Shot entirely on an iPhone8 during lockdown, Zhang wrote, produced, directed, and edited the film solo. The pic won Best Feature at the 2021 International Mobile Film Festival.
Charon follows a notorious hacker under house arrest whose boyfriend on the outside begins calling her with odd and dangerous requests. As his on-camera demands become increasingly dark and perverse, Charon’s existence hinges on her ability to unravel the mystery, all while trapped in her apartment.
Eric Radic co-stars in the film via Skype, and Marc Morisseau, who self-quarantined before shooting his role in the apartment, is also in the cast. Korean-American mixer/composer Diana Cha composed the score.
“Shooting in isolation for days and days, I noticed that what I was capturing was really uncomfortable, manic, and a lot of times unflattering — which actually motivated me to keep going because it was so unexpectedly honest,” commented Zhang, “Even though Charon is a strange fiction, I started seeing it as a real-time reflection of how I was struggling, and how a lot of people out there must have been struggling in quarantine. I think that’s why it’s resonating with people: because there’s a relatable emotional truth that runs through it, despite the premise being somewhat bizarre.”
Zhang is managed by Larry Robinson at Los Angeles and London-based management and production company Avatar Entertainment.
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