I’m so excited about the upcoming Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival this April 27th with films that represent diversity from across the world. I’ve attended over the years and have always been impressed by the selection of films form comedy to documentary to drama that truly represent the diversity that often is overlooked in entertainment. I also recommend attendance of the C3 Conference that will focus on Future Forward a full day of panels with creatives from behind the camera talking issues that are important to those starting out in the business as well as established creatives.
FREE PROGRAM. “Bronzeville, Little Tokyo” sheds light on an overlooked moment in history when Japanese and Japanese-Americans were displaced and African-Americans moved into Little Tokyo. To honor this period, there will be a special two-day program featuring an interactive media installation, a 360° virtual reality presentation, and a live Jazz performance on Historic First Street North.
A film essay looking at 100 years of Hawai‘i in film, explores issues of representation and gender. This filmic deconstruction is a lively, often infuriating examination of Hollywood’s portrayal of the islands, highlighting the essential necessity of homegrown filmmaking.
Three sassy sisters: Gendis (32), Ella (28), and Bebe (19), are very passionate about running their family boutique hotel by the beach in the eastern part of Indonesia’s archipelago. Their grandmother, however, is frustrated because she is unable to find the ideal matches for her granddaughters. Grandma doesn’t give up. Her ultimate goal in life is to find suitable men for her granddaughters.
A contemplative dialogue with the editors from some of the biggest box office animated/stop motion films in history – discussing the industry, their processes and their look into the future of animation. *Panels are not individually sold. The admission fee for one day will include all the panels on that day. The admission fee for both days will include all the panels of the C3 Conference.
C3: Saturday – Motion Picture Editors Guild: “Editing for Animation and Stop Motion”
OPENING NIGHT FILM | BETTER LUCK TOMORROW | DIRECTED BY JUSTIN LIN
APRIL 27 | 7:00 PM | EGYPTIAN THEATER
Come celebrate the 15th anniversary of BETTER LUCK TOMORROW (co-presented by YOMYOMF)! The film premiered at Sundance amid controversy and is a benchmark for APA cinema. The Festival is screening the original Sundance cut, in glorious 35mm film. Director Justin Lin will present the film and joined by his cast for this anniversary celebration.
CENTERPIECE FILM | GOOK | DIRECTED BY JUSTIN CHON
APRIL 29 | 8:00 PM | ARATANI THEATER
Eli and Daniel are two Korean-American brothers who own a struggling shoe store. They have a unique and unlikely friendship with a young 11-year-old African American girl, Kamilla. The film is set during the first day of the LA riots, forcing them to defend their store while contemplating the future of their own personal dreams and the meaning of family.
Director/Writer and Actor Justin Chon and his cast and crew will be in attendance to present this film.
CLOSING NIGHT FILM | COLUMBUS | DIRECTED BY KOGONADA
MAY 4 | 7:00 PM | DIRECTOR’S GUILD OF AMERICA
Casey lives with her mother in a little-known Midwestern town haunted by the promise of modernism. Jin, a visitor from the other side of the world, attends to his dying father. Burdened by the future, they find respite in one another and the architecture that surrounds them.
Cast and crew of COLOMBUS including JOHN CHO will be in attendance.
