Since 2016, I’ve had the pleasure of interviewing incoming directors, producers and actors attending the Vancouver International Film Festival.
On average, I conduct 22 interviews over the span of 3 days(!) which makes for a very crazy week, and a lot of caffeine. Did you know that VIFF screens the largest selection of East Asian films (outside of Asia) and has one of the largest nonfiction programs (outside of a Documentary Film Festival)?
This past year, I had the pleasure of interviewing Mina Shum, whose film ‘Meditation Park’ opened 2017’s VIFF. Meeting Mina was a personal milestone, as she was the filmmaker who first inspired my interest in media production, after watching her film ‘Double Happiness’ in an Asian Canadian Studies course I took during my undergrad. It was then that I thought, yes, Chinese Canadian stories matter. And yes, the stories of everyday people matter. During our interview, Mina said how important it was for her to put Asian faces in front of the camera and capture the diversity of human experiences: Thank you for continuing to hold the lens, Mina, and for sharing your view of a more colourful world.