After I recorded this interview, I recounted the anecdotes my guests shared to my wife. She thought I was describing a movie. Both guests tell stories of tragedy averted and dreams fulfilled, of lives touched by the hand of fate.
Soojin Chung was editor and producer of last year’s ESCAPE FROM TOMORROW – which is as infamous for its clandestine filming at the Disney parks as it is famous for its unsettling surrealism. (The LA Times called it “one of the most provocative movies ever seen.”)
Justin Dambrosino is a writer/director from New York City whose brush with death in Rome, Italy, set him on a radically altered life course.
As of this week, it is still in the midst of its Kickstarter campaign (it’s a Staff Pick). IndieWire.com recently selected it as Project of the Week.
Among the topics discussed in this episode:
- Soojin’s remarkable journey from South Korea to Hollywood to New York City
- Justin’s near-fatal accident in Rome, and how it changed his life
- Film school – is it worth it?
- Working in Korea to avoid Disney’s all-seeing eye
- What’s unique about the Korean film industry
- Weight and body image issues in America and Korea
- Crowdfunding strategies and behind-the-scenes insights on a hot Kickstarter campaign
Resources discussed in this episode:
- American Film Institute (AFI)
- ESCAPE FROM TOMORROW on Wikipedia
- HUNGRY FOR LOVE on Kickstarter
- Indiewire’s project of the week