Mary Bacarella said, “SIFF is absolutely thrilled about this year’s Golden Space Needle Awards collaboration with Piper O’Neill. Piper is a fabulous artist with a local connection to the Seattle community; we couldn’t be more proud to have an artist of her caliber creating this award.”
The 2013 Golden Space Needle Awards will be announced on the morning of June 9 on location at the Seattle Space Needle. The winners include:
• Best Film Golden Space Needle Award
ANY DAY NOW, directed by Travis Fine (USA, 2012)
• Best Documentary Golden Space Needle Award
THE INVISIBLE WAR, directed by Kirby Dick (USA, 2012)
• Best Director Golden Space Needle Award
Benh Zeitlin, BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD (USA, 2012)
• Best Actor Golden Space Needle Award
Alan Cumming, ANY DAY NOW (USA, 2012)
• Best Actress Golden Space Needle Award
Jamie Chung, EDEN (USA, 2012)
• Best Short Film Golden Space Needle Award
CATCAM, directed by Seth Keal (USA, 2012)