Just in time for its DVD release, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan was the opening night film for the Chinese American Film Festival.

Wendy Deng, Lisa See at "Snow Flower and the Secret Fan" event

(L-R) Producer Wendi Murdoch, actress Li Bingbing, director Wayne Wang, producer Florence Sloan and author Lisa See arrive at a screening of Fox Searchlights' "Snowflower and the Secret Fan" at Fox Studios' The Little Theater on July 11, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (July 10, 2011 - Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images North America via Zimbio)

On hand were producers Wendi Deng Murdoch (wife of News Corp. head Rupert) and Florence Sloan, author Lisa See, and stars Russell Wong and Archie Kao … as well as this reporter.

On a red carpet more befitting a state affair than a paparazzi fest, I had the chance to interview the producers as well as See, who is in the midst of a book tour promoting her latest, Dreams of Joy.  See views the movie as an extension of her book, and was enthused about the wider scope that film allows her words to take on.

See says there was no specific thing that she was sorry about seeing omitted in the translation of book to film, and looks forward to shepherding another of her books, currently in development, onto the big screen.

Both Sloan and Murdoch, who made headlines defending her husband, News Corp. (FOX’s parent company) Chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch, from a pie throw during a Parliament proceeding, were attracted to the friendships and strong Asian female roles in the story.   Their production company, Big Feet Productions, has several other projects in the pipeline.

Bulldog reporters that we are here at Wide Lantern, we tried to get Murdoch to talk about the pie-throwing incident, but, alas, she wanted to concentrate on discussing the film.

Check back soon for video interviews exclusively at Wide Lantern shot by Wilki Tom photography.


Ken Choy


Video courtesy of ChannelAPA

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