When I first started making films at 21 right out of Berkeley, I could count on one hand the queer Asian filmmakers I could identify: Gregg Araki, Richard Fung, Ming Ma and Tran Trang. Flash forward to19 years later, a new generation has emerged both nationally and internationally. Over the weekend, I had the privilege to attend events and screenings at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival and hang out with a small community of queer Asians who are festival programmers, producers, writers, and directors. Being the party guy that I am, I organized a small reception for the queer filmmakers during the film festival at friend’s downtown loft and we all had a fantastic time networking with each other.
Here’s a new crop of Q&A filmmakers and their works that I’m keeping an eye out for:
Cal Arts’ to-be-graduate ANDREW AHN’s short “Andy” proves to be a thoughtful and disturbing little gem. I believe Andrew is still finishing his thesis, which is semi-autobiographical and semi-fictional.
JASON KARMAN’s “I’m in the Mood for Love” is a charming short lovingly shot on 35mm. Jason is definitely a film buff and is at work on his second narrative short on square dancing. Can’t wait to see that!