Tennis pro turned producer Ashok Amritraj recalled his early days in Hollywood during opening festivities for the Asian Pacific Film Fest Thursday night at the DGA. Armitraj, feted for his contributions to the Asian American film community, said he always got a return call when he sent out scripts early on, but that callers were more interested in talking about their backhand than his projects.
“I could sense the conversation was winding down, so I’d ask about my script, and they’d say, ‘Oh, we passed on that three days ago,’ ” Amritraj said.
The chairman and CEO of Hyde Park Entertainment, who recently produced “Bringing Down the House” for Disney, advised the mostly youthful aud that if he was able to thrive after “growing up in India and playing tennis” they could make it as well. Oscar-winning documentarian Jessica Yu was also honored opening night, which was emceed by several of the exhuberant stars of “Better Luck Tomorrow,” including Parry Shen and Roger Fan.