Happy New Year everyone! After making its screening premiere at the 2015 Vortex Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Horror Film Festival, we got the news that Lovebites is an Official Selection for CAAMFest 2016 (formerly the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival), the largest Asian American film festival in North America, happening from March 10th to 20th.
It will mark the first time I’ve had a film selected for the festival. I’m ecstatic about meeting my fellow Asian American filmmakers from all over the continent and showing them our little baby. Stay tuned to the CAAMFest website for updates on the screening schedule and the specific screening time for Lovebites. Here’s to a successful 2016!
Monday saw the release of my latest music video, “Let Me Dream” featuring Victoria Gouveia, by Yaro J. I’m hoping it’s everything you’d wanna see in an EDM video but with a strange twist. It’s a love story that I really wanted to resonate for those who’ve been in love. Like love, I didn’t want to convey it with any words (although I did squeeze in one). I wanted to capture the little moments we so vividly remember that gave us that weird feeling inside. Awkward glances, silliness, troublemaking, and places that seemed more beautiful than they probably were – that’s all I know about love.
My phenomenal cast and crew, who were the most fun I’ve had on set in awhile, were the only reason I even remotely achieved that vision. You can see us pictured above, doing the best douchebag impressions we could, minus our other tireless Production Assistant, Crystal Lockhart. Through the long nights, stomach ailments, sleepovers, parking tickets, and Pan Am games, we made it! Big thank yous and warm hugs to Producer, Lee Pham, Director of Photography, Christian Peterson, Lovebirds, Jessica Nicole Tomasone and Hubert Tran, Wardrobe Stylist, Kelly Wong, Make-Up Artist, Alisa Chung, Production Assistants, Danon Brown and Crystal Lockhart, and of course, the artist and on-set motivator, Yaro J. Hope you guys like the video. Let’s do it again some time.
Upon the completion of my latest short film, Lovebites, we introduced the film at this year’s Cannes Film Festival Short Film Corner. We had a blast out there, as it was our first Cannes experience. We met a ton of distributors, and film festival programmers with the potential of exciting things to come. We even managed to get on the red carpet! So to coincide with the film’s introduction, we released the official trailer for the film and launched the official website. Please take a moment to check it out, if you have the chance. I’ve updated my portfolio here with a link to the trailer as well. Hopefully I’ll be back with a few festival screening announcements for the film in the near future.
Outside of that, I’m currently working on a music video with an exciting new upcoming EDM artist, and in post-production for my first reality show pilot. It’s a cooking competition program with a unique twist. I’ll be back soon with more details.
And lastly, we’ve officially launched the website for Jaded Pictures, the banner under which my sister, Melanie, and I (and other regular team members) release all our originally produced film projects. Take a look at the site to get to know us better!
I caught wind of this pretty late, but Tubefilter recently named my web series, Millions, one of the top five indie web series of 2014. I was floored by it, because of the hundreds and hundreds of web series the site takes a look at every year. A big thank you goes out to Sam Gutelle, who is a huge supporter of the series.
If you haven’t been able to check out the show yet, please do at Kollide TV, where the series will be making its debut tomorrow! Kollide is a fantastic digital content platform that promotes multiculturalism and diversity in entertainment. I’m super excited that we get to be a part of their network. If you like the series, please tell a friend. We’d love to do a second season, but only online support can push that!
Last November, was the shoot for my latest directorial effort, Lovebites. It’s a short film about the deterioration of a lesbian couple’s tumultuous relationship set in a post-apocalyptic zombie-plagued world. The film is non-linear and primarily moves backwards. It was an experiment in paralleling a relationship between two lovers with the timeline of the story. It was shot by my frequent cinematography partner, Christian Peterson, and his talented camera assistant, Bowen Mei. Christian brought a brilliance to the images that perfectly represented the mood and setting we were trying to create. He also collaborated with me on my web series, Millions.
The film was produced by Christian as well, along with my new producing partner, Christopher Nguyen, and my regular producing partner, Ben Brillantes. Lovebites stars Vicki Kim and Caroline Palmer, who were a revelation to work with, bringing a reality to my script that I don’t think I could’ve achieved with anyone else. My old friend from Millions, Eric Regimbald, plays the gruesome zombie in the film. Roy Lee and Karlee Morse of LeerFX did the very cool zombie make-up, and the phenomenally authentic wardrobe was assembled and designed by Kelly Wong and Alisa Chung. Our crew was rounded out by our hard-working Associate Producer, Kelly Law, our super talented Sound Recordist, Dennis Nicholson, our ingenious Grips, Anders Johansen and Charles Mule, and our tireless Production Assistant, Shawn Santiago. We’re currently in post-production, and the film should see release some time in 2015 in the festival circuit. A trailer is on its way in the next few months, but in the meantime check out the still above. For updates on Lovebites follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
If you’ve made it here, amidst the deep recesses of the Internet, more than likely, you’re interested in my directorial work. So, many thanks for taking the time to check it out. You can peruse the Work section for some selected pieces, categorized into my Commercial, Creative, and Original efforts. Or you can just click on any of the thumbnails on the homepage. If you have any business inquiries, or would like to get in touch, don’t hesitate to send me a message on the Contact page, or e-mail me at thisisandrewc [at] gmail [dot] com. Thanks again for visiting.