The initial story concept for “The Earth Below” was pitched to me as an adaptation of Madame Butterfly that takes place in a dystopian world where men no longer exist. I was excited by the project because of the opportunities it presented—it was a chance for me to write a female lead character and create a story in a science-fictional world. The challenge was tying it to an Asian-American theme....

When we (Christine Chen and I) decided to make “Ya Albi,” a film about a Syrian refugee, we knew that we may be dealing with a topic that could be political or controversial. We didn’t care about that though, because we just didn’t see it that way. We just wanted to make a good film about the human condition through the eyes of an immigrant that was relevant to today’s world without any political agenda. ...

When Christine first approached me with what would become Ya Albi (My Heart), I had to literally tell myself to play it cool. She probably doesn’t know this, or that I had written her name down on my wish list of directors I’d love to work with after seeing “A Bird’s Nest” two years prior. I guess I played it cool enough … thankfully!...

Edel Golf is a company that prides itself on providing its clients with a personal customized club, whether it's for a seasoned pro that's played in tournaments or a young kid starting out. At Edel Golf they believe in fitting the club to the player, not the player to the club. We recently were asked to provide them with a video training series that will be shown at major retailers such as Golfsmith. Through our training videos we hope to capture Edel Golf founder David Edel's passion for providing his clients with the best possible club to improve their game....

Its Oscar Sunday, and just in time I am ready with my picks!  I want to be clear that this is not necessarily how I would vote if I were a member of the Academy. This is simply how I project the Academy will have voted for this year’s nominees. Here are my picks for 9 major categories:   Cinematography: Gravity This one is a lock in my mind. Gravity was personally one of my least favorite films last year, but there’s no denying its beauty. The look of the film stands way above its competitors, and unfortunately for Gravity this is the only category where that is...

21 Jump Street B+ write me an essay This was a hilarious and refreshing take on the retro-tv-remake-movie. I laughed at nearly every scene, and I was massively entertained by both lead performances. I have always enjoyed Jonah Hill, but Channing Tatum surprised me with some genuinely brilliant deliveries. Argo A+ Argo is winning a lot of awards and it really does deserve it. An extremely solid and interesting script, a masterful (though sadly unrecognized by the academy) directing effort, and a phenomenal cast make this a strong candidate for best film of the year. It was a really great year, and its hard...

Django: Unchained A+ buy cheap software download Django was a perfectly bloody homage to the spaghetti western genre. Setting it against the backdrop of slavery in the south caused for some discomfort among audiences, but I believe effectiveness and originality are at the heart of any great film, and these are qualities present in all of Tarantino’s works. This film exhibits them as expertly as any before. This is also, in my humble opinion, his best dialogue and soundtrack since Pulp Fiction. Lincoln B+ There’s not a lot this movie does wrong, technically speaking. Spielberg and Day-Lewis are both masters in their fields, but...

I spent a huge chunk of my life attempting to be a successful musician. In recent years, that focus has shifted to film, and I am grateful Moth to Flame has given me the opportunity to blend my passions. I hope to consistently produce music based video projects for MTF and build our recognition throughout the vast Austin music community. The latest and greatest effort in this endeavor came last Thursday when I spent a day in studio with Wild Child, a personal favorite of mine amongst local bands, while they worked on their upcoming album, The Runaround. As if...