Li Dong Creating an Academic Courtroom Drama with Stealing School [Exclusive Interview]

Li Dong
Li Dong Directed Stealing School starring Celine Tsai and Jonathan Keltz

Every courtroom drama has the important element—seeking the truth with the given evidence.

However, in an academic college paper cheating accusation—doesn’t it really matter? For one teacher’s assistant, it means the whole world to him to destroy a student’s grade after allegedly caught her cheating.

In Stealing School, it is an academic courtroom drama as the teacher’s assistant pulls in a tribunal, the professor, a student boy attorney, and the accused in search of the truth. The Asian-Canadian tech prodigy, in turn, must prove her innocence of plagiarism in the secret trial held before an academic tribunal.

The film stars Celine Tsai (Ready or Not, In the Dark) and Jonathan Keltz (Entourage, Reign). Li Dong directed and wrote the screenplay.

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LRM Online’s Gig Patta spoke with director Li Dong about making his directorial debut with Stealing School. We discussed the pressures of colleges, the authenticity of a courtroom drama, the set production, and making an Asian-Canadian film.

Before Stealing School, Li Dong directed three episodes of a television series Model Minority. In 2019, he helped write the story for the drama Samanthology.

Stealing School is now released on digital.

Watch the exclusive interview with Li Dong below. Let us know what you think.

Source: LRM Online Exclusive, Vertical Entertainment

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