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Behind-the-scenes footage from the making of Andy Nguyen’s series, “Forever in Hiatus.” The three-part series centers around the story of a short-lived fame of a pop star, who has left behind his former fame to pedal a xich-lo (pedi-cab) on the streets of Saigon. Photo by Vinh Phus

and self-confidence. “You don’t realize when you first meet him but he is such a funny kid,” Arnold raved. He also approached one of his professors, Rick Wilber, to be his mentor. “He came to my office with a DVD and I thought ‘Great, here we go’ but then I watched his film and went ‘Oh my, he really IS a filmmaker.’ Then I ran down the hall and made the rest of the faculty watch it," Wilber said. "When he graduated he asked me to write a recommendation for film school. I’ve only written 5 or 6 recommendations since the 1970s that I felt so outrageously strong about. I practically threatened those schools to let him in. Later, I was watching the Sundance Film Festival and was not at all surprised to see him standing next to Robert Redford (founder of the Sundance Film Festival) on screen.”


Bullhorn Issue 1  

University of South Florida School of Mass Communications alumni magazine

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