It’s been a long hiatus, but I hope 2019 is treating everyone well. I just wanted to announce that “Ma” is now available on all international Air Canada flights between May 1st and July 31st of this year. Special thank you to Reel Asian and Air Canada for making this happen.
This is a first for one of my films, so it’s really exciting to have a film screen in the skies! I mean, no one really has anything to do on these long flights, so what excuse do you have not to watch some Canadian film? If you happen to be on one of these flights, make sure to check it out. Send me a picture if you do! Because unfortunately I won’t be flying during that time. Boo.
Hope everyone had a fun Halloween. Just a quick update that my short film, “Ma” will be making its World Premiere at the Reel Asian International Film Festival in my hometown of Toronto, Canada on Nov 13 at 10:30AM and screening again on Nov 14 at 1:30PM in the 401 Commons, 401 Richmond St W. This is the first time that one of my films will be making its World Premiere in my home base, so it’s really special for us. Family and friends – we will see you there!
Shortly after, the film will be having its American Premiere on the same day, Nov 13 at 4PM for the San Diego Asian Film Festival in the UltraStar Cinemas, Mission Valley. If you’re from California, hopefully you can make it!
I wish I could be updating here a lot more, but there’s been so many projects that I make that have to be kept under wraps. But finally I can show you the trailer for my latest short film, Ma. There are already a couple festival screenings we’ve confirmed that I’m not able to announce yet, but I will make sure to update you here!
Outside of this film, I’ve been working away on a YouTube channel that is hopefully set to launch by the end of the year. I’m producing the videos with a ton of my filmmaking friends on this channel, and using it as an outlet for them and our local art community. It’s quite a departure from the type of work I direct, but a fun experiment I’ve been using as a different creative outlet. I’ll tell you more as developments come.
Hope you’re all enjoying the summer. It’s been quite some time since I’ve done a real update, but here’s the trailer for my latest short film, Sleepwalk. I’ll make sure to keep you updated on any potential screenings or broadcasts.
On a side note, I’m currently in post-production for my third official short entitled, Ma. It’s the story of a retired mother, longing to connect to with her daughter, after she’s grown up and left home. Stay tuned for more details and a trailer for the film!
Hey all, just a quick update that Lovebites aired on Canadian Reflections last night, and is now officially on the CBC website. Unfortunately, it’s only available in Canada, but please stay tuned as we may have it available in other territories in the future! Hope you enjoy the film.
Just wanted to write a quick update that I finished a new spot for Pampers. Please check it out on the homepage or in the Commercial section. It features my brother and his two kids, who I adore, so it was a joy working on this. I really wanted to make our love for these kids really shine through. I shot this one in addition to directing and editing it.
About a week ago we completed filming of my second official short film, Sleepwalk, with my producing partners in crime, Jessica Matten (Netflix’s Frontier, Blackstone) and Brendt Thomas Diabo (12 Monkeys, Mohawk Girls). Even with the micro-budget and micro-sized crew, and sweltering heatwave that hit Toronto that weekend (making the set an actual sauna), we made it. And we couldn’t be happier.
The film is about a woman named Alicia who sleepwalks, and her husband, Bernard, who must take care of her on these nights, despite their failing marriage. After a recent string of cryptic sleepwalking spells, Alicia inadvertently reveals a harrowing truth about her past, that forces Bernard to reevaluate their relationship. The film also stars Jessica and Brendt, who gave startlingly authentic and passionate performances. Their talents are only matched by their hard work as they juggled both performing and producing duties. It’s tough for me to remember many actors I’ve worked with who were so prepared before getting on set, making them such a joy to direct.
Sleepwalk was shot by my new collaborator, Chilean Director of Photography, Rodrigo Vergara Cereceda. His creativity and talent for composition, pushed me to be more experimental with the visuals in this film. The challenge for us was that the entire film takes place in one room of a house, but Rodrigo still managed to make every shot feel fresh. He’s also an extremely kind human being, which made working with him a pleasure. Our camera department was rounded out by Janelle Body (1st AC) and Aaron McMurtry (2nd AC/DMT), who worked tirelessly through terrible conditions, and always did whatever they could to make the shots happen, no matter how unrealistic they were to execute. My longest running collaborators, Kelly Wong on Wardrobe and Alisa Chung on Make-Up, captured the mood of the film perfectly, and as always were consummate professionals. I’ve never taken for granted their attention to detail and their ability to understand the environment and look I’m trying to convey. Although it was my first time working with our stills photographer, Amanda Matlovich, she was no different – a talented eye, pleasant on set, and always in good spirits despite the long hours. I also can’t forget our sound recordist, Jeff Chapman, who was the set’s pro’s pro – ready for anything, tireless, and always kept the mood of the set light. Finally I have to acknowledge our production assistants, Jhardaine Learmond, Steve Kasan, and Stacey Funk, who did every little task necessary to make the film happen. We really can’t make a film without the assistance of passionate film lovers like themselves. I was fortunate enough to have the entire crew donate their time for this film. I can’t express the amount of gratitude I have to work with a crew who just absolutely loves the artform, and is willing to do whatever it takes to make it happen. It’s always a small miracle when a crew comes together like we did.
We’re currently in post-production, so hopefully I get to show something soon. But in the meantime, we have the teaser image above – and I get to sleep in a little. Stay tuned.
I’ve been swamped with multiple projects, so it’s been awhile, but I wanted to make a quick post that Lovebites will be premiering on television for the first time on CBC in Canada! It will be airing on the shorts program, Canadian Reflections, some time in the fall or winter. I’ll keep everyone posted when we receive exact times of air. This was a huge win for our team, and I can’t thank my amazing cast and crew enough for making a great film with me.