Hso Hkam is a multitalented artist living in Venice, California, where he specializes in filmmaking, photography, painting, and drawing. No ordinary citizen, Hso was born in Rangoon, Myanmar (also known as Burma), where he is recognized as 19th Saopha of Lawksawk (Shan king/prince or chieftain) of the warrior Shan Tribe, whose lineage dates back to 1630. Following the Burmese Military Regime’s push into power, the Hkam family left Burma in order to escape incarceration and execution due to their privileged royal status. At age 11, Hso and his family moved to the United States where they were granted political asylum.
Hso’s affinity for urban subculture, his fierce devotion to martial arts, and his intellectual prowess has chiseled a hard-edged persona that is reflected in his streetwise lifestyle. Influenced by movie directors, Wong Kar Wai and Jean-Luc Godard, Hso currently shoots and edits short films depicting his glitz-and-grit existence in Venice Beach. A filmmaker with talents and credits on both sides of the camera, Hso has etched a reputation as a chameleon, earning him the recognition by the Venice locals as an “iconic figure with dragon-gangster mystique.”
Raised by Oxford educated parents, Hso’s upbringing provided him with the cultural and intellectual exposure necessary to overcome the adversity of moving to a foreign land. He excelled in academics and sports, receiving an athletic scholarship to play tennis at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Realizing he had an affinity for the visual arts, Hso continued his education at the UCLA School of Art, where he received his BFA.
Hso has designed graphics for legendary Zephyr Skateboards, Venice Surf and Skate Association, and others. His film credits include festival favorite, Ghostown and Ground Bloom Flower. Fightin'4 the Forty earned him the Audience Choice Award at the Malibu Film Festival.
His web-content Pachuco Puppets is in negotiations with distribution companies. Recently, History is Myth won best short film at the Other Venice Film Festival and his feature directorial debut Money was completed. A modern day film noir mixed with pop culture.
Loyal to his Burmese heritage, Hso maintains his originality by living by the mantra expressed by his idol, Bruce Lee, “Always be yourself, always express yourself, and do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate it".
Name: Hso Hkam
Lives in: Venice Beach, Los Angeles County, California
Film by Hso Hkam (Action and Drama) Director, Editor, Special effects, Casting department, Casting director Three young hustlers team up with a devious gangster to steal $200,000.00 from the biggest drug dealer in the western hemisphere. Once successfully acquiring finances, they intend to begin their own business, dealing cocaine from a distributor in Bolivia. Like every other plan, Money sets into action, various flaws derail him from success. Unfortunately trusting a devious gangster happens to be one of them, as the money and product are stolen from our main characters, leaving them penniless, without merchandise, and under suspicion from the largest producer of narcotics, Money's father, Frank Woods. A tale of violence, drugs, love, hate, and betrayal; Who will be left standing to claim the ultimate prize "Money"? Written by Berkeley Scott
History Is Myth
Film (short) by Hso Hkam (Drama) Director Life. Reality. Dream. We struggle daily to ascertain which is which. We look in the mirror, and see two people. Two separate beings inhabiting one body. One angel. One devil. Never knowing which is which, we plunge ourselves into the unknown, braving the world, never knowing how a single interaction may shift the path we tread. Jesse, an artist, a criminal, a father, struggling to find his passion in the world again, floating through the seedy world of Venice on the last breath of hope. Anais, a dancer, a mute, a loner, devoid of family, at the end of her career, the only way she knows how to communicate. A chance encounter. A bitter struggle ensues for both. It may be the end. It may be the beginning. Or it all might be a dream. Written by Ashley Noel
Warren the Ape
Television (Comedy) Actor Warren The Ape," a scripted comedy set within a fictional reality show, chronicles the trials and tribulations of a D-grade celebrity puppet. A brash, cantankerous, out-of-work actor, Warren 'The Ape' Demontague is attempting to clean up his act and scramble his way back into the Hollywood limelight. Having sampled a brief taste of success as a star on the former sitcom "Greg The Bunny," Warren's life has been in a downward spiral ever since the show got canceled. Over the past few years, Warren has paid more attention to drinking, drugs and women than his career, which lately has consisted of seedy exploitation films and a regrettable string of skin flicks. When the opportunity for his own reality show arises, Warren takes this chance to restore his celebrity status once again. Written by Anonymous
Film (short) by T.J. Young Actor At one time in his life, Jay was an ultimate Kungfu Karate warrior. Now years later, he is forced to face a past long forgotten in attempt to save his sister, Jill, from the evil clutches of the revenge seeking Trent. This short comedy was a submission for the 2009, 48-Hour festival (Los Angeles) and received an award for best use of dialogue. The 48-Hour Festival is a festival in which teams compete to see who can create the best film from pre-production through post-production. Written by Timothy James
Film (short) by Hso Hkam (Thriller) Director, Writer, Editor A man's job is to follow women and observe their daily habits and haunts. He accepts a job to follow someone, but rather than gathering facts, things suddenly change when he becomes increasingly fascinated by where she goes and how she lives. He gets trapped in his own voyeuristic compulsion. Written by Anonymous
Ground Bloom Flower
Film (short) by James Binaski (Drama) Director, Actor, Writer In a city dense with loneliness & disenchantment - someone has been secretly looking out for us - an unknown urban mystic who shares an enlightened technique to reignite hope on a few young weathered hearts.
Film by David Ruiz-Marquez Actor, Producer From the colorful explosion of human tourists known as Venice Beach, comes an Urban Fable of The 90's Pop Culture.