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There are many facets to Mr. Ed Moy. He is an accomplished journalist receiving in 2000 the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society National Print Media Award for Excellence in Journalism. He is also an actor, a screenwriter, a director and a producer. When I met Mr. Ed Moy it was at the screening for the 2012 Short Film “Key Luke” in which he was one of the screenwriters. I was very impressed by Mr. Ed Moy, he seemed a wonderful intellectual with a gift for humor, but even more so, I was taken by his constant quest for the truth as a journalist and storyteller. It was not only something that was close to his heart, but it was very important to him that everyone’s story was told with truth, dignity, and respect. As I sat with Mr. Ed Moy we talked more about his plans for the future and I must say he had some ambitious plans which are now coming to fruition three years later.
I got a chance interview with Mr. Ed Moy about his new film he is producing “Aviatrix” and why this project means so much to him.
Before we get started I would like to know, what do you think the definition of art is and what does art meant to you?
Ed: In someways, life is art.
What makes an artist?
Ed: We are all artists. We are the painters, sculptors, filmmakers and writers of our own lives.
To put it all in perspective, I created the following poem to help expresses my beliefs:
LIFE IS A CANVAS
You are the artist of your own life.
Everything is alive with energy.
Its all a living canvas.
And you are the painter.
The canvas speaks to you!
Feel its energy.
Experience its love.
There is nothing else but its unconditional love.
Let go of fear.
It’s not real anyway.
All is just a portrait of your thoughts, ideas and beliefs.
Realize that All is Oneness and you’ll experience harmony.
That was wonderful!
Thank You. With that said, my goal in life has always been to express myself, in whatever manner was suitable to my needs at the time.
Being you are an award winning journalist, what new path have chosen to take at this stage of your life and career?
Ed: Currently, I am a writer, producer and actor.
What is the new project your working on and can you explain what it‘s about?
Ed: I’m creating a documentary project about Asian Aviatrix Katherine Sui Fun Cheung. Katherine is believed to be the first Chinese woman to earn a pilot’s license in the United States during the Golden Age of Aviation in the 1930s.
What inspires you about this project?
Ed: What inspires me about the “Aviatrix” project is that Katherine was a pioneer. She defied racial and gender bias to accomplish her dream of flying at a time when less than one percent of all pilots were women. She was a go-getter who would not take no for an answer. She believed in her dream and made it happen.
What about Katherine Sui Fun Cheung do you admire?
Ed: If I had to pick one thing about her that I admire the most, I’d say it was her tenacity plus her daredevil nature is the major reason this project appeals to me. People can read more about her on our Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/aviatrixthemovie or www.aviatrixproject.org
What are you doing for funding?
Ed: We are raising funds on Indiegogo. We are asking people to please share and ask other people to retweet or reshare and donate to make this happen! Here is our Indiegogo link https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/aviatrix-the-katherine-sui-fun-cheung-story/x/6089474
What made this project the one you had to do?
Ed: I think in some ways, I couldn’t have picked a better feature documentary project for me as a writer/director/producer to pursue at this point in my life. And god knows, I did explore multiple options before choosing to ultimately pursue this particular story. It also helps that sometimes life just pushes you in the right direction even when you don’t know what direction to go in. I’d say that often times, we actually try to push against what is in the flow of life.
What have been the obstacles you have had to overcome with the project?
Ed: In this case, I’ve been fortunate enough to literally have Katherine’s story be handed to me by people, through events, and things aligning themselves in such a way that it just naturally feels like this is what I am meant to do at this point in my life.
What are your feelings about the meaning of life?
Ed: There’s a terrific quote from Joseph Campbell: “Life is like arriving late for a movie having to figure out what was going on.” I think for most of my life that’s exactly how I felt. Often times, I felt like I was in a movie and didn’t know who my character was or what I was supposed to be doing or how I managed to get myself into that situation to begin with. In any case, growing up I always had this feeling that as Joseph Campbell wrote: “Life is without a meaning. You bring the meaning to it.”And this I find true because everyone has to tell themselves a story to give their life meaning. It can be stories from the Bible, the Koran, the Bhagavad Gita or even a Harry Potter book.
That is an interesting outlook on life, but is there any point to the meaning of life?
Ed: The point being that stories are what help to give our lives a meaning and purpose.
Is this the way you see life?
Ed: Looking at life from that point-of-view, you are in fact that main character in your life story. You have the “power” to choose your own life path, or adventure, so to speak. You can make “conscious” choices to create what you want into your life that give it meaning for you. And you attract the people, places, and things in your life that help to define your story.
Is your art what moves you creatively, spiritually or emotionally?
Ed: I think for me art is any form of creation. For me that might be films or writing. But its all simply a way to create and share whatever it is that my soul or spirit resonates with at that point in time and wishes to share with others. I believe we are all artists creating our own little masterpieces on god’s grand canvas.
What advice do you have for up and coming artists?
Ed: Shine your light and share your passions. [TAOMR]