On set, you get to meet, bond, and work with the most incredible people. One of these people that I had the pleasure to work and become friends with is Trish Hooper. It is with great sadness that Trish Hooper passed away recently, but I am ever grateful for the brief time I had to know her. How I Met Trish Hooper I met Trish at the Hill Country Film Festival this year (2017). I was there with my co-producer, Adam Duncan, representing our film “Ya Albi.” At the end of the screening, while doing a Q&A, a very…
Shakespeare on the Range The inspiration for Shakespeare on the Range hit me in the form of a Facebook video. One typical morning, while I ate my breakfast and looked at the daily newsfeed for Facebook, I saw a short documentary about a group of prisoners putting on a Shakespearean play. I sat there, instantly mesmerized. Here was a group of people who I normally would consider “out of mind out of sight” members of society and they were right in front of me being completely free, open, and authentic. Despite some less than stellar acting performances, the joy on…
2016 has been a great year for me as a filmmaker and entrepreneur. For the first time since I have started Moth to Flame in 2010, I feel like the
The initial story concept for “The Earth Below” was pitched to me as an adaptation of Madame Butterfly that takes place in a dystopian world where men no longer exist. I was excited by the project because of the opportunities it presented—it was a chance for me to write a female lead character and create a story in a science-fictional world. The challenge was tying it to an Asian-American theme.
“The Earth Below” for me is a combination of my admiration for Puccini’s opera “Madam Butterfly” and the themes of Alienation, powerful women, and unrequited love.
This little short had a couple of big firsts for us at Moth to Flame. First science fiction piece, and because it’s science fiction it was the first time where the production design played a big role.
When we (Christine Chen and I) decided to make “Ya Albi,” a film about a Syrian refugee, we knew that we may be dealing with a topic that could be political or controversial. We didn’t care about that though, because we just didn’t see it that way. We just wanted to make a good film about the human condition through the eyes of an immigrant that was relevant to today’s world without any political agenda.