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Behind the Car Scene

An experienced car enthusiast explains what it really means to be in the car community and how illegal street activities jeopardize a passion and lifestyle.

  • Edward Chou
  • Edward Chou
  • Kayle De Guzman
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  • Edward Chou
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    9 minutes 2 seconds
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    March 16, 2020
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    United States
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Director Biography - Edward Chou

Edward Chou is a fourth year film student studying at UCSC. Originally from LA, he has moved Santa Cruz to pursue his degree in Film and Digital Media, with a concentration on production. Before his move up, Edward spent a lot of his time as a PA for various shoots. During this time, he gained experience as a grip and gaffer. Aside from these shoots, he also focused on getting his Associates degree at Pasadena City College in order to transfer to UCSC. Over the past year, Edward has taken a step away from the bigger productions and began to shoot his own projects. These projects include footage of his trips abroad, his involvement in the tuner car community, and a few short story scripts. In the meantime, Edward hopes to hone his editing skills, as his future is aimed to work in post production, however he also sees himself directing down the line as well.

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Director Statement

I really feel like I have a strong connection to this topic since it’s been one of my big hobbies since middle school. I would say a good 50% of all the people I have met since moving up to northern California have been through the car community. And they have become some of the closest friends I’ve made since being up here. To me, the car community is more than just a hobby, but also a way of life. Behind the late night drives and the hours spent working on cars, you also find yourself making friends. I think that’s why it’s so important to me to make this documentary. Because of the lack of knowledge regarding this community, the profiling of modified cars jeopardizes this way of life. Additionally, I would say that a large percentage of people drive nowadays, so it would also be important to educate the people we share the roads with. I feel like it was important for me to make a film about this because it’s a crossroads where both my hobby and passion mix.