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Justin Lin on Diversity: “The General Public Has to Demand It”

posted by Randall

Justin LinDirector Justin Lin, whose reportedly putting in 16 hour days to finish up his next movie Star Trek Beyond, has managed to find time to relaunch his Interpretations competition to find the next up and coming Asian American filmmaker.

As he told Salon, if we want to see more diversity in film, ‘the general public has got to demand it.”

When they do, Lin is doing his part to make sure there’s enough Asian American talent to support it.

His competition, which is sponsored by Lin’s non-profit foundation with support from NBC Universal and Comcast, also has the help of Tony winning playwright David Henry Hwang who wrote four lines of a script. Contestants are being asked to interptet those four lines with a three minute short.

“After I made Better Luck Tomorrow (2003) and started taking meetings in Hollywood, I quickly learned that Asian Americans weren’t even in the conversation as a minority, since there wasn’t even a significant enough audience, and especially an audience for Asian American content,” he said. “I think it’s changing now with shows like Dr. Ken, Fresh Off the Boat and Master of None, but obviously when we look at the film side, there’s still a lot to be done.”

Lin says Asian Americans need to support AAPI talent at the box office if they want to see more people like themselves as well as their stories on the big screen.

You can read more of Lin’s interview in Salon.


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