Friday, November 30, 2012

Finally, I Can Quit Producing Now

So something pretty crazy just happened...I was nominated for the Independent Spirit Awards' Piaget Producers Award, along with two amazing producers: my friend Alicia Van Couvering and the legendary Derrick Tseng.

I'm totally honored and grateful for the recognition! So many producers whom I admire and who have mentored me have received this honor, like Scott Macaulay, Mary Jane Skalski, Mike S. Ryan, Paul Mezey, and Gill Holland. It's a milestone that I never thought I'd achieve. As such, I feel like I can finally quit producing now! It's hard and I'm exhausted! Haha, just kidding. Well, not about the "hard" or "exhausted" part.

What's kind of cool is that there's a 66% chance that by next year, Asian Americans will have won the Producers Award four years in a row, starting with Karin Chien, Anish Savjani, and Sophia Lin. The first Asian American producer to win the award was Gina Kwon, so thanks for kicking it off for the rest of us, Gina!  Check out the other Asian American Spirit Awards nominees this year.  Who says we're all math and science geeks? (Tiger moms, take note.)

I want to thank all of the writer-directors I have worked with for entrusting me with their brainchildren and helping me become a better producer. When I was shortlisted, I was asked to submit two recent films, and I sent in Marshall Lewy's "California Solo" (opening today in NYC!) and P. Benoit's "Stones in the Sun." But it wasn't these 2 films alone that got me the nomination, so I also want to give big shout-outs to Tze Chun ("Children of Invention," "Silver Sling," and "Cold Comes the Night"), Olivia Silver ("Arcadia"), Andrew Bujalski ("Mutual Appreciation"), Doug Karr ("Art Machine"), Ishai Setton ("The Kitchen"), and the 13 other filmmakers I've worked with. THANK YOU. Without you, there's no me.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

My Latest Project: "Eye of Winter"

I'm excited to announce that a new crime thriller I produced, EYE OF WINTER  (update: now called "COLD COMES THE NIGHT"), directed by Tze Chun, is in the can!  Below is the official press release I sent to Variety, which published a shortened version here.

And here is the IMDb page for the film.

November 19, 2012


Alice Eve (Star Trek Into Darkness), Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), and Logan Marshall-Green (Prometheus) star in EYE OF WINTER, a feature film directed by Tze Chun (Children of Invention), who co-wrote the script with Osgood Perkins and Nick Simon (Removal).

The film also stars Ursula Parker (Louie) and Leo Fitzpatrick (The Wire).  Mynette Louie (California Solo) of Syncopated Films and Trevor Sagan of Sasquatch Films are producing with co-producer Terry Leonard.

Eve plays a struggling motel owner who, along with her daughter, is taken hostage by a nearly blind career criminal (Cranston) to be his eyes as he attempts to retrieve his cash package from a crooked cop (Marshall-Green).

Chun previously wrote and directed the critically acclaimed CHILDREN OF INVENTION, also produced by Louie and Sagan, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and was distributed in 2010.

EYE OF WINTER is financed by Three Point Capital, Whitewater Films, and Cherry Sky Films, and executive produced by Scott Halle, Rick Rosenthal, Nick Morton, and Jacob Pechenik.  Principal photography has commenced in the Catskills, New York.

Bec Smith of UTA and AndrĂ© Des Rochers of Gray Krauss Stratford Des Rochers represent the film. Eve is repped at UTA, Untitled, and ARG; Cranston is repped at UTA; Marshall-Green is repped at CAA and 3 Arts; and Chun is repped at WME and Gramercy Park.