ADDITIONAL FEATURE FILMS HIGHLIGHTS AT LAAPFF 2017:
CARDINAL X Dir.: Angie Wang
CHEE AND T Dir.: Tanuj Chopra
COLUMBUS Dir.: Kogonada
GOOK Dir.: Justin Chon
I CAN I WILL I DID Dir.: Nadine Truong
THE LOCKPICKER Dir.: Randall Okita
NORMAN JONES Dir.: Mike Sakamoto
WEXFORD PLAZA Dir.: Joyce Wong
WINDOW HORSES Dir.: Ann Marie Fleming
95 AND 6 TO GO Dir.: Kimi Takesue
A TIME TO SWIM Dir.: Ashley Duong
FINDING KUKAN Dir.: Robin Lung
GHOST MAGNET ROACH MOTEL Dir.: Shinpei Takeda
MELE MURALS Dir.: Tadashi Nakamura
MIXED MATCH Dir.: Jeff Chiba Stearns
RESISTANCE AT TULE LAKE Dir.: Konrad Aderer
SAVE MY SEOUL Dir.: Jason Y. Lee
UNBROKEN GLASS Dir.: Dinesh Sabu
WHO IS ARTHUR CHU? Dirs.: Yu Gu and Scott Drucker
INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY FEATURES
MOTHERLAND Dir.: Ramona S. Diaz
PLASTIC CHINA Dir.: Wang Jiu-liang
SMALL TALK Dir.: Huang Hui-Chen
TOKYO IDOLS Dir.: Kyoko Miyake
INTERNATIONAL NARRATIVE FEATURES
BY THE TIME IT GETS DARK Dir.: Anocha Suwichakornpong
DIAMOND ISLAND Dir: Davy Chou
KING OF PEKING Dir.: Sam Voutas
POP AYE Dir.: Kristen Tan
RESEBA – THE DARK WIND Dir.: Hussein Hassan
THE ROAD TO MANDALAY Dir.: Midi Z
SAVING SALLY Dir.: Avid Liongoren
THE SOUL OF THE TIGER Dir.: François Yang
THE SOWER Dir.: Yosuke Takeuchi
TAXI STORIES Dir.: Doris Yeung
TURN LEFT TURN RIGHT Dir.: Douglas Seok
SPECIAL FILM PRESENTATIONS
ABACUS: SMALL ENOUGH TO JAIL – Dir.: Steve James
JOSHUA: TEENAGER VS. SUPERPOWER – Dir.: Joe Piscatella
YELLOW (20th Anniversary Screening) Dir.: Chris Chan Lee
Nothing reminds me of the passing of time more than the 40th Anniversary of Star Wars and that the AARP Magazine has a special article in the April Issue. I’m not quite old enough to subscribe to AARP but I’ve loved Star Wars since I was a child and love to learn about the beloved series.
The article will have Star Wars trivia in a special article that will be full of fun facts from the past forty years if you are a member of the Empire or part of the Rebel Forces or a Jedi! The article will not just talk about the original trilogy but the new films as well. The facts will include how they got the TIE fighter’s engine with sound editors blend an elephant’s trumpeting call with the swoosh of a car driving through puddles. If you stay till the credits in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story you’ll see that it took almost 2,000 people to bring it to the screen. If you look closely at the Phantom Menace (1999) Senate scene you’ll notice that a few aliens look like E.T. cousins! If you want to learn about the rest of the Star Wars facts you’ll have to pick up the latest issue of the AARP Magazine (April).
Let’s meet for the Women’s Day Celebration at the Wiltern! This year everyone can celebrate Women, Diversity & Entertainment with a special screening of Thelma & Louise
The Wiltern will have a panel of women discussing their careers, obstacles, advice and recommendations for young women wanting to go into business starting at 7PM.
MODERATOR: Lisa Licht, Live Nation, Chief Marketing Officer
PANELISTS: Alisa Xayalith: Lead singer of The Naked & Famous, Kristin Schaffer: Executive Director of Women In Film Association, Tori Letzler: Singer and composer for film music (American Horror Story: Coven) & Callie Khourie: Writer (Thelma & Louise)
This celebration of Women’s Day (March 8th) will highlight the story of friendship, courage, and freedom with a screening of THELMA & LOUISE (2h 20m). Doors open at 6PM, Panel starts 7PM and the Movie screens 8:30PM
This is an all ages event for girls, women, transgender, men, boys, fathers, mothers, friends, sisters and friends! It’s a great opportunity to see women who will talk not only about successes but failures and how they kept moving to fulfill their dream of success. Tickets are $10.50 (GA) and $14 (VIP with reserved seeking area, skip the line & one popcorn). Partial proceeds benefit Planned Parenthood LA
This year Australia has 13 nominations including two in contention for best motion picture ‘Lion‘ and ‘Hacksaw Ridge‘, the first foreign language nomination for ‘Tanna‘ based on a true story and visual effects for ‘Deepwater Horizon‘.
I need to catch up on Oscar nominated films especially from Australia. I had heard of Lion and meant to see the film of a boy lost in India and adopted by an Australian family on a journey of discovery of his homeland. It looked luscious with a star I’ve enjoyed in other films telling a story I’d never seen on the screen before. Tanna I had never seen or heard of but reading about two star crossed lovers fleeing their fate makes me think of Romeo and Juliet so looking forward to watching this over Valentines!
