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September 20th, 2017 by Cherry

Image result for stan leeI’m ready to be scared for 31 Days of Horror on SyFy this October! I plan to count down the days for Stan Lee’s (The Avengers, Iron Man, Guardians of the Galaxy) original movie The Sandman on Saturday, October 14th at 9PM. Peter Sullivan (Ominous, Summoned) wrote and directed this film perfect for the spooky season produced by Hybrid.

It’s not often Stan Lee produces an original movie but he couldn’t resist The Sandman! The horror movie has an illustrious team of scary movie masters who worked with Lee, Gill Champion, Barry Barnholtz (Leprechaun), and Jeffrey Schenck (Finders Keepers, The Crooked Man).

The Image result for haylie duffSandman stars horror fan favorites Tobin Bell (the Saw films), Shaun Sipos (The Vampire Diaries, Texas Chainsaw 3D, Final Destination 2), Amanda Wyss (A Nightmare on Elm Street), Ricco Ross (Aliens) and stars Haylie Duff (Napoleon Dynamite, Material Girls) in a role that is unexpected and frightening

Tobin Bell

Shaun Sipos

Amanda Wyss

 

Ricco Ross

Ricco Ross

 

‘Madison’ (Shae Smolik) an 8 year old orphan is sent to live with her ‘Aunt Claire’ (Haylie Duff) a struggling artist after her father is found dead. Claire realizes Madison has a scary boogeyman friend called ‘The Sandman’ who she suspects may have killed her father and other victims across the country. ‘Valentine’ (Tobin Bell) is leading a government agency looking for Madison & ‘The Sandman’ to save or use her supernatural powers of telekinesis. Will Claire and Madison be able to save ‘The Sandman’ next victim and keep Valentine away from the child.

Are you planning to get scared by the Sandman? What’s your 31 Days of Horror looking like? 

 

 

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September 17th, 2017 by Cherry

SHARKNADO” STUDIO TAKES CINEMARK THEATRES BY STORM, LAUNCHING THURSDAY NIGHTS AT THE ASYLUM 

Image result for asylum studioThe Asylum co-founder David Michael Latt adds, “I’ll be front and center every week as the biggest fan of all, theres nothing else that can duplicate the theatrical experience. For Cinemark movie goers, were bringing back the thrill of drive-ins and Grindhouse cinema with this chance to see unapologetic and completely original films. 

 

Image result for Bryan Jeffries, Vice President of Marketing and Promotions for Cinemark“Cinemark is excited to form this partnership and create this unique showcase of Asylum films!”, said Bryan Jeffries, Vice President of Marketing and Promotions for Cinemark, “There has always been a tremendous audience for these movies and we know our customers will go crazy for the chance to see them on the big screen!”

I’m a huge fan of geek movies so was very excited to hear that Asylum studio is weekly late night Image result for cinemarktheatrical movie series with Cinemark Theatres starting September 28th in theaters across the country. The weekly series will be a curated selection of underground and homegrown horror, thriller, sci-fi and cult cinema (tickets: Cinemark.com/asylum). This series will offer attendees a chance to meet filmmakers, the studio and win signed merchandise and other promotions that might have a lucky fan win a walk on role in an Asylum film.

Image result for sharknado 5Since this is the studio that has brought you Sharknado they will have a special Sharknado 5: Global Swarming screening on November 16 with the cast and crew appearing. The series will be affordable fun in college markets that will appeal to film fans of all ages. Cinemark is offering $5 general admission tickets or $10 premium ticket (including digital download of the movie). The experience for some attendees wont end at the theater! After each screening, movie goers who purchase a the Premium Ticket will own the movie forever by digitally downloading the film available on its home video release. For more information and to buy tickets go to Cinemark.com/asylum.

 

About Cinemark: 
Headquartered in Plano, TX, Cinemark Holdings, Inc. is a leader in the motion picture exhibition industry with 529 theatres and 5,926 screens in the U.S. and Latin America as of June 30, 2017.
 
 About The Asylum:
The Asylum is one of the world’s leading brand-oriented motion picture and television studios. With a focus on high-concept, market-driven entertainment, like the SHARKNADO franchise and the popular Z NATION television series, The Asylum finances, produces and releases 25 films per year through its direct pipeline to the nation’s top retailers and its network of international partners. Since its founding in 1997, The Asylum has released more than 500 films and has built a library of over 200 original productions, including top-rated movie premieres for Syfy, Lifetime, and Animal Planet networks. In addition, The Asylum has begun production on Season 4 of Syfy’s highest-rated scripted show, Z NATION, a critically-acclaimed action-horror series.

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October 26th, 2016 by Cherry

Humor and horror is in the DNA of the new series ‘Stan Against Evil’ on IFC.

You haven’t seen a show like Stan Against Evil (IFC) that has such a zany premise in a while. I know some will compare this to Evil Dead: the Series on (STARZ) but this show is walking it’s own path. At first glance it looks like comedy series with a few scary bits in it to shock the audience but from the first moment when we meet former Sheriff Stan Miller (John C. McGinley) who’s retired and comes back to a home missing his wife this horror comedy has a core of missing your other half. Stan is a man bereft who has to navigate a world that has done a 180 on him from the new sheriff Evie Barret (Janet Varney), to learning about his wife’s ‘hobby’ and the monsters.

