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
The Paley Center’s DocPitch Competition offers a $5,000 grant from A&E IndieFilms for an unfinished or work-in-progress documentary from an emerging filmmaker (someone with two or less credits for directing feature documentary films, whether or not those films have been released).
The Paley Center for Media is using this contest, now in its thirteenth year, to choose up to five finalists who will pitch their unfinished films to a panel of experts and producers in front of an audience. This event, the Paley DocPitch Competition, will take place on Wednesday, November 9, 2016, in New York. (There will be tickets for the public to attend this event. Details to be announced.)
To Enter Pitch Competition:
To enter this competition, you must submit no more than ten minutes of footage from an UNFINISHED or WORK-IN-PROGRESS feature-length documentary that you hope to pitch to our panel. You must also send in a printed and filled-out entry form (below).
We will judge entries based on the originality of your vision and the viability of the concept. At the pitch workshop, finalists will be judged by originality, viability, and the persuasiveness of their pitch to our panel of expert judges.
Deadlines to Enter:
Entries must be postmarked by deadline. Deadlines and fees are as follows:
• Earlybird Deadline: July 29, 2016 ($25 regular submission fee /
$20 for Withoutabox members with upgraded projects)
Then print out, sign, and mail a complete and fully executed copy of the Entry Form & Submission Agreement, along with your DVD, submission materials, and a check for your entry fee made out to The Paley Center for Media to:
I’m so excited to learn of the 2016 Rockie Award Program Competition nominees from across the world. It will be a fierce battle with TV and digital content from around th wold. This year Banff World Media Festival (BANFF) has over 40 countries competing at the Program Competition Ceremony on Monday, June 13th at the beautiful Fairmont Baniff Springs. The beauty of the countryside is a perfect backdrop for content creators from around the world to show off their endeavors to showcase the talent from around the world.
Attendees will learn who will be be the winner in 22 categories that span drama, comedy, children’s, documentary, factual, digital and more.
“With the proliferation of television and digital content across today’s top global networks and platforms it’s important to recognize the companies and creatives who are breaking the mold to execute some of the most captivating projects and that’s what we strive to do with the Rockie Awards,” commented Ferne Cohen, Executive Director of the Banff World Media Festival. “We look forward to announcing the winners at our annual celebration in June.”
Netflix’s Making a Murder is the Program of the Year!
The Honorable Mélanie Joly Ministre du Patrimoine Canadien/Minister of Canadian Heritage will kickoff the 2016 BANFF with a presentation.
The Rockie Awards are one of the world’s largest program competitions. The program’s industry jury features more than 350 professionals and leaders from around the world working in entertainment and the media arena. Categories include Animation, Art and Performance, Children and Youth Fiction, Brand Content, Comedy Series, Digital Fiction Series, Drama Series, Environmental and Wildlife, Biological and History, Interactive, Interactive for Kids, Lifestyle, Melodrama, Music, Performance, Sketch and Variety, Reality, Science and Technology, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Action, Social and Investigative, and TV Movie.
The festival is open to all and has programs for content creators to established producers seeking distribution or media channels. The 2016 BANFF schedule is live and has panels that anyone in the business or wants to get in the entertainment field. The organizers have created a schedule that will provide attendees insight into a variety of content streams including scripted, unscripted, digital, banded content, kids and animation. A few of the programs that I would love to attend as a content creator hoping to network are:
YouTube will present an exclusive workshop for content creators detailing how to build a successful channel that will reach a global audience.
Our Brand + Content Exchange will feature a session of leading CMOs discussing their storytelling strategies and new opportunities for consumer engagement.
Jeanne Simon founder of SellYourTVConceptNow.com will have a seminar on how to deliver the perfect pitch in ten minutes or less with Mark Simon.
Opportunity to build a relationship with the Breakfast with a Decision Maker a highly popular program booked through CONNECT. The meetings are with key international buyers attending BANFF giving lucky attendees one one one with movers & shakers.
If you plan to attend examine the schedule and mark on your calendar what you plan to attend as well as have your pitch and a deck ready! You never know what opportunity will come around the corner at BANFF and you have to be ready to for your moment to pitch!
