Try Harder!

In a universe where cool kids are nerds, the orchestra is world class and being Asian American is the norm, seniors at Lowell High School compete for the top prize: admission to the college of their dreams.

“A big crowd-pleaser. Impossible to resist.”


“Think of it as a modernized version of the 1980s classic ‘Fast Times at Ridgemont High,’ only the angst comes from the homework, not the hormones.”

San Francisco Chronicle

“Sincere, humorous, and intimate.”


“Endearing and Alarming.”


awards & festivals

Sundance - 2021 World Premiere

AFI DOCS - 2021 Official Selection

Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival - 2021 Official Selection