Meet the Filmmakers
The House of Suh - A good son is committed for life.

Iris K. Shim

Director/Producer

Originally from Chicago, IL, Iris K. Shim graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2004 with a B.A. in Psychology. After a year long stint in Los Angeles working on several films, including a documentary directed by Academy Award winner Jessica Yu, Iris returned to Chicago to produce and direct her first documentary short, OF KIN AND KIND, which tells the story of Andrew Suh, a man who, at the age of 19, was sentenced to a 100 year prison term for the shooting death of his older sister’s fiancé at her bidding. The film screened at the 2007 DisOrient Film Festival in Eugene, OR and the 2007 Chicago Underground Film Festival. THE HOUSE OF SUH is the full-length version of Of Kin and Kind and is Iris’ debut feature documentary.

Gerry Kim

Producer

A graduate from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Gerry received his Master’s degree in Human Development and Psychology, focusing his studies on media psychology and adolescent development. He has worked on PBS programs such as FRONTLINE (“The Age of AIDS”) and the ANTIQUES ROADSHOW. Gerry served as Associate Producer for RACE TO EXECUTION, which aired on PBS’s INDEPENDENT LENS. Gerry also recently worked at Antidote Films, an award winning New York based production company that has produced narrative and feature length documentary films. Mainly working in clearing archival rights and post production delivery, Gerry’s film credits from Antidote include ROMAN POLANSKI: WANTED AND DESIRED; CAMP VICTORY, AFGHANISTAN; THE DUNGEON MASTERS, and BOMB IT.

His films include TAKE OUT (Director/Writer/Producer, 2009 Asian International Film Festival); FAIR LAWN (Writer/Producer, Istanbul AFM International Film Festival & San Diego Latino Film Festival, Seattle International Film Festival); THE QUEEN (Producer, 2009 Palm Springs International Short Film Festival, Aspen ShortsFest, Short Shorts Film Festival); and OF KIN AND KIND (Producer, 2007 Disorient Film Festival, 2007 Chicago Underground Film Festival). Currently, Gerry is a M.F.A candidate in Film at Columbia University, School of the Arts.

Joseph Lee

Associate Producer

A graduate from the engineering program at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana, Joseph has worked on several industrials, PSA’s, music videos, and independent projects as a videographer and editor. Currently, he is an online editor and assistant colorist at Final Frame Post in New York City, where he has worked on films such as DISTURBING THE UNIVERSE and THE COVE, both selections to 2009 Sundance Film Festival.

Michael Hearst

Composer

Michael Hearst is a composer, multi-instrumentalist, writer, and producer. He is a founding member of the band One Ring Zero, which has released seven albums, including the acclaimed literary collaboration “As Smart As We Are,” featuring lyrics by Paul Auster, Margaret Atwood, Dave Eggers, and Neil Gaiman, among others. His most recent works include the solo albums “Songs For Ice Cream Trucks” and the forthcoming “Songs For Unusual Creatures,” the website Songs For Newsworthy News, and the soundtrack for the movie THE GOOD MOTHER. As a writer, Michael’s work has appeared in such journals as McSweeney’s, The Lifted Brow, and Post Road. He hosts a podcast series with Rick Moody called 18:59 and is a producer for the website Cassette From My Ex. Hearst has performed and given lectures and workshops at universities, museums, and cultural centers around the world. He has toured with The Magnetic Fields, and performed with The Kronos Quartet at Carnegie Hall. Hearst has appeared on such shows as NPR’s Fresh Air, A+E’s Breakfast With The Arts, and NBC’s The Today Show.

Kristen Nutile

Co-Editor

Kristen Nutile is an independent documentary filmmaker and editor based in New York City. She recently collaborated with Albert Maysles and Tanja Meding on a documentary about the critically acclaimed New York-based dancer and choreographer Sally Gross, which premiered at the Locarno International Film Festival.

Her editing credits include FROM PRISON TO HOME, a verite feature-length documentary about the obstacles that people face when they reenter society and SPEAK OUT: I HAD AN ABORTION which documents the stories of 11 women ranging in age from 21 to 85. She has also edited for Maysles Films Inc. and Human Rights Watch. In addition, Kristen has worked on several documentary films including MISS AMERICA and SEABISCUIT for The American Experience (PBS).

4 Comments


  1. Eddie Lee
    Nov 08, 2010

    First, congratulations on your film release. Looking forward to seeing it. I’m writing because I would definitely like to host a screening here in DC. In addition, I’m writing because I’m producing and directing a documentary about the DREAM act and about drop out students and was looking for an editor who can help me in the postproduction process. Please let me know if you or someone you know is available for this. We do have a budget and are willing to compensate.

    Eddie


  2. Javed Salman Basra
    Apr 25, 2011

    I am amazed to visit this site and found it a complete searchlight for the facts and the story behind it. That is awesome effort from the whole team and especially producer Gerry Kim.
    Well done Gerry


  3. Jij
    Dec 04, 2011

    i just saw the documentary. all my house members were super touched by it. it was a job well done. I have some questions though maybe you can help answer
    are there efforts to reopen his trial? are there ways to help him? is there petition going around?
    thanks.


  4. pat
    Feb 12, 2012

    Loved this movie. How incredibly sad for Andrew to lose both parents at such a young age. Is he complex? Yes. However, his sentence seems to be way too long considering what other murderers get off with. HOw can viewers help to get him an appeal?

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