The Banff World Media Festival is the world’s largest and most important gathering of entertainment industry and digital media executives dedicated to media content development, production, broadcast and distribution within TV and digital media. BANFF provides a platform for the evolving media industry to develop its creative and business objectives – it serves as the leading destination for co-production and co-venture partners and is an unparalleled marketplace for over 2,000 international decision-makers to connect with new partners, learn from industry leaders and execute new business deals. The 37th annual BANFF World Media Festival will take place June 12–15, 2016 at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel in Banff, Canada.
I had the pleasure to speak with Jenny Jaffe about the portrayal of mental illness in the entertainment industry and why she founded Project UROK at the 2015 San Diego Comic Con. Her use of social media and entertainment to reach young people as they navigate mental health issues using humor, empathy and information about health resources is making a big difference for young people. It’s a site that is useful for anyone of any age who still feels that mental health issues is something that should be kept as a shameful secret. It’s especially difficult in our over saturated 24 hour entertainment world where often mental health issues are used as terrifying plot devices (show that will be unnamed!) to ratchet up the ‘other fear’ of people facing problems that they feel they can’t tell anyone.
Project UROK is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to create funny, meaningful videos for teenagers struggling with mental health issues, made by people who have been there before.
Founded by Jenny Jaffe (CollegeHumor), the site officially launched in April of 2015 and already features a variety of honest, funny and relatable videos from young adults recounting their struggles with mental health. Project UROK ultimately strives to be an interactive, all-encompassing source of teen mental health resources, encouraging users to upload their own videos and share their experiences on the site’s message boards.
Among others, Project UROK features a video from Mara Wilson, a New York-based writer, performer, storyteller, and the host of the monthly show “What Are You Afraid Of?”
About the founders:
CEO Jenny Jaffe founded Project UROK to be the resource she wishes she’d had as a struggling, mentally ill teenager. She was diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety Disorder and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder as a child, and despite the help of a therapist and the support of her family, she suffered from severe depression and panic attacks all throughout high school. She felt isolated and alone. But she got through it, and she wants to let other teenagers struggling with mental illness know that they can, too. She was hired by CollegeHumor during her senior year at NYU, sold her first screenplay at 19, and has since written for MTV, VH1, xoJane, Vulture and more.
Vice President and Production Coordinator Sarah Hartshorne was diagnosed with ADHD and ADD in college, but struggled with it long before. She’s recently been diagnosed with PTSD stemming from trauma she suffered as a child. Working for Project UROK has shown her how important it is to reach out for help when you need it. She’s best known as the plus-sized contestant on America’s Next Top Model Cycle 9, and she’s also a standup comedian and producer. She’s currently producing a documentary about plus-size modelling called Inside Skinny.
Don’t worry you won’t have to choose with Epix Star Trek Movie fest all leading up to the World TV Premier of Star Trek into Darkness on the 16th! 24 hours of Kirk over emoting. Spock looking … well unemotional. Captain Picard bringing the sexy with his dulcet British tones. Deanna Troi ALWAYS stating the obvious (the Alien is mad we’re shooting at it! bwa ha ha). Bones freaking out about everything! The Tribbles!!!! Oh wait that’s the TV show .. KAHHNNNN!!!!! Watching Epix will give you the opportunity to compare Kahn’s and pick your favorite. Mine is the original with all of his unbridled passion, swarthy skin, sexy accent and well the chest!! hubba hubba Kahn was one of my first geek crushes!
So set your TV to stun starting on Sunday, February 16th at 6AM with the Epix original documentary – The Captains Close-Up: William Shatner. Captain Kirk you sexy promiscuous devil! I always expected a movie where some alien female knocks on his door with some baby mama drama! bwa ha ha
All counting down the movies till Star Trek Into Darkness on Sunday, February 16, 2014, at 8PM ET with all new commentary from Trekkie icons Leonard Nimoy and George Takei. It will be an opportunity to enjoy the EPIX Special Presentation of “A Conversation with Leonard Nimoy” aka Spock will share his memories of Star Trek from the beginning even more meaningful after his announcement that he’s suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease after giving up smoking over 30 years ago (QUIT SMOKING PEOPLE!).
George Takei will make special segments throughout the marathon with anecdotes about his life in the Trek Universe (you can see a teaser here)!
