It's 2am on a Wednesday...Thursday?

Why aren't I sleeping? Because I'm literally doing everything else that I shouldn't be doing, but keep convincing myself that I'll get around to my priorities. But I'm still being productive so....I should still be rewarded with ice cream.... that sounds about right. haha!

Christopher Park, Kat Iniba, Myself, David Liu, Diana Cha, and Mina Son after our interview on LA 18 Halo Halo.

Christopher Park, Kat Iniba, Myself, David Liu, Diana Cha, and Mina Son after our interview on LA 18 Halo Halo.

Last week the Mango team had our interview with Kat Iniba! It was so warming to hear Mina and Chris talk about their experience during Mango Sticky Rice. I don't know how many times I can say this until I sound ridiculous or pretentious but, I just feel really lucky to have had the opportunity to work with everyone on Mango Sticky Rice. Honestly. It just gives me lots of joy when people are excited for me and excited about its momentum. And it makes me even happier when I see my Mango Family. There's just so much love and respect for all of them, and I'm happy that they are growing from the experience we had together as a team.

 

Myself, Director Kevin Luu, Cinematographers Bryan Mendoza and Robert Abilez, Director Kelly Luu and Steadicam Operator Joel Marsh on set of  The Aberrant.

Myself, Director Kevin Luu, Cinematographers Bryan Mendoza and Robert Abilez, Director Kelly Luu and Steadicam Operator Joel Marsh on set of The Aberrant.

The next day, I took a spontaneous/dream provoking trip to Portland to help my best friends/brothers from another mother with their proof of concept for their feature film. I literally had a dream that I was supposed to be flying somewhere and then thought...I think I need to go to Portland. Everything just worked out and I went out there to help! At first we decided I'd be Art Department and Wardrobe, but then they needed an AD so I stepped in. It was such an incredible experience. The people I met there were the kindest and most generous people I've ever met. They worked so hard and were so accommodating. I did not want to leave. Partly also because we were in the woods and it was GORGEOUS. The air smelled amazing, it was raining, I was surrounded by nature. It was awesome. I'm glad I could be a part of their passion project and support them!

I'm now producing my friend's thesis that will shoot in June. Crazy to think it's in two months. Even crazier to think I'm graduating in one month. Even more crazy to think that First Look Film Festival is next week! Excited!!!!

First Look Film Festival

It's Easter Weekend!! I find myself wanting to pack Easter eggs, hold an Easter Egg Hunt, then find all the eggs haha! I should probably just buy the candy and lose the eggs.

This month has treated me so well, and I can't believe it'll be April next week. With the win at Asians on Film Festival, and the interview with Kat Iniba next week, I couldn't be happier to hear the news that Mango Sticky Rice has been officially nominated at the First Look Film Festival at USC. This festival is very special to me, in that I get to stand beside my fellow classmates, and share our films together as grad students one last time. The films featured in First Look are a collection of advanced projects from different cohort, meaning that my classmates from previous semesters are coming back! 

Real Boy, a film I Production Designed with my good friend, also got nominated! I met some of my favorite people on Real Boy, so I'm excited that my Mango family and my Real Boy family will be altogether on the same night. Mango Sticky Rice will be screening Wednesday, April 13th at 8:15pm, and Real Boy will be screening later that night at 9:00pm.

I feel so lucky to be where I am. And incredibly happy with the opportunities coming my way!

Asians on Film Festival 2016

Diana, myself, David, Chris Park, George Tsai, Jenny Soo and Mina Son during the Q&A

Diana, myself, David, Chris Park, George Tsai, Jenny Soo and Mina Son during the Q&A

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. 

At the awards ceremony accepting the Best Director Award. 

At the awards ceremony accepting the Best Director Award. 

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!

March Madness!

I cannot believe it's March already! So many great things have been happening for myself and Mango Sticky Rice that I am just so thankful all the hard work is paying off. 

Katherine will be performing at the 40th Annual Installation Diner for the Asian American Bar Association.  Mango Sticky Rice  is coming to you San Francisco!!

Katherine will be performing at the 40th Annual Installation Diner for the Asian American Bar Association. Mango Sticky Rice is coming to you San Francisco!!

A couple of weeks ago, I got an email from an actress, Katherine Park, from San Francisco who wanted to perform some of the music from our film. We auditioned her last year in August, and months later, she still wants to be a part of it. David, Diana and I Skyped with her and had such a great conversation! She told us she is very involved in the Asian American community in San Fran, and that she wants to help anyone to rise and be noticed for their work. It was really touching to hear how much she connected to the film, and how she wanted to do everything she could to promote it. She loved that it was a contemporary film with Asians in it, without it being an Asian film. It blows my mind every time I hear someone say something like that to me. As a director, our goal is to move the audience. I think this is the first time it's hitting hard for a lot of people. It makes me feel like I'm right where I should be, and I'm a part of this movement. 

Kathrine also introduced me to Kat Iniba, the host of Halo Halo on LA 18. Kat showcases local Asian American talent whether it's films, actors, music artists, or pioneers. After sending her our film, she was very excited to invite us on set for an interview. It's freaking crazy. And amazing. David, Mina, Chris and I will be joining Kat Iniba to record our segment at the end of the month and air early April. 

Sometimes the amount of work and hustle blinds me. It's things like this that reminds me to take a second to breathe and be happy that I get to wake up every day and do what I love.

David Liu, Mina Son, Christopher Park and I will be recording our segment with Kat Iniba at the end of the month, and air in April!

David Liu, Mina Son, Christopher Park and I will be recording our segment with Kat Iniba at the end of the month, and air in April!

Asians on Film Festival 2016

I don't even know how to describe these feelings that I have post production of Mango Sticky Rice. I can't stop smiling and everyday is exciting just thinking about the road ahead of us. I never knew these feelings existed! 

Yesterday I met with my composer Diana and David to talk about distribution of her music. Afterwards we just hung out and reminisced about our journey. Through all the bumpy roads, we freaking did it. We did a lot of technically challenging stuff for the amount of time and money we had and it all came together.

I finally updated the Mango Sticky Rice website, and made our Facebook page live! It's hard keeping up with the updates, but it's nice to have something on the agenda everyday. Our first festival is in a month AND we are screening last! Asians on Film Fest here we come!!!

http://asiansonfilm.com/asians-on-film-festival-2016-schedule/