Stage 32 Member Spotlight: Johnny K. Wu, Indie Filmmaker

Stage 32 Member Spotlight: Johnny K. Wu, Indie Filmmaker

Stage 32 Member Spotlight: Johnny K. Wu, Indie Filmmaker

Karen "Kay" Ross
Karen "Kay" Ross
2 years ago

Happy Lunar New Year, Stage32-ers!

What are you doing to celebrate the Year of the Metal Ox? We’re celebrating by highlighting one particularly stellar Asian-American indie filmmaker who not only weathered the beating of last year’s Year of the Metal Rat, but truly benefited. While we could all do with calmer waters this year, forecasts say to focus on diligence, hard work, and patience. I can’t think of a better example of persistence than today’s Stage32 member! Where so many other independent filmmakers make the mistake of spending money upfront, inflating their production budget, my guest today has successfully learned to navigate his “return on investment” through deferred payments, running a safe set, and delivering a quality end product.

Today’s conversation is with Johnny K. Wu, a long-time Stage 32 member and frequent contributor to the Producing Lounge. You may have heard about his ultra low-budget action film, Wu Lin The Society, from his updates on this post over the past six months! Yes, it’s an epic read, so pour your favorite beverage to go along with it - HA! He just wrapped production on his project shot locally in his hometown of Cleveland, Ohio. You can check out the trailer here. Join me in congratulating Johnny with a comment below!

Also, keep an eye out - we both have cameo appearances! Without further ado, my newest Stage 32 friend, Johnny K. Wu!

Click Here to Watch Johnny's Member Spotlight!

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Enjoyed today’s conversation? Don’t wait for our next Member Spotlight video blog! Reach out through the Stage32 lounges ( and meet your own member to spotlight! If you meet someone you admire, you can direct message them or give them a shout out on the Introduce Yourself Lounge! Don’t forget to introduce your friends who may be shy or need a boost - we love meeting new people on Stage 32!

Feeling nostalgic? Here are our 2020 Member Spotlights:

Suzanne Garnett - Writer/Producer in the U.K.

Sandeep Sharma - Director/Editor in NYC

Diego Cantu - Writer/Director with Bandwagon Media

Dawn Prato - Screenwriter/Story Editor in Vancouver, Canada

Diane Foster - Producer/Actor in Los Angeles, CA

Grace Yee - Screenwriter/Actor in Los Angeles, CA

Louisa Kendrick - Writer/Director/Actor in Los Angeles, CA

And out newest 2021 Member Spotlights:

Bob Harper - Animation Director and Executive with Grilled Cheese Media

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About the Author

Karen "Kay" Ross

Karen "Kay" Ross

Filmmaker, Producer, Screenwriter, Script Consultant, Voice Actor, Actor

Kay Ross is an actor, producer, writer, and champion for the "inner teenager.” While being a producer on a television show like Netflix’s “Sex Education” would be a dream realized, for now, she kicks ass on shorts, features, and hosts a weekly IGLive to empower creatives called “The Victory Round.”...

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