Our 2012 Festival Run has come to an end, and overall has been a success. We just finished our final festival for the year at docMiami. It has been fun going to the various festivals, meeting fellow filmmakers, and watching other wonderful films (The Bunglers, Pad Yatra, Mr. Cao Goes to Washington, White Frog to name a few). My father and I have particularly enjoyed the Q&A sessions and getting feedback from the audience.
One question I often get is. “What have you enjoyed most about making the documentary? For me, the best part has been seeing how happy it makes my parents. My father is so proud of the film, and really enjoys attending the festivals and meeting his fans. It has been great to see how happy he is when he is holding up his poster, talking to his friends, signing autographs, or even checking out the facebook page on his iPad! Yes, Grandmaster Pui Chan has an iPad!
It makes me really happy to know that he is proud of my work and enjoys the film. My mom has been the highlight for many with her go-go boots and Guantanamera song! She enjoys seeing the memories on screen and sharing the story with everyone. I think we are all happy that the movie has inspired and moved people. I hope that it continues to do so for many years to come.
For now, I am focusing on the next wave of festivals (fingers crossed) and hoping to secure some distribution so that my father’s story can be shared with the world. It has been a very challenging process, but with hard work and determination, I know that we can accomplish anything. After all, one of the themes in the film is to live out your dreams! I definitely feel that I am doing just that. I have always wanted to make my family proud and create something artistically that really shows how many lives they have impacted.
I am so grateful to everyone who has been supporting our film, and coming to our screenings. We could not have such success without all of our support. Thanks to all who have generously donated to the film. Contribute and see our sponsors list here: www.puichan.com
A special thanks to my cousin Francine (right photo), who has housed me twice for festivals in South Florida!
Please continue to share our story, and stay tuned for all the excitement that 2013 will bring. Happy Holidays everyone!