The YOMYOMF Network: ‘Yellow Face’ or How We Spent Our Holiday Vacation

If you’ve kept up with our social media, you already know we’ve been working hard during our winter vacation—shooting our YouTube adaptation of my fellow Offender David Henry Hwang’s (DHH) acclaimed play Yellow Face (winner of the OBIE and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Best Drama).

Yellow Face is about an Asian American playwright named DHH (Ryun Yu) who casts Marcus (Christopher Gorham), a Caucasian actor, in his new show after mistakenly believing Marcus is part Asian. An entertaining mix of fact and fiction that defies any easy categorization, we thought the play would be an interesting work to adapt for YouTube. The rest of the distinguished cast includes a mix of veterans and newbies from film, TV, theater and YouTube: Linda Park, Sab Shimono, Emily Kuroda, Justin James Hughes, Ki Hong Lee, Tracy Winters and Michael Krawic (plus a few special cameos).

While there is a long history of film adaptations of plays and “filmed” theatrical productions that have been posted on YouTube, as far as I know, no one has attempted to do what we’re trying to undertake with our adaptation. It’s neither a filmed play nor is it a “realistic” adaptation of the work. It’s a hybrid/mash-up of theatrical, film and YouTube styles courtesy of the vision of director Jeff Liu—taking place on a stage like a play, but using the language of film and video to tell the story in a stylized way that’s unique to YouTube.

The Short List: ODE TO A CHRISTMAS TREE

As part of our new YOMYOMF Network series, The Short List, where we present short films we love every Friday at Noon EST, we’ve reached out to the filmmakers with 5 Questions to see what’s up since the production of their short film. It’s a way for them to revisit their film and get an update on their next projects. You can view all The Short List films here.

 This week, we ask 5 questions to director Sarah Kim about her film, ODE TO A CHRISTMAS TREE.
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1. How did you come up with the concept for this short?

The Short List: THIS WILL ALL MAKE PERFECT SENSE SOMEDAY

As part of our new YOMYOMF Network series, The Short List, where we present short films we love every Friday at Noon EST, we’ve reached out to the filmmakers with 5 Questions to see what’s up since the production of their short film. It’s a way for them to revisit their film and get an update on their next projects. You can view all The Short List films here.

This week, we ask 5 questions to director Long-Cuu Phan, regarding the making of his short film, THIS WILL ALL MAKE PERFECT SENSE SOMEDAY.

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1. How did you come up with the concept for this short?

I read 100% women, the Haruki Murakami story which the film is based on, my freshman year in college and it changed my life. I loved it and was determined to make the story into a film the first chance I got. The idea to use stop motion for the montage sequence was foremost a practical decision. It would have been impossible to shoot it on film for logistical and financial reasons. Artistically, the use of photos to represent the past was almost a given.

The Short List: BOOKIE

As part of our new YOMYOMF Network series, The Short List, where we present short films we love every Friday at Noon EST, we’ve reached out to the filmmakers with 5 Questions to see what’s up since the production of their short film. It’s a way for them to revisit their film and get an update on their next projects. You can view all The Short List films here.

This week, we ask 5 Questions to director Bao Tran about the making of his film, BOOKIE.

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Confused about Leno/O’brien drama? The Taiwanese can help…

In less than two minutes, the Chinese Taiwanese managed to encapsulate and dramatize the whole Leno/O’Brien/NBC fiasco in a way that America never could.  Was that really a cartoony Jimmy Kimmel hurling turds at a Hulk Conan and Superman Leno?  Gotta love the Taiwanese…

American Dub (with nice chinglish accent to boot) – thanks John

Mandarin Dub (the original – just for kicks)

And if you’re wondering how the whole Tiger Woods crash really went down, the Taiwanese have the answer to that one too.

What Is The Appeal of Korean Soap Operas?

One of the biggest laughs I’ve been getting in my new play is when the characters sit around the TV watching a fictional Korean soap opera called Autumn Leaves and talk back to the screen. I know there are a lot of Asian American fans of these dramas and wanted to include a moment playing off that in my script, but for the life of me, I still can’t fathom why people are so religiously devoted to these programs. I find them melodramatic and completely predictable and I just don’t get it.

FullHouse1_I thought at first it might be a guy thing, but I’ve learned over the years that there are many male fans of the soaps too. They may be closeted and deny their love for this genre in public, but when the doors are closed, it’s a different story.