No Film School just premiered the first episode of my latest project, an anthology web series titled Ching Chong Blues. Given that this first episode tackles Asian representation in Hollywood, it felt only appropriate to partner with one of my favorite industry-related websites to debut it.
Editing + Film marketing + my immature sense of humor = this stupid project that made me very happy. Please watch at your discretion.
Had a lot of fun documenting my pals The Anti-Job as they recorded their latest EP in the studio.
This was my first time hand-animating titles as well, which definitely took some time but was fun in a weird way as well!
This past Friday, I debuted my first short film Man in Ceiling on Indiewire. This is a hugely important project for me (my first time directing, let alone being on set), and thanks to an amazing experience with a lovely cast and crew, it encouraged me to keep making films.
You can check out Indiewire's original write-up here, or check out the full short film below.
In an effort to make myself a more visual person, I got a 35mm camera (Konica BigMini 302) and have dabbled in some still photography in the last half of 2017. Here are some of my favorite shots.
I've been trying to conquer a long-standing fear of getting in front of the camera - I have a little background part in the beginning of Jordan Firstman and Charles Rogers' short MEN DON'T WHISPER, which stars Cheri Oteri along with Firstman, Rogers, Bridey Elliott and Clare McNulty. Watch it here.
I feel super fortunate to edit this PSA / video art piece by a dear friend and collaborator, Olivia Sandoval. It's a poetic and moving reaction to Donald Trump's election, and a reminder to not go silently, but stay vigilant and make your voice heard. I really believe in the power of art, that art can increase awareness and move people politically as well as emotionally. As Roger Ebert said, cinema is a machine that generates empathy. I think we can all be a bit more empathetic in the years to come.
In December, I had the pleasure of directing and editing several doc-style interview pieces with Scott Bradlee, mastermind behind the viral music project Postmodern Jukebox -- a group that takes modern pop hits and transforms them via various vintage styles such as 20s ragtime, 40s big band, 50s doo-wop, and more.
There are eight videos in total, aimed at filling in folks who are new to the Postmodern Jukebox projects, as well as answering specific questions about their upcoming tour.
Find the first video below, and the rest on their website here.
Finally available for your viewing pleasure - HERE, a short film written by myself, directed by Lisa Bass, performed by Matt Porter (also from Man in Ceiling) and Eleanore Pienta (if you haven't seen See You Next Tuesday, do yourself a favor and watch it ASAP).
I'm super proud of this film and how it turned out. Take 6 minutes out of your day and give it a watch!
Curating Los Angeles just debuted the recently completed "Mulholland's Nightmare" music video. Filmed on Super 8mm and incorporating early 20th century archival footage from the public domain, "Mulholland's Nightmare" is the opening track and first video from the upcoming Zanja Madre album.
Bodega Bay played their last show in Brooklyn. I feel fortunate to have been a member for a few blissful months in my New York days.
Here's their last show: