Uploaded Documentary (Official Trailer)
April 17, 2012, 8:29 PM
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Hi Everyone! A project that I’ve been directing for the past year and a half called Uploaded: The Asian American Movement has just released it’s trailer.

Please check it out and support us as well as the Asian American community by sharing the trailer!

It’s been a long long long process and lots of blood, sweat, and tears. We will finally have our World premiere at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival on Wednesday, May 16th at 9:30pm. Search “Uploaded” at http://laapff.festpro.com/films to purchase tickets.

We will also have several other screenings as well as a college tour in the Fall. Please keep an eye out by signing up for our newsletter or pre-order the DVD on our website: http://uploadedtaam.com/

Thanks for the support, it really helps. Hope to see you all soon at one of the premieres or screenings! Wish us luck!


Working hard on what I want.
November 2, 2011, 12:25 AM
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It’s been a few months since my last update. Things have been… crazy (in a good way). Below is a short update on what I’ve been working on and things coming up for me in the near future.

1. I am currently working with the editor on a music based short I’m directing. Produced by Farah Moriah. The short stars Julie Zhan and a really cool special guest that will be announced soon. The short is called I Like You about a girl that falls stupid for a guy. It’s a cute quirky video, if you know Julie, you know what I mean.

2. I recently directed a commercial video for a new shoe company called Primal Professional. It was a lot of fun and a good new experience. Please support his company.

3. I’m also currently editing a music video I directed for Lindsey Yung (my second one for Lindsey) called “You and Me” coming out at the end of Nov. I made this one simple and sweet, about a Navy girlfriend/wife missing her man while he’s gone.

Here is a teaser for the music video:

4. Moving into a pretty sweet house in LA next week with my Executive Producers Julie Zhan and Farah Moriah. Staying there a couple months to finish pre-production and production of our documentary Uploaded: The Asian American Movement.

5. Our documentary team was invited to hold two workshops next week at the Ivy League Conference held at Princeton University. Farah Moriah (one of the Executive Producers) and I will be representing our team. We will also be visiting New York City, a first for both of us.

Uploaded team at the San Diego Asian Film Festival

6. A short I directed in Hong Kong called Lonely was selected to be played in a shorts showcase on PBS. It’ll be my first televised work! Congrats to my awesome team in Hong Kong.

7. Another short I directed in Hong Kong called Her Return was screened last week at the 12th Annual San Diego Asian Film Festival. It’s a short about a mother’s attempt to reconnect with her son who she abandoned years ago. This is my 2nd year with work at the festival. SDAFF is a wonderful festival to be part of. I enjoyed the entire week watching as many films as I could and was throughly inspired.

As far as writing… I am working specifically on 2 short fictional narrative scripts and my first fictional feature script. Since it’s my first one, it’s really different and challenging from writing a short. It is challenging to try to keep audiences entertained for more than an hour! I probably won’t be done for months or maybe years but I’m excited about it.

During SDAFF weekend, Julie Zhan (who also screened her short And Then She Smiled) and I had some time and decided to choreograph a sexy dance piece for fun because neither of us has done that style in awhile. We also had the pleasure of teaching the piece to [N]Motion dance team (that Julie co-founded). Here is the piece we did:

Below is a short Julie directed called I Got Rhythm a couple months back that I had the honor and a lot of fun dancing in.

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Until next time!

Bye to Luminance
July 6, 2011, 10:11 PM
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I’ve been wanting to write a last post about Luminance because it’s been a huge part of my life for the past three years, but I’ve been swamped with graduating and working on films. But now that our documentary reel is launching, opening a new chapter of my life. I think it’s an appropriate time to close a very special one.

In 2008, I was hired to be part of the first group to work at a newly built modern music/wine bar/performance venue, called The Loft, on the UC San Diego campus. The next year, I was promoted to Club Manager, curating shows, booking artists, managing both private and public events. I was able to learn and grow in an environment where I could be free to be creative and immerse myself in the arts.

At the same time, I was given the opportunity to build my own series. I wanted to create a show that would offer Asian American musicians a consistent stage in San Diego to call their own. I wanted to show other venues that it was okay to book Asian Americans into their line ups and that we do have a draw, Back in 2009, it was rare to see Asian Americans play live on stage, even at UCSD where the majority of the campus is Asian.

