That’s what a lazy blogger does… or perhaps rather a hardworking filmmaker does… to screen one of his old movies instead of blogging. It was 1994, my second year in the production program of UCLA Film School, and I wanted to make a substantial narrative short with a gay Asian love story and the result became the 35 min. “Fall 1990” that won me a UCLA Spotlight Award. “Fall 1990” also marked my early collaboration with Justin Lin who shot the piece for me. He’d probably wince at what he shot now. It was also my first collaboration with Angry Little Asian Girl‘s Lela Lee who arrived in Los Angeles fresh out of Berkeley. The lead was none other than Barney Cheng, my friend who later went on to be in a Woody Allen’s film Hollywood Ending.
I’m sure now everyone involved will wince at why they did in this little student short of mine now. But it was history.
I remember one of the most touching writing I’ve read was the early writing of James Joyce that he included in the semi-autobiographical A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. It still feels so raw and passionate. Dare I say “A Portrait of the Filmmaker as a Young Man”?