Picture Taipei Duo

The Story

Picture Taipei is the story of Aimee, a typical L.A. girl working a 9-to-6 job to pay the bills. After quitting her dead end job and discovering that her boyfriend is cheating on her, Aimee decides to leave her past behind and go on an adventure. Aimee travels to Taipei, a city she has never been before, where the people and places she encounters begin to transform her life.

Picture Taipei is about living an authentic life, about choosing what you want to do versus going through life by default. It’s about looking past everyday difficulties and finding beauty and meaning in the world around us, so that we can move forward in life with fresh eyes.

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Who We Are

Picture Taipei started with a group of friends. Some of us have direct ties to the island, others have long been admirers of Taiwan, but all of us have a passion for telling a genuine story that resonates with anyone who is trying to find their place in the world. We wanted to create Picture Taipei because we recognized that a lot of people are unfamiliar with the Taiwan we know and love; we also realized that there are a lot of people who feel lost between what they feel is expected of them versus what they know is true of themselves.

As a team, we stepped outside of our regular jobs and comfort zones and we took the leap to do something we truly care about. We believe in living an authentic life, going on the same journey our main character Aimee begins when she arrives in Taipei. It’s been an unbelievable journey from L.A. to Taipei and we want you to join us for the rest of the ride.

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About the Team

Starring Aileen Xu 
Aileen Xu is a singer, songwriter, actress, and producer. She graduated from the University of Southern California, majoring in International Business and Communications. Formerly the official spokesperson of the 626 Night Market, Aileen has been profiled on NBC News, FOX Good Day LA, The Los Angeles Times, and National Public Radio.

Aileen currently runs Lavendaire, a video blog about personal growth and lifestyle design, where she shares weekly inspiration on becoming your best self and creating your dream life.

Directed by Jason Poon
A graduate of California State University, Long Beach, Jason Poon has worked with hip-hop artists such as Snoop Dogg, Xzibit, and Kendrick Lamar, as well as international brands like Adidas, Red Bull, and Nike. Directing videos that have attracted upwards of 10 million views on YouTube, much of Jason’s work highlights the Chinese community in San Gabriel Valley. In 2013, Jason directed “The Night Market”, a series of short films themed around Taiwanese-style night markets.

Director of Photography, Andy Chen
A graduate of California State University, Northridge and a member of The International Cinematographers Guild Local 600, Andy Chen has worked on countless feature films, TV series, commercials, and music videos of all sizes and budgets. Additionally, Andy previously shot short films “Emma and I”(2013), “The Wheels Keep on Turning” (2013), “From the Outside Looking In”(2014), and “Exhale”(2015) all of which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival spanning over 3 years.

Produced by Marc Liu 
Marc Liu is a producer, director, event organizer, marketing manager and brand strategist. A graduate of the University of Southern California, Marc majored in East Asian Languages and Cultures. After founding Third Estate Media, a film production company in 2009, Marc joined Akufuncture in 2013. Born and raised in Southern California, Marc considers Taiwan a second home, with many of his relatives still living in Taipei.

Executive Producer, Samuel Wang
Samuel Wang is a designer and entrepreneur. A graduate of the University of California, San Diego, Samuel started Akufuncture in 2009. In 2012, Samuel was given the Emerging Entrepreneur Award by the Los Angeles Chinese Chamber of Commerce and in 2013 he received an Outstanding Achievement Award for Pioneering Cultural and Community Service by the LA chapter of Taiwanese American Professionals. Born in Taiwan, but raised in Taipei and Los Angeles, Samuel is passionate about raising mainstream awareness of Taiwan and bridging the gap between Los Angeles and Taipei.