The mission of Margin Films / Fresh Fear is to produce culturally challenging commercial entertainment.
With Quentin Lee’s latest feature White Frog is currently at the festivals, Margin Films produced the romantic comedy hit The People I’ve Slept With which was sold by Maya Entertainment domestically and Odin’s Eye Entertainment internationally.
We have also completed a new theatrical feature “Ethan Mao” which is due out in festivals in the fall. With its experience in theatrical and video distribution, Margin is building itself slowly and steadily as a media content production and distribution company in the turbulent independent film marketplace.
Margin began in 1996 when filmmaker Quentin Lee founded and incorporated the company. The Company began its activity by producing its first feature film “Shopping for Fangs,” directed by Quentin Lee and Justin Lin, which was critically acclaimed at film festivals such as the Toronto International Film Festival, San Francisco Asian American Film Festival and the Nortel Palm Spring International Film Festival.
In 1997, the Company ventured into theatrical distribution with its first release “Bugis Street,” which opened in major U.S. markets including New York, Los Angeles, Seattle, and San Francisco. Directed by Hong Kong’s controversial art house director Yonfan, “Bugis Street” is the first film made in Singapore after 20 years of its industry’s dormancy. Margin shepherded this controversial epic about a young girl’s coming-of-age in a brothel of transsexuals and transvestites in the 60s’ Singapore through North American film festivals all the way to its theatrical and video release. The film won critical acclaim from both the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times.
In 1998, the Company released “4 Faces of Eve,” “Flow” and “Shopping for Fangs” theatrically in the US It also distributed “Flow” and “Bugis Street” on home video.
In 1999, the Company theatrically distributed Camera Obscura’s controversial underground film on virtual reality, “Virtue,” Yonfan’s “Bishonen” (official Toronto and Berlin selection), Lina Shanklin’s “Summerspell” (official Sundance and Munich selection), “Bao,” a father and son drama and Loc Do’s “Bastards” about abandoned Vietnamese orphans in Orange County. Margin also distributed “Fall 1990,” an award winning gay short and “Shopping for Fangs” along with other titles on video.
In 2000, while maintaining its distribution activities, Margin produced “Drift,” directed by Quentin Lee, a digital feature.
In 2001, due to the difficulty of the independent distribution market place, Margin began re-shifting its core business to production and development. Nevertheless, Margin theatrically distributed “Drift” in Vancouver, Canada.
In 2002 and 2003, Margin developed and begins preproduction on several features including “Campus Ghost Story” and “Ethan Mao.” It has also distributed “Drift” theatrically in Los Angeles and sold the video rights to Wellspring Media.