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One On One With Kai Duc Luong-Filmmaker

C54. Last we talked you were in Paris doing  the video for CHAT-how’d that go?

Kai. Yes, indeed I was in Paris shooting a music video for EMI/Capitol France and an up -and-coming French Band called CHAT (which means CAT in French). She is a talented pianist classically trained @ the Conservatory in Geneva who started a career as a singer-songwriter three years ago. After being discovered through Myspace, she signed a major contract. Chat contacted me in October 2008 to work on her single ‘Alice Music Video’ for the release of her debut album (Folie Douce )which came out in February 2009. We had known each other for a few years and always wanted to do something together. This was the opportunity.

C54. You sent your readers/fans & such(myself) a copy of the spoiler interview. It was quite interesting and informative. Will you be doing that sort of Radio/interview soon?

Kai. I am always open to interviews. If any of you know of anyone interested in doing so, please do not hesitate to contact me. Spoiler Radio Alert is a very nice concept & I am grateful of radio host Toni Pennachia’s for her support of independent artists in the movie arena.

C54. Tell me about Los Angeles. How did folks receive the screening of your documentary “SomePlace Else”? Are you still getting rave reviews?

Kai. Yes, we went to LA for the screening of our documentary SOMEPLACE ELSE at the Director’s Guild of America, for visual Communications’ LA Asian Pacific Film Fest.  It was both a little trip for leisure to get out of Chicago’s moody weather and obviously go there to promote the film. My co-director Avisheh Mohsenin is Iranian, and the largest Persian community in the US is the LA area, and Avisheh happened to be featured on the main Iranian website so we had a great showing from this community. Also I am always humbled by the support of non-for-profit organizations and Asian-American programmers, who have singlehandedly been the most supportive of my efforts.

C54. Are you back in Chicago? 

Kai. Yes, I’m in Chicago but will have to go back to Paris again. I’ve been here for about a couple of months now,and was working on a few projects. I was quite drained after my Persian stint, so I also took a little time to relax.

C54. I’d read sometime ago an interview where you’d talked of how you’d like to make a film about your family’s escape from Cambodia. I thought of this beautiful/inspiring legacy for your family. Are you still considering this project?

Kai. I tried to pitch this to the producers in Paris, but no success thus far. Sometimes they don’t think about the personal touches that one can imprint on a story & tend to just see that a movie or a documentary has already been done on that subject, so this should be enough…Movies about World War11 are produced every year and keep on popping up… so why is it that there shouldn’t be more than one movie about the experience of the Cambodian genocide, or the Armenian one, or the Rwandan one?

C54. Have you kept in touch with that ‘raunchy’ bluesman from SOMEPLACE ELSE?

Kai. (laughs) Unfortunately, I haven’t seen Vance Kelly play for about nine months now…kinda miss it. I should try to go see him before I go out of town again but he’s aware of what’s happening through his daughter with whom I keep regularly in touch with. 

C54. I know you’re busy kind sir, so I’ll say keep in touch and much success.

Kai. Thanks so much Clara for your kind support all along and keep me posted on your end with what’s new!!!

*This interview was edited for sake of brevity. Clara54 will alert her readers to the full interview in upcoming posts…

Film showing Potential Loss Of Jobs

People are losing their jobs all over, the mass amts of unemployed folks are accumulating on the daily. With small & lg car dealerships falling by the wayside, I was wondering who’s next?

Well, received an email from a friend in the know that Healthcare will be threatened & faced with massive layoffs as well… I had spoken to Kai duc Luong, the Chicago filmmaker & gotten a fantastic interview for clara54 recently, but he sent me another, more pressing short documentary piece he’d done, asking folks to take a look at and get the word out.

The short emotional film The Fight for Hartmax is a documentary produced by Heather Stone & directed by Kai. It pertains to President Barack Obama’s suitmaker which is under bankruptcy protection, and its fate is in the hands of the federal TARP funded Wells Fargo which might liquidate the company.

The film can be viewed at http://wwwyoutube.com/watch?v=fmem3pSy-uQ&fmt=18 . This film is a testament to all folks who have lost, or in the process of losing their jobs.

Look for the interview with Kai duc Luong in an upcoming post right here at clara54…

I’ve made a discovery

I’ve found out that most folks are truly of a generous & giving nature. I’m not talking monetary necessarily, but one of service. This past week, I was down for the count with ‘flu like’ symptoms. I say flu like, because the strain of virus that I acquired left me weakened, aching , stuffy & sorely emotional. I was in dire need of rest.

A co-worker learning of my ‘downtime’ made me heapings of homemade soups that surprised & filled me with gratitude ,warmth & well being…I’m on the mend.

Kai duc luong, the Chicago filmmaker was out in Paris for a music video shoot. He sent video to all folks back home, inclusive of lil ole me…The original in French, which, he kindly translated in English via email for me! you can view  ALICE by CHAT here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pIngFCLVOKg 

Shorty aka Ms. Marcie hill sent me a Hallmark Valentine’s ecard last night. We’re sort of  new blogger acquaintences, but, we’ll probably become old blogger friends:) one word of caution about the Hallmark cards, if you don’t know the person sending it, please be cautious.

Rachel Goodchild over at Rachelgoodchildwrites has finished her latest book, Eighty-eight dates…Rachel, I’m looking for my autographed copy:)

Michele at writingforward, thanks for visiting clara54. your kind remarks made my miserable days a little brighter…

I’ve started my gig as Chicago Womens Examiner over at Chicago Examiners’s.com. please pay me a visit and leave comments …

As Gwendolyn Brooks once advised me and I say to all of you…”keep-A-Going!”