screenshot - Jerry Hsu in Starring Jerry as Himself
screenshot - Jerry Hsu in Starring Jerry as Himself
Greenwich Picks Up Starring Jerry as Himself
(released 4/8/2024)

Greenwich Entertainment acquired the feature Starring Jerry as Himself.  The film won the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award at the 2023 Slamdance Film Festival.

The story is about Jerry Hsu, an ordinary Taiwanese immigrant retired in Orlando, who becomes a spy in an international money laundering investigation. After months of keeping his mission secret, Jerry finally reveals everything to his family. This prompts Jerry's actual son and producer of the film, Jonathan Hsu, to ultimately dramatize his father's ordeal in order to discover the truth about what really happened and how it changed Jerry's life forever.

In making this shapeshifting documentary/narrative hybrid, Jonathan reached out to Law Chen, an award winning commercial, film and documentary shorts director, who also co-produced and co-wrote with Jerry Hsu. They enlisted family members, actors, and most importantly Jerry himself to tell his baffling story.

The film was shot in 25 days, of which about 15 were in Orlando. The portions shot in Orlando were done on weekends and holidays between August 2021 and February 2022. Producer Jonathan Hsu said, "The locations were mostly in private areas such as Jerry's apartment, his car, a public park, and we also got the chance to film at Chuan Lu Garden, iFresh Market, and Japango (no longer around)."

"This will be the most personal film I'll ever produce, a film about my father.  I'm grateful to Greenwich Entertainment and the Visit Films team for championing this complex, genre-bending film that Law Chen crafted."

"Greenwich Entertainment has always sought unique, indie films that can turn the lens on the audience's soul in all their acquisitions and we're honored for Starring Jerry As Himself to join their slate," says Law Chen.

So keep an eye out this fall for this Orlando based story.  Hopefully it will land in nearby theaters like the Enzian in Maitland and Green Light Cinema in St. Pete.

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