Packed house at a Luminance show. One of my favorite parts of Luminance was the ability to help talented Asian Americans such as Isa magazine launch their first issue of their all encompassing AA entertainment/pop culture magazine. 

In the next two years, I produced 8 Luminance shows featuring more than 28 popular Asian American musicians. Through Luminance, also came album release parties at The Loft for Clara C, Melissa Polinar, and AJ Rafael. Both Clara and AJ’s 3rd time performing at The Loft was the night of their Album Release parties. The night of AJ’s “Red Roses” release party/show he hit number 7 on iTunes Pop Charts beating out many mainstream artists. This was big because he independently produced the album while he beat out famous singers that had thousands and millions in producing and marketing efforts.

I was very proud to have his ground breaking show coinciding with my very last show at The Loft. I was proud to watch the career of these artists, their performance quality, and personality grow and develop through the past few years. I’m happy that I was able to support these artists the best I could. They inspire me because they have decided to go for their dreams and make things happen for themselves while inspiring the rest of us.

This is a photo of my first time meeting AJ in the summer of 2008 at a show in an SD yogurt shop. Crazy how far his career has gone in the past few years. Can’t wait to see where it’ll go in the near future. Super talented.

This was my favorite Luminance poster design. Created by Florence Tsai.

 I know people won’t miss it, but I’ll actually miss my awkward welcomes at each Luminance show. Haha.

 Cathy Nguyen! Performed at Luminance and came back to host AJ’s album release party. Hope she makes more time to do music on the side, she is a sweet person on stage and off.

 One of my favorite voices…ever… great personality and stage presence. :] <3 Jane Lui.

 Marie Digby!

Clara C! My favorite performance from her first encore song… ever (which was a song she never plays live) called “Wait on Me” at her album release party. I got chills throughout the entire song. What a performer. :]

 Love all the Luminance artists!

I am also proud that we got to showcase young Asian American fashion entrepreneurs at our show such as Steppie from Steppie Clothing (pictured above),RadisRad, and Innerspoken.

Dedicated fans waiting outside The Loft.

This scene became one of my favorite sights. Especially when the line started 3 hours before the show.

 Jenny and her poster. Jenny’s performance has matured into a very classy vibe during her second time at The Loft. My favorite memory was my cousins putting together a surprise video of each performer sending me a Happy Birthday wish. How many times in your life do you get Legaci to sing you Happy Birthday. Blessed. Btw, congrats to Legaci on performing with Justin Beiber two weeks after the Luminance show. They’ve been performing all over the world since. Amazing.

 Victor Kim changed things up by not only singing but threw in some break dancing in the middle of his set. He is seriously one of the friendliest and humble artist I’ve met while working on concert production.

Random but cool moment working at The Loft was getting my DNA created into a art piece for our gallery.

 Jennifer Chung. One of the OG’s of YouTube and the OG of Luminance as well. Photo of Jen playing at the very first Luminance show.

A keepsake I have is a signed poster from each Luminance by all the artists who performed.

Here is a list of the artists who have been part of Luminance.

– AJ Rafael
– Casey Nishizu
– Cathy Nguyen
– Clara C
– Connie Lim
– Dawen
– Gabe Bondoc
– Jane Lui
– JawKneeYeah
– Jennifer Chung
– Jenny Suk
– Jesse Barrera
– Joseph Vincent
– JR Aquino
– Kat Badar
– Leejay
– Legaci
– Lindsey Yung
– Lydia Paek
– Marie Digby
– Megan Lee
– Michael Carreon
– Michelle Martinez
– Olivia Thai
– Sam Hart
– Sam Kang aka Geunjin
– Seriously The Band
– Victor Kim

At the end of the school year in 2011, after more than two years, we decided it was time to let Luminance go. Along with graduating, I also believed that we had achieved what we set out to do, which was to share talents to people who may not have heard these artists before and highlight talent that had always been suppressed. Now, there is more of a push for shows featuring Asian Americans being put on by community partners, student orgs, and music venues.

I am so honored to have worked with many of these artists personally. They are truly some of my favorite people I’ve met at The Loft. I hope all them the best of success in their careers and that they stay as humble as they were when they first started.

