I Don’t Sleep I Dream

2009, 15 minutes, HD, Color. IMDB        (Full film not currently available online)


A woman discovers she can’t run from her fears without leaving a part of herself behind.


Jo Mei
Debargo Sanyal


Writer, Director, Producer, Cinematographer, Editor: J.P. Chan
Story: J.P. Chan and Jo Mei
Music: Corinne Phillips
Songs: Jonathan Pratt and The Dive
Colorist: Lia Martinez
Visual Effects: Visus Ukraine – Igor Ryabchuk, Leonid Karachko, Nick Minayev
Associate Producers: Cheryl Ching, John C. Kim, Daniel Valdez
First Assistant Director: Jae Choe
Assistant Camera: Peter Chin
Sound Recordist: Daniel Valdez
Production Design: John El Manahi
Makeup and Hair: Misaki Ishihara
Production Assistants: Shaun Cheston, Vincent Ma, Betty Eng, J.J. Chan


January 16 & 18, 2009 – Slamdance Film Festival, Park City, UT [World Premiere]*
March 28 & April 3, 2009 – Sarasota Film Festival, Sarasota, FL
March 29 & April 5, 2009 – Philadelphia Film Festival & CineFest, Philadelphia, PA*
April 18, 2009 – DisOrient Film Festival, Eugene, OR*
July 23, 2009 – Fantasia Film Festival, Montreal, CANADA
July 26, 2009 – Asian American International Film Festival, New York City*
July 30, 2009 – LA Shorts Fest, Los Angeles, CA
August 15, 2009 – Fright Night Film Fest, Louisville, KY
September 27, 2009 – Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival, Birmingham, AL
October 3, 2009 – Coney Island Film Festival, New York City*
October 9, 2009 – DC APA Film Festival, Washington, DC*
October 11, 2009 – Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival*
October 16 & 27, 2009 – San Diego Asian Film Festival*
October 17, 2009 – Hawaii International Film Festival, Honolulu, HI
November 13, 2009 – Cucalorus Film Festival, Wilmington, NC*
March 12 & 18, 2010 – San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival*
May 1, 2010 – Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival*
May 21, 2010 – Slant Film Festival, Houston, TX*
July 25, 2010 – Asian Film Festival of Dallas
November 2010 – Vancouver Asian Film Festival, CANADA
*J.P. and/or cast in attendance


Best Short Film, 2009 Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival


“A meditation on guilt, consequence, and conscience. Visually rich and dark, I DON’T SLEEP I DREAM draws you ever further into its world.”
– Sam Roberts, Director of Film Competitions, Slamdance Film Festival

“The first time I saw J.P. Chan’s I DON’T SLEEP I DREAM, I was mesmerized by it but I couldn’t really piece it together (kind of like if my parents sat down to watch MULHOLLAND DRIVE)…this is a very intriguing work.”
– Michael Tully, Hammer To Nail