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January 13th, 2011 | 2 comments | Posted by Diana

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.

We can’t wait to see more films–like his upcoming Chinatown doc–from Wang! But, like, more Tamlyn and less JLo, y’know?

[IMDB: Wayne Wang]


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June 28th, 2010 | 8 comments | Posted by Diana

Name: Freddie Wong

Age: 24

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

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March 15th, 2010 | 5 comments | Posted by Diana

Name: Annabel Park

Age: 41

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:

Continue reading AMAZIAN OF THE WEEK! Annabel Park

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New Yawkers/Angelenos, Time To Hit The Thea-tuh [Children Of Invention Theatrical Debut]

March 12th, 2010 | 1 comment | Posted by Diana

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.

Children of Invention: Two kids are left to fend for themselves after their mom gets thrown in the clink for participating in an illegal pyramid scheme.

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]

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Our Children of Invention Are Smarter/More Successful/Likely to Give Us Grandkids Than Your Children of Invention

May 8th, 2009 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana

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!

Most recently, Invention scored the Grand Jury Prize for Best Feature in our very own grown-up hometown, at the LAAPFF.

Cute kids + Sweet filmmaking = Awards and applause

And you wanna know something? We couldn’t be happier. Weird.

[Children of Invention - Official site]

Thanks, Tze!

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Golden Boyz n the Hood

May 1st, 2009 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana

We think Golden Boy, Feodor Chin’s short film debut (as creator, executive producer and star) is just dandy–and by “dandy,” we mean wry, witty, offbeat, fun, and funny.

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.

[Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival 2009 - Official Site]
[Golden Boy - official site]
Thanks, Feodor!

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We Deserve A Break Today

April 29th, 2009 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana

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.

[Rotten Tomatoes on Current: How To Make A Movie--Age Shift]

Thanks, Eliza!

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We <3 Kevin Lin

March 11th, 2009 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen

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.

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February 16th, 2009 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana

Name: Ted Chung

Occupation: Director/Writer

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.

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Thanks, Irwin and Sharon!

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October 1st, 2007 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana

Name: Jessica Yu

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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