Even though Boyle is a professional filmmaker, all anyone can talk about is how he belongs to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
"It doesn't have any bearing, but from a journalist's perspective, sometimes that's the only hook. It makes me into a curiosity," Boyle said.
Boyle, 27, was raised a Mormon in Tucson, Ariz. He served a Japanese speaking mission in Sydney, Australia. His recent feature, "White on Rice," has been showing in select theaters across the country and is now available on DVD.
Filmed in Salt Lake City, White on Rice is a comedy about a recently divorced 40-year-old Japanese immigrant named Jimmy (Hiroshi Watanabe, "Letters from Iwo Jima"). He lives with his sister and brother-in-law in suburban America. While there, he becomes infatuated with his brother-in-law's beautiful college-aged niece and tries to steal her away from his friend Tim (James Kyson Lee, "Heroes").
The film has won a number of awards and has seen relatively positive reviews from the national press.