(DGIwire On Friday, April 19 a simultaneous release of the feature film “Finding Julia” opened in more than 25 cities around the country.  The psychological thriller is the story of Julia Chamonix, a beautiful young Eurasian aspiring actress in New York City WHO IS caught in a desperate clash between two cultures and her own inner demons.  The film won a United Artists Feature Film Award and was a prize-winning standout at last year’s Asian World Film Festival.

Co-starring Andrew McCarthy and Richard Chamberlain and directed by Igor Sunara, the film introduces America to Ha Phuong Chu Tran, known as “HP” to her friends— a triple-threat singer, actress and now movie producer.  The film is based on the book she wrote, also titled “Finding Julia” that is partly about her life.  You can watch the movie trailer here.

Ha Phuong is also a dedicated philanthropist, and she and her husband Chinh Chu have established several cultural facilities for young students of the arts, including a facility in Orange Country, California, where the film had its gala premiere on opening night. Most recently she became a sponsor of the inaugural Faith, Hope & Charity Gala, presented by Catholic Charities and being held on Saturday, April 27 in Burbank, CA. to benefit the organization’s Immigration and Refugee Resettlement Program.

Ha Phuong began her acting career starring in Vietnamese musicals, and still records her popular songs and albums regularly in her homeland. “Some people said I couldn’t star in and produce this movie because of my limited English, but I wanted to prove that I could do it.” Ha Phuong, who never shrinks from a challenge, hopes to one day be the first truly Vietnamese actress to play the lead in Miss Saigon on Broadway.  Her career-building dramatic and emotional tour-de-force in this film should make that possibility real for her.

Among the cities and states where Finding Julia is currently playing:   New York, New York; Dallas, Arlington, Garland, Grapevine and Victoria , Texas, Portland, Oregon; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma;  Daly City, Union City, Orange County, The Woodlands, Oceanside, Westminster and Garden Grove, California; Bellevue and Tukwila, Washington; Alexandria and Glen Allen, Virginia; Chandler, Arizona; Davie, Florida;  Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Morrow, Georgia.

HP performed and is also releasing the film’s theme song/video “Lost in a Dream.” (Click here to view the video.) She is also on Facebook & Instagram as @HaPhuongArtist. Her website is findingjulia.net

For more information and interview requests, contact Edna Sims of ESP Public Relations at esppr@icloud.com or call her at 310.770.8117