Paul Juhn is a Korean American actor and writer based in New York City. He is one of Suffolk Street Films' founding members and producers. As a stage actor, he has performed in New York City and in regional theaters across the country. His stage credits include: Sides: the Fear is Real (co-writer/performer) with Mr. Miyagi's Theatre Company, White Chocolate at the Culture Project, wAve by Sung Rno with the Ma-Yi Theater Company, after the quake at Berkeley Repertory Theatre, The Importance of Being Earnest at La Jolla Playhouse, Mother Courage at the Guthrie Theater. Film and T.V. credits include: Works of Art, SALT, Michael Clayton, Law & Order, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, As the World Turns. Paul received his MFA in Acting from the University of California, San Diego.
Andrew Pang is a Korean American director/actor who grew up in Northern Virginia and graduated from the Yale School of Drama with an MFA in Acting. Andrew has been a professional actor for over 20 years. In New York he has performed on Broadway as well as with the National Asian American Theatre Company, Ma-Yi and Pan Asian Repertory. He has also appeared regionally throughout the U.S., including the Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago in productions of Kafka on the Shore and after the quake. Some of his film and television credits include The Corruptor, Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Good Wife and A Gifted Man. In addition to his work as an actor, he is also a member of the Motion Picture Editors Guild and has served as an Assistant Editor for the films Margin Call (Sundance) and Silent House (Sundance) as well as the TV show Damages. Works of Art is his directorial debut.
Philippe Leong is a Chinese-Filipino American from New York City. Philippe attended the prestigious Stuyvesant High School and then went on to Baruch College, CUNY where he was given the Outstanding Student Achievement award. He has been acting for over 15 years in commercials, film & TV. Selected credits include the OBIE award winning production of Benten Kozo presented by the BAT Theatre Company, Academy Award Winning Student Film Bohemibot, TV credits include Law & Order: SVU, Food Network and a recurring role on ImaginAsian's sit com Uncle Morty's Dub Shack. Previous films he has produced include Crumple winner of AAFilmLab's first 72 Hour shootout.
In the summer of 2008, my good friend Paul Juhn asked me to read a screenplay that he had been working on. I loved it. I found it to be clever, entertaining and funny, but what struck me most was that it provided another perspective of Asian American culture, which I had not yet seen on film. I immediately spoke to him about the possibility of shooting it. We brought our friend, Phil Leong, into the discussions and we ultimately decided to adapt Paul's feature screenplay into a short film.
The three of us have worked as actors here in New York City for many years. With Works of Art we relished the chance to take charge and tell a story that we wanted to tell, as actors, as Asian Americans. We wanted to have fun, but our foremost goal was to make this a collaborative effortincorporating ideas from the writer, director, actors, cinematographer, editor, etc.
The result is a piece that I am extremely proud of, born out of our love of storytelling and a desire to create something on our own. To start with a story then to produce a tangible entity that can be shared with others...the process was a complete, unexpected joy. We hope that our work will not only entertain but also inspire others to tell their own stories through film.