Filmmaker Interview: Justin Chon

This summer is the remembrance of the Los Angeles Riots from 25 years ago. While there has not been a lot of films specifically about the riots, there are several coming to theaters this year.

I had the pleasure of speaking to one of those filmmakers Justin Chon. He is the writer/director/actor of the film Gook. I also spoke with Justin’s co-stars David So and Simone Baker.

Liza, Liza, Skies Are Grey – Reviewer Thoughts

Two lonely teens struggle over whether to consummate their love before being separated forever. I gave Liza, Liza, Skies are Grey a close recommendation only for the smart dialogue of the lead character, Liza (Mikey Madison). I find with a lot of independent films that they focus on one or two brilliant moments in hopes that you’ll forgive a lot of mediocre scenes surrounding it. Liza, Liza, Skies are Grey barely works.

Loving the Interview Process

I just got done with seven interviews with filmmakers at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival. I had a blast. This is what I like to do. I love talking to people about what their passions are. I love to have real conversations about how people get things done. I love learning something new from anybody. Check back. I will be posting these interviews on my YouTube channel and playing them on the Geek Lab show.

Independent Film Talk – My New YouTube Channel

I really hate breaking up synergy, but in this case, I thought it was the prudent decision to make. I’m pulling all of my personal interviews with filmmakers and centralizing it into one location. Primarily, because I need to create a more professional setting for these interviews and to let the art of independent filmmaking stand on its own.

I created the Independent Film Talk channel on YouTube. I’m pretty sure I’ll have to change the name down the road, but here is a one-stop shop for my discussions about independent films and independent filmmaking. Enjoy.