 

I was impressed with the series and found myself laughing and screaming at turns and the same time. All of the cast and team behind the camera are fans of the ‘Werewolf of London’ and love old school 80s FX. You can see that the cast had a ball playing with ‘real’ monsters instead of emoting to a green ball and getting covered in buckets of blood. The monsters are CRAZY and had me scared for them to leave their house! I recommend you check out this new series and watch the first episode on Halloween with the lights off, popcorn and a bowl of candy for trick-or-treaters!

Stan Miller (McGinley) is a surprisingly interesting character. I at first thought he’d be the usual cop in a horror movie kind of clueless and just counting down the moments till he gets the ax (figurativle and literally) but he’s a man with hidden depths .. unspoken closed up sexist grumpy depths but DEPTHS darn it!

Evie Barret (Varney) is the new woman in town who’s taken on a traditionally male job as Sheriff and refuses to fill Stan’s shoes! Instead she has a backstory that makes her someone that I’d like to grab a beer with or at the least fight witches.

Deputy Leon Drinkwater (Mooney) plays the deputy with a heart of .. well crazy I’d say he’s playing the straight man but from his eyes and the phone calls if in the course of the season we find he has a sex dungeon I would NOT be surprised!

Denise Miller (Baker) plays Stan’s daughter who is dangerously clueless that makes new friends WAY too easily in town full of angry witches. I love her little comments and that she’s living her best life and happens to still live with her dad. I can’t wait to see if she’s going to be a kickass chick killing witches and picking berries with the same smile.

 

 

“Stan Against Evil” premieres November 2 on IFC. A sneak preview of the first episode will also air Halloween night, October 31, at 10pm.

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July 30th, 2016 by Cherry

From Guillermo Del Toro and Carlton Cuse - The StrainIf you haven’t been watching Guillermo Del Toro and Carlton Cuse horror series The Strain you’ve missed out on one of the best series on TV. You can watch either streaming on Hulu or grab a disc/blu ray at local retailers.

I found this ‘vampire’ series fascinating because it sort of fits with my belief that vampires are scary as F! I mean I love the idea of being young forever but I’ve never thought they’d be beautiful and the idea of bringing blood is soo gross. I mean I’ve never seen a comic book or movie where people talk about rather vampires could get STDs or AIDS especially when they were humans.

The Strain handles the idea that humans would no longer be at the top of the food chain in a scary way. I mean who would really believe that Vampires would exist and that they were killing people. I mean the average person would not believe ‘their own lying’ eyes if they saw an attack or would run screaming (I know I would run like a scalded cat).

If the Master offered to turn you (a higher Vamp) would you say yes? Or would you be team human fighting against the scourge?

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April 5th, 2016 by Cherry

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The Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival is celebrating 32 years with 140 films screening April 21 – 28 showing the diversity on screen that include documentaries and scripted films to scare and laugh! This year they have the world premier of Lena Khan’s ‘The Tiger Hunter’ as the opening night movie. the Centerpiece documentary is ‘Tyrus’ from Pamela Tom. In addition to six world premiers including LA filmmakers Ryan Yu’s ‘The Last Tour’, Janice Tanaka’s ‘Rebel with a Cause’ and Quentin Lee’s ‘THE UNBIDDEN’. Artist Spotlight presents Award Winning Director Dai Sil Kim-Gibson with the LA Premier of ‘People are the Sky’ and special presentations of ‘Silence Broken: Korean Comfort Women’ and ‘SA-I-GU: From Korean Women’s Perspectives’. Jonathan Lim’s ‘Pali Road’ is the closing night film. It’s exciting to see these films that will start some serious conversations about history, women and the silence that Asian artists face in US film & TV with so little representation.

I’m so ready to attend the LAAPFF this year with a great selection of films from horror to comedy to romance. So buy your tickets and get ready for films from a diverse point of view!

Leave a comment below on what you plan to see and maybe we can watch together!!!

Check out a few on my MUST SEE LIST!

 

Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival

Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival

LOVE, WORK & OTHER DEMONS

Stubborn Chinese waitress by day, kick-ass demon hunter by night, tomboy Joanna has never given much thought to being what her traditional father, Harry, calls a “girly girl”—until she meets Ryan. With a little help from her undead ancestors, hilarity ensues as Joanna battles lipstick, heels, and demons in this coming-of-identity story. – See more at:

 

 

VAMPARIAH

Mahal is a part of an elite squad of skilled hunters responsible for keeping the world safe from vampires and other creatures of the night. Her mission to rid the world of this undead threat becomes compromised when her fate intertwines with an aswang (a vampire of Philippine folklore), forcing her to choose sides in an age-old war. – See more at: http://laapff.festpro.com/films/detail/vampariah_2016#sthash.oz4mlbe2.dpuf

 

 

BRITNEY-HOLICS ANONYMOUS: A SPEAR-ITUAL AWAKENING

Freddie gets a Spear-itual awakening when he joins an anonymous support group for closeted Britney Spears fans.

– See more at: http://laapff.festpro.com/films/genre/comedy#sthash.GwTKIEnC.dpuf

 

JOHN HUGHES RUINED MY LIFE

Based off a feature script (winner of the Tribeca All Access Best Screenplay), Sam lives her life idolizing the romantic ideal of John Hughes’ movies (Sixteen Candles, Pretty In Pink, Some Kind…

– See more at: http://laapff.festpro.com/films/genre/comedy#sthash.GwTKIEnC.dpuf

 

ASO -ETERNAL GRASSLAND-

Pollution continues to get worse, and the human race remains in what has become the remaining last days of the world. One survivor, Tatsu, has managed to survive alongside his robot companion, Kei….

