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Tallgrass filmmaker questionnaire: Emily Ting, ‘It’s Already Tomorrow in Hong Kong’

Emily Ting, “It’s Already Tomorrow in Hong Kong”
Emily Ting, “It’s Already Tomorrow in Hong Kong” Courtesy photo

Emily Ting, director, “It’s Already Tomorrow in Hong Kong”

Currently residing in: Los Angeles

Genre(s): Romance

When is it screening? 11:30 a.m. Saturday and 3:15 p.m. Sunday, both at Scottish Rite

Tell us about your film in 10 words or less: “Before Sunrise” in Hong Kong.

Why were you drawn to tell this story? I lived in Hong Kong for five years as an expat and this is my love letter to the city. I’ve always known how cinematic and romantic the city is, and now I want everyone else to know!

How long did you work on the film? It took about a year to develop the script and get the actors attached. Once everything was set up and ready to go, we shot for only 14 days in Hong Kong.

Who are directors you look up to/are inspired by: I love Woody Allen’s films, and while his output may be spotty at times, I’m extremely inspired by the fact that he goes out there and makes a film a year.

What’s your favorite film? It’s probably no surprise to anyone that it’s “Before Sunset!”

Do you prefer jumping off a cliff or taking the long, winding way down? Long, winding way.

Been to Wichita before? No, but I’m excited to finally visit!

Be honest. Ever mutter the phrase, “Toto, I don’t think we’re in Kansas anymore”? No, unfortunately.

Any advice for aspiring filmmakers? Don’t wait around for someone to give you a chance, make your own opportunities happen.