My Name Is Seven
San Jose-based director DB Cheng met up with me last year and gave me the script for My Name Is Seven, a short romantic comedy he planned to shoot in Los Angeles with hip-hop dancers Steve Terada and Brian Hirano of Quest Crew and Yuri Tag of Kaba Modern, best known for their performances on MTV’s America’s Best Dance Crew. DB already had a few songs in place from The Bangerz and wanted some additional flavors from Boyfriend Academy. I wrote and recorded two electro pop songs for My Name Is Seven: “Do It 4 Me,” an up-tempo, four-on-the-floor, dance pop number; and “Gimme Summer Dat,” a mid-tempo, urban pop track. Both songs made the final cut.
The best part of the process was running the live sound playback at the shoot in in Los Angeles for the dance studio scene and getting to see the dancer’s choreography bring “Do It 4 Me” to life.
My Name Is Seven toured the Asian American film festival circuit in 2011 and 2012. I attended the premiere screening with DB at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival. The film was also an official selection in the Asian Film Festival of Dallas, the San Diego Asian Film Festival, the DC Asian Pacific American Film Festival, the Boston Asian American Film Festival, the Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival, the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival and the PBS Online Film Festival.
DB Cheng and Tony Smith, premiere of My Name Is Seven, Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival