Roger Lim is a filmmaker who recently directed AmerAsian Trilogy which includes three short films including Not So Young, Great American Dream and Young Again. He will be represented by Wickid Pissa Publicity at The Sundance Film Festival in Utah this year. Here is a link to his website:
Q: What inspired you to become a filmmaker?
A: I’ve always felt the need to tell the real-life multi-cultural stories I grew up with. Since I feel there isn’t nearly enough film (or television programs) available to the general public, my goal is to connect audiences with these types of stories in my own unique way.
Q: What is your trilogy about?
A: My trilogy is based on the true events of an American-born athlete who quits the game of baseball too soon, but finds ways to attend 3 diferent colleges under 3 separate identities, each time attempting to revitalize his stagnant life.
Q: The Talented Mr. Ripley, Being John Malkovich and A Tale Of Two Cities are all stories of people who assumes the identities of others. Why do you think assuming someone else’s identity is such a popular theme in film?
A: In general, I feel people find fulfillment living vicariously through others. Often we are driven by curiosity, jealousy, greed, and/or other reasons. But there is a small group who dare to take it further, possibly not knowing, or even caring, what their limits or the consequences may be. Audiences enjoy watching characters leave their imperfect pasts behind while pursuing a seemingly better life. I feel it’s a fantasy we all flirt with to different degrees.
Q: Do you think Asian actors have been fairly represented in Hollywood?
A: I don’t think so — not yet. But I feel there will come a time where Asians will become so influential and predominant in America, that will change. But only then will the playing field seem to level.
Q; Who are some of the directors that have influenced your work?
A: I enjoy the works of Cameron Crowe – how he brings such humble truth and realism to life. I also enjoy how J.J. Abrams so effectively incorporates action, suspense, and fantasy into such believable drama.
Q: What qualities make an actor easy to work with?
A: I feel an intelligent & wise actor who carefully listens and can comprehend all his direction is the best to work with!
Q: What qualities make a director difficult to work with?
A: From my experience there are 2 types of directors make it very difficult for an actor — one who doesn’t give precise enough direction and one who gives so much direction, that it’s impossible to process all of it into the very next take.
Q: If you could make one book into a film what would it be and why?
A: Unfortunately, I can’t think of any offhand.
Q: What do you think is the most overrated film in history?
A: Darn, I can’t think of any these offhand either.
Q: What is your wildest work story?
A: I don’t really have a ‘wild’ work story, but I did come close to dying once. For one of my first industry gigs, I was transported to the shoot location by helicopter. Unfortunately, a downdraft forced us into mountain canyon. But luckily, in a last ditch effort only a few feet away from the rocks, the pilot somehow flipped a 180 degree turn and pulled us out of there just in time! Needless to say, the mountaintop shoot didn’t end up as fun as it should’ve been. So each time I need that special inspiration or motivation, I look back on that day and feel how lucky I am just to be alive!!
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