– See more at: http://laapff.festpro.com/films/genre/fantasy#sthash.coM6I2Nu.dpuf

 

SOCIOPATHS
Japan 2015 | 6 min.
SHORTS PROGRAM: Connect/Disconnect | Fantasy, Science Fiction

An Android helps a girl in need. With her Curiosity piqued, the girl follows the Android as it shows kindness to various people. In turn, the girl approaches the Android to convey “a certain thing.”  – See more at: http://laapff.festpro.com/films/detail/sociopaths_2016#sthash.kiPxsX3k.dpuf

 

COMFORT
United States 2015 | 105 min.
Narrative Nominees | Romance

Cameron (Chris Dinh) is a nighttime courier with a heart of gold and a secret. From dusk to dawn, he makes deliveries all over the Los Angeles area. As a skilled chef, he’s saving for his food truck but remains too busy taking care of other people to put his dreams first. When his next pickup turns out to be Jasmine (Julie Zhan), the attractive, headstrong daughter of a longtime client, the ensuing chemistry lights up the night sky. Will this chance encounter be just another delivery, or will it change his life forever?

– See more at: http://laapff.festpro.com/films/detail/comfort_2016#sthash.5Fpk5diW.dpuf

GAYSIANS

Five queer and trans Asian-Americans from the New York City area explore their relationships with their family and culture in this patchwork documentary. Features Joanne Hsu, Alok Vaid-Menon, Kevin Su, Suma Reddy and Mashuq Deen.

 

– See more at: http://laapff.festpro.com/films/detail/gaysians_2016#sthash.LVhuqnVr.dpuf

 

ROBO SAINTS
Best friends Joy and Chris are cosplayers who dress up as characters from their favorite anime show “Robo Saints.” When Chris’ girlfriend Kaylee — who cosplays as the character Yuna — dumps him, he falls into a deep depression. Joy feels bad for Chris, having developed feelings beyond mere friendship for him. When Kaylee drops off her Yuna costume with Joy, he decides to dress up as Yuna and confess his feelings to Chris.

See more at: http://laapff.festpro.com/films/detail/robo_saints_2016#sthash.8Qw6lLs3.dpuf

US
The narrative of today’s Dreamer movement has highlighted the experiences of students who desire to become part of American society, but what’s been missing are the experiences of the siblings, the parents, and the families of immigrants. This is my family’s immigrant narrative as undocumented people in the U.S., making our home in this once foreign place.

See more at: http://laapff.festpro.com/films/detail/us_2016#sthash.nVKK6DId.dpuf  

 

 

 

 

About: Visual Communications (VC), the nation’s premier Asian Pacific American media arts center, announced its program of outstanding films for the upcoming 32nd edition of the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival (LAAPFF) running April 21-28, 2016. This annual film celebration is presented across the city of Los Angeles from Little Tokyo to the Arts District in Downtown Los Angeles to Koreatown and to West Hollywood.

VC proudly celebrates 32 years as Southern California’s largest and most prestigious film festival of its kind.  The LAAPFF launches the pre-celebration of Asian Pacific Heritage Month through this year’s slate of over 140 films from both Asian Pacific American and Asian international artists.  For over three decades, the Festival has presented more than 3,800 films and shorts by Asian American and Asian international talent.  This year, a total of 140 films comprised of 34 feature films and 106 shorts will be showcased throughout the eight-day fest.

As the word “diversity” is being thrown around in Hollywood, the LAAPFF is providing the best opportunity to experience this first hand through talent both in front and behind the camera.  Stories by women, men, LGBT artists, Asian Americans, Asian international, and a multitude of ethnicities are all being highlighted and shared at the Festival.

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DANNY PUDI in THE TIGER HUNTER – Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival

THE TIGER HUNTER- WORLD PREMIERE  Directed by Lena Khan

This year’s opening night gala features the World Premiere of writer/director/producer Lena Khan’s comedy THE TIGER HUNTER starring Danny Pudi (NBC TVs Community), Karen David(ABC TVs Galavant), Jon Heder (NAPOLEON DYNAMITE) and Rizwan Manji (WOLF OF WALL STREET)   The film celebrates the array of  some of the most talented female Southasian Indian American artists in Hollywood with Khan as the auteur writer/director/producer, joined by her producer and Fest Alum Megha Kadakia and starring Karen David – one of the most sought after actresses in the industry.

“Opening night with the world premiere of THE TIGER HUNTER will jump start our amazing line up of our own talent,” states VC Executive Director Francis Cullado. “This year, we are proud to be showcasing some of our best artists.  It is our time to showcase diversity and to celebrate it as well.  And kicking off with Lena’s film is just the tip of the iceberg of the films everyone will experience at the festival. It’s going to be a great festival.”

THE TIGER HUNTER screens Opening Night April 21 at 7PM at the Aratani Theatre at the JACCC in Little Tokyo – Downtown Los Angeles. 

 

The Festival Centerpiece Presentation of the Los Angeles premiere of TYRUS welcomes former VC staffer Pamela Tom with her feature filmdirectorial debut. Fresh off its triumphant World Premiere at the 2015 Telluride Film FestivalTYRUS celebrates the life and art of Tyrus Wong, a legendary Chinese American painter, production illustrator, lithographer, and kite builder best known for his concept art for Walt Disney’s feature animated film BAMBI. Beginning with the achievement of BAMBI to his game-changing later career as a production concept artist for Warner Bros. Studios, Wong’s strikingly beautiful concept paintings and sketches continue to influence the work of generations of animators and production designers. TYRUS celebrates not only the beauty of his art but reveals to a larger audience a lesser known part of the Chinese American experience — that of its artists and creators.

