JONATHAN PARK aka DUMBFOUNDEAD

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Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina to South Korean refugees, Jonathan Park (better known as DUMBFOUNDEAD) was smuggled in along with his sister by his mother to Mexico, and then later settled in Koreatown in Los Angeles at the age of three.   At age 16, he discovered Project Blowed, an open-mic workshop located in Leimert Park in South Central L.A.  Equipped with a blunted grin and an arsenal of quick witted rhymes, Dumbfoundead has topped the hip-hop charts with his single “Are We There Yet?”  

Being a multi-hyphenate, Dumbfoundead recently released a six-episode webseries entitled RUN DMZ.   I asked questions about this new series, his love for K-Town and how to best make his mother proud.

*NOTE: Dumbfoundead to be a panelist at 2013 Conference for Creative Content (C3) on October 26, 2013 at SAG-AFTRA.

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JEFF LIU, Writer/Director of “Yellow Face”

5 QUESTIONS WITH JEFF LIU Jeff Liu

Recently, Jeff Liu premiered his work-in-progress of “Yellow Face” at our 29th Annual LA Asian Pacific Film Festival.  Based on the Obie-winning play by Tony Award-winning playwright David Henry Hwang,  “Yellow Face” chronicles the misadventures of an Asian American playwright named DHH who leads the protest against the yellow face casting in the Broadway production of “Miss Saigon”, only to mistakenly cast a Caucasian actor in an Asian role in his own play.  Mashing up elements of theater, film and YouTube, this is the first-ever online adaptation of a play from producer Justin Lin (“Fast and Furious 6”) and the YOMYOMF Network.  

It will have its world premiere online

SATURDAY, JUNE 8 (Act I) — CLICK HERE TO WATCH

and SUNDAY, JUNE 9 (Act II) — CLICK HERE TO WATCH

We had a chance to discuss with Jeff the origins of “Yellow Face”, how he hopes it will shape the way we consume content, and his ideas for a tennis-themed bio-pic.   Continue reading

DAVID KWAN

5 QUESTIONS WITH DAVID KWAN David Kwan David Kwan is the Managing Director of The Famous Group.  With offices in downtown Culver City , CA and SoHo New York, NY, The Famous Group is an award winning full-service integrated production company, handling all aspects of live action filming and editing, CG/motion graphics, digital development and production for broadcast and the web under one roof.  The Company recently received a Cannes Lion, AICP Award, two OneShow Pencils and a Clio Award, and has won dozens of Addy Telly, Communicator, ICA, FWA and other awards. 

As Managing Director, David brings together directors, designers, storytellers, technologists and inventors to create a broad range of brilliant commercial projects, content, and interactive experiences that are both creative and energizing.  The company has worked with the industry’s largest ad agencies and many of the world’s biggest brands.  His prior experience includes executive marketing and product management positions.  His prior experience includes executive marketing, strategic consulting, and product management positions.  David completed his fellowship and graduate degrees at Princeton University and Harvard University.

We had a chance to discuss with David the beginnings of The Famous Group, where he sees integrated production going, and how the New England Patriots didn’t make it to the big game (but David did).   Continue reading

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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