The filmmakers behind the upcoming independent movie Snakehead — director Evan Jackson Leong (Linsanity) and producer/actor Brian Yang (Hawaii Five-0) — join the show to talk about media representation, building community through crowdfunding, and the evolution of independent Asian American film.

Topics covered on the show include:

  • The changes in the Asian American media landscape from the late ’90s to now
  • Why it’s important for people of color to tell their own stories
  • The importance of Asian American characters to be fully formed and three-dimensional
  • Evan’s decision to do his first narrative feature after a career of documentaries
  • How crowdfunding creates community for filmmakers and audiences and the gamechanger that is social media
  • The filmmakers’ open search for an Asian American actress to play the lead

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