Ang Lee backs Taiwan filmmakers

From the Associated Press

Academy Award-winning director Ang Lee grew up in Taiwan and started his career there. Now he wants to give back to its movie industry.

He and younger brother and fellow filmmaker Lee Kang have started a program to cultivate Taiwanese directors by financing them and providing help in marketing, Lee Kang said Friday.

“Nowadays directors have to do everything -- raising money, writing the script, securing government grants, shooting, producing and marketing,” he said.

The brothers hope to free up filmmakers to focus on directing.