About Screen Australia: Screen Australia is the Australian Federal Government agency charged with supporting screen development, production and promotion across television, film, documentary and digital originals. Academy Award nominees Lion and Tanna were both recipients of this kind of funding support from Screen Australia. The agency also administers the Producer Offset tax rebate which assists eligible television and film works to be made, including Academy Award nominated feature Hacksaw Ridge. Australia’s official co-production program is run by Screen Australia and the agency is a proud supporter of Australians in Film. screenaustralia.gov.au
About Australians In Film: Australians in Film is a Los Angeles based film, television and digital content non-profit foundation with a mission to connect the Australian industry to the international market.Founded in May 2001, AiF serves as the industry guild for Australian entertainment professionals in Los Angeles, holding regular screenings, career development programs, seminars and labs, and currently has over 600 members. For more information on AiF, please visit australiansinfilm.org
Wes Anderson the Academy Award nominee is working on a new animated film with Indian Paintbrush called ‘Isle of Dogs’ currently filming in London.
This will be Wes Anderson’s second animated film after the Academy Award Nominated ‘Fantastic Mr. Fox’.
The film will be set in Japan and follows a boy’s search for his dog. The voice cast includes F. Murray Abraham, Bob Balaban, Bud Cort, Bryan Cranston, Greta Gerwig, Jeff Goldblum, Akira Ito, Scarlett Johansson, Harvey Keitel, Bill Murray, Kunichi Nomura, Edward Norton, Yoko Ono, Koyu Rankin, Liev Schreiber, Tilda Swinton, Akira Takayama and Frank Wood and will be released in 2018 by Fox Searchlight Pictures.
“Wes Anderson is one of the most talented filmmakers of his, or any other, generation. His ability to write smart and unconventional screenplays and then translate them into unique experiences on screen makes him not only a unique voice in film, but one who can truly bridge the gap between independent films and cross-over hits,” say Nancy Utley and Steve Gilula, Fox Searchlight Pictures Presidents. “We are thrilled to be going on a journey into the newest world from the distinctive imagination of Wes Anderson.”
You can learn how to enter special contest on Crowdrise where some lucky fan will get ‘animated’ in the new film!
ONE LUCKY WINNER will win a trip for 2 to London for two nights to…
• Meet Wes
• Get a tour of the Isle of Dogs sets and production to see how the film is being made
• Record the ‘voice’ of a dog in the film, directed by Wes (barking, howling & whimpering may be required)
• Receive one of the puppet miniatures of a dog from the film, after production has wrapped
50 LUCKY WINNERS will receive a Criterion collection DVD signed by Wes
and 25 LUCKY WINNERS will receive a signed DVD and signed copy of “The Wes Anderson Collection” book
Every $10 is an entry to win.
Proceeds from Wes’s raffle will go to the Film Foundation, a non-profit organization founded by Martin Scorsese dedicated to protecting and preserving motion picture history. By working in partnership with archives and studios, the foundation has helped to restore nearly 700 films, which are made accessible to the public through programming at festivals, museums, and educational institutions around the world. The Film Foundation’s World Cinema Project has restored 25 films from 19 different countries representing the rich diversity of world cinema. The foundation’s free educational curriculum, The Story of Movies, teaches young people – over 10 million to date – about film language and history.
To learn more, Click Here.
Leave a comment about your favorite Wes Anderson film!
El Rey Network is a 24-hour, English-language lifestyle network targeting “Strivers,” working and middle class male viewers who hold strong core beliefs about the importance of family, independence, hard work, craftsmanship, and legacy. Founded by maverick filmmaker Robert Rodriguez, and curated by Rodriguez and his artistic collective, the network features action-packed programming, relatable heroes and aspirational stories that embrace today’s America. El Rey’s slate is anchored by signature series including the original drama “From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series,” the one-on-one interview program “El Rey Network Presents: The Director’s Chair,” and “Lucha Underground,” a lucha libre wrestling series produced by Mark Burnett. El Rey Network’s lineup also showcases a wide range of iconic feature films and television series including genre, action, and sci-fi/ horror. El Rey Network LLC is jointly owned by Robert Rodriguez and FactoryMade Ventures, with a minority stake held by Univision Networks & Studios, Inc.
Focus Features’ A Monster Calls premier in NY was Wednesday, December 7th at the AMC Loews Lincoln Square with a party at the Plaza Hotel’s Palm Court.
Liam Neeson, Sigourney Weaver, Critics’ Choice 2017 Nominee Lewis MacDougall, director J.A. Bayona, screenwriter/author Patrick Ness and producer Belén Atienza, with additional guests Margaret Colin and Colby Minifie attended the premier and party.
