HEY! WE ALL HAD TO START SOMEWHERE: an interview with producer, director, editor David Au, writer of Eat With Me


This is the next post in a series of interviews with writers who have had their first films, web series, television assignment, etc. make it to the big or small or computer screen. It is an effort to find out what their journey was to their initial success.
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david auNext up: an interview with producer, director, editor David Au, writer of Eat With Me
 
David Au was born and raised in Hong Kong. At age 18, he decided to move to Madison, Wisconsin, where he realized the true meaning of cold. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Madison under Journalism and Theatre/Drama, he got a job in advertising at DDB Chicago as a media planner. In 2002, he quit his job and moved out to Los Angeles to study film. That was when he wrote and directed his first short film Fresh Like Strawberries, which later developed into his feature film debut Eat With Me (Premiered at Los Angeles Film Festival in 2014). David is also a video editor by day, editing films, trailers, commercials and music videos. He edited feature narrative films such as The American Dream, August, Eat With Me and documentary feature Body Sex With Betty Dodson. Continue reading

LOVE AND DEATH AND ALL POINTS IN BETWEEN: To Be Takei, Jealousy and Love is Strange


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Warning: SPOILERS
to-be-takei-george-takei-in-star-trekOh, My!
               George Takei
I once worked at a movie theater that was frequented by celebrities of every make and model. For some reason, the bigger the name (Queen Latifah, Colin Farrel) the less the effect they had on me. I’d do my job and they’d go on their way with nary an increase in my pulse or heart rate.
It was often the second tier celebrities (for lack of a better phrase) that got me tongue tied and turned me into a flibbertigibbet.   I’m not sure why.
They may not have been as great an actor as Marlon Brando, but they just always seemed to give me more joy.
Anyway, for what it is, there it is.
And there it was when I was face down at the customer service desk and looked up and there was George Takei…and I froze. He had been such a part of my youth from the first episode of Star Trek, a series of mixed quality in looking back today, of course, but at the time had a palpable impact on me and many of my friends.

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