• All About a Boy

    On March 3, 1978, in the only hospital in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, I was born into this world kicking and screaming, and my parents often remind me that I haven't changed much since. I choose to take that as a compliment. My kicking and screaming isn't a vulgar retaliation against the injustices of this world that have caused me great suffering and misfortune, for I've lived a truly blessed life. Wonderful parents, wonderful siblings, wonderful friends. I even had a wonderful dog once, but he ran away. And I've had my fair share of wonderful experiences. My kicking and screaming is a celebration of life, a manifestation of the joy I feel for being alive. It's a manic urge to express myself through a number of mediums in loud, bright colors that say "Thank you God for blessing me with so much!" Not to say that I don't paint gloomier themes in darker colors sometimes, as manic urges are just one part of an alternating cycle of highs and lows. I'm sure a graph of my life would alternate erratically back and forth across that central axis that represents "normality", but I can say truthfully that I'm happy the curves of my life have never become lines, especially ones that rest flat on that central axis. I plan to go on kicking and screaming when I can, and when I can't, in those periods of self-reflection and soul-searching that I sometimes desperately crave, I hope to learn how to kick harder and scream louder. Not to lash out, but to be heard. Not to hurt, but to help. To change. And to create.

    That's my deepest desire, my one true driving energy. To create. And a tortuous, sometimes agonizing path it has been to discovering how best to create. It's a path I'll most likely spend my entire life stumbling down, discovering new outlets for my creative urges as I go. I see a lot of Vincent van Gogh in me. Not that I'll ever have his talent (although he'd be the first to argue that talent can be a very subjective thing), or necessarily find that one medium of expression to so faithfully, and painfully, pursue, but I feel that same feverish drive to create at times, and I've seen how it can lead me to both great joy and misery, often simultaneously. And to think I was once an aspiring engineer. Oh, the roads we travel in life. Never knowing the way because we never know the final destination.

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Category Archives: Korea

Jay Hubert: Exploring Asia With a Camera

Posted on 09/27/2008

Categories: China, Film, Hawaii, Japan, Korea, Publicity , Tags:

Recently the University of Hawaii’s monthly magazine Malamalama ran a short article about me entitled “Jay Hubert: Exploring Asia with a camera.”  My friend Jason had wanted to submit some freelance articles to them, and thought I would somehow make a good subject (and up until that point I thought that Jason always exercised exceptionally good judgment!).  I don’t think either of us realized during the ‘interview’ process just how short the article would be, as Jason sent me a […]

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My Jeonju International Film Festival Experience

Posted on 05/16/2008

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The 9th Annual Jeonju International Film Festival (JIFF) was held from May 1-9, 2008 in Jeonju, the 12th largest city in South Korea. JIFF is Korea’s second largest film festival behind the massive Pusan International Film Festival. Offering a cozy setting in a city famous for its small town atmosphere and traditional architecture – as well as delicious Jeonju bibimbab – JIFF screened a total of 195 films from 40 countries in several venues centrally located around the city’s aptly […]

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Korea’s MediACT a Brilliant Idea

Posted on 03/01/2008

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I recently returned from a trip to Korea to shoot (as DP) a short film there for a few weeks. It was my first trip back to Korea since I lived in Seoul for two months in the summer of 2006 to study Korean. And it was fantastic. It definitely rekindled my intangibly strong attraction to Korea: the spicy yet healthy food that my stomach and heart appreciated much more than the oily fair I usually treat them to in […]

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Rice University Asian Studies Letter

Posted on 07/29/2005

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Although my primary focus of study at Rice University was Mechanical Engineering, my fascination with Asia and my four study abroad sojourns there as an undergrad helped me to attain an Asian Studies degree as well. I didn’t really need the degree, and I certainly didn’t think it would be of any use in the job market. But I was certain that I possessed a much greater interest in Asia than in engineering, and planned to spend a fair share […]

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