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Happy birthday to filmmaker Wayne Wang, who turned 62 yesterday!
As you probably know, Wang is the director responsible for bringing The Joy Luck Club to the silver screen–a triumphant Hollywood breakthrough for Asian female actresses (and shining moment for my boyfriend Russell Wong)–as well as critical favorites like Chan Is Missing and Dim Sum: A Little Bit Of Heart.
Filed under: Adorable, Amy Tan, Asian-American Film Directors, Chan Is Missing, Chinatown, Dim Dum: A Little Bit Of Heart, Filmmakers, Glass Ceilings, Hollywood Breakthroughs, Jennifer Lopez, JLo, Joy Luck Club, Maid In Manhattan, Rare Moments, Russell Wong, Tamlyn Tomita, Wayne Wang
Name: Freddie Wong
Hails from: LA (via Seattle)
Occupation: YouTube star, budding filmmaker, video enthusiast, Guitar Hero pro
Known for: Well, he actually says it best…
“Most people know me from my brief stint as a professional Guitar Hero/Rock Band player.
When I am not rocking faces with plastic, I am a filmmaker and musician in Los Angeles.”
Like 7,166,489 other people, we first encountered Wong when he released a sick video of himself rocking Rush’s “YYZ” on Guitar Hero’s expert level, and watched with nodding approval as he rose quick as crème fraîche to the top of the pro GH ranks.
But Wong’s real gifts, as highlighted by NewTeeVee’s Liz Shannon Miller this week, lie in Continue reading AMAZIAN OF THE WEEK! Freddie Wong
Filed under: Angelenos, Bloggers, Film Geeks, Filmmakers, Freddie Wong, Guitar Hero, Musicians, OK Go, Rock Band, Rocking Faces, Rush, Seattle, So Nerdy It's Fantastic, YouTube, YouTube Sensations, YYZ
Name: Annabel Park
Hails from: Silver Spring, Maryland
Occupation: Filmmaker, Founder of Coffee Party USA
Known for: Partying down. In a moment of frustration, Park posted a Facebook status update rejecting the “disproportionally effective” actions of the Tea Party movement. She wrote, “We should just start our own party, call it the Coffee Party or the Smoothie Party—anything but Tea.”
For many people that would be a fleeting statement, followed naturally by something like, “Annabel Park is looking forward to a great weekend!”
Instead, the “Coffee Party” idea took root, and with the aid of Park’s producing partner Eric Byler, grew and grew and grew. No longer just a clever phrase, the Coffee Party has become a movement of its very own–one that does not attack government officials or constituents but the mishandled American political system. The Coffee Party’s Facebook page now boasts over 160,000 fans and the official site presents a bright call to action, asking Americans from all political leanings to calmy organize, debate, speak up, support candidates… civic engagement without all the petty fighting.
Through their online venues, the Party launched its first National Coffee Day last Saturday, which included meetings in over 350 coffee shops in 44 states. See photos on their Flickr page or video below:
Filed under: American Government, Annabel Park, Being Nice, Broken Systems, Coffee Houses, Coffee Shops, Cups of Joe, Eric Byler, Facebook, Filmmakers, Grassroots Movement, National Coffee Day, Party Founders, Petty Fighting, Polarization is So Over, Politics, Rants, Talking Like Civilized People, Tea Party Conventions, The Coffee Party, Viral Internet Trends
Remember Tze Chun’s film, Children of Invention–the one that racked up all those awards and accolades during the festival rounds last year? It’s hitting theaters in New York and Los Angeles for a week, starting tonight.
Both cities offer Q&A sessions with filmmaker and talent. See showtimes below:
Look, we know everyone’s busy… but there’s a small window (barely a week!) to see this Continue reading New Yawkers/Angelenos, Time To Hit The Thea-tuh [Children Of Invention Theatrical Debut]
Filed under: Accolades, Asian-American Movies, Awards, Children of Invention, Everybody Loves a Winner, Festival Darlings, Filmmakers, Indie Movies, LA, LA Lakers, Movie Theaters, New York, NYC, Popcorn, Pyramid Schemes, Theatrical Release, Tze Chun
Our Children of Invention Are Smarter/More Successful/Likely to Give Us Grandkids Than Your Children of Invention
Jen and I typically, like Morrissey, hate it when our friends become successful.
Every so often, however, this is not the case.
Like right now, for example: we’ve been watching our pen pal Tze Chun’s film, Children of Invention, make the festival rounds and rack up gobs of sparkling accolades and awards. And they’re not little awards, either: Special Jury Prizes at the Nashville, Sarasota, and San Francisco International Asian American Film Festivals (for example), The Grand Jury Prize at the Independent Film Fest in Boston, blah blah blah win win win. Agh!
And you wanna know something? We couldn’t be happier. Weird.
Surely our Angeleno readers have 32 minutes to spend at Hollywood’s famed Laemmle Sunset 5 Theatres for Golden Boy‘s Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival debut, tonight at 10pm!
Oh, dear reader–If our rave review of Golden Boy isn’t enough to convince you, perhaps the film’s teaser will be:
C’mon–surely y’all can tear yourselves away momentarily from tonight’s plans of sushi or Korean BBQ or drunken karaoke. And while you’re at it, why not check out a few more of this year’s fine collection of films? You’ll be glad you did.
Every once in awhile, though we really love the day-in, day-out, double-double-toil-and-trouble of blogging each week, it’s nice to know that we can take a breather–cuz somebody else is doing our job for us.
This time, it’s the crew over at Rotten Tomatoes (which airs on Current TV), who just discovered the celestial secret to creating an age shift (y’know, like in your new favorite film, 17 Again) in a movie:
Duh, ain’t it obvious? A MAGIC ASIAN.
Is it wrong to have a crush on a 12 year-old kid? If so, we don’t want to be right.
We don’t know if Kevin Lin is going to grow up to be a burnout raver or the next Spielberg, but we’ll be keeping an eye on him. You can, too, here.
Name: Ted Chung
Known for: his promising film career. We particularly love his latest offering, A Thousand Words (watch below), a gentle black-and-white tale that captures the sweeter side of Missed Connections on the streets of Los Angeles.
Here’s hoping that the man behind the camera will continue to share more stories in the near future.
Occupation: Film director, writer, producer, and editor
Known for: A variety of documentary, scripted film, and television credits (most recently, her much-acclaimed Asian sports comedy Ping Pong Playa), the super-combo of beauty and brains, reprzentin’ for Yale alumni, and the memorable poke she made during the Oscar acceptance speech for her 1996 short film Breathing Lessons: The Life and Work of Mark O’ Brien–”You know you’ve entered into new territory when you realize your dress costs more than your film.”
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