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The Seed is a 2005 short-film starring Will Yun Lee and Peter Mensah, produced and directed by Joe Hahn of Linkin Park and Ken Mercado. Hahn took his career as a director further with his second film, Mall, released on June 18, 2014 in North America.[1][2]

The Seed
Directed byJoe Hahn
Ken Mercado
Produced byJoe Hahn
Matt Caltabiano
Screenplay byChristopher Denham
StarringWill Yun Lee
Peter Mensah
Music byJohn Debney
Mike Shinoda
CinematographyRichard Henkels
Edited byMario Mares, Jr.
Mike Burnett
Running time
12 minutes
CountryUnited States


The Seed follows the events surrounding a homeless veteran named Ken Mercado, who is portrayed by Will Yun Lee. Living along the banks of the Los Angeles River, he is attacked by masked men in black vehicles, invisible to the eye. To any passers-by, Mercado appears to have some sort of mental illness, but as he is chased throughout the city, it is revealed to the audience that he is not in fact paranoid, but rather the victim of a government conspiracy. Ken's adversaries are visible to him, yet only visible to the audience part of the time. At the end of the film, an alien ship is visible in the sky, watching the scene.


The Seed was first released at the Pusan International Film Festival in 2006. It was also shown at the Festivus Film Festival in Denver, Colorado where it won "Best Short Short" in 2008. The Seed was awarded the "Outstanding Cinematography" award at the 2007 Veneration Film Festival in Newport. Later in 2008, The Seed will be entered at various festivals including the Swansea Bay Film Festival in England, the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival, the Beverly Hills Film Festival, the Malibu Film Festival, and the Los Angeles United Film Festival.


The soundtrack for The Seed featured three songs. One of them was "There They Go" by Fort Minor (originally from its studio debut album, The Rising Tied) played during the credits, and the other two were untitled as they were played in the fighting scenes.


  1. ^ Todd Brown (7 May 2008). "A Short Review Of A Short Film: Joseph Hahn's THE SEED". Twitch Film.
  2. ^ "The Seed on iTunes".

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