May Flowers – Marianna Phung

A misunderstanding occurs when Jimmy goes to pick up an order for his boss at May Flowers. Little did he expect how the tables would turn.

(Screens at #ocanfilmfest2019 on Nov 2 at 6:30pm – details & tickets)

Marianna Phung is a Toronto-based director, writer and actor of Vietnamese descent. After graduating from York University with a BA in Theatre she began her career as a filmmaker and has written, produced, and directed multiple independently-funded short films to date.

As a director, Marianna strives to tell bold and original stories that give the unrepresented and marginalized a voice. She makes a conscious effort to make sure her sets are inclusive in front of camera and behind the scenes. She is an emerging artist whose mission is to break boundaries and challenge the status quo while telling stories that entertain and enlighten audiences.

What inspired your film?

After the success of Crazy Rich Asians, the Toronto Asian acting community came together wanting to collaborate on a film. We formed Asians in the 6ix and created May Flowers as a testament that the push for diversity on screen was getting stronger.

What was the biggest challenge in making your film?

Because this film was made for the 48 Hour Film Project, the biggest challenge was time and resources. However, our team’s perseverance allowed us to walk away with an award-winning film we’re very proud of.

What was the best part of the experience for you?

The best part of the experience was how the whole group came together to do our part in making this film possible. Every member of our collective had a role to play and we all committed ourselves to ensure that the production ran as smoothly and efficiently as possible.

What advice would you give aspiring filmmakers?

Some advice we would give to aspiring filmmakers is to keep moving forward despite the difficulties. It’s why a strong team is so crucial in the creation of a film. When you have a strong team of committed individuals, anything is possible.

What’s next for you?

The next step for Asians In the 6ix is to look into creating a feature film that Marianna Phung right now is starting to prepare for.

 

#OCanFilmFest2019 November 1 and 2 at Arts Court (2 Daly Avenue).
Click here for more info on the films screening this year.

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