Episode 25: Utilizing Passion in Film with Evan Jackson Leong

Evan Jackson Leong is a 6th generation Chinese American director and documentary filmmaker. Leong is known for his documentary Linsanity about Jeremy Lin, which made its world premiere at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. A majority of his work is based in the Asian American community. He has directed the documentary 1040: Christianity in the New Asia (2010), and the documentary short BLT Genesis (2002), which tracks the behind-the-scenes making of and trajectory of Justin Lin's film, Better Luck Tomorrow.

Evan's love for film happened at UCLA when he was working on a documentary. He met Justin Lin and worked on Better Luck Tomorrow and had the opportunity to learn through Justin Lin. 

Evan shares about his experience and process of making "Linsanity".  Being able to spend time with Jeremy Lin during the height of Linsanity. Evan talks about his experience of going to Sundance Film Festival as a director. 

We discuss his upcoming and first narrative feature film "Snakehead". Evan is launching a Kickstarter campaign to build a community around "Snakehead". 

You may support and be a part of the project here: "Snakehead" Kickstarter

Topics discussed in this episode:

  • Generational influence in our career tracks
  • The importance of mentorship
  • The love and process of filmmaking
  • The power and influence of media
  • The lack of Asian representation in mainstream media

What you learn from this episode:

  • How to figure out what your passion is in your life and career
  • How to navigate risk and work through fear
  • How to let go of fear to spark creativity
  • Ways to be resourceful as an artist
  • The importance of mastering your craft

Getting in touch with Evan Jackson Leong:


Facebook Page for "Snakehead"


Instagram @snakeheadmovie

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