Sareth Ney is a first generation Cambodian-American, award winning short filmmaker, journalist/superhero, festival director, motivational speaker, philanthropist, podcaster and stand-up comedian.
Prior to finishing Ney’s junior semester at Colorado State University-Pueblo—he read a book, “Mister B. Gone”, by Clive Barker (“Hellraiser”, “Candyman”). Ney reached out to Barker for an internship and was invited to Los Angeles, to interview for the position. After being asked three questions by Barker, Ney became Barker’s intern. Ney had to wait a year and write Barker every week.
Within the year of waiting for Barker’s internship to start, Ney and his friends participated in the first Pueblo 24 Hour Film Festival. Their short film, “The Narcoleptics”, was made in 12 hours and on a $25 budget. It won the award for “Best Film To Watch While Stoned”.
In the summer of 2009, Ney began his summer internship with Barker. His intentions were to become a future master of horror and have his name featured on one major motion picture. On June 4, 2009—Barker sent a tweet which would launch Ney’s writing career. It read, “The Requiem: Sareth is a gentleman, and much loved in my household. I hold him in the highest regard.” Unsure how to reach the bar Barker set for Ney, he continued his summer internship to find himself in Los Angeles.
During the last week of his internship, Ney managed to bring up RZA (Wu-Tang Clan, Gravediggaz) to the studio. His goal was to introduce Barker to RZA and have them collaborate on a project. What transpired was RZA and Ney having a three hour conversation, during the visit.
After RZA left Barker’s studio with his entourage, Ney finished reorganizing Barker’s library. Barker met up with Ney and asked if he would return as his apprentice. He agreed because he felt he needed more knowledge. When he graduated from college—he moved out to Los Angeles and became a Wu-Tang Clan inspired superhero, Wu-Man Chu.
Mark Miller, Vice President of Seraphim, Inc. and restoration director, and Barker made Ney's Hollywood dream come true. After the original set of end credits, they gave him a special thanks nod at the end of “Nightbreed: The Director’s Cut” (2014). His name could be seen under Quentin Tarantino’s movie theater, New Beverly Cinema.
Through Ney’s articles and Pueblo’s Independent Multimedia Podcast, he provides publicity for Pueblo, Colorado’s performance arts scene. Since 2014, the music and comedy scene honors him with a festival called Sareth-Fest Music and Comedy Festival and vice versa. The festival is free to attend, unless he is raising funds for a good cause.
Sareth-Fest originated as a film festival, at Barker's studio. As a stand-up comedian, Ney’s first showcase appearance was Sareth-Fest Music and Comedy Festival. Ney's second was when he was roasted by his peers. The third showcase he was on was the third Sareth-Fest.
Ney volunteered to be The Widowhood Effect’s manager, booking agent and publicist. It was after he booked them at another venue because they were rained out on, at another establishment’s patio. He was able to get them to record a demo in seven days and assisted in filming their music video, “One Last Cigarette”. He landed gigs, setup a west coast tour, arranged an interview with a radio station and radio play on others.
St. Augustine, Florida’s Corazon Comedy Festival is Ney’s second comedy-related festival he created. 100% of the proceeds will help rebuild the Corazon Cinema and Café, after the impacts of both Hurricane Matthew and Hurricane Irma.
Currently—he is providing press for artists in select time zones, from local to international levels.