I was kicking around YouTube and I happened to catch some Filipino American
(and Canadian) artists who have a pretty slick vibe going on, and I'll be kind
of surprised if I don't hear about at least one of them making some more waves
in other parts of the industry. So check 'em on out, enjoy the music, and
subscribe to their channels.
The Korean American Film Festival New York which is going to be held in February of next year is taking submissions through November 30th, so if you or anyone you know is a budding filmmaker -- now's your chance to get on the big screen.
The Chicago Filipino American Film Festival is getting ready to start so I
wanted to make sure and post some of the details that I got from Jonald Reyes,
who did the documentary "That
Asian Thing" (also playing down at CFAFF).
The Chicago Filipino American Film Festival's 5th Annual event is around
WHEN: November 7th to 9th, 2008
Theater - 4050 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL 60641
Please mark your
calendars and continue to check the website for further information.
This year's Film
Festival line-up is as follows:
6:30 pm -
CFAFF 5th Anniversary Reception (Open to Public)
8:00 pm - Opening Night
Presentation SANTA MESA
10:30 pm - Music video awards, with performances by
BAGWIS and Paolo Escobar & the
1:00 pm - THAT ASIAN THING
(documentary, with panel discussion)
3:30 pm - SANTA MESA
6:00 pm -
8:30 pm - BROWN SOUP THING
pm - JACK en JILL (Dolphy's 1954 classic)
4:00 pm - Short film
7:00 pm - NEO LOUNGE (2008 CineManila award-winning
Also -- for a limited time -- thanks to generous sponsors,
CFAFF will be providing FREE day passes for Students & Seniors. Check the
website to reserve.
all your friends to join us in this great event! Thank you and hope to see many
of you there!
Get on out and support some of your Filipino American filmmakers.
The festival is going to be showing 20+ films including features like "Kissing Cousins" and "West 32nd" as well as shorts like "Laundromat" and "Manoj".
For more information on the films and venues check out the BAAFF site.
Whitney Her (Sue) and Doua Moua (Spider) on Gran Torino's set (eastwoodmovie-hmong.com)
So AsianWeek has a
really good and in-depth article on the new Eastwood film "Gran
Torino," spotlighting the fact that there will be a huge Hmong American cast
but also making sure to point out that not everyone is so keen on the idea, some
waiting to see if the film will either help to break stereotypes or rather put
more force behind them:
Here's a quick recap of some of the headlines and happenings from the blogosphere and around the way that hopefully won't put you to sleep -- although I can't really promise anything, so if you do end up falling asleep, just remember that technically I never said this would actually be interesting -- just informative.
iaTV Cuts 80% Of Its Staff
Chalk this up to a book I won't be buying because I'm sick of askaninja.com, white guys who create ninja characters, white ninjas, bad white ninja opening songs, white ninja accents, and just all around white ninja-like people and characters.
I mean do we really need more of this?
This is definitely some cool news. One of the AA filmmakers I've been following has been Gary King and he was kind enough to send over word that he just completed his feature length film "New York Lately" and that it will be having its premiere next month at the Tribeca Cinemas on Oct 17th.
Some more thoughts on KoreAm and the original momo post.
Don't get me wrong about the headline -- print will definitely always be
alive in some form or another; print has always been a source of great news,
stories, narratives, photo spreads; and there's just something inherently nice
about reaching out and actually touching a magazine or newspaper at times -- but
the current campaign which you've
been hearing a lot about to save KoreAm Journal does beg the question of
whether or not a niche magazine can survive in the long run given that its
direct and indirect competition is online, where the environment and news isn't
just publishing once or twice a week (or month, or every two months), but every
day, every few hours, and in some cases, almost every minute.
BK Me: So what do we think about the Olympics so far? They've been pretty good
Me: I don't know. The games are kind of becoming this platform for
Asian bashing and I can't help but get a little turned off by it all.
Me: Hmm...to be honest I just thought you'd agree with me and we could go get
some food. I didn't actually think this would turn into a
Me: Didn't you just eat?
BK Me: Like two hours ago.
If you're looking for something to do a few weeks from now and want to see acts like FM, Magnetic North, Tatum Jones, Jennifer Chung, and the Quest Dance Crew, you'll definitely want to check out the International Secret Agents concert on September 7th.
If you're an unsigned artist and you've had dreams of sitting next to Mike Shinoda in the recording studio, it could come true if you're the winner of the Mike Shinoda: The Glorious (WeMix) songwriting contest.
When I was tripping through Southeast Asia a few months ago, I had this song pretty much on repeat the whole time, so it's cool to see the Chinese American produced Shanghai Restoration come out with a video for the song.
Check out the video for "Miss Shanghai" below.
Here are the notes on the video from the YouTube page
Miss Shanghai feat. DEZ (vocals)
by The Shanghai Restoration Project
To purchase this song on iTunes: http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZ...
Song written by Dave Liang & Dez
Music produced by Dave Liang
Video produced by Mark E. Lee Productions
Cinematography by Aasulv Wolf Austad
Edited by Szu-Hua Wang
Makeup by Kiki Lu
Featuring the designs of Lu Kun as worn by Masson Ge
Filmed at Lu Kun Couture studios in Shanghai, China
Special thanks to Lu Kun's manager Ramon Gil (lukunfashion [at] yahoo.com)
Made possible by Warner Music's Independent Label Group
O.K. -- So I know the winners were announced two weeks ago, but I just caught all of them from the website a little bit ago, and after watching them once online, downloading them and taking them to a coffee shop and watching them again a day later, and then burning them to a DVD and watching them again a day after that -- I figured I had to make a post on my favorites and give out some special awards of my own because viewing them all was something I really enjoyed -- and hey -- I'm still within a decent amount of time from when the shootout actually ended and I figure they should endure longer than a film festival because there was a lot of Asian American sweat put into them -- right?
This is pretty cool news. Kiyo Ann Matsumoto was confirmed to be the next federal judge in the Eastern District of New York, making her only the second Asian American woman to serve as a federal district court judge.
Thanks to my trusty DVR I had a chance to check out some of the previous week's "Last Comic Standing" on NBC and I'm glad I did, because otherwise I
wouldn't have seen how comedian Heath Hyche decided to go where pretty much no
other comedian goes anymore -- full blown Mickey Rooney Yellow Face.
I really did like Amy Winehouse. I fell in love with her live performance of "Back To Black" at 2007's SXSW so much that I had to convert the video and put it onto my phone, and then searched out her music to find other videos so that I could add them to my DVD compilations.
Too bad I didn't know then she was a closet racist, because it would have saved me the time that I now have to put in burning every compilation I have with her videos on it.
While I can't discount some of what Geraldine Ferraro had to say in her recent
Boston Op-Ed concerning aspects of sexism in the current
Democratic Primary -- because all you have to do is look at every president
we've ever had in our history, as well as the candidates who've run, to know
that sex has mattered and continues to matter in who as nation we elect -- I
just can't believe she's talking about race and racism again after she went
completely batshit in March and then got her ass canned from the Clinton
I just wanted to give you a quick shout out and say that
while I wish I could have seen you slice and dice your way to Top Chef
excellence, in the end I guess it just wasn't meant to be.
It probably even sounds better in another language.
La primera entrada de blog.
Definitely like that.
Who knows, maybe after this I'll start posting in Spanish (even though I only know survival Spanish and phrases like "Sabado Gigante!"). Maybe I'll throw in a little ad hoc Cantonese and Vietnamese too (although I need to learn those languages first).
Really -- anything to make me sound semi-coherent, which only begs the question of what the hell I'm even talking about -- and to be honest, I don't even know.