Producing a documentary means overcoming roadblocks. Many people declined to be in the film, including the principal character David Tran.
Even Tran admitted that he was reluctant to allow Hammond in his old Rosemead factory or the new 650,000 square foot state-of-the-art factory he just built in Irwindale. Ultimately, Tran said he was pleased with the outcome.
"I was not going to let Griffin do it in the beginning," Tran said. "I heard someone say that it is more difficult to visit Huy Fong than the Pentagon.”
But I persisted, and convinced Huy Fong Foods that my motivations were sincere and respectful. David took a chance on me, was very generous, and gave me more access than I anticipated. It’s been really rewarding meeting him and learning about his business!