I WRITE. I DIRECT. I TEACH.

 

I have wanted to make movies ever since I was a kid. The first real drama I ever saw was Boyz ’n the Hood, a story inspired by real people and real events. Up until that point, I was only a fan of fantastical stories like Star Wars or Spiderman. Boyz was different. It changed me. It inspired me to become a filmmaker.

We make movies to find emotional truths. We tell stories to try to understand our lives. To explore what it means to be human.

I UNDERSTAND THE LIVES AND VOICES OF A VAST AND INTERNATIONAL DIVERSITY OF PEOPLE.

I’m an orphan refugee from the Vietnam War. It is a burden to carry. I’ve come to accept it, because it’s who I am.

I was born in Saigon. Exact date: unknown. Exact place: unknown. I don't have a birthday. 

The US Air Force airlifted me to the states.

I grew up in the USA. I have lived in Oregon, Washington, New York, Wisconsin, Florida, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Indiana, and California. Plus, I lived abroad for about 9 years; spending time in Seoul, Tokyo, Beijing, Shanghai, and Shenzhen. 

I SPEAK FOUR LANGUAGES. I taught myself Chinese, Japanese, and Korean, but English is my native tongue. 

 
 
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I UNDERSTAND THE LIVES AND VOICES OF A VAST AND INTERNATIONAL DIVERSITY OF PEOPLE.

 
 

Language is an invaluable skill. It reflects one’s ability to understand culture and ability to empathize with others. I believe my skills in communication reflect my ability to understand people.

After the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, I joined the US Navy to be a pilot. I sustained an injury during training and subsequently medically discharged. I later interview for the CIA clandestine agent training program.

If my life story sounds like a movie, you’re right. In fact, I already wrote the script.

But I have written many stories. I wrote and directed a couple of 30 minute films in Korea. They were essentially no budget films, made only for a few thousand dollars. I'm quite proud of what we were able to achieve with no money, but a lot of heart. The first film, Deception, was small, we only had about 30 actors audition. Word got out that we had something good going. On the second film, Into Pieces, when we had about 300 actors audition. I had written a script that connected with people.

I have been a professor of film and tv in Korea for several years. My last post was in the Graduate School of Film at Hongik University, the top art school in the country. My students were all industry professionals, and my classes focused on directing and storytelling for scripted and unscripted.

I am also a graduate of BROWN UNIVERSITY and the UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA. My dream scenario is to teach one class and direct one major project a year. That way I can fulfill my desire to teach and my desire to create.

While in Seoul, I had the pleasure of being on set for the filming of Avengers 2: The Age of Ultron. It was the inspiration for moving to Los Angeles. During this experience, I felt like there was no reason why I couldn't direct a project of this magnitude one day.

I was in the 2016-17 WGA Military Veterans Writing Program.

 

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