L.A. Christmas

1996, 13 min, b&w, sound

L.A. Christmas follows the quirky idiosyncrasies of a Chinese-American family Christmas in Southern California. Instead of Santa, snow and mistletoe, Fulbeck gives us a nine-year-old Black Belt, Buddhists butchering Christmas carols, and a nephew who recites pi to 200 digits. L.A. Christmas captures the bizarre universality of family gatherings and conversations — all the while documenting the playful and loving relationship between a protective, concerned Chinese mother and her thirty-year-old son, who could have been a pharmacist.

Producer/Director/Editor: Kip Fulbeck. Sound Design: Kevin Kelley. Camera: Saam Gabbay, Jo Chan, Kip Fulbeck, Seckyne Fulbeck.