I started my career as an independent animator & fiction filmmaker. In my work, I’ve alternated between serious issues & comedic scenarios, and have always enjoyed pushing genres & the many ways you can tell a good story. My first film was an animated documentary called Repetition Compulsion, which premiered at the 1998 Berlin Film Festival & received a national Emmy Award nomination. Nice! My second film, the absurdist fiction short, Dog Days, did pretty well too, winning the Grand Jury Award at the 2000 Hamptons Film Festival. For the past decade, I've been producing & directing documentaries for television. If you’re familiar with the storytelling organization, The Moth, I’ve performed in many of their Mainstage shows across the country, and one of my stories, A Kind of Wisdom, was featured on their podcast & on The Moth Radio Hour on NPR. It’s a story about my immigrant dad & showcases some of the hilarious culture clashes that helped inspire Chinafornia. You can watch it here: http://youtu.be/w5nVI7TQPgg
My previous work is completely different in tone & style than Chinafornia, but if you'd like to check it out, please visit: http://vimeo.com/user4681506/videos
Chinafornia won the 2011 Tribeca Film Institute’s Tribeca All Access Transmedia Award & has been selected to participate in the 2012 San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival’s live crowd funding event, Ready, Set, Pitch! As we launch this Kickstarter campaign, SFIAAFF is helping us spread the word during their festival in March, which will hopefully help us get closer to our funding goal.