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Fabulous People: Jules East

Jules East is an independent filmmaker based in San Francisco and the owner of Jules East Productions LLC. East will release two award-winning films this year, including River of Ghosts and Alone in Venice. “Both films have won several awards in acclaimed international film festivals such as Burbank International Film Festival and Toronto International Women’s Film Festival.” Learn about Jules East

Follow at: @hongjuleseast

Hometown: Malaysia

First job: I used to be a building material purchaser before I got married and became a housewife/homemaker.

Favorite ways to spend your free time in CA: I enjoy hiking, visiting local vineyards, trying out new restaurants with friends, going to the movies and volunteering at animal shelters. 

Your biggest accomplishment and why: I’ve made two award-winning independent feature films, both of which will be released this year.

The biggest obstacle you overcame: No one would listen to my pitch until I got to know someone prominent in the industry—it took years.

Someone who inspires you and why: I met a guru in India during a pilgrimage trip with my mom. He manifested a gold chain from the palm of his hand right in front of me. Since then, I’ve realized my purpose—I want to be a great illusionist and entertain.

Advice to someone pursuing a career path in what you do: Don’t ever give up. Your break may come tomorrow or even this evening. Keep trying and keep going!

Favorite quote: “Difficulties are chances to elevate.”—Unknown.

Something someone would be surprised to learn about you: I composed music for both of my films and I won a Crystal Pine—ISFMF International Sound & Film Music Festival award for one of the best original film scores. I was also nominated for the award at the Burbank International Film Festival.  

What makes someone fabulous: A person who radiates love and joy.

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