Director / Editor / Writer
Anne Hu is a director and video editor based in New York, New York. She has edited theatrical film trailers and television commercials for The Walking Dead, Breaking Bad, Virunga, Dope, Vacation, and more.
Her directorial work has also received recognition. Balloon, a hand-drawn animated short, was in the Top 16 New York City Campus MovieFest Northern Regional Grand Finale. Emma, a short narrative, was accepted into the Queens World Film Festival, and she is currently submitting her latest film, Into the Woods, into festivals.
She is a co-leader of two NYC filmmaker’s collectives, Film Fatales and The Filmshop. Outside of filmmaking and editing, she is dancing, writing, drawing, and spoiling her corgi Domo, aka The Best Dog.
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A Q&A WITH FILMSHOP BREAKTHROUGH SERIES 2017 FEATURED ARTIST anne hu...
What was the inspiration for your project?
When I was 20, I was in a similar situation as the protagonist and I wished I had a sex robot! And hence this story. Beyond that, I wanted to explore the complexities of sexuality, fetishization of Asian women, technology in modern relationships, and gender roles.
If you could do one thing differently, what would that be?
I’m curious to see how far I could have push the absurdity, but ultimately I don’t want to touch this film again. There are moments I would like to have improved upon, but those are now lessons learned. Upwards and onwards.
How did the Filmshop community contribute to its development?
Filmshop was apart of “Cake” from beginning to end. I workshopped the script, several Filmshop members were apart of the crew, and I workshopped a rough cut of “Cake” in Filmshop. Filmshoppers were involved in every stage. This film would not have been possible without the Filmshop community.
I have two upcoming pieces that focus on Asian American themes. First, I am writing a horror vengeance feature film about a family struggling to move forward with life after a family member dies. Second, I am writing a short film about my experiences growing up Asian American in Cleveland, Ohio. It explores not appreciating your origins while you’re young but appreciating them when you’re older. Lastly, I’m writing an anthology series about dog runs in NYC.
What keeps you up at night?
What am I doing with my life?!?!?!?!?! But that’s a dull answer. Would it be more exciting if I said corgis jumping over clouds or corgi butt twerks? Because that sounds like heaven.