Dave Boyle / USA / 2011 / 75 min / English / black & white / digital


Audience Award, San Francisco Int’l Asian American Film Festival
Best Actor Special Jury Award, Dallas Int’l Film Festival

While traveling the globe with his previous film White on Rice (SDAFF ’09 Audience Award Winner), director Dave Boyle kept running into San Francisco musician Goh Nakamura who was also touring from city to city. The filmmaker was a fan of Goh’s music – Goh didn’t believe him at first – and the two struck up a friendship sharing stories about life on the road as artists. With an idea to shoot a shoestring budget movie with a very simple story, Boyle offered Goh the role to play himself in SURROGATE VALENTINE (entitled after one of his songs).

The romantic comedy starts in San Francisco and follows Goh as he barely scrapes by playing live gigs and teaching guitar. When a filmmaker friend asks him to teach guitar lessons to TV star Danny Turner (Chadd Stoops) for his upcoming movie role, Goh reluctantly takes on the task for a small paycheck. Wanting to study his every move, Danny tags along Goh’s roadtrip to Seattle and Los Angeles. Despite Goh’s introverted tendencies and Danny’s annoying chatterbox nature, the unlikely duo embark on a comical adventure. Danny even ends up being helpful to Goh’s career and maybe even his love life when Goh's high school flame Rachel (Lynn Chen) shows up, forcing him to confront his unrequited crush.

Shot in black and white with elegant rhythm, Boyle navigates an amiable road movie with outstanding natural performances from Chen, newcomer Stoops and of course leading man Goh Nakamura. One of the best independent films of the year, Boyle’s latest serves as a cinematic valentine for not only the romantics, but also the skeptics, and most of all for the artists everywhere struggling through life to do what they love. – Mye Hoang

Director Dave Boyle and cast will be in attendance with live performance by Goh Nakamura. Free after-party following Q&A at Hard Rock Café, 801 4th Avenue.

Co-presented by: Voice of San Diego, SDSU Asian Pacific Student Alliance (APSA), Giving Back Magazine


  • Director: Dave Boyle
  • Producer: Duane Andersen, Dave Boyle
  • Cinematographer: Bill Otto
  • Writer: Dave Boyle, Joel Clark, Goh Nakamura
  • Cast: Goh Nakamura, Chadd Stoops, Lynn Chen


October 23, 2011 7:00 pm
Mission Valley UltraStar Cinemas

October 28, 2011 5:00 pm
Mission Valley UltraStar Cinemas