STAR TREK FEST Full Schedule – all times EASTERN
6:00 AM – The Captains Close-Up: William Shatner EPIX Original Documentary
6:45 AM –Trekkies
8:15 AM – The Captains Close-Up: Patrick Stewart EPIX Original Documentary
8:50 AM – Star Trek: The Motion Picture
11:05 AM – Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
1:05 PM – Star Trek III: The Search for Spock
2:55 PM – William Shatner’s Get a Life! EPIX Original Documentary
4:00 PM –Star Trek V: The Final Frontier
5:50 PM – Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
7:45 PM –A Conversation with Leonard Nimoy EPIX Special Presentation
8:00 PM –Star Trek Into Darkness World Television Premiere
10:15 PM – Star Trek III: The Search for Spock
12:05 AM – Star Trek Into Darkness
2:20 AM – Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
4:20 AM – The Captains EPIX Original Documentary
For more information about STAR TREK INTO DARKNESSvisit
I first heard about this movie watching MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry weekend show (LOVE me some Melissa who drops some knowledge on me EVERY weekend) where she spoke with the young director Shola Lynch about how she got the film financed (big thanks to Jada Pinkett Smith!) and how she became curious about this part of American History and yes I said AMERICAN history not Black history but OUR nation’s history. It really sparked my curiosity and so plan to lend my support, my dollars (ticket price) and voice to this documentary PLEASE go see it at the theaters this weekend and if it’s not coming to your hometown DEMAND it! It’s the history of Angela Davis but their are people in the United States right now who are political prisoners and just well innocent!
So if your in Los Angeles join me at the 7pm showing and be prepared to learn something!
Free Angela is a gripping historic account of the events that catapulted a young University of California philosophy professor into a controversial political icon in the turbulent late 1960’s. Angela Davis joins the Communist Party, protests with the Black Panthers, and becomes a principle spokesperson for the burgeoning prison reform movement. As a result, she finds herself Fighting to keep her job, and in the national media spotlight characterized by her many detractors as a dangerous subversive menace, and by her supporters as a strong leader challenging authority and boldly advocating for “Power to All People.
I just saw that PBS will be broadcasting the Central Park Five Documentary and are sponsoring a NYT live panel talk with Ken Burns and four of the men. I was lucky enough to see a screening of the documentary at the AFI Fest in Los Angeles shortly before President Obama won reelection. It was such a dichanomy to see a black president of our nation but see a tangible reminder that black men can still be falsely imprisoned. Shortly before the panel I was able to interview (youtube interview) the men whose lives had been stolen by a system where the need for vengeance outweighed the need for justice.
Watching the Ken Burns film brought back my memories of hearing about the crime. I was still living in Iowa (never left the state) and had always been told ‘bad things happen in the big city’. I remember hearing about this since the boys were so young to be accused of such a crime and that none of them seemed ‘dangerous’ or bad instead they just seemed like normal guys. Once I saw the interview and what the police and prosecuting attorneys had done to railroad them into false confessions it made me angry that NONE of these people have ever answered for their crime to steal the freedom of these five guys. Instead they have gone onto great success and positions of power over even more innocents in New York.
I can’t imagine how many other innocents have languished in jail after the police and prosecutors collude to falsify evidence to garner false confessions. Now I’ve recently learned that AGAIN New York has denied them their justice by refusing to settle with them for the years of false imprisonment back in February (NYT article). It’s a shameful black mark against all of us not just New Yorkers but all Americans. Justice for some isn’t justice ….
Justice and The Central Park Five
Wednesday, April 17
6:30 PM – 8:00 PMThe TimesCenter
242 West 41st St. NYC
A conversation about the issues raised by “The Central Park Five,” the award-winning documentary about the horrific crime that occurred in Central Park in 1989, the rush to judgment and the lives of those wrongly convicted. Don’t miss the chance to hear from the Emmy Award-winning producer/director/writer Ken Burns, co-director and author Sarah Burns, Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times columnist Jim Dwyer, who covered the case and is interviewed in the film, and the exonerated, including Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana and Korey Wise, live at The TimesCenter the evening following the film’s debut on PBS (find your PBS station broadcasting the documentary film)In collaboration with PBS.