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.


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

Hollywood’s First Asian American Movie Studio


For me, true power in Hollywood is defined by this criteria: can you greenlight movies and distribute them? If I can go to you with a pitch or a script and you can snap your fingers and give me $50 million to make the film and have it in 2,500 theaters by next Christmas, then you have power, my friend. Only a very few wield the power to do this and, not surprisingly, none of them are Asian American. So it’s all the more amazing that back in 1918, an Asian actor named Sessue Hayakawa founded his own company—Haworth Pictures Corporation—and went on to produce, star in and distribute 23 movies under his Haworth banner.