My Penis in My Movie

I know this is going get an X rating. But it’s not hard. And it’s my penis. I don’t know how I convinced myself to have done it, but I put my penis in my own first ever short film I made at UCLA Film School. This is probably the very same short film that Dustin Lance Black kept teasing me about every time I bumped into him at some queer cocktail party.

Stop it, Dustin! But what a perfect COCK-tail party icebreaker, right?

My first assignment at film school was to shoot a 2—5 min. 16mm film in 4 hours. It was really a camera exercise for our upcoming 410 project. What a 2—5 minute film can you make but an experimental queer short film, right?  I was very much inspired by my late Shakespeare professor Janet Adelman’s lecture on King Lear and so I decided to make a short film about the Renaissance term for male hysteria, “Hysterio Passio,” quoted directly from a King Lear speech. I was living with my ex-boyfriend then during the first year of film school and of course I had to put him in it. Continue reading

Sundance Premieres Dol (First Birthday) – Interview With Andrew Ahn

Tasteful.  Intense.  Exquisite.

All of these words describe my favorite Korean treats: Soju, Korean Bar-B-Que, and Andrew Ahn.

I first met Andrew Ahn at the 2011 Outfest mixer last year. He walked up to me and I was thinking, “Why is this tall, slender Korean male approaching me?” I’m usually mistaken for either Chris Evan’s body double or to be told that the way I’m staring at them is making their girlfriend uncomfortable, so I was prepared for what he had to ask. It turned out we had a lot of mutual friends in common and he was there for the premiere of his latest short film, Andy.

ImageHis CalArts thesis film, Dol (First Birthday), produced in Los Angeles, CA, has been officially selected as part of the Short Narrative Fiction Competition at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. Dol is about a Korean-American man living with his boyfriend who finds himself yearning for a life out of reach at his nephew’s first birthday party – a dol.

The inspiration for the film is just as beautiful as the story itself – Andrew used this film to come out to his parents. About as dramatic and heart-stopping as the Korean soap operas I watch on Hulu – Andrew cast his own parents in the film without telling them what the story was about.

Move over, Boys Before Flowers.

When Andrew told me he got into Sundance it went something like this:

Andrew: So, I’m going to Sundance.

Me: Oh that’s cool! Are you going to see any films?

Andrew: Yeah… Mine.

Me: … O_o

I knew I had to talk to Andrew directly about this, so I picked the most hipster coffee shop in Silverlake, Intelligentsia, where we both wore plaid button ups, skinny jeans and slipons and drank $5 coffee.

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Safe Sex, Infection, Film School Et Cetera

One unexpected afternoon during my film school daze in my sunbathed Koreatown apartment, I received a call from the festival director of the Vancouver International Film Festival on my cordless phone.

“Is it going to be a world premiere?” asked Po Chu.

“Yeah…” I stammered. I guessed I had never shown my “first feature” Flow, a compilation of my student short films made at UCLA anywhere yet. I put “first feature” in quotes because I later decided that it was more of a feature compilation of my works as a graduate film student at UCLA rather than a real feature film.

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Black Book

From the Goofoffs comes  this zany and brilliant music video “Black Book” complete with a retro late 80s / early 90s camp. There is something winning and endearing about this ghetto-fabulous music video that has so much fun that current pop doesn’t and takes itself way too seriously. Yes, it is quite fabulous!

Secrets of Gay Men…

I gotta say this is a very funny and truthful article on Gawker.com: The Secrets Gay Men Don’t Want Straight People to Know. Have we become so mainstream and stereotypical really? I think we should also do “The Secrets Lesbians Don’t Want Straight People To Know!”

A Chinese Class

Have you ever thought of learning Chinese? A few years back, I took the craziest Chinese class at Los Angeles City College and I decided to make a documentary out of my experience. After showing it at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, I completely forgot about the short but I just recently found the drive. It was the funnest Chinese class I have taken as my most queerious classmate Drew Bird—a filmmaker, musician, and hat maker—was really the star of the show. She is just one of the most fabulous characters I’ve met! And here’s Webisode 1 of “A Chinese Class” and don’t miss Drew’s discussion of bisexuality in Webisode 3!

Blueberry

This has got to be one of the most brilliant straight queer short film I’ve seen about a straight guy who ordered a $73 dollar prostitute who turns out to be… Blueberry! Written by and starring the ultra-talented Randall Park from The People I’ve Slept With, “Blueberry” is brilliant and reveals how a straight guy and a gay prostitute can spend a hilarious and moving night together. Happy New Year!