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Kayla Bohan's Film "Harper" is Under Consideration for an Academy Award®

Updated: Jan 24, 2022

Kayla Bohan at the movie premiere for "Harper" on December 14th, 2021 at Laemmle's Playhouse 7 in Pasadena, California. Photo courtesy Kate Bohan.

Kayla Bohan, a leading actress and songwriter who appeared in Joey Zhou's short film "Pandemic Fitness Program", is pleased to announce that her feature length film, "Harper," is under consideration for an Academy Award®. The film was written, directed and produced by Kate Bohan (Chinese-American mother), who worked with an international team to film the movie in both the United States and China. The story is based on many of Kate's real life experiences growing up in China and later coming the United States.

Kayla Bohan

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Kayla began her career at age 4, and has since won multiple awards including the "Best Child Actress Award" at the 2018 New York Film Awards, the 2018 Festigious International Film Actor’s Award Los Angeles 2018, and the Los Angeles Film Awards in 2018. As a singer/songwriter, Kayla wrote and performed three songs for the film: “I Thought,” “Promise You,” and “Just Like You.”

"I think this film will inspire people," Kate Bohan said, "It's about inner strength, resilience and finding happiness on the path you never expected." In 2018, Kate wrote and directed a feature film called “Kayla” with her daughter which won a Best Screenplay award and several Best Director awards at multiple film festivals.

Kayla Bohan

The story about an 11-year-old girl who suddenly loses her single father and is then forced to live with an alcoholic aunt on a dilapidated family farm. Once Harper helps her aunt get into recovery, she lives in harmony with the farm and its lifestyle, discovering a sense of calm and security. This new life is upended, however, when her rich Southern Belle mother, who abandoned her at birth, reappears to claim her daughter for purely selfish reasons. Once Harper's aunt finds out about the miserable conditions Harper has been subjected to, she springs into action as her love leads the way. Harper is reunited with her aunt as they return to the farm where she finds her own happy place once more.

One reviewer described the film . . ."A picture that is both simpler and more profound than you imagined. The end is deeply ambiguous, neither punishing nor condoning its characters' behavior. It simply asks us to sit with them - to pay them the respect of attention, and learn something about ourselves in the process. Fantastic performance by Kayla." -- Janice Hoff, IMDB member

Kayla Bohan

"This film is dedicated to children and people struggling with the pain of being separated from their loved ones. May love be your guide." -- Kate Bohan

The film had its premiere screening on December 14th, 2021 at Laemmle's Playhouse 7 in Pasadena, California, and its qualifying run for the Academy Awards® during the week of December 15 and December 22, 2021. The nominations voting begins on Thursday, January 27, 2022, and will be announced on Tuesday, February 8, 2022. The 94th Oscars will be held on Sunday, March 27, 2022 at the Dolby® Theatre at Hollywood & Highland® in Hollywood, California. Produced by Kayla's Movies, LLC, "Harper" is distributed by Indican Pictures. Indican Pictures is a boutique entertainment label and film distributor that was founded in 2004.

The website for the movie is:

The link to article on Joey Zhou's "Pandemic Fitness Program" short film:

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