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10/3/2017 2:38:00 PM Email this articlePrint this article 
Bedeviled Launched In U.S.

By Amy Doeun

Abel (left) and Burlee (right) directing.
In the summer of 2014 Fuabkuab Yang met Abel and Burlee Vang. Yang has an infectious enthusiasm for both film and Asian American culture, particularly Hmong culture. The Vang brothers had a vision, "They were interested in making a Hollywood movie. I caught wind that these two Hmong American directors were holding a meeting in St. Paul. I decided to check it out." He also met Leng Yang and Cheng Yang. The film would be independently funded and produced - but a Hollywood quality film.

"Unfortunately, not very many people were interested, but I said that I would try to get other people interested," said Yang. So Yang pulled together a group of friends and family, area business owners and anyone else who might be willing to help the film come to reality. He was successful, and in the fall of 2015, "we were shooting in Los Angeles." During the summer of 2016 the film "Bedeviled" was completed and in postproduction.

In 2016, Voltage Pictures picked up the film for an international release. The film has been available in Vietnam, Italy and other countries through Voltage, but this year the film made its first domestic release through Freestyle Releasing. "We have been playing around the world in theaters but are really happy to share this with the community in the U.S.," said Yang. They did a "small theatrical run" in Los Angeles and Minnesota in early August to "see if we could pick up a little steam." Freestyle has also made sure that Bedeviled is available through streaming platforms like YouTube, Amazon, Hulu and more. "There is a lot of interest with some other companies and getting the movie on other platforms, including Redbox and cable," Yang says.

The Vang brothers have writer, director and producing credits on the film. Yang is an executive producer on the film. Of the Vang brothers, Yang said, "They are writers first and foremost. So they are already thinking about other story lines. But their focus is getting 'Bedeviled' as far as we can go. We are really excited to see where this goes for them as filmmakers, but also as representatives of the Asian American community. We just got the ball rolling. We have a lot of good outlook and are excited about the responses that we have had on the companies that have looked at our film and of course it was purchased by two big companies."

Of the film and even the process of filmmaking, Yang said that being a good representation of the Asian and Hmong community was key to them. "A lot of our crew was Asian and Hmong, about 1/3 of our crew was Asian American and 16 or 17 people total Hmong American. This film is one that really represented our community well."

"Bedeviled" is currently available on

Amazon Instant Video - Available to rent and download to own.

Fandango Now - Available to rent and download to own.

Google Play - Available to rent and download to own.

iTunes - Available to rent and download to own.

SlingTV - Available to rent.

Sony PlayStation - Available to rent and download to own.

Vudu - Available to rent and download to own.

Xbox - Available to rent and download to own.

YouTube - Available to rent and download to own.

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