Awesome Asian Bad Guys — Kickstarter Video

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The National Film Society, aka AWESOME ASIAN BAD GUYS

The National Film Society is a new media studio co-founded by filmmakers Patrick Epino and Stephen Dypiangco, who’ve decided to take their talents to YouTube. With a uniquely brainy and offbeat style, they produce original content, collaborate with talented creators and make fun of each other as much as possible. Part of PBS Digital Studios.

They recently announced they will be directing, producing and starring in a 5-episode arc of a webseries entitled Awesome Asian Bad Guys.  We asked questions, they answered them (somewhat adequately), and continue to make their mothers proud.

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Cinematographer PATTI LEE

Photo by Jennifer Arnold

Born the youngest of five girls from a traditional Chinese American family, Patti Lee did the unthinkable and went into show business.  After graduating UCLA’s film school, Patti began her career lighting feature films, commercials and television shows, working first as a set lighting technician, then later as a gaffer.  Lee’s career continued to rise, and she got her first big break as Director of Photography on “The Bernie Mac Show” (FOX).  Some of her other cinematography credits include “Men at Work” (TBS), “Whitney” and “Perfect Couples” (NBC/Universal).  In addition to shooting, Patti produced the acclaimed feature documentary, A SMALL ACT, which premiered at Sundance and was broadcast at HBO.  The film was named by Roger Ebert as one of “The Best Documentaries of 2010”.
We asked Patti questions about the challenges in different media formats, who her idols are, and why it’s good to be the youngest in the family.

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STEVE BYRNE

Steve Byrne. On a typical Tuesday.

In just a few short years, STEVE BYRNE has risen through the ranks of the comedy world to become one of the industry’s most innovative and sought-after performers. Hailing from Pittsburgh, PA, Steve Byrne was born to a Korean mother and an Irish father. His unique background has given him the base comedic material for his first television show, Sullivan & Son, which premiered on TBS July 19th. We asked Steve questions about his new show, his new baby and his take on hair styles in the NHL.

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