TYRUS will screen Saturday, April 23 at 8PM at the Aratani Theatre at the JACCC in Little Tokyo – Downtown Los Angeles.

One of the Festival Special Presentations this year is the West Coast premiere of the rousing BAD RAP from director Salima Koroma.  BAD RAP is an independent documentary about four Asian-American rappers who dream of succeeding in the mainstream; selling out huge venues; hearing themselves on the radio; and becoming household names. Through a colorful soundtrack, gritty visuals, and utter honesty, the characters share their experiences of fear, perceived failure, and hopes of triumph. And at its heart, the film is about young Asian Americans facing, head-on, a culture that expects them to fulfill the model minority stereotype.

BAD RAP highlights the lives of artists Dumbfoundead, Awkafina, Rekstizzy and Lyricks.  It also includes accomplished Asian-American rap artists (Far East Movement), pop stars (Jay Park), YouTube celebrities (Traphik), and industry insiders, all in an effort to answer the following questions: Do people know or care about Asian-American rappers? What makes this group of rappers different? Why hasn’t there been an Asian-American rap star yet?

BAD RAP screens Wednesday, April 27 at 9:30 PM at the CGV Cinemas in Koreatown.

This year’s Fest boasts of six world premiere feature films from Asian American directors (including THE TIGER HUNTER):

  • THE LAST TOUR from Los Angeles based actor turned director Ryan Yu;
  • THE UNBIDDEN – festival alum Quentin Lee’s latest horror offering;
  • VAMPARIAH – from returning fest alum Matthew Abaya;
  • SIGNS OF REMARKABLE HISTORY – from another returning fest alum Maryam Kashani;
  • REBEL WITH A CAUSE: THE LIFE OF AIKO HERZIG YOUSHINAGA – from returning fest and VC alum Janice Tanaka.

All of the directors will be at their screenings for Q/A discussion.  Check the festival listings for exact showtimes and locations.

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Closing out this year’s celebration is the Los Angeles premiere of the acclaimed PALI ROAD from Los Angeles director Jonathan Lim. Director Lim brings together a stellar international cast including Chinese rising star Michelle Chen (BADGES OF FURY, YOU ARE THE APPLE OF MY EYE), Sung Kang (FAST AND FURIOUS 3,4,5,6 and 7), Jackson Rathbone (TWILIGHT film series), Elizabeth Sung (JOY LUCK CLUB, THE UNBIDDEN, YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS), and Tzi Ma  (RUSH HOUR, VEEP, HELL ON WHEELS) for this stylish romance mystery.

Lily (Chen), a Chinese doctor, is doing her residency in a Hawaiian hospital under Dr. Kayne (Kang). She has fallen in love with schoolteacher Neil (Rathbone) — at least, this is what she remembers. After a terrible car accident, Lily wakes up to discover, in horror, a married life with Dr. Kayne, including a 5-year-old son she has never seen. With everyone around her denying Neil’s existence, Lily begins to question her sanity, as recurring memories of Neil force her to embark on a journey to retrace her past and discover the truth.

“Our lineup this year of the number of Asian American filmmakers and Asian American stories is more than impressive,” states Festival Co-Director David Magdael.  “Our Opening Night, Centerpiece, World Premiere, Special Presentation and Closing Night films all represent stories and directors based here in the U.S. It is exciting as our pool of talent continues to grow each year.  No longer can it be said that Asian PacificAmerican talent is non-existent.  We are active in writing, directing, producing, acting, film distribution and exhibition, below the line positions and executive roles in the film industry.  This year, Asian Pacific American directors are more than half of our feature film lineup. These filmmakers are not waiting for a studio or someone else to approve them to make their film.  And it is this independent spirit that is prevalent in a major way this year at the Fest with our own filmmakers are raising the bar in terms of creating and producing feature films that add to the American cinematic experience and to our ever growing Asian American Cinema. It’s an exciting time to be Asian Pacific American in Hollywood.”

This year’s Artist Spotlight focuses on the award winning prolific documentary filmmaker Dai Sil Kim-Gibson.  Unwavering in her staunch clarity of artistic vision, North Korean born Kim-Gibson embraces the realities and possibilities of a multi-ethnic America.  Unflinching in her perspective, honed by years working and living here in the U.S. as an educator, grants officer, filmmaker and arts advocate, her filmography offers an expansive world-view of both historical and contemporary issues affecting Asian diasporic communities.

The Fest will present the Los Angeles Premiere of Kim-Gibson’s latest feature documentary, PEOPLE ARE THE SKY with two of her earlier works.  This long overdue tribute will provide a well-deserved spotlight on the career of this one-of-a-kind talent, who, at age 78, is still sharply perceptive and feisty as ever.  This special Spotlight on Dai Sil Kim-Gibson takes place throughout the festival screening the following films:  SA-I-GU: FROM KOREAN WOMEN’S PERSPECTIVES on Sunday April 24 at 5:30 PM at the Tateuchi Democracy Forum at the Japanese American National Museum in Little Tokyo – Downtown Los Angeles; SILENCE BROKEN: KOREAN COMFORT WOMENscreens Wednesday April 27 at 4:30 PM also at the Tateuchi Democracy Forum; followed by the L.A. premiere of PEOPLE ARE THE SKY at 7:00 PM at the Tateuchi Democracy Forum.

