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Director Quentin Lee

"The People I've Slept With"


By Troy Maillis

 

The 2nd Annual Fort Lauderdale Gay and Lesbian Film Festival at The Manor in Fort Lauderdalehas a fantastic cinematic line-up planned for October 7-10. Mark Magazine caught up with Quentin Lee, director of “The People I’ve Slept With” to talk about the film and its effect on audiences. You can watch the film on Friday, October 8th at 8 p.m.

MARK: Can you talk about “The People I've Slept With” in your own words, and why you decided to take on this project?

QUENTIN: The project dated back to one fateful night in 2006 when I was kicking with actress Karin Anna Cheung. We talked about doing something together and laughed about some of our crazy dates. And I thought, “What about a romantic comedy with a strong female protagonist and a gay best friend?” Both Karin and I wanted to make a gay positive movie. We enlisted writer Koji Steven Sakai and my producing partner Stanley Yung and off we started developing the script. So I was pretty much involved from ground up. You've received rave reviews for not only the film, but also the cast.

What was it like working with such a talented cast? Did any of the actors stand out?

It was very easy and a lot of fun. Particularly because it was a low budget indie film, we worked like a large family, a crazy family of actors and film lovers. Although we faced the challenges of not having enough money, like having to shoot on a set built in a warehouse at the heat of the summer with no air conditioning, we all pulled through with a diverse cast from veterans like James Shigeta and Wilson Cruz to the hilarious scene-stealing Randall Park (Nice But Boring Guy) and Chris Zylka (Mr. Hottie).

What are you hoping the audience takes away from watching the film? What type of audience do you think will identify most with the film?

We want the audience to walk away thinking about leading a more open life and being more tolerant to others after having a fun time watching the movie. As ‘People’ is considered my most "accessible" film, I feel female and gay audience will identify most with the film.

Do you think there is still a stigma attached to women who are promiscuous compared to their male counterparts? If so, why?

Of course. The world is still incredibly sexist, racist and homophobic. Nevertheless, America is one of the most equal societies in the world where we can talk freely and make movies about the issues we face.

Are you working on any new projects and what can we expect from you in the future? Will you be at next year's Fort Lauderdale Gay & Lesbian Film Festival? I am working on several projects including a gaythemed serial killer thriller called “After Me, Disaster,” a teen drama called “The White Frog,”and a horror feature.