Thursday, September 18, 2008

Film School: Sean Baker and Shih-Ching Tsou on TAKE OUT

Sean Baker and Shih-Ching Tsou on TAKE OUT
FilmSchool (KUCI: University of California-Irvine)
Hosts: Nathan Callahan and Mike Kaspar

An interview with SEAN BAKER and SHIH-CHING TSOU co-directors of TAKE OUT — a day-in-the-life of an illegal Chinese immigrant working as a deliveryman for a Chinese take-out shop in New York City. Ming is behind with payments on his huge debt to the smugglers who brought him to the United States. The collectors have given him until the end of the day to deliver the money that is due. In a social-realist style, the camera follows Ming on his deliveries throughout the upper Manhattan neighborhood where social and economic extremes exist side by side. Baker is best known for co-creating the cult television show "Greg the Bunny." He co-wrote and co-directed for the IFC series. His first feature, "Four Letter Words," a study of adolescent males in Suburbia USA, premiered at South by Southwest 2001. It is currently being released on DVD by Vanguard Cinema. "Take Out," Sean completed his third feature film, "The Prince of Broadway" in May 2008. "Prince of Broadway" premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival. The film is about a West African immigrant that sells counterfeit goods in NYC's wholesale district. It won the Grand Jury Award for Best Narrative. Shih-Ching’s credits include production design on three nationally aired commercials and post-production work on three short films.

To Listen to the Interview (MP3)

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