Sept. 15, 2002 at the Closing Awards Ceremony of the Big Bear Lake International Film Festival, my first film won the Audience Award for Best Feature Film in the Asian American category! We couldn't believe it. Between the four of us, I didn't believe it -- well considering that presenter Dana Lee announced us as, "Soap Dish." Everyone including the late actor, Mako congratulated us. Pretty cool. Such a surreal night it was! Interviews, press and local paparazzi as well as the kind audience that voted for us and said positive comments of our film. I was so sure the folks of "Charlotte Sometimes" was going to take this. Totally blown away from the attention I was not prepared for. The next day, press all over the internet. What a weird feeling it was. This was one of those nights I could not forget.
This was our award statue (that needed to be engraved later).