“Dai Sil Kim-Gibson is one of our most prolific filmmakers of our time and our community,” says longtime Visual Communications staff member and Fest Co-Director Abraham Ferrer. “We are proud to have Dai Sil bring her latest and most personal film PEOPLE ARE THE SKY to the Festas the Los Angeles premiere. Having her here and presenting her earlier works and this film will be most exciting for our audiences.  Her filmmaking, insight and perspective have been a great influence on many younger filmmakers and for us to celebrate her this year is perfectly timed.”

The LAAPFF is once again proud to present at the Festival two programs with a long and historic significance to Visual Communications: The Armed With a Camera Fellowship and Digital Histories. The Armed With a Camera Fellowship nurtures the next generation of AsianPacific American media artists to capture their world, surrounding, and outlook on life. Past fellows have gone on to premiere award-winning feature films as well as building a career in television. These short films will be a part of the crowd-pleasing program VC DIGITAL POSSE, ver. 2016 on Sunday, April 24 at 8:00PM at the Aratani Theatre at the JACCC in Little Tokyo – Downtown Los Angeles.

Since 2003, Digital Histories has provided a professional and artistic work environment for underserved, ethnic-minority seniors in the LA-based Asian Pacific American community. Digital Histories will screen on Sunday, April 26 at 2:00PM at the Aratani Theatre at the JACCC in Little Tokyo – Downtown Los Angeles.

The LAAPFF is proud to feature the sixth edition of C3 – the Conference For Creative Content where creative and Hollywood industry leaders join together to create a dialogue with the community discussing important issues and trends taking place in the entertainment arena.  The only event of its kind, C3 brings together foremost media professionals in film, television, cable, digital, and transmedia to create a dialogue on the ever-changing media industry, share best practices, network, celebrate and build a collective vision for our community. C3 will dive in dive in and hear from the forerunners of this change, especially from Asian Americans leading the way.  Program panels will include:

  • Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA): The Great Equalizer: How New Media Gets You Noticed
  • F This Weekly Podcast: Women For the Win – Transcending the Inclusion Crisis and Gender Gap in Hollywood
  • Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW):Writing for Diverse Voices in Film and Television
  • Motion Pictures Editors Guild (MPEG):Editing: The Last Rewrite
  • Directors Guild of America (DGA): Utilizing Emerging Technology To Enhance Your Storytelling
  • You Offend Me You Offend My Family (YOMYOMF): The New Indie Cinema: Opportunities for Diverse Filmmakers in the Digital World

“In the past few months, you’d be hard-pressed not to notice the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite voiced in response to the Academy’s overwhelming lack of diversity in their nominations,” states Milton Liu, VC’s Director of Programs and Artist Services. “Compounding the issue, the ceremony continued to make tone-deaf ‘jokes’ about Asian Americans, which resulted in many Asian American Academy members (including VC Board Members) to write a letter signifying that this must stop — our community will not be marginalized. We’re proud to be partnering with industry guilds such as the WGAW, DGA, SAG-AFTRA, MPEG, SAG-PIACF, and community innovators F This Weekly and YOMYOMF, to bring together leading industry artists and executives to discuss not only the changing technological and cultural landscape of Hollywood, but also in dissecting ways in which diversity continues to be a constant battle.”

C3 takes place over the weekend of April 23 and 24 at the Japanese American National Museum in Little Tokyo – Downtown Los Angeles.

Every year, the LAAPFF International Showcase of new works from Asia highlights films and filmmakers from throughout the continent.  This year is no different as the Festival boasts acclaimed features from India, Vietnam, the Peoples Republic of China (PRC), South Korea, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Pakistan, the Philippines, Cambodia, Taiwan, Malaysia, Japan and Hong Kong.

“Our International Showcase is one of the strongest ever representing an array of countries,” states Festival Co-Director Anderson Le. “We have films from all over Asia including award winning documentaries, romantic comedies, thrillers, action flicks and outstanding dramatic stories.  There is something for everyone.  We are also excited to bring over talent from across the Pacific including: directors Takayuki Nakamura (ZEN AND BONES) from Japan and Cellin Gluck (PERSONA NON GRATA) who works in both Japan and the United States; director Steve Chen (DREAM LAND) from Cambodia; and lead actor Shiv Pandit (LOEV) from India.  ”

INTERNATIONAL SHOWCASE

  • A COPY OF MY MIND  (Indonesia/South Korea, 2015)   Dir.: Joko Anwar
  • BITCOIN HEIST  (Vietnam, 2016)  Dir.: Ham Tran
  • DISTANCE  (PRC/Singapore/Thailand, 2015) Dirs.:  Shijie Tan, Sivaroj Kongsakul, Yukun Xin
  • THE DOG  (PRC, 2015)  Dir.: Lam Can-zhao
  • DREAM LAND  (Cambodia/United States, 2015)  Dir.: Steve Chen
  • THE KIDS  (Taiwan, 2015)  Dir.: Sunny Yu
  • LOEV   (India, 2015)  Dir.: Sudhanshu Saria
  • MANANG BIRING  (Philippines, 2015)  Dir.: Carl Joseph Papa
  • MOTHER  (Pakistan, 2015)  Dir.: Jami Mahmood
  • PERSONA NON GRATA   (Japan, 2015)   Dir.: Cellin Gluck
  • REACH FOR THE SKY  (South Korea/Belgium, 2015)  Dirs.: Choi Wooyoung, Steven Dhoedt
  • ZEN AND BONES (Japan, 2015)  Dir.: Takayuki Nakamura

