Know Thyself Through Observation
By Jess Teong
Observation, is not only a mere stimulus of our senses, but more importantly, it is an enabler of self-realization. 'The Kid From The Big Apple' scriptwriter and director, Jess Teong shares that everything that we are experiencing around us is a rich source of inspiration for film making. For every matter that is presence in life, brings about significant meaning and impact.
About Jess Teong
a career spanning over 20 years in the entertainment industry, Jess
Teong is now carving out a niche for herself as an award winning film
director and screenplay writer.
She started her career in 1990 as a fashion model winning the inaugural competition of Malaysian Female Cover Girl of the Year. Next came over forty TV commercials across the Asia Pacific region including endorsements for famous brands such as De Beers Diamonds in Japan, Dunhill, Pantene and Lux to name but a few.
This followed with time spent singing professionally both in Malaysia and overseas. She found time to release a number of albums before taking on acting roles in various drama series, two full length movies and as the host of an extensive number of TV shows. There was also time as a copywriter for multiple lifestyle columns in the Chinese tabloids.
It was during her time acting that Jess developed aspirations to try her hand on the other side of the camera and take on the role as producer. To date she has produced three feature movies: ‘Ghost Buddies’, ‘Who’s Your Daddy?’ and the award winning ‘Paper Moon’, as well as co-producing the Hong Kong movie ‘Special Female Force’.
She has also become the Managing Director and Producer at Three Pictures Sdn Bhd.
More recently the Malaysian movie ‘The Kid from the Big Apple’, which was written and directed by Jess, has won the Award of Best Screenplay, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress and Best Newcomer at the 7th Macau International Movie Festival. The movie also won ‘Special Jury Award’ and ‘Best Young Actor’ in 28 th Malaysia Film Festival. The story itself has been shortlisted as one of the finalists in the New York Screenplay Contest organized by the New York Writers Guild and followed by ‘Hollywood Screenplay Contest’. Together with the movie, she was invited to attend a number of prominent film festivals in Japan, Singapore and China in 2016. Just recently, she is awarded ‘2016 Outstanding Filmmaker’ by Chinese Film Association in Malaysia.
Jess is currently completing her latest project the feature film ‘Before We Forget’. This family friendly movie will be released later in 2017.
She is also passionate about nature and with an eye for fine detail she appreciates art and beauty in all its forms. Most importantly Jess knows how to live life to its fullest and her motto is: “Everyone’s life is a good story. If you live life to the fullest, then it can become a good script and eventually a good movie!”
Date: Friday, 1 September 2017
Venue: Blue Room @ The Arts House
Fee: FREE with registration
- Venue was changed to "The Arts House, Blue Room". Diff 2017-07-17 07:24:12