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Origin Story is a documentary by comedian and podcast host Kulap Vilaysack of Earwolf's "Who Charted?" It's an international road trip from Los Angeles to Minnesota to Laos, where Kulap's story began. It's a deeply personal but universal story about family secrets, alienation and personal responsibility.




Announcing Our Indiegogo Campaign!

Origin Story

When Kulap set out to conduct preliminary interviews with her immediate family last summer, she likely had no idea what she was getting herself into. One year and almost 20,000 travel miles later, principal photography is complete, and we're entering the post-production phase. Presenting the story in the way it needs to be told will require all the human and financial resources at our disposal. We're immensely grateful to those who have given their time, services and moral support thus far. In order to compensate deferred crew and incorporate original music and art in the final edit, we're fundraising on Indiegogo with an official start date of 8/11/14 (Monday!).

Please consider donating what you can toward our finishing costs. Origin Story is a passion project exploring very specific themes and events from one woman's tangled past. But it's also a timely, relevant story about immigration, addiction, the meaning of family, and the importance of personal responsibility in the face of uncertainty and disappointment. It's a story we can all relate to, whether or not our parents spent time in Thai refugee camps after escaping from post-war Laos.

During filming, moments of levity broke up the emotionally-charged interviews and awkward encounters. Kulap left no stone unturned in her investigation, but her healthy perspective and immutable good humor have helped carry her through the challenge thus far. Viewers can anticipate a highly complex story, made all the more engaging since the protagonist is almost as out of the loop as her audience.

Take a moment to stop by our campaign page to check out the perks we're offering donors, including an appearance on IFC's Comedy Bang! Bang!, podcast guest spots, Skype sessions with Casey Wilson and autographed podcast swag, in addition to digital downloads of the film and special shout-outs. We appreciate whatever you're able to give. We also accept telepathic hugs and good wishes and love you for the support.

Lauren, Associate Producer