Tuesday, October 17, 2006

The Energy of Pusan

I grew up in Japan. Pusan gave me a sense of nostalgia I did not expect from a country I had never visited. Some organizer told us that, during those two weeks of festival, all the bath houses in Pusan get so packed with college students you had no room to walk in the changing room. They sleep there. They come from all over the country? to watch the films, meet the filmmakers and actors. I talked with a few of them after the screening, and I learned that each of them had something very important to tell me about my film. These were no passive observers. They took ownership on their own cinema experience and shared it with you with pride. Filmmakers and the audience were equal partners. The festival felt big and important, but the energy was definitely coming from the regular Korean folks who just loved the films.?

Saturday, October 14, 2006

Second Moon: Critic's Choice at Pusan International Film Festival

Anyone who reads Korean...let us know if the translation is correct! Hopefully, the audience here in Pusan will enjoy this screening.

34 hours...Pusan...finally!

Okay...it didn't take me 34 hours to get here, but it felt like it. We arrived in Pusan, Korea on October 13th, 2006. Our world premiere is on Sunday the 15th. The flight was quite draining. But I met an Icelandic filmmaker who endured a 34 hours of trip to get here, so it could've been worse. Pusan is just like Japan with an exception of whole a lot of writings I cannot read.

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Our World Premiere: 11th Annual Pusan International Film Festival

This is it! Our film's world premiere and Second Moon makes it into the selection for Critic's Choice at the 11th Annual Pusan International Film Festival. My producer Sanghoon Lee is amazing! I'm going to take him with me and make him pay for our plane tix too! Get ready world...this is Asia's largest film industry event!