Sigourney Weaver and Liam Neeson at the NY premiere of A MONSTER CALLS Credit: Focus Features / Dave Allocca for Starpix
L-R: Screenwriter & Author Patrick Ness, Sigourney Weaver, Liam Neeson, Lewis MacDougall, Director J.A. Bayona and Producer Belén Atienza at the NY premiere of A MONSTER CALLS Credit: Focus Features / Dave Allocca for Starpix
L-R: Director J.A. Bayona, Lewis MacDougall and Sigourney Weaver at the after party for A MONSTER CALLS Credit: Focus Features / Dave Allocca for Starpix
The film opens in New York and Los Angeles on December 23rd (It’s a Holiday Season gift from Focus Features for those celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa) and nationwide January 6, 2017.
A visually spectacular and unabashedly emotional drama from director J.A. Bayona (“The Impossible”). 12-year-old Conor (Lewis MacDougall) is dealing with far more than other boys his age. His beloved and devoted mother (Felicity Jones) is ill. He has little in common with his imperious grandmother (Sigourney Weaver). His father (Toby Kebbell) has resettled thousands of miles away. But Conor finds a most unlikely ally when the Monster (portrayed by Liam Neeson in performance-capture and voiceover) appears at his bedroom window one night. Ancient, wild, and relentless, the Monster guides Conor on a journey of courage, faith, and truth that powerfully fuses imagination and reality.
I saw the newest Marvel Cinematic Universe movie aka MCU: 14 Doctor Strange. I must admit when Marvel announced they were making the film I got SO excited. I’ve been a fan of the character since I was a kid and would read the comics.
I must admit I was over the moon imagining whom they would cast as this character that I had loved as a little black girl in Iowa that scoured the comic book shop for characters of color (COC). I decided a long time ago that my Doctor wasn’t black but he wasn’t white either I always thought he was Indian or from Asian country that after his injuries decided to explore the medicine of his ancestors (who he had turned away from as he completely assimilated to American culture) so when they announced they had cast Benedict Cumberbatch I was very upset. Disappointed that once again a character that could have no SHOULD have been a man of color was instead cast with one of the whitest men on the screen. Now in his defense he’s a great actor and I’m a huge fan of Benedict. So I weakly decided to forgive Marvel for that choice since I was sure the Ancient One would be an Asian actor either someone US audiences know already like Jet Li or Daniel Dae Kim or Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa but instead they cast Tilda Swinton freaking TILDA SWINTON the whitest woman in the entire world. mind blown I got so mad that I pledged to not see the film EVER! I was done DONE with the two leads. Even after they cast Chiwetel Ejiofor I was no. But than my friends insisted we see the Suicide Squad and I saw Benedict in the cape I started to yearn for the movie. Despite my pledge to stand strong with my Asian Brothers and Sisters against the whitewashing of the first superhero film that SHOULD have been predominately Asian but I still thought I will not see the film BUT will watch it on HBO or DVD.
But happily I’m on a screening list and got to see a sneak preview of the film with a good blerd chick friend. So lucky you get a review of the film.
So I’m going to go on and say one of the things that I found strange ABOUT Dr. Strange. How the holy freck is a movie that takes place in a mythical Asian country that all of the supporting stars are either WHITE or a Black guy (notice I say GUY as in the ONE). Now they do have two supporting Asian actors one is Wong (Benedict Wong) the librarian and an actor who I can’t even find listed on IMDB <URGH>.
But it’s a solid MCU origin story where you get to know Dr. Strange (and yes you will call him DOCTOR) a hotshot surgeon who’s a bit of a talented douche who likes to take high profile cases that will go in his ‘win’ column so that he can keep collecting awards and money to fund a very expensive Manhattan lifestyle. All that changes when he gets in car accident in his BMW (should have sprung for the self driving) where he mangles his precious surgeon hands but no his mind . This starts him on a path to fix his hands so he can get back to his life as a world class surgeon and so be first tries Western medicine (the best money can buy) before finally deciding that he wants to figure out how a former patient of his rehabilitation nurse was able to get back on his feet (I think releasing personal medical records to prove your right is illegal but let’s just go all in and ignore that too). This path takes him half way across the world to and he begins a journey that eventually leads him to Kamar-Taj (Tibet to everyone else). Once he meets the Ancient One (Tilda Swinton) or The White Ghost the story picks up the pace and careens to the final showdown with the big bad. Kaecilius (Mads Mikkelsen) is an OK villain seduced by power but despite his being a solid actor I don’t think the part was as fleshed out as I’d have liked and it just felt like so many other villains that he didn’t make that big of an impression. But of course as a nod to diversity he gets a black bestie Mordo (Chiwetel Ejiofor) and enigmatic Asian guy Wong (Benedict Wong) who seems to a stick in the mud ‘follow the rules’ type of guy both characters seem to be all about making Dr. Strange a better white superior to all . Did I mention that they justified the Ancient One with a throwaway line of how she’s Gaelic and doesn’t talk about how she got to be the leader .
