– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Once a teen enters into the world of crime, it’s too late to get out.

In The Lockpicker, this grounded narrative film looks at a teenage thief who tries to leave town to escape the violence that threatens him and the people he loves.

The film stars Kegian Umi Tang, Storie Serres, David Woroner, Jordan Gray and Madi Langdon. It is directed by Randall Okita.

LRM had a sit-down interview with director Randall Okita yesterday at the press day for the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival.

He talked to us about trying to make a grounded realistic film with teenagers and similar neighborhoods that once represented parts of his past life.

The Lockpicker will be shown at the festival on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. in Los Angeles’ Downtown Independent. Visit festival.vconline.org for ticket information.

For possible future screenings at festivals, visit www.randallokita.com.

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Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.