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MOONFACE is a generational coming-of-age story between an Korean American son and his immigrant mother

PRESS RELEASE — October 8, 2019

On October 9, feel yourself in MOONFACE, a six-episode audio fiction podcast from Los Angeles producer and creator James Kim (​The Competition​) and starring Joel Kim Booster (​Shrill, Sunnyside)​.

MOONFACE ​enthralls you into the life of Paul (Joel Kim Booster)-- a late 20-something millennial who lives at home with his mother (Esther Moon Wu) in the quiet suburb of Downey, California. He wants to finally open up to her by coming out, except they can’t speak the same language. Paul is a second generation Korean American who only speaks English. His mother, Gina Mi-sook Kim, only speaks Korean.

The series was inspired by James’ personal experience of grappling with his Korean-American identity, questioning if his lack of Korean language makes him less Korean, and how challenging it is to come out to someone when you literally don’t have the words for it.

MOONFACE is voiced by Joel Kim Booster, Esther Moon Wu (​Transparent​), Mildred Marie Langford (​Masters of Sex​), Remy Ortiz (​The Affair​), Noami Ko (​Dear White People​), and Todd Masterson (​Where the Bears Are​). The show’s world is built through an original score by Andrew Eapen and a cinematic sound design by Artin Aroutounians. It also features music by Clairo, Peggy Gou, park hye jin, Kim Jung Mi, The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart, Oyster Kids, and Joyce Kwon.

All episodes will be released on ​October 9​ on Apple, Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts. Follow James ​@TooManyJames_s.​

About James Kim:

James Kim is a podcast producer based in Los Angeles. He is the creator of​ ​The Competition​, a reality show that follows contestants in ​obscure, real-life competitions until there is only one left standing. The podcast was featured on NPR, WNYC, Pineapple Street Media / Netflix, CBC. James ​has produced popular broadcast and podcasts such as ​Marketplace, The Dinner Party Download, Radiotopia’s Strangers, Deadly Manners starring Kristen Bell, KPCC’s The Big One, and ​Tell Them I Am​. He is currently a producer at Gimlet / Spotify. MOONFACE is his independent passion project that was made over the course of several years.

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