Published: Saturday, May 08, 2010
|Burnaby doctor and actor Yvette Lu is once again in the spotlight
for the Shaw Multicultural Channel's annual Filmmakers Showcase.
The program, presented in celebration of Asian Heritage Month, is a
co-production with ExplorASIAN, a month-long celebration of Asian and
Asian-Canadian arts and culture in the Lower Mainland.
The Filmmakers Showcase is broadcast on Shaw Multicultural Channel
(Cable 119) on Sunday, May 9 at 9 p.m. and midnight, and on Shaw TV
(Cable 4) on Sunday, May 23 at 9 p.m.
It's a showcase of short films by local filmmakers that explore,
portray or celebrate the Asian-Canadian experience.
Lu, who also works part-time as a family doctor, collaborated with
local filmmaker Jonas Salzberg to write, produce and direct one of the
showcased films, Baby Donut.
Salzberg, a graduate of both BCIT and Simon Fraser University, has
worked on shows such as The Week The Women Went (CBC) and was part of
the NBC broadcast team for the 2010 Winter Olympics.
Baby Donut is a coming-of-age story that explores the struggle of how
to find one's identity.
It tells the story of Jeremy, a young English as a second language
teacher, and the sexy Japanese exchange student Kumiko.
"As we grow up, we face constant pressure to be what others and
society want us to be," Lu said in a press release.
"We are bombarded by expectations from friends, families, lovers and
even strangers, and we find ourselves going to incredible lengths to
cope with or escape these pressures."
In the film, she said, Jeremy and Kumiko are both trapped in their
own ways, "and how they deal with their challenges is unique, funny,
sad, sweet and, ultimately, very real."
Baby Donut is Lu's third project for the Filmmakers Showcase.
Last year, she starred in A Table for One, a short drama about coping
In 2008, she was the lead in Food for the Gods, a futuristic
sci-fi/romance that has since screened at festivals across North
For more about Lu, see her website at
Photo contributed/BURNABY NOW
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