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Saturday, August 10, 2013

"3 Doors of Horrors" (omnibus with my latest short film) on The Hollywood Reporter

August 17th, exactly a week from now, my new short film FLOATING SUN, which is part of the "3 DOORS OF HORRORS" omnibus horror will be launched online.

It's great to see this being covered by The Hollywood Reporter yesterday.

Malaysian Filmmaker James Lee Launches YouTube Omnibus '3 Doors of Horrors' - The Hollywood Reporter

I rather liked the film still (mine) that they used for the article.

Developed and produced by prolific Malaysian director-producer James Lee, the digital anthology 3 Doors of Horror will feature short films directed by three emerging Malaysian filmmakers: Leroy Low (I Miss You Two), Edmund Yeo (Floating Sun) and Ng Ken Kin (Horror Mission).

The omnibus premieres on YouTube on Aug. 17, the first day of the Hungry Ghost holiday, a popular period for the release of ghost and horror films in the region. Often likened in the West to something like the “Chinese Halloween,” the holiday marks the period when the ghosts of ancestors are traditionally believed to pay visit to the living.
Lee said he developed the project with the goal of introducing local audiences to a new generation of vibrant young
filmmakers who hadn’t yet been given a voice in the local industry.

“Any industry gets stagnant if there are no new works by new blood,” Lee said.


The project is backed by Lee’s independent production outfit Doghouse 73. The series will also be screened at Singapore’s Gluttony Nights Festival on Aug 23 and 24, as well as at Malaysia’s Pangkor Island Arts Festival in September.

“If the response to the short films is encouraging, then the 3 Doors of Horrors will be an annual project that we'll use to introduce more new local directors working in the genre,” Lee said.

Lee, whose breakout My Beautiful Washing Machine won the best Asean feature award at the Bangkok International Film Festival in 2005, is currently developing a manga-inspired action-comedy project called After School Complex, which he hopes to finance via a crowd funding platform. “Crowd funding is still very new to us in this region,” he said. “It will be an experiment.”

"The landscape of traditional cinema production and distribution models is changing rapidly -- with YouTube and countless VOD services," he added. "I'm just trying to explore the possibility of making films in as cost effective manner as possible, where the filmmaker has the most creative and marketing control."

Well, I do hope that this becomes an annual occurrence, for new directors to rise up to the challenge and attempt the horror genre. (It's not easy!)
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