In addition, the LAAPFF is proud to present the following Special Presentations:

  • UPON THE FRAGILE SHORE Multi-media performance by writer/actor director Giovanni Ortega (CRIERS FOR HIRE)

UPON THE FRAGILE SHORE is a short film based on the play by the Obie award-winning playwright Carded Svich. A cast of four that explores human rights and environmental issues around the world especially in relationship to human-made tragedies and their aftermath. This film centers on stories from the Venezuela, Colorado, and Louisiana with four interlocking stories. All of us living on the fragile shore.   It asks for all of us to consider how we live in vulnerable spaces, be it due to coastal erosion and vanishing ways of life, in resistance to oppression. during and after wars, and in the suspended fragile states of collective grief.  The performance piece is a way to build sustaining connected spaces for us to consider our vulnerabilities in an already fragile world, and how we can find strength in these spaces.

Friday, April 22, 5 PM Tateuchi Democracy Forum at JANM – Little Tokyo – Downtown LA

  • FfF INTERACTIVE LITTLE TOKYO! FORM follows FUNCTION

Composed of two short films and interactive installations around 312 AZUSA STREET and WALKING WITH GRACE.    WALKING WITH GRACE is a 360 virtual reality narrative documentary about Little Tokyo, Los Angeles through the perspective of Grace Chikui, blind woman and long-time resident. (*viewable on VR headsets via kiosk at various locations throughout the festival).  312 AZUSA STREET is a historic site-specific installation about the church on Azusa street that founded Pentecostalism in the nation in 1906 and Stevens African Methodist Episcopal Church (later known as First African Methodist Episcopal Church) in 1888, spearheaded by original landowner, Bridget “Biddy” Mason.   Premieres Friday, April 22, and Saturday, April 23, 7-10 PM, JACCC Noguchi Plaza – Little Tokyo – Downtown LA

  • FRESH OFF THE SHOW!

To celebrate the recent announcement that ABC’s FRESH OFF THE BOAT has been renewed for Season 3, come join Angry Asian Man (Phil Yu) and actor/writer/comedian Jenny Yang in screening this transcendent comedy! We’ll be showing that night’s episode and the following week’s episode! As an added bonus, cast and crew will be joining in for a Q&A after the screening.   Tuesday, April 26, 7 PM, Tateuchi Democracy Forum at JANM – Little Tokyo – Downtown LA

The 32nd LAAPFF competition film line-up is as follows:

COMPETITION NARRATIVES 

  • COMFORT (Los Angeles Premiere) Director WILLIAM LU
  • GRASS  (Los Angeles Premiere) Director TANUJ CHOPRA
  • THE LAST TOUR (World Premeire) Director RYAN YU
  • PALI ROAD (Los Angeles Premiere) Director JONATHAN LIM
  • THE TIGER HUNTER (World Premiere) Director LENA KHAN
  • THE UNBIDDEN (World Premiere) Director QUENTIN LEE
  • VAMPARIAH (World Premiere) Director MATTHEW ABAYA

COMPETITION DOCUMENTARIES 

  • BREATHIN’: THE EDDY ZHENG STORY (Los Angeles Premiere) Director BEN WANG
  • DAZE OF JUSTICE (Los Angeles Premiere) Director MICHAEL SIV
  • THE GREAT SASUKE (Los Angeles Premiere) Director MIKIKO SASAKI
  • HOOLIGAN SPARROW (Los Angeles Premiere) Director NANFU WANG
  • OUT RUN (Los Angeles Premiere) Directors S. LEO CHIANG; JOHNNY SYMONS
  • SIGNS OF REMARKABLE HISTORY (World Premiere) Director MARYAM KASHANI
  • TYRUS (Los Angeles Premiere) Director PAMELA TOM

For program information, a complete listing of sponsors and partners, and to purchase tickets, log on to www.vconline.org/festival or contact Visual Communications at (213) 680-4462 x59.  Tickets are on sale now.

The Festival is honored to return home to Little Tokyo this year and is proud to be partnering with our following screening venues across Los Angeles:

  • Aratani Theatre @ Japanese American Cultural & Community Center – Little Tokyo244 South San Pedro Street, Los Angeles, CA  90012
  • Tateuchi Democracy Forum @ Japanese American National Museum – Little Tokyo111 N. Central Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012
  • Downtown Independent – Downtown LA (DTLA)251 S. Main Street, (between 3rd and 2nd Streets), Los Angeles, CA  90012
  • CGV Cinemas – Koreatown – Mid-Wilshire621 Western Avenue (between 6th Street and Wilshire Blvd.), Los Angeles, CA 90005
  • The Great Company – Downtown LA (DTLA)1917 Bay Street (between Wilson and Mateo Streets), Los Angeles, CA  90021
  • Directors Guild of America – West Hollywood