I appreciate my bosses Elizabeth Bradshaw (far left, Loft Curator) and Nicole Matteson (Loft Manager) for believing in my vision for Luminance and my ideas for The Loft and giving me full support. I’ve learned so much under them. I want to give a big big thanks to Melissa Sayviseth (pictured to my right, a fellow Club Manager) for supporting my with Luminance the entire way through. Even helping to run Luminance while I was in Hong Kong for 4 months. You are so smart and talented. Thanks to the other managers and staff that I’ve met and learned from, I’m glad we got to share stories of the craziness we run into while managing a venue. I want to thank all my friends who have come to my shows and shared links and info for my events.

Another series I created during my time at The Loft, was a night club series called Eclipse. It was cool to see UCSD students have fun in a different way than we’re used to.

It’s been such a crazy ride. But, now that my time at The Loft is done. I can focus on my ultimate passion of filmmaking. Through college I was torn between school, concert production, dance, and film. Now is the time where I can finally put all my energy into telling stories through moving pictures.

An update to those who were wondering. I am in the process of writing about 5 scripts for shorts that I want to do. My film Le Retour that I shot in Hong Kong as part of the 48hr Film Project in Hong Kong was recently accepted into the San Diego Asian Film Festival 2011! I also have an imdb page now too! Check it out: HERE Haha. This is the 2nd short in a row I’ve directed that has been officially been selected into the San Diego Asian Film Festival! My 4th one overall to be screened at SDAFF.

I am also currently working on a feature length documentary that launched today. It actually relates a lot to Luminance, because it deals with the lack of exposure of Asian Americans in mainstream entertainment and the drastic shift that happened after new media forms such as YouTube exploded. It’s called “Uploaded: The Asian American Movement” Check out our official website here www.uploadedtaam.com our video HERE. Please support us by donating to our Kickstarter and spreading the word about our documentary.

Check us out! Until next time, keep the spreading inspiration and sharing your creativity. Peace.

Last dance performance
May 20, 2011, 4:57 PM
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It’s almost nearing my last quarter of undergraduate education at UC San Diego. I’m excited, nervous, eager, scared, and anxious. Many seniors probably feel the exact same way. The past couple weeks have been fun and busy. I’ve been taking physics for a general education requirement and only solidifies my belief that math and science route is definitely not for me. I’m passing. That’s all I’ll say about that.

This past weekend I was able to perform a live version of “Back To December” at Sun God (UCSD’s biggest event) with my friends Julie Zhan, Drew Vo, Angela Wang, Crystal Shei, Ivy Nguyen, Jennifer Jhang, and Ivan Leung. Here is the video:

This performance was special for me because it will be my last one at UCSD and probably my last live dance performance in general. I’ve had so much fun in dancing in the community, practicing, learning, growing, and performing. Nothing is like the feeling before and during a performance, so much beautiful energy.

Dancing has been really good to me, I’ve met so many amazing friends and explored stamina, pressure, movement, and flexibility of my own body as well as with teams as a whole. I’ve learned to become a better leader, director, teammate, and friend throughout my journey. I even got to performed at The Carnival “Choreographers Ball” in LA (the most legit dance showcase… ever), which I honestly never thought in my entire life or dreams would ever happen. Dance has made me realize what true passion really means.

I want to thank my first team kunFusion for sparking my love for dance.

Thanks to Mike Lin from Threshold for taking me in and giving me the opportunity to step up my dancing. He showed me how a good director leads a team.

I want to thank all my team members of VN8. I’ve always wanted to direct a team and you made that come true. You all brought my choreography and imagination to life. I will always remember how special my college experience with VN8 was and I hope VN8 was as special for you as it was for me.

I want to thank D.O.C for training me and showing me the professional side of dancing. It was amazing to see all your seasoned talents and I hope all your dance goals in life come true.

I want to thank Julie Zhan for bringing dance back into my life this year and driving back and forth from LA to dance in our projects together. You’re a freaking rock star. If you haven’t seen our video for Back to December. Check it HERE.

Lastly, I want to thank to all my friends from the Back to December at Sun God performance. Thanks for jumping on board and helping us put this performance together in 4 practices. Way to end my time at UC San Diego.

I’ve met so many extraordinary people. If you don’t know, dancers are some of the coolest, friendliest, humble people around. I just wanted to say I love you all.

Through the past 4 years, dance and filmmaking were my two passions. This past year, I was able to bring the two together. It was really nice seeing close friends from my different groups finally meet each other from film, to dance, to my freshman friends. I have done what I wanted to do with performing dance, and now it’s time for me to focus my energy on making films. I appreciate every moment of happiness, escape, and love that dance has offered to me.

It’s been an honor.

Back to December – Taylor Swift ft. Julie Zhan and Kane Diep
April 11, 2011, 11:21 AM
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I wanted to share my newest dance/music video for everyone. The beautiful and talented Julie Zhan and I choreographed to Taylor Swift’s song “Back To December.” I found the song had lots of angst to work with and knew it would be fun to play with the emotion of regret. Julie drove down from LA to San Diego and choreographed with me for two weekends while shooting Julie’s “I Got Rhythm” video (comming soon). Then we shot, the third weekend in San Diego. Check out the video!

I wanted to thank all my amazing friends who came to help with the shoot. Production Manager Farah Moriah tied the shoot together with her multi-skilled abilities. Farah had a hand in everything including make-up, craft services, continuity, location managing (we used her house) and much more. Farah, can’t thank you enough for always supporting me! My Cinematographer for the shoot, Mark Gadia played an important part in helping me tell the story and helped bring my vision to life. Also thank you so much for saving our shoot by surprising me with your studio lighting skills. My other camera operators Phillip Lorenzo, Johnathan Nguyen, and Vu Hoang did a beautiful job capturing different angles of the dances and staying on top of their game. Johnathan, thank you so much for getting us studio time we couldn’t have shot the dance sequence without your help. Eunjae Kim, you did a wonderful job on your first shoot with our team! You kept us going and our stomachs full. Thank you to production assistance, Drew Vo and Andrew Hsieh who was able to mold themselves into anything from playing back music, to holding up a light, and kept our team moving from location to location. You guys were so helpful. Thanks to my friend Chau Le who I woke up last minute to come be a body double for Julie in our car shot. You’re a good friend. Thank you to Crystal Shei for getting in a last minute dance room to rehearse before the shoot. Thanks to the Wood Room and the PC dance studio for giving us time. Thank you to Rommel Andaya who helped give feedback on the rough edit. And Taylor Swift for creating a beautiful song for us to base our video from.

Lastly but never least, Julie Zhan my dance partner. Thank you so so so so much for sharing your talents of dance/acting/charisma to the look, the emotion… everything also for the opportunity to experiment with contemporary dance. Thank you so much for your time, energy, and gas for driving all the way down for those many weeks to SD. Julie even got a ticket while driving down to San Diego the night before shooting. I am so lucky to have you as a friend and honored to be able to work with you on these projects. You are such a inspiring ball of energy, I hope you achieve everything you want in your pursuit in entertainment, I’ll always be there to support you.

Thank you to everyone else who had any part in making this video possible… big or small. Gracias. Shout out to Clement Ng from Innerspoken (check out his clothing line).

If you like the video, please support us by sharing the video where ever you can. :]

Behind the Scenes Photos:


Back to December Teaser
March 31, 2011, 5:55 PM
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I’m excited to share a video I’ve been working on with my friend Julie Zhan. It’s to the song “Back to December” by Taylor Swift. It features contemporary dance, choreographed by Julie and I. My first time doing contemporary!

The full video will be released on Monday April 4th to http://www.youtube.com/kaned89

Also, check out Julie’s channel at http://www.youtube.com/shutupanddance

Enjoy! Please share with your friends if you’d like. :]

POPSEOUL! Spotlight: Justin Chon
March 3, 2011, 8:17 PM
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New upload for POPSEOUL! Spotlight series that I’ve been helping with Popseoul is a popular Korean entertainment website. We shot the interview with Justin Chon who is an Asian American actor. We shot the interview at Justin’s streetwear store called The Attic. Interviewed by my good friend and Popseoul writer, Farah Moriah.

This was an interesting interview that’s both serious and funny at the same time. I decided to shoot this on a mono-pod to capture his hyper personality. Enjoy!