Kim Noonan was born in Vietnam and given up for adoption to an American family in Escondido, Calif. shortly after the Vietnam War. Noonan took film courses at Los Angeles Community College to learn about the technical aspects of filmmaking. He also is a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and has been in several plays and short films. After several years of struggling to distinguish himself for casting directors, he was encouraged by his friend and mentor, Deb Theaker, to write and produce his own projects regarding his Vietnamese origin and American upbringing. As a result of her positive encouragement, he developed RUNNING DRAGON, a series of stories that deals directly with the impact that his unusual background had on his life. He continues to write and develop projects that empower his voice as a filmmaker with his producing partner, Neal Sickles. RUNNING DRAGON is the third short film Noonan has written and directed.