Films

Lilo & Me

Lilo & Me

10 mins 2003

Come along for the ride as Fulbeck documents his uncanny resemblance to Pocahontas, Aladdin, Mowgli, and other “ethnically ambiguous” animated characters in this hilarious expose on the muting of race in American popular media

“… a hilarious and thought-provoking study of ‘ethnically ambiguous’ animated characters that is part memoir, part family portrait, part pop-culture survey, and all Disney” — Independent Film Festival of Boston

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Rock & Roll Pug Run

2 mins 2003

Challenged by his UCSB art students to produce a “non-transferable” film overnight, Fulbeck responds by shooting this everyday action. Always an audience favorite

Man for You

A Man For You

:30 sec 2003

Selected as one of 40 artists for Visual Communications’ inaugural Digital Slam, Fulbeck decides to go old school for his 30-second slot. Using just one take, he playfully skewers longtime VC festival programmer and friend Abe Ferrer in this hilarious take on Pinoy culture

Banana Split

Banana Split

38 mins 1991

The landmark film on Hapa identity—shown in festivals, museums and classes for over two decades. Remastered in 2011 from the original 35mm print

“A classic of the video essay genre” — Bob Nakamura, Filmmaker

“Am Amerasian pomo version of Woody Allen” — The Bay Area Reporter

First Place, Red River International Film Festival
Outstanding Student Experimental Award, Brooklyn Arts Council
Best Local Filmmaker, Santa Barbara International Film Festival

Sweet or Spicy

Sweet or Spicy?

7 mins 2000

A 24-year-old Asian American male has never been kissed. Why not feature him on Loveline?

“With his usual combination of wit and worry, Fulbeck explores representations of Asian American male sexuality in pop culture, while a trash TV show host tries to get a girl for a ‘never-been-kissed’ Korean American” — New York Video Festival

Finalist (Experimental), Cinematexas Film Festival
Bemerkenswert, Festival Der Nationen (Austria)
3rd Place, Canadian International Film Festival
Best Short Film Nominee, 2000 Ammy Awards

Sex Love Kung Fu

Sex, Love, & Kung Fu

7 mins 2000

It’s Mystery Science Theater — Hapa style. Join two crazed kung fu fanatics as they comically argue over Asian American masculinity, the homoerotic nature of martial arts movies, and the size of Dolph Lundgren’s penis

“Beavis and Butthead meet Bruce Lee in this sly and hilarious on the representation of Asian American men in the media” — Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival

Best Experimental Film, First Glance Film Festival
Finalist, USA Film Festival Short Film Competition

Nine Fish

Nine Fish

24 mins 1996

Made a decade before the Terry Schiavo case entered the national consciousness, Fulbeck chronicles his Cantonese grandmother’s physical decline and its deep impact on his mother and family

“Both funny and sobering, themes of death and life swim in and out of these stories — each told with the soul and clarity of a child grown up” — Seattle Asian American Film Festival

“Rendered almost unwatchable by babbling voice-over which reeks of theatrical self-indulgence” — Kevin Sun, AsianWeek

Artistic Director’s Award of Merit, Sinking Creek Film Festival

LA Christmas

L.A. Christmas

13 mins 1996

A 9-year-old black belt, Buddhists butchering Christmas carols & a nephew reciting pi to 200 digits — the quintessential American Christmas captured in a delightfully playful home movie about home movies

“Have you ever been at a party and realized your in-laws are vastly entertained by the things that embarrass you most about your family? Fulbeck’s video captures that contradictory feeling, simultaneously mocking and celebrating his family’s idiosyncracies” — Peter Feng, University of Delaware

Audience Festival Favorite, Malaysia Asian American Film Festival

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Asian Studs Nightmare

6 mins 1994

A wacky spoof on the racial politics operating behind a hit television dating show

“Keep your ears pricked up and your eyes glued to the screen; there’s a lot going on here.  Fulbeck rehashes a dozen too-Oriental-for-you images and delivers a bullet-speed narrative that exposes the racists designs of the show’s ‘Gestapo’ producers” — Seattle Asian American Film Festival

Best Narrative Short, Los Angeles Asian Pacific American International Film Festival

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Some Questions for 28 Kisses

8 mins 1994

An exploration of Asian Female/White Male pairings in Hollywood movies and their real and imagined effects on gender politics and Asian American masculinity

“This is a terrific, intense, multimedia experience — deconstructing Hollywood’s images of Asian Americans … it ought to be seen by Asian American women” — Hawaii International Film Festival

Special Juror’s Award, USA Film Festival
Silver Carp Award, Seattle Asian American Film Festival
Finalist, New York Expo of Short Film

Day At The Fair

A Day At The Fair

2 mins 1991

A tongue-in-cheek tag along through the Del Mar Fair, as Fulbeck interviews an artist claiming heavy influence from Oriental art

Game of Death

Game of Death

6 mins 1991

The legendary Bruce Lee is examined in the various roles he posthumously came to represent — from Fulbeck’s own boyhood idol to an Asian American male icon

“A hilarious look at the beautification of Bruce Lee … ‘Game’ shows how Asian America’s desperation for a hero has led into Lee’s devolution into an inhuman, and ultimately replaceable, chopsocky icon” — Jeff Yang, The Village Voice

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Vicki in 3:30

3:30 mins 1990

Using the fictional character of “Vicki” as a foil, this confessional boy story confronts sexual politics head on

“(Fulbeck’s) narrative runs around like a chicken with its head cut off, deconstructing everything in its path — dating, gender roles, stereotypes, and the whole notion of sexual conquest. We end up wondering who the ‘winner’ really is” — Keith Fung, Momentum


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