I identify primarily as director & writer, but I also shoot and produce. While my focus is on narrative film, I've found myself getting more and more involved in various doc projects.
Most recently, I was supposed to direct & shoot a doc in North Korea about a female Olympic gold medalist; one week before my date of departure, I was asked not to come due to security concerns (a disappointment but not a total surprise...how could it be?).
Currently, I'm about to start shooting a doc in a historical Brooklyn neighborhood about a local icon, against the backdrop of the neighborhood's gentrification & the summer heat. Themes include memory, race, space, change. But if that sounds intellectual, it's really about the character/s & character of the neighborhood, which can be pretty hilarious. We shall see how that project develops. I'm working on this in conjunction w/ a journalist who will be making a related radio documentary. I need advice on how to find funding for this.
In addition, I freelance as a shooter on other people's docs. I love to shoot & I also paint occasionally. My background is in English & Art History. I'm also working on my writing, and am an MFA candidate at NYU Grad Film. A bio & some random stuff including a painting, at www.janiceahn.com
Thanks for having me here!
Edited Mon 9 Jun 2008
by Janice Ahn