My name is Joyce Wu and I’m an Asian American writer, actress and filmmaker. I’m currently an MFA candidate in film production at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and I’ve directed several short films that have won awards and screened at festivals around the world.
The film is about an out of work Asian American actress in New York who runs out of money and moves back in with her parents in the suburbs of Detroit. The town is facing a budget crisis and wants to shut down the community theater. She agrees to direct a production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s opera The Mikado to try and save it. It’s a fun but poignant coming-of-age comedy. Right now, I’m working on securing funding via the IndieGoGo platform. I think we can all agree it’s about time for a film featuring an Asian American character who isn’t just an ethnic side kick or massage parlor worker. The prospects in Hollywood for a film with a female protagonist (much less an Asian American one) are grim and this movie needs the support of the community so it can be produced independently. Any help you can give to this film would be greatly appreciated. I know how busy you must be, so thank you for taking the time to read this and for checking out the project.