NEW YORK – Filipino-Chinese John Paul Su was recently awarded the 2006 Aegis Award for his short film “Happy Anniversary.”

The Aegis Awards is the industry’s premier competition for peer recognition of outstanding film/video productions and non-network TV commercials from the U.S. and Canada. Happy Anniversary was honored in the Drama / Entertainment category for its outstanding production quality as judged by distinguished panel of industry professionals from around the nation.

Happy Anniversary has been showing in festivals, since 2005, across the U.S. and around the world including New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, San Francisco, Swaziland (South Africa). This is Su’s fourth international award for communications and filmmaking since 2002.

Olivier-Award winning Broadway playwright David Hirson attended Su’s New York screening and said, “Su’s unique vision was evident in the narrative itself, which centers on a relationship of such emotional complexity that it would seem uncontainable in so short a form.”

John Paul likes to film socio-political and domestic themes and observes the dynamics of human interaction, the nuances, the contradictions and use them in his craft.

On his filming style, Su says, “I make sure that I drive the point of the story and bring out the best dramatic impact. So that even after the credits have rolled, the story and the characters will still linger in the audience’s minds.”

Happy Anniversary is about the special dinner that Linda, an Asian woman, has prepared for her American husband George. But things have not always been sweet for both of them, especially for Linda. Tonight, she whips up her best dish yet.

Su works the camera for the ABS-CBN The Filipino Channel’s Balitang America East Coast team. Balitang America is a weekly news program that tackles international issues involving Philippine-American relations, as well as national and local issues affecting the Filipino-American community.

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* John Paul Su is from Xavier Batch 1996.
** Article reposted from Philippine News and AAXS-Smart Group.

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