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!

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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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 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?

The Short List: VIA TEXT

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 Abe Foreman-Greenwald about his short film VIA TEXT.

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

The Short List: SILENT WATER

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 Mukesh Vidyasagar, director of SILENT WATER.

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The Short List (Halloween Edition): CRUSH THE SKULL

The Short List is a YOMYOMF Network series where we present short films we love every Friday at Noon EST.  For the month of October, we’re celebrating the strange, the macabre, and the outright scary —  Perfect for Halloween!

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.

We ask 5 questions to the filmmaking team behind this short, writer-producer-director-editor Viet Nguyen and writer-producer-actor Christopher Dinh…

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