Little Star


A Chinese immigrant girl struggles to preserve her identity and virginity as the pressure to assimilates mounts at her new high school. 

Written and Directed By: Shinyoung Kim

Produced By: Saeedah Zahrah        

Director of Photography: Zach Ruddell                                                                                                                                                                           



Writer and Director



Director of Photography


 Shinyoung Kim is a Cinema Directing MFA and a Graduate Merit Award recipient at Columbia College Chicago. She received her B.A. from Louisiana State University double-majoring in Communication Studies and Film & Media Arts.Born in Seoul, South Korea, her family immigrated to the United States when she was 15. After realizing her calling to be a storyteller, she began to explore life with her father’s old video camera. Shinyoung is currently in post-production of her latest film Little Star and her thesis film WildFlower. 



Zach Ruddell grew up just north of San Francisco, California.
After high school, he spent two years at the San Francisco Art Institute honing his skills in film and photography. As a junior Zach transferred to Columbia College Chicago and received BA in cinematography. Upon graduating, Zachary gained employment at a local production company. As an ambitious filmmaker, he continually strives to compose striking visuals in all his films and personal works.


                                                                                        Cheer Zhao







                                                                                              Audrey Chen          






                                                                                               Alec Norris  


Written and Directed By: Shinyoung Kim                

Produced By: Saeedah Zahrah                                        

Director of Photography: Zach Ruddell                                  

Editor: Grace Pritula                     

Composer: Hsinyu Lin       


Minji                               Cheer Zhao

Jina                                   Ran Yan

Micheal                           Alec Norris

Kevin                               Christopher Mcclellan

Jasmine                            Mallory Maedke

Young Minji                     Audrey Chen 

Minji's Dad                      Norman Yap

Student                              Adele Franck


Production Design        Judy Nguyen

1st AD                              William Tang

Script Supervisor          Ashley Taylor

Production Manager    WeiTing Chang

Set Photograhpher        Matthew Lumas

1st AC                                 Danny Kutnick

2nd AC                               Hayden Klemes

Gaffer                                  Sean Bayard

Key Grip                              Austin Swain

Grip                                     Ryan Zeller

Grip                                     Esteban Rivas

Sound Mixer                    Justin Anderson

Art Director                    Robin King

Make Up/Wardrobe     Alessa Castillo

VFX                                   Raul Boza