Smoking Tigers film still
Smoking Tigers film still



Wednesday, Oct. 25 at 3:30 p.m.

Narrative Features

Smoking Tigers

| 91 min.
Genre: Coming-of-Age, Directed by Women, Drama

Set in early 2000s Los Angeles, Smoking Tigers is a portrait of lonely, 16-year-old Korean American Hayoung, who is taken under the wings of three wealthy students she meets at an elite academic bootcamp. As she falls deeper into their world, Hayoung works harder to hide her problematic family and lower-income background from her new friends as she discovers the bittersweet pains of adulthood that will forever shape her life.

Presented in English and Korean with English subtitles.

Georgia premiere

Preceded by the professional short PANDA. A Q&A with director and writer So Young Shelly Yo and producer Guo Guo immediately follows the screening.


So Young Shelly Yo


Guo Guo


So Young Shelly Yo


Ji-young Yoo

Jun-ho Jeong

Abin Andrews

Erin Choi


So Young Shelly Yo is an award-winning filmmaker whose work has been supported by HBO, CAAM, SFFILM, the Sloan Foundation, and others. Her feature film debut, Smoking Tigers, won Best Screenplay, Best Performance, and a special mention for the Nora Ephron Prize at the 2023 Tribeca Film Festival. Yo also wrote and directed the short films Soft Sounds of Peeling Fruit and Moonwalk with Me.