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US ASIANS: Could you share how three Asian female graduates of Harvard obtained financing (roles of the partners, obstacles, supporters, nay-sayers, types of financing considered, etc.), did your experience at McKinsey & Company provided a “starting point and how were the responsibilities divided?”
GEORGIA LEE: Our business backgrounds definitely helped in the financing part of the process. We were able to write up a business plan and connect with potential investors because of our experiences at places like McKinsey and Goldman. In addition, I think that investors were more comfortable with the idea of handing over money to individuals whom they felt would be financially responsible.
US ASIANS: What were the many processes of pre-production, production and post-production for the film?
JANE CHEN: All were considered and some were attempted but nothing came through. The hard fact is that unless your film features recognized stars or is in a popular genre (i.e. horror) the fact is that no alternate financing sources will consider you. Most of the fast-growing alternatives that you mention are almost exclusively in the domain of big-budget studio films.
US ASIANS: Could you share what is the current status of Red Doors being broadcast on CBS?
GEORGIA LEE: CBS purchased a pilot script based on RED DOORS for a one hour drama. We worked with CBS and Paramount TV to develop the script and had a great experience with them. The pilot did not actually get shot, but it was a great learning experience for us in a format we had not been exposed to before.
In addition, it was exciting that CBS was seriously considering creating a drama based on an Asian-American family that was about the characters themselves and not necessarily about the immigrant experience. They didn’t require any funny accents, any kung fu, or any other stereotypical elements.
US ASIANS: When will the film be seen theaters, which theaters and what would it take to have it released nationally?
JANE CHEN: RED DOORS will be released first in New York City on September 8 at the Angelika Film Center and the ImaginAsian Theater. The film will be released in San Francisco on September 22nd, theater to be determined.
The film will also open in Los Angeles, theater and dates to be determined. After that, we expect to roll out to other cities across the U.S. We are hoping for strong first weekend box office numbers. If we can reach a per screen gross of over $10,000, I think we have a good chance of expanding beyond the three announced cities.
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