I don’t want to throw shade but Benedict get a major tan because he’s not as pearly as he normally looks!
At least we have the Black Panther … but my Asian Brothers and Sisters get bupkis with this film. I felt like a kid when I’d watch TV or movies desperately looking for someone who looked like me that were always either in the background or were the hooker or drug dealer. Things have changed but comic book movies still aren’t moving fast enough for me.
The Forum, “Expanding the Conversation: Asian Americans in Media,” is Designed to be a Solutions-Oriented Conversation
About the Status of Asian Americans Moving the Needle on Diversity and Inclusion in Hollywood is taking place on November 2nd. I’m very excited about this panel talking about the lack of diversity for Asian actors sponsored by Comcast NBCUniversal and the Center for Asian American Media.
“People are hungry for authentic representations of Asian Americans,” Stephen Gong, CAAM’s Executive Director, said. “CAAM is extremely proud to present this forum during a pivotal time in our nation. We believe that positive social change takes place not from above, but from within, from many local actions occurring simultaneously. We hope this conversation will spark real change within the media industry.”
Panelists for This Forum Include Sandra Oh (Sideways, Grey’s Anatomy), Grace Lee (Peabody Award-winning director of American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs), Karen Horne (SVP, Talent Development & Inclusion, NBCUniversal) and the moderator Richard Lui (MSNBC Anchor). This panel of talent from in front and behind the camera will offer will have a conversation about working in Hollywood.
It’s an important topic as our nation becomes more diverse and entertainment has to appeal to a global market. I strongly disagree with the belief that everyone’s default is a white man/woman. I enjoy seeing people of not only diverse backgrounds but telling stories from their point of view. It’s been over twenty years since an Asian American had a series on network TV and with the success of Fresh Off the Boat, Dr. Ken and Quantico hopefully will encourage Hollywood to not whitewash stories. If you look at the demographics Asians make up the largest growing ethnic group in the United States and more than half of the nation’s children under 18 are expected to be part of a minority race or ethnic group by 2020 (US Census). This is why Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are insisting on having a conversation about why their voices should be heard and seen!
Karen Horne is the Senior Vice President, Programming Talent Development and Inclusion for NBC Entertainment and Universal Television Studios. Horne oversees in-front-of and behind-the-camera diversity efforts for NBC and Universal Television. NBC’s Writers on the Verge Program, the Emerging Directors Program, nationwide talent search StandUp NBC, NBC’s Late Night Writers Workshop and the NBCUniversal Short Film Festival are among the more than 20 programs she heads while also overseeing NBC’s Diversity Staffing Initiative and working with the creative programming team to identify diverse development.
Grace Lee directed the Peabody award-winning documentary AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY: THE EVOLUTION OF GRACE LEE BOGGS that was broadcast on the PBS series POV. Her other documentaries include THE GRACE LEE PROJECT, MAKERS: WOMEN IN POLITICS and OFF THE MENU: ASIAN AMERICA. Her other directing credits include the feature film JANEANE FROM DES MOINES, which premiered at the 2012 Toronto Film Festival as well as AMERICAN ZOMBIE which premiered at Slamdance and is distributed by Cinema Libre. She is currently a Women at Sundance Fellow.
