Dealing With Dad


Mary D. Fisher Theatre Fri, May 12, 2023 4:00 PM
Mary D. Fisher Theatre Sat, May 13, 2023 4:00 PM
Mary D. Fisher Theatre Sun, May 14, 2023 4:00 PM
Mary D. Fisher Theatre Mon, May 15, 2023 7:00 PM
Alice Gill-Sheldon Theatre Wed, May 17, 2023 3:30 PM
Film Info
Event Type:Narrative Feature
Release Year:2022
Run Time:106 minutes
Production Country:United States
Original Language:English
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Tom Huang
Cast:Ally Maki
Hayden Szeto
Peter S. Kim
Dana Lee
Page Leong
Karan Soni
Echo Kellum
Cindera Che


“Dealing With Dad” was a hit at the recent Sedona International Film Festival where it premiered to rave reviews.

Tom Huang — the writer/director of “Dealing With Dad” — will be in Sedona to host the first screening on Friday, May 12 and do a live Q&A with the audience after the film.

Margaret Chang appears to have the perfect little life as a successful corporate project manager and mother of two, along with her laidback husband, Jeff. Everything starts falling apart, when she gets word that her overbearing dad, Jialuo — whom she despises and doesn’t talk to anymore — is despondent and won’t leave the house.

She calls her older brother, Roy, who has been dealing with a separation from his wife by binge eating, and he tells her he knows nothing of this. Margaret then calls their youngest brother who lives with their parents and discovers that their dad has lost his job and for the past two months and has been laying around the house. Margaret reluctantly decides she has to go back home to figure out what’s going on, and forces Roy to join her.

When they arrive, they find out that their dad is clinically depressed and needs treatment. He thinks he’s just fine and fights tooth and nail not to take his anti-depressant medication. Nobody knows how to handle it, and, as it turns out, everyone prefers him depressed because he’s much easier to get along with.

“Dealing With Dad” follows Margaret’s journey as she and her brothers try to get their Dad on the road to recovery while also dealing with their own personal problems.

In the end, Margaret realizes trying to get her father well isn't the real issue for her … it's trying to figure out what her relationship with her father actually is. Somehow, she’s able to find some humanity in him and comes to the conclusion that if she wants a relationship with her dad, she needs to let go and accept him for the difficult pain that he is, because he will never change.