Hello From Taiwan - Pre-Production!

Check out and follow my film’s process! We will be making HELLO FROM TAIWAN in July with the AFI Directing Workshop for Women! We’re hard at work prepping for this - help me advocate this story about a Taiwanese-American family struggling to re-unite in 1989 California. Also with the support of the AFI DWW program, which is specifically designed to increase the numbers of female directors working professionally in narrative film and television. We’ll be launching our crowdfunding campaign very soon in mid-March and I’m actually nervous about it, but also so so excited - because I truly believe in getting this story out!

I need your participation in so many different ways - please reach out if you feel inclined to join me on this journey for this film!

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Montiel | Live In Color

Collaboration with Montiel Activewear x REALnew Collective x Valiant Pictures is out now!

Thanks to Maggie Montiel for entrusting Justine & I to take on this project, and was great to work with dancer Chloe Noelle Crade again, who I met through the Nat Geo Movement project a couple years ago.

With this color driven project I wanted to showcase Montiel’s versatility in their color choices and styles, while also featuring a strong woman of color, embracing different sides of her through movement. In the concepting of this project, I had written: ”Her point of view comes from a half-Japanese, half-Irish background, and her dancing background spans from ballet, modern, to traditional Chinese, and she also works as a fitness model - bonus points. She has several sides to her - hard and soft, and it’d be great to embrace them in unique ways; as an active woman, she’s easy to relate to.“ I hope I’ve achieved this.

Also, my dear friend Eugene composed the music for this, it was really fun to create a youthful dance track with him.

AFI Directing Workshop for Women

Super excited to announce that I am 1 of 8 wonderful women accepted into the AFI Directing Workshop for Women this year! So many amazing female directors I’ve looked up to have been part of this program, so it really feels like the right step.

Bios on Class of 2020 here.

Anna Shoemaker BTS Video

BTS video from Anna Shoemaker’s music video shoot released yesterday - takes me back to a great day with a super fun cast and crew.

Who doesn’t want to re-live a day with lots of roller skates over uneven floors, moody lights, sparkly props and a Steve Madden / Betsey Johnson accessorized wardrobe? Thanks again to Amalia Bradstreet, John Schmidt, and 5Towns Records.

And just for the record, I think Anna is an incredible singer!!

“What I Wish You Said” at Nitehawk Shorts Festival

“What I Wish You Said” has been selected to screen at Nitehawk Shorts Festival on November 10! Tickets available to public on Tuesday 10/9 at noon. 

The times today couldn’t reflect enough on our need to truly listen to women’s stories. Here’s my way of exploring why victims of sexual assault struggle to tell their tales in our current culture. Shot last year in December on the first snowfall of the season. Thank you to Nitehawk and the cast and crew for making this short film a piece I’m truly proud of.

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