Sandra Oh was born and raised in Ottawa, Canada, Sandra Oh moved to Los Angeles in 1996 to begin the first of seven seasons as Rita Wu, the smart and sassy assistant on the HBO comedy series, Arli$$, for which she won a Cable Ace Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy. She has been nominated for five Emmy Awards and won a Golden Globe Award (Best Actress in a Supporting Role), a Screen Actors Guild Awards (Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor/ Cast in a Drama Series) and a Diversity Award (2005 Creative Liberty Award) for her portrayal of Cristina Yang on Grey’s Anatomy. Ms. Oh jumped the pond for SKY1’s Thorne: Scaredy Cat, which aired in the US on Starz Encore. Sandra is currently guest starring on ABC’s American Crime. Ms. Oh’s recent theatre work includes Julia Cho’s Office Hour, which premiered at SCR this spring and will be at the Public in 2018. As well as an upcoming production of Hansol Jung’s Wild Goose Dreams at La Jolla 2017. She has starred in productions of Death and the Maiden at Victory Gardens in Chicago, Diana Son’s Stop Kiss and Satellites at the Public in NYC, Jessica Hagedorn’s “Dogeaters” at La Jolla Playhouse and Oleanna at the Grand theatre and National Arts Centre in Canada.
Richard Lui is a journalist and news anchor for MSNBC. Before in 2007 at CNN Worldwide, he became the first Asian American male to anchor a daily, national cable news show.
The Center for Asian American Media (CAAM) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to presenting stories that convey the richness and diversity of Asian American experiences to the broadest audience possible. We do this by funding, producing, distributing and exhibiting works in film, television and digital media. To learn more, visit www.caamedia.org. #storiestolight
NBCUniversal is one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. NBCUniversal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment television networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, world-renowned theme parks, and a suite of leading Internet-based businesses. NBCUniversal is a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation. To learn more visit: www.nbcuniversal.com
About the NBCUniversal Talent Infusion Programs (NBCUNI TIPS) Since 2000, NBCUniversal has been dedicated to discovering and nurturing on screen and behind-the-camera talent of diverse and inclusive backgrounds through the NBCUniversal Talent Infusion Programs (NBCUNI TIPS). NBCUNI TIPS are amongst the most extensive and robust diversity and inclusion programs in the television industry. They feature 21 programs including the Writer’s on the Verge Program, Diverse Staff Writer Initiative, Emerging Director Program, StandUp NBC nationwide search for stand-up comedians and the NBCUniversal SHORT FILM FESTIVAL that celebrates diverse stories. Program alumni are celebrated producers, writers, directors and actors in the entertainment industry who have gone on to win Academy Awards®, Emmys, Golden Globes and SAG Awards. For more information, visit NBCUniTIPS.com. #nbcunitips
Who doesn’t love the Evil Dead??? The Evil Dead is a beloved cult favorite that has lived on with video games, comic books and the new series on STARZ and counts among the fans are horror author Stephen King. The show will take place at the gothic 1920’s movie palace The Theatre at Ace Hotel that will be transformed fit for the horror comedy classic. LA Wild Up Chamber Orchestra will perform Sam Raimi’s classic horror film score LIVE for the film! Joseph LoDuca who was the original film’s composer is a featured artist who’s worked to take score from film to life for one special night.The show will open with Harry Potter’s Luna Lovegood, Evanna Lynch, and violinist Lili Haydn, performing the World Premiere of Joseph LoDuca’s The Tell-Tale Heart: A Duet In Terror based on Edgar Allan Poe’s horror classic all together they will be the Greek Chorus for the evening.
I have high hopes for this special evening that’s co-directed by the Award-winning Jaime Robledo and Richard Kraft who recently were the creative directors on the highly acclaimed Disney’s The Little Mermaid In Concert at The Hollywood Bowl starring Sara Bareilles and Rebel Wilson. The show is being produced by Wordless Music, Laura Engel & Richard Kraft, Spaceland and Allison Abbate.
In 1979 with his Detroit friends, Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert, Campbell raised $350,000 for a low-budget film, EvilDead, in which he starred and co-executive produced. Completed piecemeal over four years, the film first gained notoriety in England where it became the best-selling video of 1983, beating out The Shining. After its appearance at Cannes, where Stephen King dubbed it “the most ferociously original horror filmof the year,” New Line Cinema stepped forward to release EvilDead in the U.S. Campbell then rejoined his Detroit colleagues to star and co-produce the second and third films in the EvilDead trilogy, completing 12 years of work on the cult favorite.
SAM RAIMI (Film Director)
Sam Raimi is an American film director, producer, screenwriter and actor, in particular recognized for creating the cult horror The EvilDead series, as well as directing the original Spider-Man trilogy and the superhero filmDarkman. His most recent work as a director includes 2013’s Disney fantasy filmOz the Great and Powerful. Recently, Raimi produced The Possession, and the latest remake of The EvilDead. He is currently working on a film adaption of the critically acclaimed video game The Last of Us.
