[edited re-post from a previously premature published draft] asienne recently sat down with HUSTLERS producer, Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas at the LA screening of the film. In this Q and A, we’re talking about: how Constance Wu was and is the “gold standard” pick for the role of Destiny, producing female-led and female-driven films with the one and only Jenny from the Block, and the fun (and groundbreaking) that is this HUSTLERS movie out today nationwide. Here is on-site reporter Justine Saldaña with the scoop:
It was only last summer when theaters nationwide were hit with a phenomena #AsianTwitter had famously dubbed as #AsianAugust. With that, came the new era of Asian American cinema with the release of films such as Crazy Rich Asians, Searching and To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before.
This summer, another film to add to the list is writer and director Lulu Wang‘s second feature and Sundance darling that is The Farewell; based on a true story and, as its tagline says, based on an actual lie, the film tackles the difficult decision of concealing the grandmother’s impending passing from herself. What happens during this time? How does this family – based on Wang’s own – cope? You’ll have to see the movie this summer to find out.
asienne recently sat down with Lulu Wang to chat about: identity, beginnings, inspirations, her creative vision, The Farewell and what she’s got coming up next.
If there’s a Filipina director making rounds in Hollywood right now–someone with both an acting and film background–it’s none other than West Palm Beach-born and USC grad, Maritte Go.