Hope Frozen

Director: Pailin Wedel
Documentary Features :: Magnolia
Running Time:75:18 minutes
Event Date(s)
10:30 AM
Saturday, November 16
Jengo's Playhouse

Director/Producer: Pailin Wedel
Screenplay: Pailin Wedel, Nina Ijas
Co-Creator: Patrick Winn
Executive Producer: Amanda Feldon
Director of Photography: Mark Dobbin, Mark Oltmanns
Editors: Nina Ijas, Dug Moore

A two-year-old girl from Bangkok — nicknamed “Einz” — became the youngest person in the world to undergo cryo-preservation. After her death from brain cancer, her family stores her remains in an American lab. Her head and brain now rest inside a tank in Arizona. Hope Frozen follows the family who made this unorthodox decision. The girl’s father, a laser scientist, yearns to give Einz the opportunity to experience a rebirth inside a regenerated body. He instills this dream inside his son, a 15-year-old whiz kid named Matrix, who wants to be a part of reviving his little sister. But what the boy later discovers will rattle the family’s radical hope in science.


Pailin Wedel is a Thai-American journalist and filmmaker who grew up in Asia. She founded 2050 Productions in 2017. She works on documentaries that focus themes of faith, trauma and the clash between the East and the West. Hope Frozen is her first feature-length documentary film. Aside from her television work with channels such as Al Jazeera English and Bloomberg, she also films pieces for The New York Times, National Geographic and Monocle. Before she created 2050 Productions, she was the Asia Interactive producer for the Associated Press, where she directed online interactive coverage for the region. She began her career as a photojournalist at newspapers.

Screening with:
Ava in the End
Director: Ursula Ellis / 10:00
After tripping over her dog and dying, a young woman wakes up in a virtual purgatory and waits for her mind to be downloaded into a new body.