Thank you AnD, Yin E Chi and all our friends who attended the closing night screening and after party of The People I've Slept With at HKAIFF last night. The crowd was fun, the feedback was excellent, and the party was chill.
The filmmaker did regret having one too many glasses that he could not quite remember how he got home.
Special shout-outs to Patrick, Raffi, Simon, Sam, Brian, Lloyd, Teddy, Katherine, Kit, Hyman, Vincent, Gigi, Ka Yan, Kaiu, Lawrence, William, Jay Pat who made this event successful.
If you haven't gotten a chance to see it, the movie plays for a week every day at 7:30PM at the Grand:
Thank you so much! We have sold out the 11/29 closing screening of THE PEOPLE I'VE SLEPT WITH at HKAIFF
Please catch us on the 11/28 screening and the screenings after the 11/29:
Here's an excellent interview from SCMP's Vivian Chen, and hope you guys can come check out the movie. Karin, Archie and I will be at both screenings. Buy tickets on-line:
South China Morning Post
November 22, 2009 Sunday
Director Quentin Lee tells Vivian Chen how his sense of being on the margins has driven his film career
BYLINE: Vivian Chen
SECTION: FEATURES; Pg. 08
LENGTH: 970 words
Quentin Lee can still remember the conversation he had with a friend, actor Karin Anna Cheung, one night in 2006 in their favourite bar in Los Angeles. In a boozy haze, the pair shared stories about crazy dates they had heard of: quick sex in toilets, sado-masochistic games, the bore who became a stalker after a night of sex.
"I found those stories pretty amusing and that's when we felt inspired," says the Hong Kong-born Canadian filmmaker. "I've always wanted to do an empowering drama about an Asian-American woman, and also the friendship between a fag hag and a gay man ... Neither has been really explored in mainstream films."
Three years on, Lee, 38, has come up with The People I've Slept With, a comedy revolving around Angela (played by Cheung), a promiscuous Asian-American woman who goes on a journey to discover the father of the baby she's carrying.
"Sex comedies have always been a more male-oriented genre, but this film is a reverse of those guy-gets-chicks flicks," Lee says. "Finally it's the chick who's getting all the guys."
In the film, the attractive, independent Angela keeps track of her sex life by making baseball cards out of photographs of the men she's slept with.
While The People I've Slept With has several risqu?scenes, Lee says his film - which closes the Hong Kong Asian Independent Film Festival next weekend - is more than just a candid showcase of sexuality.
"The film is about finding self-acceptance - mostly for Angela, but also the others," he says. "It's her coming to terms with who she really is, and being comfortable with it."
She's not the only character at a crossroads in her life. Angela's 30-year-old gay best friend, Gabriel (played by Wilson Cruz), has never been in love and is too scared to admit he has finally met The One, and then finds himself struggling with whether he should try win his estranged partner back; Jefferson (CSI's Archie Kao), one of the possible fathers of Angela's child, is a charming man whose conservative family pressured him not to marry the woman he really loves.
"We want to speak to people who've been trying to find out where they need to fit in, and that it's okay to be who you are," Lee says.
He has already addressed how social conventions marginalise those who don't conform to mainstream values in his previous films, the most obvious example being 2004's Ethan Mao, in which a teenager is kicked out of his home for being gay and ends up working as a street hustler to survive. And even when his characters are at peace with those around them, they're inevitably also confused about their place in the world; in 2002's Drift, for instance, a promising screenwriter and an aspiring novelist set out to find a place in society where they can find emotional moorings, relationships they can revel in.
"My life is about looking for connections whether with a lover, a partner, family or society," Lee says. "Even now I'm still not sure where I fit. My personal quest has sort of translated into all my work."
His sense of rootlessness may stem from the way he constantly finds himself at odds with his surroundings. Born and raised in Hong Kong, Lee moved to Montreal when he was 16. He went to study English literature at Berkeley and Yale before finally moving to Los Angeles, where he completed a master's degree in film directing at UCLA. Today, he lives in a Korean neighbourhood in the city.
"Having lived there for a while, I started to understand what things are like in America - I was being put into a minority whether I liked it or not," he says. "I started making films about Asian and gay characters because if I don't create images that I can relate to, nobody's going to do it for me."
