How to Take Advantage of Your Low Budget (and Get Into Sundance… Twice)
Two films at Sundance in three years, and almost no budget to speak of. Here's how writer-director-actor Justin Chon did it.
In this episode of the No Film School Podcast, we sit down with writer-director-actor Justin Chon, whose latest film Ms. Purple hits theaters this week.
Back in 2016-2017, Justin ran a crowdfunding campaign, shot his low-budget DIY film Gook, and got into Sundance, where Gook won the NEXT Audience Award. After that, everyone told him not to make another DIY film. But he did it anyway. And he got into Sundance 2019 with his next film, Ms. Purple, by employing some of the same guerrilla tactics: shooting without permits, not accepting no for an answer, and working without name actors. Listen to the podcast above, and check out the trailer for Ms. Purple here:
We've also covered Justin before here on NFS:
- From 'Twilight' Star to Sundance-Winning Director: Justin Chon on Black and White 'GOOK'
- 'My Producer Hates Me': How Justin Chon Shoots Outside The System
Ms. Purple is out from Oscilloscope on September 6 and will expand to more theaters and streaming services from there.