7920 Sunset Blvd. (at Hayworth), West Hollywood, CA  90046

The 2016 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival is sponsored by:
PRESENTING: Lexus
PLATINUM: Comcast NBC Universal; Sony Pictures Entertainment
GOLD: Directors Guild of America; HBO; Nielsen; Wells Fargo
SILVER: FilmLA, Pechanga
BRONZE: Go Little Tokyo, SAG Indie
STAR: Motion Picture Editors Guild; SAG-AFTRA; Writers Guild of America, West; Simple DCP;
VENUE SPONSORS: Aratani Theatre/Japanese American Cultural & Community Center; Directors Guild of America; Japanese American National Museum; Downtown Independent; CGV Cinemas; The Great Company; USC Pacific Asian Museum; Far Bar; Far East Lounge
MEDIA SPONSORS: AngryAsianMan.com; LA18 KSCI-TV; MYX TV; TRAKTIVIST.com; International Documentary Association, FORM follows FUNCTION
GOVERNMENT: National Endowment for the Arts; Los Angeles County Arts Commission; Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles; California Humanities
FOUNDATION: Aratani Foundation; James Irvine Foundation; SAG-P IACF; Asian Pacific Community Fund; M.A. & Josephine R. Grisham Foundation
RECEPTION: The Park’s Finest; Asahi; Kirin; Stella Artois; LA18 KSCI-TV; Pop’d Up; Twinkle Brown Sugar; AFC Soy Foods; Found Coffee, Crème Caramel LA, The Boba Truck; Bruce Tea
IN KIND: The Park’s Finest; HBO; Bruce Tea; Peter Ly; Shiftboard.com; FestPro; Telepath Corporation; IKON Office Supplies; Meiji; LA18 KSCI-TV; Ace Beverages; Mendocino Farms; Piehole

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 PHOTOS BELOW:

 

 

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THE LAST TOUR – WORLD PREMIERE  Directed by: Ryan Yu

(L to R) Jeff Liu, Ryan Yu, Diana Lee Inosanto and Ron Balicki in THE LAST TOUR – Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival

 

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THE UNBIDDEN- WORLD PREMIERE  DIRECTED BY QUENTIN LEE

(L TO R) Amy Hill, Tamlyn Tomita and Elizabeth Sung in THE UNBIDDEN – Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival

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 BITCOIN HEIST – DIRECTED BY HAM TRAN

Vietnam’s #1 Hip-Hop Queen SUBOI in BITCOIN HEIST – Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival

 

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 BAD RAP – DIRECTED BY SALIMA KOROMA

ASIAN AMERICAN RAPPER DUMBFOUNDEAD in the documentary BAD RAP – Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival

 

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OUT RUN – DIRECTED BY S. LEO CHIANG and JOHNNY SYMONS

Philippine Transgender Congress Candidate BEMZ BENEDITO organizes the only LGBTQ political party in the World in the new documentary OUT RUN 

Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival

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 PALI ROAD – DIRECTED BY JONATHAN LIM – CLOSING NIGHT SCREENING

Sung Kang in PALI ROAD – Photo Courtesy of Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival

 

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HOOLIGAN SPARROW – DIRECTED BY NANFU WANG

Activist YE HAIYAN’s Story is the Subject of Sundance Hit HOOLIGAN SPARROW – Photo Courtesy of Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival

 

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VAMPARIAH – DIRECTED BY MATTHEW ABAYA – WORLD PREMIERE – Photo Courtesy of Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival

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March 30th, 2016 by Arielle Goldberg

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A zombie show derived from another zombie show that was derived from a comic book? How could this possibly be good? This question was swiftly answered by an hour with the cast and creators at Paleyfest 2016.

The event kicked off with a clip of the final scene of the season 1 finale, catching us up on the emotional note where we left off with Travis having killed Liza. The audience was then treated to two exclusive sneak peeks from the season two premiere that sent adrenaline coursing through the veins of even a newcomer to the show like myself.

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Although we were still engrossed in the suspenseful scenes, as the cast stepped onto the stage one by one, they were greeted with the audience’s full attention and enthusiasm.

Throughout the panel, moderator Bob Moynihan asked a range of questions from the technicalities of filming on a boat to the writing challenges of separating this show from its companion The Walking Dead to the inner struggles of individual characters. The thoughtful insights about characters and stories delivered by each member of Fear the Walking Dead were punctuated with jokes and funny moments that sent the audience into uproarious laughter multiple times.

 

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It was made abundantly clear that the passion the fans have for this new show is shared by its cast and creators. They poked fun at themselves for the supernatural storyline, talking about how fun it was to film with zombies. Yet at the same time deeply connected the audience to their characters. Not many people can relate to living with an impending zombie apocalypse, but the raw emotion evoked is something that is universally resonant.

Of course, season 2 could not be completely divulged to us. However, besides the sneak peeks, we were given hints of questions that might be answered. The tangled web of characters, some of whom are family, some not, will face new tests both with each other and the apocalyptic world they live in. To put it simply in the words of Rubén Blade, “Season one was about discovery. Season two is about reaction.”

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Fans: stay tuned and brace yourselves for what promises to be a phenomenal season. Non-viewers: start binging. There’s a reason why the fans are so invested. Catch the season two premiere Sunday, April 10th.

 

By Arielle Goldberg

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January 6th, 2016 by Cherry

I’ve been watching Teen Wolf since it first came on MTV and I was Image result for teen wolf lydia parrishable to interview the cast at a Comic Con. Now I’m a casual fan so I dip my toe in and out of the series so I suppose I’m more of a binger. I’d stopped watching for awhile but saw the cast at the 2015 PaleyFest in Los Angeles and fell in love with the series all over again.

