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An update…finally

December 14, 2015

It’s been a bit of a whirlwind since my last post; my apologies to all (or, most likely, to the very few) who read the site. The film has played in more festivals and won the Audience Award for Best Canadian Feature at the Vancouver Asian Film Festival and Favourite Narrative Feature at the Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival in Portland. It’s amazing to think that my little film on relationships and heartbreak would resonate so much with people from different places and backgrounds. The film also got a lot of press coverage, which was a wonderful surprise (I will update the press page with all the clippings when I find a moment).

I also had the privilege of attending the Kyoto Filmmakers Lab late October where I met wonderful emerging filmmakers from around the world and learned a lot about the Japanese cinematic aesthetic. I was also able to spend some quality time with my dear friend from high school, Jenn, and her young family in Tokyo. I even visited a magical little town called Nara and fed some deer!

This past weekend, Diana and I were in Los Angeles for the Unforgettable Gala where she presented (along with actor and doctor Ken Jeong), “The Royal Salute Mark of Respect Award” to actor Randall Park. When Diana and I first arrived at the Beverly Hilton Hotel for the gala, I think we felt a bit like a couple of Canadian bumpkins. However, the Asian-American film community was so incredibly warm and welcoming; we left grateful, charged, and uplifted. I can’t wait to return.

This post only skims the surface of what I want to say-there is so much. But for now, I think it would be safe to say that the word gratitude sums up these last few months. It’s how I’ve been feeling every single moment. I hope to write more soon.

World Premiere of THE TREE INSIDE in Seoul

June 19, 2015

We had a successful, sold-out world premiere in Seoul! Both screenings were a huge success. It was wonderful to hear how the film touched audience members in South Korea, especially young women. Cinema truly has no borders. Thanks to everyone who worked on the film, the festival, and the amazing audience for their thoughtful questions. Very special thanks to my family and friends for coming out despite their crazy schedules.