Interviews

H.P. Mendoza’s FRUIT FLY finds its wings – San Francisco Chronicle

H.P. Mendoza’s FRUIT FLY finds its wings – San Francisco Chronicle

H.P. Mendoza‘s musical “Fruit Fly” was filmed in San Francisco’s famously gay neighborhood of the Castro. It premiered at the Castro Theatre in March 2009, and will return there for two nights next week. The 93-minute film is pure Mendoza: Wrapped in a raunchy script, ’80s synth-pop and colorful characters is an insightful exploration of gay [...]

Discussing the Fruit Fly with H.P. Mendoza

Discussing the Fruit Fly with H.P. Mendoza

“A few weeks ago I attended a screening of Fruit Fly at The Berkeley Pacific Film Archives. Currently wrapping up a worldwide tour, the film is HP Mendoza’s directorial debut. Well known throughout The Bay Area and beyond for his modern interpretation of the musical, Mendoza gained notoriety when he both wrote/starred/composed in the 2006 [...]

Gay, Asian, Gay, Asian, Gay - Ada Tseng, Asia Pacific Arts

Gay, Asian, Gay, Asian, Gay – Ada Tseng, Asia Pacific Arts

Director-writer-composer H.P. Mendoza chats about equally representing both gays and Asians in his latest film, Fruit Fly. And doing it through song. (Click here to visit Asia Pacific Arts and watch Ada Tseng’s interview with H.P. Mendoza.) After multitasking as screenwriter, composer, and actor in Richard Wong’s 2007 indie cult film Colma: the Musical, H.P. [...]


"Irresistible! If only life were like an H.P. Mendoza musical." -G. Allen Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle

“Irresistible! If only life were like an H.P. Mendoza musical.” -G. Allen Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle

If only life could be like an H.P. Mendoza musical – you’d be eternally young, live in a colorful San Francisco world and as you sing along with your friends, your problems would seem eminently surmountable. And yet, over an early dinner recently at a Thai restaurant near downtown, Mendoza confesses, “This is my last [...]