Filmmaker Bio

I’m originally from Pacific Grove, a small town in the Monterey Bay Area of CA, and have lived in San Francisco for 20+ years. As someone who loves Cinema and happens to be a 1st-Gen. A.B.C. (American-Born Chinese), I struggled to overcome family career expectations and cultural stereotyping before finally taking the plunge into Filmmaking.

Setting my sights on learning the craft, I began making short films at City College of S.F.’s Cinema Dept. While there, I founded a Film club, made some short films and was nominated for a ‘Student Eddie’ by the American Cinema Editors (A.C.E.) guild.
One of my shorts, “For Cereal Lovers Only,” has screened at several hi-profile film festivals, including SXSW Film, Palm Springs Int’l Short Film & CA Indie Film. Also, 3 of my short films were broadcast on PBS’ local TV series “video i.”
Plus, I was the Assistant Editor on the Sundance/Sony Pictures Classics feature film “Haiku Tunnel” (2001 release).
Recently, some short films I have made and/or edited have screened at local filmfests, including “Missing You?” and “The Cab Fare (Labor of Love).” “Missing You?” along with “For Cereal Lovers Only” are highly-rated on IMDb.

As a Narrative Filmmaker, I am interested in exploring Film’s ability to delve into the mystery of the human psyche/behavior and to draw insights from it. In particular, I admire the cinematic style of and the psychological suspense found in Hitchcock’s films and that of Welles, Kurosawa, Truffaut, Scorsese, David Lynch and Zhang Yimou. Some of my favorite films are Hitchcock’s Vertigo & Rear Window; Welles’ Touch of Evil; Truffaut’s Shoot the Piano Player; Zhang Yimou’s To Live, Raise the Red Lantern & Hero; and Lynch’s Mulholland Drive.
Currently, I’m seeking funding for a boldly unique and personal short film project, and am working on my 1st feature-length screenplay based on my mother’s soap-operatic early Life in pre-Communist era China.
And, of course, I love cereal.


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