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May. 14th, 2008

A big surprise at the LA Asian Pacific Film Festival!!!!!

We made our Los Angeles debut at the LA Asian Pacific Film Festival and we were red carpet ready!



Sally Nemeth, our Associate Producer and I gam it up at the Festival's opening night at the Directors Guild of America Theater in West Hollywood. The opening film was Jessica Yu's charming comedy PING PONG PLAYA www.pingpongplaya.com


A couple of days later it was our turn to debut at the big DGA theater and the house was filled with friends, fans and devoted crew members.



Sally and I are standing by the LONG STORY SHORT poster designed by Teresa Woo Murray of Woobabie Design woobabie@sbcglobal.net

The DGA theater required the film to be shown in HD. So we upconverted, and wow! Us, in High Definition. The audience laughed, they cried, they loved it! Afterwards at the reception, I got to spend time with many old friends and colleagues.



Here's me and actor James Hong www.jameshong.com who played my father in the job that got me my SAG card! Thanks Dad.

And James, who is that hunky guy? Why it's James Kyson Lee from NBC's Heroes! Introduce me!



We look so serious! What could we have been talking about!




Alvin Ing, the man who holds the record for the most productions of Flower Drum Song and still counting! After the audience Q&A, he grabbed the mike and reminded all of the upcoming 50th Anniversary Celebration of Flower Drum Song this fall at East West Players in Los Angeles. Thanks Alvin!

And now it's time to drink!



Our heroic editor, Douglas Cheek. We spent more hours together than most married couples.



Sally Nemeth and one of our camermen, Dean Chamberlain, who is better known as a musician. www. myspace.com/deanhchamberlain



Here I am talking to Angela Lee, producer of ZOMBIE STRIPPERS and her dad, the illustrious C.Y. Lee, who wrote the original novel FLOWER DRUM SONG and who does the cha-cha with me in the movie.



You may know her as Jill in HOME IMPROVEMENT, but to us she's one of our executive producers, Patricia Richardson, who gave great advice and bailed us out in the eleventh hour more than once.

BUT our big surprise was at closing night of the festival. The organizers called to make sure I was going to be there, they said they were taking a photo with all the filmmakers. But when I arrived, no group photo. Huh?



But I did get photographed with Jimmy Tsai, the co-writer and star of PING PONG PLAYA. Yo! C-Dub in da house!



One of the Festival's sponsors, the Screen Actors Guild was represented by Sumi Haru and Jack Ong.

But enough of the non group photos, obviously I was lied to. Why would they do such a thing?

BECAUSE THEY WANTED ME THERE TO ACCEPT THE JURY'S HONORABLE MENTION FOR BEST DOCUMENTARY AND ....THE AUDIENCE AWARD!!!! WE WON!!!! TWICE!!!



You won't believe how many people I had to crawl over to get to the stage! I was truly stunned. And honored.

Now, we're on to the Asian American International Film Festival www.asiancinevision.com in NYC July 9-19, 2008. Come see us!

Mar. 25th, 2008

Fun at the San Francisco International Asian American Film Fest




We hit the road for San Francisco and our very first fest. Got there, picked up Mom from the airport and saw us some sights before the world premiere of LONG STORY SHORT.





The next day my director Christine Choy flew in from Shanghai and my executive producer Patricia Richardson flew up from Los Angeles. Exhausted, we all converged in the festival's lounge where we got righteous swag bags and our all access festival credentials which we wore proudly from then on in.




The sold out premiere was truly amazing. In process, friends and family had seen the film, but we never had a crowd of hundreds watching the film, laughing, crying, applauding. Especially gratifying for the writer/narrator. After the ovation, there was a question and answer session with Mom, me, Christine and Pat, and Elaine Mae Woo, the director of the film that screened with LONG STORY SHORT, "Anna May Wong: Frosted Yellow Willows", moderated by the terrific festival coordinator, Chi-hui Yang.



We said many pithy things. Christine in particular had everyone laughing in the aisles.

Between the premiere and the second screening two days later, my mother's family came from Portland Oregon to surprise her. I had arranged for them to meet us in a Japanese restaurant, and when my cousin came up to Mom to say hello, Mom said, "hello" nonchalantly, thinking it was the waitress. Then she did a doubletake and said, "What are YOU doing here?" Needless to say it was a surprise, although she did tell me that night, indignantly, that she hated surprises.

The next day, Mom did get to visit one of her and Dad's old haunts, though she swears she never darkened its door.



The second screening was as successful as the first, and at the end, Mom was swarmed by young girls who asked her for her autograph, and she kept telling them to get MY autograph, but they told her they already had it from FLOWER DRUM SONG. She was a bit embarrassed by all the attention but couldn't escape her fans.



Later that night over cocktails, Mom said, "Well I guess I got my fifteen minutes of fame...actually my thirty minutes!"

Oh no. We've created a monster.

Now, onward to the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, May 1 - May 8

And we just got accepted into the New York Asian Film Festival in July.



Thank you San Francisco, and good night!

Jan. 29th, 2008

My Family is Bizzy!

 Show Bizzy!   These are my parents.

me& mom & dad

and me!  A while ago....

My folks were vaudevillians in the 40's and 50's in America.  Their story was so intriguing to so many people that we made a documentary film about them - LONG STORY SHORT. 

 It's DONE now, and we've been accepted into our FIRST FILM FESTIVAL.  

The 2008 San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival, March 13-23. http://festival.asianamericanmedia.org/

YAY US!.  It's been a LONG HAUL.  But worth every minute. 

Updates to follow.