It has been such a wild ride the past couple of days. I'm doing great at work, school is insanely coming to a close, producing my friend's thesis has been challenging and exciting, and the theatre company I worked for two years ago wants me back to design their projections for Spamalot! There's so much going on, but it's all good things!
This weekend was also my first film festival in which Mango Sticky Rice was nominated. I was completely blown away by many of the films I got to watch. East of Hollywood directed by Chris Cacciopoli and D. Asian directed by Sarah Smith were two of my favorite comedies that I got to see. There were some films had such amazing and original concepts like Touch directed by Lulu Wang and Locksmiths directed by my friend James Kwon Lee. And these were only from two of the screening blocks I could go to.
I was just inspired by everyone's work and so refreshed by the content that you really don't see on tv or film. It was such a blast seeing my cast together again! Even meeting the cast and crew of the other films was so awesome! Incredibly talented people who are paving the way to new media.
I am so honored to take home three awards for Mango Sticky Rice. We were awarded for Best Ensemble, Best Comedy, and Best Director. Huge shout out to my composer Diana Cha for being nominated for Best Original Score, and to Steve Greist and Qianzhu Luo for being nominated for Best Editing. I am just so happy to have worked with such a hard working and talented cast and crew. Without them, I'd be no where. I'm so excited to continue showing this film to the world!