About Hapaness Media:
Hapaness Media is multidisciplinary, multimedia company owned by writer-actor-director-producer Michelle Kim. Its mandate is to tell stories that cross cultures and languages by using a variety of media.
About Michelle Kim:
Michelle Kim was born in Surrey, British Columbia, Canada to a human-rights-lawyer father of British descent and a fashion-designer mother of Korean descent. Educated in the public school system’s French Immersion and the International Baccalaureate programs, she went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts in Canadian Studies at the University of British Columbia, where she started working as a journalist for the student newspaper as well as started acting in short films.
Upon graduation, Michelle moved to London, England to work as a journalist for BBC Radio Five Live and BBC World Service. Michelle then returned to Vancouver to pursue a career in the film industry.
Michelle has acting in and produced several films including In No Particular Order (dir. Kristine Cofsky), which premiered at the 2012 Vancouver International Film Festival; Terry Miles’ Cinemanovels (dir. Terry Miles), which premiered at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival; the Korean-language film Sarangi Museoweo (dir. Rain Jung); The Goodbye Girl (dir. Amber Ripley), which recently was won the 2012 NSI Drama Prize; and Lost Lagoon (dir. Rob Leickner), which won the Tony Lee Williams Award for Outstanding Canadian Feature Film at the 2013 Reelworld Film Festival in Toronto.
Recently, Michelle has forayed into directing. She wrote, co-directed (along with Rob Leickner), and acted in The Tree Inside. The film has played at the Vancouver Asian Feature (where it won the “Audience Award for Outstanding Canadian Feature” award) the Northwest Filmmakers’ Film Festival in Portland (where it won the “Favourite Narrative Feature” award), LaFemme Film Festival in LA, the Local Sightings Film Festival in Seattle, and The Green Film Festival in Seoul. She is currently working on her next feature film, a Korean-language film, set during the 90s in Seoul.
In addition to her film work, Michelle writes novels. Her first, Running Through Sprinklers, is forthcoming with Simon & Schuster/Atheneum in NYC in the spring of 2018.