It was one of my greatest pleasures to interview Jo Koy. They say never meet your heroes, but he was incredibly friendly and gracious with his time. You can either pick up a copy of the Anchorage Daily News for the story, but I recommend checking out the online version as it's a much more in-depth interview than what was printed.
It is with great regret that I have to postpone Home Made Film Nite 2. Due to a recent press release from the Municipality of Anchorage regarding the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, many public spaces are closing its doors, including the Anchorage Museum. All ticket holders will be issued a full refund. I plan to reschedule the event as soon as possible. Thank you all for understanding, and please be safe out there.
Wanna know the best way to beat seasonal depression? Make a movie with your friends!* Spend the winter weeks doing just that, and submit your work to Home Made Film Nite 2 anytime until February 29. Then join us as we watch them together at the Anchorage Museum March 14. Check out the Facebook event page for all the details. *Not actual medical advice. Please don't sue me.
Last year’s first-ever Alaska B4UDie Comedy Festival was so much fun, we’re doing it again! So excited to be included in this event. This April, come check out more than 60 comedians over 18 shows in four cities! Click on the banner for the full schedule and to purchase tickets.
Starting the year/decade with some cool news! Huge thanks to The Peoples Improv Theater for including me in the inaugural Asian Comedy Festival!
After five years and 10 competitions, Alaska filmmakers have put out around 200 short films into the world through the Film Royal events. While I'm getting crazy FOMO to be stepping away from organizing these to devote more time to growing Home Made Film Nite, I'm excited to see how this event will evolve. Thanks for being such a wonderful community of artists, and I hope you never stop making movies.
I'm super excited to announce a new filmmaking event taking place on September 7 at the Anchorage Museum: Home Made Film Nite! A spiritual successor to Open Projector Night from back in the day, Home Made Film Nite is a new platform for filmmakers of all skill levels to come together and celebrate this craft we all love. Check out the Facebook event for specifics, and get started on making your next movie this summer!
Over the last five years, I've said all there is to say about how rewarding it is to organize the 24-Hour Film Royal and how inspiring the Anchorage filmmaking community is. The only thing left for me to say – for anyone who even remotely cares – is that this will be my last year running the show. Although my final event will be the 5-Day Film Royal this December, I consider the 24 my baby. My own filmmaking journey began at someone else's 24-hour competition back in 2007, and arguably the whole local film scene grew from that. So it was a no-brainer to revive the event that gave me and this community so much. Melodramatic rambling aside, the 24 will carry on in the hands of its co-founders. Hopefully I'll get back to actually making movies again. I've also got a new event in its planning stages that should make anyone who misses the old days of Open Projector Night happy. Anyway, it's been a pleasure. Now go make movies!