Award-winning filmmaker Jason Karman returns to the Vancouver Queer Film Festival with Kimchi Fried Dumplings. Playing as part of The Coast is Queer evening of shorts, Kimchi Fried Dumplings is a family Christmas drama with a gay twist.
Tell us a little about yourself.
I’ve been making short films since 2005. I like to tell narratives because it allows for creative experimentation while still capturing the truth. I look forward to telling a feature one day.
Tell us about Kimchi Fried Dumplings in 140 characters or less.
Carl comes home with a new boyfriend for Christmas to find his younger brother, who is also gay, resentful for being left to care for their aging parents.
Who were your early filmmaking mentors or inspirations?
The filmmakers who inspired me are Gus Van Sant, Ang Lee and Krzysztof Kieslowski. I met Ang Lee once at the Pacific Cinematheque.
What inspired you to make Kimchi Fried Dumplings?
My dad. I also wanted to make a timeless gay Christmas film. We tried to remove as much technology as possible in the film so it wouldn’t feel dated.
What challenges did you face while making Kimchi Fried Dumplings?
Crowdsourcing as a way of fundraising. Working with a large cast also made me appreciate the range of acting techniques out there. I know we have to adapt, but the human body and mind likes familiarity.
What’s been the coolest experience so far with the film?
I’ve been able to meet a lot of cool artists through this film; artists from as far away as Tel Aviv and Amsterdam came to the 2013 San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival (otherwise known as Frameline 37) where Kimchi Fried Dumplings played. One filmmaker described his experience at being threatened with arrest simply because his gay film was being shown in Kyrgyzstan and it puts in perspective what I take for granted.
Are you a film festival newbie or have you had another film(s) at the Festival?
I had a couple of films play at the festival in the past. The last one, I’m in the Mood for Love, won the Gerry Brunet Memorial Award in 2011. This award helped me realized this film.
What are you most excited to do and/or see at this year’s Queer Film Fest?
Besides The Coast is Queer where local queer filmmakers are celebrated, I’ve heard great things about In the Name Of. Sexuality and spirituality seem to be a hot mix this year in the queer film festival circuit. I saw C.O.G. earlier this year and it deals with the same topics.
Kimchi Fried Dumplings screens as part of the 2013 Vancouver Queer Film Festival on Friday, August 23, 2013 at 9pm at the Rio Theatre. Visit http://www.queerfilmfestival.ca for more information. GayVancouver.Net is once again proud to sponsor The Coast is Queer Award recognizing a distinguished film from this year’s program.
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