An indie musical film by Karmia Chan Olutade | A clan of orphaned child laborers in a drought stricken world fight to escape a toxic factory and redefine home in this musical parable.
Karmia is the writer, composer and director of The Remnant. She is a bilingual Chinese-Canadian writer, director, composer and literary translator with a BA in English Literature and Creative Writing from Stanford University. Her previous plays and musical theatre works include Pawn (New York International Fringe Festival; Daegu International Musical Festival in South Korea, where it won “Best Original Musical”). She is currently the co-managing editor of Pathlight magazine, the only publication dedicated to contemporary Chinese literature in translation. The Remnant is her first foray into screenwriting and directing for film.
Dave is a music producer and multi-instrumental artist based in Lafayette, Colorado, who arranged, recorded, mixed and mastered all the music in The Remnant as well as performing on many of the tracks and writing the score. Dave has previously worked with many artists to produce albums including Josh Garrels, Jason Upton, Page CXVI, Sean Feucht, Aaron Strumpel, Trace Bundy, Zach Winters and many others. As a recording artist he is also part of two indie bands: his solo outfit, A Boy and His Kite, and his worship band, Loud Harp. Dave's previous film credits include writing the song "Cover Your Tracks" for A Boy and His Kite, which was featured on the soundtrack for Twilight Breaking Dawn Part Two. Additionally, Dave has scored for a few independent films and has a passion for musicals.
Bai Long (白龙) is an up-and-coming Mongolian Chinese cinematographer who spent seven years working on Jean-Jacques Annaud’s Wolf Totem, one of the most successful Chinese film in 2015. His past work also includes photography and painting.
Wang Wenqin is an acclaimed writer, community organizer and a producer who worked as a program director at China Central Television for a number of years. Her many awards include the prestigious Bing Xin Prize and the Grand Prize for fiction from Beijing Literature. She was educated in classic Chinese literature at Fudan University and was a program producer at CCTV for a number of years. Her recent publications include her collected poems, titled Good Now, a short story collection published in Canada titled Arrhythmia, and a novel Ice Dimple, which has been adapted for a forthcoming dramatic T.V. series in Mainland China.
Femi is a first-time producer and filmmaker who for his day job works as a software engineer and manager for Lyft in San Francisco. His experience with software systems, machine learning, and transportation contribute to his interest on the future societal impact of technology and mass consumption. He has a long time passion for music - in particular the social, cultural influence of hip hop - which led to his partnership with Karmia on musicals and in life. In addition to studying electrical engineering at Stanford University, Femi has also studied theology at Fuller Theological Seminary where he explored and wrote about the literary apocalypse genre and the role of prophecy as seen within ancient Jewish and Christian scripture. This study eventually inspired the foundational themes and structure of The Remnant.