First-time director Christine Yoo shares her remarkable experience making Wedding Palace, a loving portrayal of a tight-knit Korean family. Christine began writing the script in 1999 and, when major studios passed on it, she decided to make the film on her own. Actor Stephen Park (Fargo, In Living Color, and Wedding Palace) will join Christine to discuss how she successfully financed, directed, and distributed a film shot on location in both Los Angeles and Seoul. The evening’s program includes the premiere of a behind-the-scenes documentary on the making of the film which was called “just as crazy as the film itself.”
About Wedding Palace:
To be released in summer 2012, Wedding Palace will be the first Korean-American themed film to be launched into the American mainstream. It is also the first US-Korea independently co-produced film. Billed as the “Korean-American My Big Fat Greek Wedding,” the movie is a romantic comedy that centers on an international online romance fueled by the imagination. The film won the top prizes at the Cine Gear Film Series Competition sponsored by Paramount, and Best Asian-American Feature Film at the Chinese-American Film Festival. The film stars Brian Tee (Co-lead of The Fast & Furious 3: Tokyo Drift), award winning South Korean actress Kang Hye-jung (Old Boy), comedians Bobby Lee (Madtv), Margaret Cho, and Stephen Park (Fargo, In Living Color).
Filmmaker Christine Yoo:
Christine Yoo earned a BA in Film Production from the University of Southern California's School of Cinema-Television and is a graduate of Phillips Academy Andover. She makes her feature film debut with the award winning Wedding Palace. Prior to Wedding Palace, Yoo worked as a professional film and TV writer in Hollywood for nearly a decade. She co-wrote the animated series, Afro Samurai, starring Samuel L. Jackson, for Spike TV and Fuji TV. She also co-wrote Hannibal for Vin Diesel and BET network. Her original screenplay, a romantic comedy called For Steppers Only, was optioned and developed by Lionsgate.
Moderator Stephen Park: