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Interview: Yung Chang – Eggplant | 2015 January Screenwriters Lab

Interview: Yung Chang – Eggplant | 2015 January Screenwriters Lab

If you know his filmography we get a strong sense of his pulse, where his interests might lie so it was nice to see Yung Chang working towards fiction as a new working canvas. Known for his award winning string of docus in Up the Yangtze (2008), China Heavyweight (2012), and The Fruit Hunters (2013), Eggplant follows three Chinese millennials who strive for a better, more meaningful existence in a society fixated on money, materialism and duty. In our convo we went over the curiosity of the person and how the backdrop will help frame the character and possible narrative. Since this sit-down, Chang directed the short Gatekeeper (2016) and was one among the several docu helmers on the frontlines for the POTUS45 election in 11/8/16.

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at (founded in 2000). Eric is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson's This Teacher (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022 he served as a New Flesh Comp for Best First Feature at the 2022 Fantasia Intl. Film Festival. Current top films for 2022 include Tár (Todd Field), All That Breathes (Shaunak Sen), Aftersun (Charlotte Wells).

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