I mentioned a Filipino American filmmaker named Patricio Ginelsa before (in a previous blog entry), right? Lumpia's coming out on DVD November 23rd. Check out the website for more info.
In addition, on the 23rd Ginelsa will be releasing a special "concert" DVD called Lumpia-palooza featuring footage of live performances from Golda Supanova, DJ Swift Rock and more. There are music videos by artists like Inner Voices, The Skyflakes, and Titofelix. I wonder if the music video Ginelsa directed for the Black Eyed Peas ("The APL Song") is included?
What looks really promising is what I think is a spoof of the VH1 show Bands Reunited. DJ Freska (she's a radio DJ in the Bay Area on 94.9 FM and the host of Stateside [the Fil-Am version of Stir TV]) goes in search of Buffy and the Kandee Girls, in order to reunite them for one last performance. Although I went through a very short Freestyle phase when I was younger (late '80s, early '90s), I wasn't as hardcore into it like some of my friends (ahem, like my best friend Y).
Also, while in NYC my new friend Jude hipped me to an organization in Philly called Asian Arts Initiative. Tomorrow night they will be hosting an event called Changing the Face of the Game: Asian Americans in Hip Hop, with a panel moderated by Oliver "O-Dub" Wang and performances by Chops (from the Mountain Brothers), Jin, and others. If there are any Philly Hyphen readers, go to the event and tell 'em I sent you! And say Hi to Oliver, he's a really nice guy who I call the "Asian American Kurt Loder" (you'll figure it out when you hear him speak).
Wish I could be there, but I was out East last week and... I'm sick, dammit!