I WRITE. I DIRECT. I TEACH.

 

I knew I 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 things and real people. Up until that point, I was only a fan of fantasy 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 DIVERSITY OF PEOPLE BECAUSE I HAVE LIVED ALL OVER.

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

Although born in Saigon, I grew up in the US. I lived in Oregon, Washington, New York, Wisconsin, Florida, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Indiana, and now California. Plus, I lived abroad for about 8 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 since I grew up in the US. 

 
 

I UNDERSTAND THE LIVES AND VOICES OF A DIVERSITY OF PEOPLE BECAUSE I HAVE LIVED ALL OVER.

 
 

Language is an invaluable skill. It reflects one’s ability to understand culture and how to communicate. I believe my skills in communication reflect my ability to understand people. In fact, the CIA was interested in me for clandestine agent training, but that was after I was in the US Navy training to be a pilot. But I got hurt, and that ended my military service. I volunteered after the attacks of 9/11.

If it sounds like a movie, you’re right. In fact, I wrote a script about it called, Binh. It’s a good script and I hope it can get it greenlit someday.

This isn’t my first rodeo. I wrote and directed a couple of 30 minute films in Korea. They were essentially no budget, 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 was a professor of film and tv in Korea, and my last post was in the Graduate School of Film at Hongik University, the top art school in the country. My students were industry professionals, and I taught directing and storytelling. I graduated from BROWN UNIVERSITY and the UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA. My dream scenario is to teach one class a year 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.

I was blessed to be part of the 2016-17 WGA Military Veterans writing program. In 2018, I'm in the second round consideration for the Sundance YouTube New Voices Lab.

 

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