JOSEPH LODUCA (Composer & Guest Artist)
Two-time Emmy Award winning composer Joseph LoDuca is best known for his work writing television scores for series including Spartacus: Blood and Sand, Leverage, Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, and Xena: Warrior Princess. He also scored films who won international recognition such as director Sam Raimi’s EvilDead Trilogy, Brotherhood of the Wolf – César nominee for Best Score –,Saint Ange and Patagonia – which was chosen as the 2012 British entry for the Foreign Language Oscar. His varied career also features operettas, musicals, songwriting collaborations with pop artist Duffy and operatic baritone Bryn Terfel, as well as theme songs, which have earned him five of his twelve Emmy nominations.
EVANNA LYNCH (Narrator)
EVANNA LYNCH currently stars as the title character in MY NAME IS EMILY, the Simon Fitzmaurice directed independent film for which she received an IFTA Nomination for Best Actress in a Leading Role. Her other recent film work includes the co-lead of the independent feature Dynamite opposite Ian Harding as well as the hit festival movie GBF opposite Megan Mullally, Rebecca Gayheart and Sasha Pieterse. Lynch was born in Ireland and grew up reading the Harry Potter books and studying drama at the Centre for the Talented Youth of Ireland. After attending an open casting call in London for HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX, Lynch was cast in the role of Luna Lovegood. Lynch portrayed Luna Lovegood in all of the subsequent Harry Potter films, earning her praise amongst critics and fans.
LILI HAYDN (Violin Soloist)
Lili Haydn has released four critically acclaimed recordings as a solo artist. Lili (Atlantic Records), Light Blue Sun (BMG Music), Place Between Places (Nettwerk Music Group), which was a favorite on NPR, praising it as “A mix of neo-psychedelic flower child and rock star virtuoso…Heifetz meet Hendrix,” and LiliLand, released in late 2014, with its single, Sea of Gold reaching commercial radio success. LiliLand was written in the aftermath of a freak chemical accident resulting in the loss of everything Lili owned. Lili describes this record as “the jungle of my mind. Fun, fragile, and ferocious songs about losing everything and getting it back”
WILD UP (Chamber Orchestra)
wild Up is an experimental classical ensemble. A flexible band of Los Angeles musicians committed to creating visceral, thought-provoking happenings. The group, led by artistic director and conductor Christopher Rountree, unites around the belief that no music is off limits, and that a concert space should be as moving as the music heard in it: small, powerful and unlike anything else. Their projects are meant to bring people together, defy convention and address the need for heart-wrenching, mind-bending experiences.
JAIME ROBLEDO (Show Co-Director)
Based in LA, Jaime recently wrote and directed live shows for the grand opening of Shanghai Disneyland earlier this spring. Member of Sacred Fools Theater Company. Credits there include: Astro Boy and the God of Comics (Ovation, LADCC, Stage Raw award winner), 2013 LA Weekly Production of the Year, Stoneface (starring French Stewart), which transferred to the Pasadena Playhouse, and Watson (LA Weekly Award Winner; Comedy Direction). Other Credits: World Premieres of Adam Szymkowicz’s Hearts Like Fists and Bill Robens’ Rio Hondo (Theatre of NOTE). You can also see his work as part of the theatrically immersive Halloween hit Wicked Lit running now. For more information visit: www.jrobledo.comThank you Richard for bringing me along for this ride.
RICHARD KRAFT (Show Co-Director)
Richard Kraft was a producer of Disney’s The Nightmare Before Christmas Live at the Hollywood Bowl and the PBS specialLive at Lincoln Center: Danny Elfman’s Music From the Films of Tim Burton. Kraft also was the creative director and producer of the highly acclaimed Disney’s The Little Mermaid In Concert at The Hollywood Bowl. He was an Executive Producer of the Grammy nominated Danny Elfman and Tim Burton 25th Anniversary Music Box. Richard Kraft started his career representing his musical heroes including Jerry Goldsmith, Elmer Bernstein, George Delerue, John Barry, and Henry Mancini.
