In the Life of Music (2018)

Movie • 1 hr 32 min 2 sec • Family, Drama, Romance, War, Music, History

In the Life of Music is a powerful intergenerational tale that explores love, war, and  a family’s relationship to: ‘Champa Battambang,’ made famous by Sinn Sisamouth (The King of Cambodian Music). Exploring three different decades, it depicts the lives of people whose world is inevitably transformed by the emergence of the Khmer Rouge Regime.

“Every so often, a film manages to sneak its way in and surprise the hell out of you. In the Life of Music is one of those films. Armed with an unapologetic storyline, a cast that pulls its own weight, and a directorial team that is so talented you can only wonder why the world isn’t yet raving about them, In the Life of Music is unforgettably good. There just isn’t much you can say in critique of this startling indie masterpiece.” 5/5 –

Directors: Caylee So, Visal Sok
Writers: Dane Styler, Caylee So
Cinematography by: David D. Rivera Rojas
Film Editing By: Frank Martinez
Produced by: Neardey Trinh, Caylee So, praCh Ly
Executive Produced by: Bao Huynh, Asma Jafir, Kolap Vanny, Serey Vanny,
Chanda Kiep, Sothearos Kiep, Sophal Ear, Luis Martinez and Brian Lee
Original Music by: Gavin Keese
Sound Design and Re-recording Mixing by: Yu-Ting Su
VFX Supervisor: Sina San
Film Colorist: Scott Bradbury

Main Cast:
Vandarith Phem (Chy)
Sreynan Chea (Phally)
Roza Las (Malis)
Thouna Kanika (Bopha)
Arn Chorn-Pond (Mith)
Ratanak Ben (Little Comrade)
Ellen Wong (Hope)
Sovuthy Ker (Vanny)
Cheat Sovannareach (Nang)
Bopha Som (Ming Bo)


05/05/18 – Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival (USA)
* Centerpiece Film
* Winner: Audience Award –  International Narrative Feature
* Winner: Jury Prize for Best Director

07/05 – 7/08/18 – Bangkok ASEAN Film Festival (THAILAND)
Special Mention Award

08/17 – 8/26/18 – Taoyuan Film Festival (TAIWAN)

10/24 – 10/31/18 – Guwahati International Film Festival (INDIA)
LOCATION: Jyoti Chitraban Film Studio
Q&A: praCh LY (Producer) SREYNAN CHEA (Actor) 
* Opening Film – Southeast Asian selection
* Special Recognition Award

10/24 – 11/01/18 – Asian World Film Festival (USA)
LOCATION: Arclight Cinemas Downtown Culver City. CA.
DATE/TIME: Oct 29 @ 9PM
Q&A: ELLEN WONG (Hope), SINA SAN (VFX Supervisor)

10/25 – 11/03/18 – Tokyo International Film Festival (JAPAN)

DATE/TIME: October 29 @ 11:15am
Q&A w Directors: CAYLEE SO and SOK VISAL 

11/08 – 11/18/18 – Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival (USA)
LOCATION: Lightbox Film Center
Q&A: CAYLEE SO (Director) NEARDEY TRINH (Producer)
ELLEN WONG (Actor) praCh LY (Producer)
* Opening Night Film
* Winner: ‘2018 Best Narrative Feature’
* Winner: ‘2018 Audience Choice Best Narrative Feature Award’
* ‘Rising Star Award’ Presented to Ellen Wong

11/15 – 11/21/18 – Five Flavours Film Festival(POLAND)
LOCATION: Kinoteka 2
DATE/TIME: Nov 15 & 21 @ 21:30 & 18:00

02/18/19 – New York – Premiere! (USA)

LOCATION: Cinema Village Theater 1, 22 East 12th Street
New York, NY 10003 United States
DATE/TIME: Feb 18 @ 12-2:30pm
There will be a 20 minute Q&A session starting at 2:15 PM
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02/21/19 – DC – Premiere! (USA)
LOCATION: Reston Town Center at the Bow Tie Cinemas
DATE/TIME: Feb 21 @ 6:30pm
Q&A: CAYLEE SO (Director/Producer)
NEARDEY TRINH (Producer) and praCh LY (Producer)
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03/09/19 – Cambodia International Film Festival – Cambodia Premiere (CAMBODIA)
LOCATION: Phnom Penh, Cambodia
DATE/TIME: March 9th, 2019
Q&A: CAYLEE SO (Director/Producer) SOK VISAL (Director)
NEARDEY TRINH (Producer) and praCh LY (Producer)

03/18/19 -Premiere Event Colliding With Our Cambodia Theater Release
LOCATION: Phnom Penh, Cambodia
DATE/TIME: March 18th, 2019

03/21/19 – Theater Release! (CAMBODIA)
Only in theater, at Major Cineplex CambodiaLegend Cinemasand Prime Cineplex Cambodia

08/15/19 – Cambodia Oscar Selection Committee select In the Life of Music to represent Cambodia in the 92nd Oscars, Academy Awards in 2020.