It was thrillers, however, that first piqued his interest in film. He remembers watching dark, scary films on TV when he was six, and he grew up "fascinated by horror and dead people". Lee eventually made his first film with his father's Super-8 camera - a supernatural slasher named The Road, about two children attacked by demons.
It was another short film that first got him noticed. To Ride a Cow, a piece he made after graduating from Berkeley in 1992, won him first prize at the Hong Kong Independent Film and Video Awards. Revolving around a couple who get together when the bisexual lover they inadvertently share goes away for a weekend, the film also screened at the Hong Kong International Film Festival that year.
Lee made his feature-film debut in 1996 with Flow, which combined all the shorts he'd made to support the story of a 22-year-old gay Chinese filmmaker's reflections about his work and his love life.
The People I've Slept With is a departure of sorts for Lee, his first foray into lighter, humorous fare. And the transition is hardly a smooth one, he says.
"I've always been more of a suspense drama type," he says. "So my filming has usually been well-planned. But this time around, I chose to shoot a lot. I let the actors feel comfortable and have fun in the scenes, and that's how you get some of the crazy takes on film."
Things got so mad that even his friend Cheung couldn't handle it. A planned three-hour shoot for the opening scene - a montage of Angela having sex with different men in various positions - took almost a day.
"At one point Karin became really sensitive about it and said she didn't want to do it any more," Lee says. "And so I did a scene with her."
That scene involved a naked Lee crawling on his knees as Cheung walked him around like a dog.
"It makes it much more comfortable to work with me, knowing I'm not going to do something exploitative - things that I wouldn't do myself. Well, I guess it was kind of shocking for the crew to watch their director go crazy."
The People I've Slept With is screening on Nov 28 (7.50pm) and Nov 29 (7.10pm) at the Grand Cinema at Elements mall
We are out of budget, and we need to raise funds for my lead actress Karin Anna Cheung to attend the Golden Horse Film Festival Taipei:http://www.goldenhorse.org.tw/gh_tc/ff/ff-1-cont.aspx?id=f-09-162&sec=s-09-04-01 and the Hong Kong Asian Independent Film Festival:
to promote THE PEOPLE I'VE SLEPT WITH... any donations or help is greatly appreciated!
All donations would be used for Karin Anna Cheung's plane ticket and traveling expenses.
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活動共為期十五天 提供全程食宿 (&非台灣本地的學員，影展會提供機票補助!!!) 除了正在熱情邀請大師級的講師(侯孝賢、杜篤之、李屏賓、是枝裕和、李安...)來講課之外也會組成台灣本地的劇組 協助來自各國的學員們在台灣實地拍片與交流!!
第一屆的金馬電影學院 會甄選出16名學員、只要年滿18歲 有參與過兩部短片或一部長片以上的拍攝 都非常歡迎來報名參加!!!!!
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Our website has been leaked prematurely to a blog so we decided to unleash it altogether:
I'd love for you to join us on our video contest on the Most Memorable Person I've Slept With:
Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2m-WwSedzvk To help us celebrate the fall premier of the new sex comedy, The People I've Slept With, make a short two minute video with your phone, camera or webcam that answers the question: Who's the most memorable person you've slept with?
Contest is open to anyone 18 years or older. Submissions must be received by 11:59 p.m. PST September 18, 2009.
Winning Videos will be chosen by a panel of judges, on the basis of
• fun factor,
• sexy factor and;
Each of the top five most viewed videos will be included in the DVD release of The People I've Slept With and receive a "Virgins Do It Better" t-shirt.
One Grand Prize Winner will receive $500 dollars, their video will be shown before a fall festival screening of The People I've Slept With, the video will also be included in the DVD release of The People I've Slept With, and will also receive a "Virgins Do It Better" t-shirt.*
Entering is easy! Just sign up at http://thepeopleivesleptwith.ning.com and upload your video. (Make sure the file name of your entry begins "People I've Slept With: [Name of Video]"). And don't forget to tell your friends all about your video. The more views the better chance you have to win!
To find out more about The People I've Slept With go to http://www.thepeopleivesleptwith.com.
*Please note that the Grand Prize winner will judged on the basis of the above criteria, NOT on the number of views.
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