The Short List: JITENSHA (Bicycle)

As part of the YOMYOMF Network series, The Short List, where we present short films here on the YOMYOMF blog, 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 present the award-winning JITENSHA aka “Bicycle.” We ask 5 questions to director Dean Yamada about this making of this film.

1. How did you come up with the concept for this short?
Yu Shibuya is a uniquely talented writer in Tokyo, who pitched us a few different ideas for short film scripts. His pitch for Jitensha leapt off the page: Someone is taking apart the protagonist’s bicycle. One day the basket is gone, the next day the saddle, until the bell is the only thing left. He gets an envelope in the mail with a list of addresses.

2. Any challenges or setbacks during the production?
Apart from the freezing weather and a vicious hawk trying to attack my wife at the beach, shooting went pretty smoothly. On the day we shot the beach scene, the weather was so clear you could see Mt. Fuji in the distance — a rare sight during the winter. We made sure to capitalize on this serendipitous moment by putting it in the film.

The Short List: REQUIEM FOR ROMANCE

As part of the YOMYOMF Network series, The Short List, where we present short films here on the YOMYOMF blog, 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 present Montreal-based Jonathan Ng’s award-winning REQUIEM FOR ROMANCE. He graciously answered our quick questionnaire in-between development meetings for his next project.

The Short List: THE POTENTIAL WIVES OF NORMAN MAO

As part of the YOMYOMF Network series, The Short List, where we present short films here on the YOMYOMF blog, 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.

We ask 5 Questions to director Derek Nguyen about his short film THE POTENTIAL WIVES OF NORMAN MAO.

1. How did you come up with the concept for this short?
The story was inspired by personal experience. There was a period of time in which my step-mother would try to set me up with all these women every time there was a family function. She was quite obvious about it and it made everyone involved quite uncomfortable but it was really funny at the time. Of course, this all happened before I came out!

2. Any challenges or setbacks during the production?
I think that the biggest challenge in making any film is the financing. Raising money is always difficult for new filmmakers, especially those who don’t have a proven box office track record. But thank Buddha for Kickstarter!

“Last year you overstepped your complimentary press access…”

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“Quentin,” said a friend on my phone. “Have you seen what Scott wrote on Facebook?”

“Scott?”

“Yes, the editor of Asiansonfilm! The blog!”

“Wait, let me check… Hm… what’s happening with Visual Communications this year?” (Note: Visual Communications produces the annual Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival opening tomorrow and now in its 30th year)

“I guess he was criticizing the film festival for being too Filipino… and he got banned.”

The Short List: THE HUMBERVILLE POETRY SLAM

As part of the 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 feature a comedy set in the world of slam poetry, THE HUMBERVILLE POETRY SLAM. We ask 5 questions with co-director Emily Chang (who directed it with Dan De Lorenzo).

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

The Short List: INSERT CREDIT

As part of the 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 feature the 8-bit video game inspired INSERT CREDIT by Asian Canadian filmmaker David Nguyen. We ask him 5 questions about the making of his film.

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

The Short List: TOP SPIN

As part of the 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 co-directors Sara Newens and Mina T. Son regarding their short film documentary, TOP SPIN.

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1. How did you come up with the concept for this short?
We were in a car full of documentary filmmakers and the inevitable, “You know what would make a great documentary?” came up when someone mentioned a New York Times article about ping pong prodigies in the Bay Area. We were both getting our MFAs at the time and had to co-direct a project together, so thought this would be perfect.

The Short List: BASKETBALL, MERI JAAN

As part of the 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 Veena Hampapur about her short film, BASKETBALL, MERI JAAN.

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

The YOMYOMF Network: Next Up for ‘Yellow Face’—UCLA and TCG (Dallas)

Thanks to everyone who attended the work-in-progress screening of our YouTube adaptation of Offender David Henry Hwang’s award-winning play Yellow Face last week at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Fest. It was a sold-out screening and we were pleasantly surprised to also learn that we had won the Narrative Audience Award (tied with Ke’o Woolford’s The Haumana) at Thurs’ awards ceremony. Thanks to everyone who supported and voted for the film. You can watch the finished film in two parts on June 8 and 9 on the YOMYOMF Network.

If you want more Yellow Face, we’ll be participating in a FREE panel discussion this Weds., May 15 (6-8PM) at UCLA’s De Neve Auditorium. All the info is on the flyer above, but we’ll be having a lively discussion about Yellow Face and how YouTube is impacting the Asian American community and vice versa. The Tony Award-winning writer of Yellow Face himself, the aforementioned David Henry Hwang, will be flying in from New York to appear and he’ll be joined by YOMYOMF Creative Head Philip W. Chung, YF director Jeff Liu, YOMYOMF Network partner/YouTube star Chester See and Internet Icon season 1/top 2 finalist Lana McKissack. Again, the event is free and open to the public but you need to rsvp here in advance.

The YOMYOMF Network: ‘Yellow Face’ in New York & Los Angeles

We have a date for the premiere of our YouTube adaptation of our fellow Offender and Tony Award-winning writer David Henry Hwang’s play Yellow Face. It will debut in two parts on the YOMYOMF Network: Act One on June 8 and Act Two on June 9.

But if you’re in Los Angeles or New York, you’ll have two chances beforehand to get a sneak peek at Yellow Face—the first-ever play to YouTube adaptation of a major theatrical work. This Saturday, April 27, Hwang, YOMYOMF Network Creative Director Philip W. Chung and YouTube exec Christine H. Kim will speak at En Route: the 7th Annual New York City Asian American Student Conference (NYCAASC). Then, on May 5, the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival (LAAPFF) will host a work-in-progress screening of Yellow Face followed by a Q&A with some of the cast/crew (see below on how you can win ticks to the screening).

The NYCAASC panel will be on 5PM EST on April 27 and will include the first public look at a clip from the film. The event is FREE and you can click here to register and get more info.

The LAAPFF screening will be at 5PM PST on May 5 at the Directors Guild of America in West Hollywood—for more info and ticks, click here. Tickets are selling fast so purchase yours now before they’re gone. You can also enter for a chance to win a FREE pair of tickets from YOMYOMF by simply sending us a tweet. Here’s what you need to do:

Tweet to Win Free Ticks to Our YouTube Adaptation of ‘Yellow Face’ at LAAPFF

Regular readers of this blog already know that the YOMYOMF Network is producing the first-ever play to YouTube adaptation of a major theatrical work—our fellow Offender David Henry Hwang’s Yellow Face.

David is a Tony Award-winning writer (for M. Butterfly) and Yellow Face brought him a prestigious Obie Award and was also a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. The play follows an Asian American playwright, conveniently named DHH (Ryun Yu), who casts Marcus (Covert Affairs’ Christopher Gorham), a Caucasian actor, in his new show mistakenly believing that Marcus is part Asian and tries to cover up his mistake once he learns the truth.

Our friends at Visual Communications will be hosting a work-in-progress screening of Yellow Face during this year’s Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival on Sunday, May 5 at 5PM. The screening will be introduced by YouTube’s Bing Chen and will be followed by a discussion with YOMYOMF Creative Director Philip W. Chung, director Jeff Liu and cast members Ryun Yu, Linda Park and Sab Shimono. If you want to be the first to get a sneak peek of this unique project before it’s released on YouTube in late May, purchase tickets here before they’re all gone. You can also enter for a chance to win a FREE pair of tickets from YOMYOMF by simply sending us a tweet. Here’s what you need to do:

The Short List: TERRA COTTA

As part of the 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 Yasmine Gomez about her short film, TERRA COTTA.

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