ABOUT

Like our ancestors, we are all natural storytellers.

The cave drawings and campfire conversations may have evolved into our modern-day pages, stages and screens but the instinct and desire to tell and listen to stories remain the same. 

We do it to survive. We do it to fully thrive.

Storytelling is a lifeskill that everyone can learn and improve on to reap its many benefits. It's my intention that the ideas and inspirations found on this website empower all of us to use Storytelling as a force for good

MY STORY

Edward Gunawan is a multi-disciplinary storyteller.

For the past 15 years, Edward has worked across Asia and the US as a writer, producer, actor and director on over 35 theater and film projects that have earned awards and critical acclaim.

 

He also regularly consults on social impact projects and gives talks and workshops on filmmaking and storytelling. 

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Writer-Director

  • Edward began writing seriously as a journalist and editor for his college newspapers. Since then, he has written feature-length plays and screenplays, as well as 5 short films that he also directed. Two of which — Dino and Red Umbrella — received Best Short Film nominations at his home country’s top film honors Festival Film Indonesia.  


  • Now co-writing the big-screen sci-fi adaptation of Hao Jingfang’s Hugo Award-winning novella Folding City, Edward continues to contribute to various print and online publications.

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Producer

  • His two most recent credits - as the lead producer on How to Win at Checkers (Every Time) by Josh Kim and an executive producer on By the Time It Gets Dark by Anocha Suwichakornpong — collectively won 35 awards and were both selected as Thailand's Oscar submission for the Best Foreign Language Film. 


  • He is especially proud of his collaborations with first-time directors — several of whom have established successful careers in the industry. Passionately extending storytelling to different media and formats, Edward is also a creative producer on mobile app projects.

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Actor

  • Trained as a stage actor, Edward made his theater debut at the East West Players’s production of The Joy Luck Club (Los Angeles) and his feature film acting debut in Nia Dinata’s Arisan! 2, for which he received a Maya Award’s Best Newcomer nomination.

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Speaker

  • After graduating from the top communications program in the US, Edward earned his MBA in Marketing and worked for several years in PR and advertising. He enjoys sharing his expertise and regularly consults individuals as well as organizations on their social impact projects. 


  • Edward also gives talks and workshops on the topics of storytelling, filmmaking, screenwriting and mental health wellness. 

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  • Born in Indonesia and raised in Singapore and the US, he is now based in Hong Kong with his partner and their dog. In his spare time, he volunteers as a certified yoga teacher (500 hours TT) and promotes mental health wellness through an online community he initiated -- Project Press Play.   


  • While he works primarily in English, he is also fluent in Indonesian and Mandarin.

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