How ‘Spotlight’ became a global hit, thanks to the internet
In 2006, a young Korean film maker was looking for a way to break into the global film industry.
It was a dream, but she needed help.
“I knew a lot of film directors would want to be directors, and I didn’t have the resources to do that,” she says.
So she set out to find some of the best directors she could find and meet them face-to-face.
“They were just amazing people and I wanted to know what it was like for them to have that privilege and to be able to work with some of them,” she recalls.
After a year-long search, she finally found the right people.
She met the head of the film branch of the Korean Film Council, who took her to his office.
He explained that the festival wasn’t going to happen because it was too late.
He was wrong.
After she had filmed three short films, they were invited to a screening of a movie by the director of “Spotlight”.
He had a moment of clarity: “I thought, wow, we really are in the right place.”
They were asked to present their films for the first time in Seoul.
“We were so impressed with how well they were able to adapt their stories to Korean language,” she remembers.
“There was a real spark.
They really brought their story to life.”
They would go on to make another film in 2008, “The Story of My Life”, which was picked up by the film festival and became a worldwide hit.
“The first time I saw that film, I thought, Wow, this is the directorial talent of the world,” she laughs.
“And it’s true.”
She and her team have since made three more feature films, including “Moonlit Memories” and “The Dreamer”.
“It’s been the most challenging year for me,” she explains.
“In terms of our films, I’ve been working so hard, but I’ve also been feeling really sad and lonely.”
She is now focusing on creating a documentary film series about the rise of the internet in South Korea.
The story is the story of a young filmmaker who set out from her home country to create a documentary about a new technology that’s taking the world by storm.
The film follows a Korean-American family that has been using the internet to share information about the family’s home, and to get through their difficulties.
“You can see the internet is changing society,” she tells me.
“It is the best tool for everyone.”
The first film “Moonlight Memories” won the 2014 Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for an Academy Award.
It premiered at the South Korea Film Festival in 2015 and was screened at the Cannes Film Festival last year.
“Moonlights” was nominated in the Best Short Documentary category and won the Audience Award at the 2018 Venice Film Festival.
“Spotlights” won an Independent Film Award in 2019.
She says her family is currently working on another documentary film, and she hopes to release it this year.
For her, it is important to be open about what she has done.
“Being a filmmaker is something you do alone and alone is difficult.
I am still in a bit of a dark place,” she said.
“But it is my love for film, my love of Korea, and for the people who make films.”
She says she is very proud of her work, and believes that the internet has made film possible.
“That’s the beauty of the Internet.
The internet has created this wonderful community, and there’s no better place for people to share their stories than the internet.”
She hopes her work will inspire others to keep on working.
“Film is my life, so when I start to work on a film, that’s when I want to leave this place,” Ms Park says.
“My hope is to make people think about their work.
I want everyone to do their best work, because that’s how you make your dreams come true.”
“Moonlighters” is available to watch on Netflix here.
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