WORDLESS MUSIC (Producer)
Wordless Music Orchestra is the house band of New York City’s Wordless Music series, which was founded by non-musician Ronen Givony in 2006 and has since presented concerts in museums, churches, nightclubs, and out of doors, pairing artists from the sound worlds of so-called classical, electronic, and rock music. Comprising New York’s most omnivorous young musicians, and members of groups such as Alarm Will Sound, ACME, and Ensemble Signal, the orchestra presented its first concerts over two sold-out nights in January 2008 under conductor Brad Lubman, with the U.S. premiere of Jonny Greenwood’s Popcorn Superhet Receiver, on a program with music of Gavin Bryars and John Adams.
LAURA ENGEL & RICHARD KRAFT (Producers)
Richard Kraft and Laura Engel are the co-owners of Kraft-Engel Management, one of the world’s leading agencies specializing in representing film and theater composers including a number of Oscar, Tony, Emmy, and Grammy winners. Kraft and Engel executive produced the Danny Elfman and Tim Burton 25th Anniversary Music Box which was nominated for a Grammy Award. Richard Kraft started his career representing his musical heroes including Jerry Goldsmith, Elmer Bernstein, George Delerue, John Barry, and Henry Mancini. Laura Engel started her career working with Danny Elfman and Oingo Boingo, first as tour manager and later as manager. In 2011, she was honored by Variety as one of the year’s 50 Most Impactful Women in Showbiz. Engel was previously nominated for a Grammy Award for producing the long form concert video: Oingo BoingoFarewell: Live From the Universal Amphitheater. Together they have produced Disney’s The Nightmare Before Christmas Live at the Hollywood Bowl, the PBS specialLive at Lincoln Center: Danny Elfman’s Music From the Films of Tim Burton and Disney’s The Little Mermaid In Concert at The Hollywood Bowl.
Spaceland Presents puts on concerts and shows at various venues in Los Angeles including The Autry in Griffith Park, Natural History Museum, Getty Museum + More!
ALLISON ABBATE (Producer)
Allison Abbate, the BAFTA-Award winning producer of The Iron Giant, has made her mark in producing and working on some of the most influential, gothic animated films of the past two decades. She started her career working on the cult classic The Nightmare Before Christmas, which fostered a long time collaboration with Tim Burton, leading her to produce both Frankenweenie, and The Corpse Bride. In addition to these beloved features, she produced the Oscar nominated filmFantastic Mr. Fox, and served as Executive Producer of Warner Bros’ box office hit The Lego Movie.
JENNY ASHMAN (Singer)
Originally from Alaska, Jenny was last seen as Eva Peron in Opera North’s production of Evita and Arista in Disney’s The Little Mermaid at the Hollywood Bowl. Off-Broadway & Regional: Sleep No More, Johanna in Sweeney Todd (Ovation Award Nom), Rosalind in As You Like It, Penny in Romance Language (World Premiere), Meg in Little Women and Rhoda in A New Brain. Upcoming: Bea Stein in J.D. Salinger biopic, Rebel in the Rye (directed by Empire creator Danny Strong). Jenny is a graduate of UCF Conservatory Theatre. www.jennyashman.com
JEFFERY HOEPPNER (Jazz Music Arranger)
Jeffrey Hoeppner is an American pop music producer, film/television composer, and vocalist. In a career spanning just over 15 years, Hoeppner has written and produced for several artists including Marques Houston, Omarion, Tevin Campbell, Sugababes, Zendaya & Bella Thorne (Shake It Up), Ross Lynch & Lauren Murano (Austin & Ally), Dove Cameron (Liv & Maddie), Jeff Timmons (98º), F(x), Shinee, EXO, and Darren Chriss. Hoeppner has recently arranged music for “The Little Mermaid” at the Hollywood Bowl. He has also received Gold and Platinum records for his work, worldwide. He currently lives in Los Angeles, CA.
The cult classic follows a group of college students vacationing in an isolated cabin in Tennessee, where they find an unspeakable evil lurking in the forest. The group unknowingly releases flesh-possessing demons and spirits leading to brutal chaos.
ACE HOTEL DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES
Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles makes its home in the historic United Artists building in Downtown LA. Built in 1927 for the maverick filmstudio, the ornate theatre and the 14-story Spanish Gothic office tower that fronts it have been lovingly retrofitted into a modern hotel — enlivening the building’s historical soul with the meticulous attention to detail that Ace is known for and standing as a spiritual anchor at the heart of the Broadway Theater District’s vibrant modern renaissance. View upcoming events at The Theatre at Ace Hotel DTLA at www.acehotel.com/theatre, and follow along on Twitter (@theatre_acedtla), Instagram and Facebook.