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BUT I have a major issue with the ‘flirtation’ between Lydia and Parrish. Now they are both gorgeous people and the relationship has been a slowly building where at first I thought it was a high school girl crush but as season five has progressed it’s been very clear it’s a mutual attraction. Not an unspoken mutual attraction but almost dating now that would be no big deal since the show is a mix of high school students and the adults in their lives (parents, teachers, family friends, etc). I don’t remember in past seasons adults dating the high school characters but maybe I didn’t notice it as I crush pretty hard on Dylan & Tyler <hubbah hubbah>. But this season I find Lydia and Parrish problematic from the long lingering glances to the caresses between a high school senior and a adult man not a year so in age but big enough that in in real life he’d be arrested and likely charged. I know it’s a fantasy series where people are werewolves and have super powers but the fact that it’s treated ‘normally’ with no pushback or repercussions I can’t say how wrong the optics are since people (kids and fans) usually have a difficult time separating reality from TV shows.

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December 15th, 2015 by Cherry

 

Geek Gift Conventions

 

If you want to give a fun unique gift to impress the geek in your life you can never go wrong with a pass to any number of conventions in the USA. Depending on rather it’s a local convention that is all about Anime, Doctor Who, Supernatural, Steampunk or (the original) Comic Books you can find one that a fan will be delighted to attend. Now I do not recommend promising a high profile ticket (for example) San Diego Comic Con (unless you want to try for 2017) but you should have no problem grabbing passes for the following (once they go on sale):

Wondercon

DragonCon

New York Comic Con

Walker Stalker Con

Gaslight Gathering (Steampunk)

Emerald City Comic Con

Wizard World Comic Con – Chicago

Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo

Supernatural Official Convention

Rose City Comic Con

Star Wars Celebration

St. Valentine’s Day Horror Con – C4

Star Trek Official Convention

E3 – Electronic Entertainment Expo

Indiecade – International Festival of Independent Games

Balticon

Texas Comic Con

Gallifrey One (Dr. Who)

Senshi Con (Anchorage, AK)

Tokyo Comic Con

Animate Miami

These are a few that I personally attend are on my list to checkout with a variety of prices and don’t forget if it’s out of town make a hotel reservation early so that your close to all the action. As you can see some are regional and others are one themed but they are all a blast where you can be yourself either dressing in cosplay or wearing a beloved tshirt with people who ‘know’ or just finally getting to meet the cast and crew of beloved tv/movies surrounded by other fans.

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November 10th, 2015 by Cherry

I’m so excited to see that Vice Press has released officially licensed limited edition screen prints for ‘Attack the Block’ by Matt Taylor and ‘Strontium Dog’ and ‘Judge Dredd’ by Matt Ferguson will be available at Thought Bubble Sequential Art Festival in Leeds November 14 & 15!

If your a fan of sci fi horror and have never seen Joe Cornish’s  ‘Attack of the Block’ run out and grab this delightful British film (it’s one of the best movies ‘that you’ve never seen’)! Matt has created a print that evokes the horror of low income neighborhood on it’s own defended by a bunch of juvenile delinquents!

Attack The Block by Matt Taylor Edition of 185 24”x18” Screen Print Glow In The Dark Ink Layer Printed by VG Kids 100# Construction Pure White French Paper £30

Strontium Dog by Matt Ferguson Edition of 100 18”x24” Screen Print With Metallic Inks Printed by Lady Lazarus 100# Cougar Natural £25

Judge Dredd by Matt Ferguson Edition of 120 12”x6” Screen Print Printed by White Duck Fenner Flora Giglio, the weight is 240gsm £10

 

 

Both pieces will be released exclusively at the Vice Press booth in the New Dock Hall Foyer at Thought Bubble Sequential Art Festival  in Leeds on Saturday the 14th of November and Sunday the 15th of November with remaining copies going online at Vice Press on Monday the 16th of November.

 

 

Vice Press will also be bringing along copies of Carlos Ezquerra’s “Dredd” screen print as well as the Vice Press t-shirt designed by Matt Ferguson and inspired by the classic “2000 AD” logo which are both currently available via the website.

 

From the producers of Shaun of the Dead, ATTACK THE BLOCK is a fast, funny, frightening action adventure movie that pits a teen street gang against an invasion of savage alien monsters. It turns a London housing project into a sci-fi battleground, the low-income apartment complex into a fortress under siege. And it turns a crazy mix of tough street kids into a team of kick ass heroes. It’s inner city versus outer space and it’s going to explode.

 

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July 25th, 2015 by Cherry

IMG_9607I’ve been a fan of the Evil Dead universe since being terrorized by the Evil Dead back in 1981 so when I heard rumors that Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert and Bruce Campbell were in talks with Starz for a new series I got FanGirl-Itiz. I followed Bruce to learn tidbits and when I heard that they’d be at the 2015 San Diego Comic Con well I got crazy. I begged to be included in the press room but sadly got a ‘no go’ it was overbooked. I took comfort that I was able to cover Outlander but the thought that Bruce Campbell was going to be in the same city as me talking about Ash but I couldn’t go well I was very disappointed.

IMG_9647So imagine my surprise when I was walking to the Outlander pressroom that I saw THIS! Of COURSE I had to be a dork and take a photo with my guys! I suppose it was a little obvious that I love Bruce, Lucy and of course Sam so when the PR person at Outlander told me the Ash vs Evil Dead was starting right after that one I had to be a fangirl and hang out in the hall in hopes of seeing my horror gods.

Lucy Lawless and CherryWell the press person saw me and asked if I was on the list and (being honest) told her I’d been turned down but wanted to see if they have room. If not I was just happy for my photo with the poster and I’d leave. So imagine my pleasure when she made room for me! Tee hee I was so nervous and excited that I bounced like a kangaroo. But I was able to briefly interview Bruce Campbell AND Lucy Lawless who are both charming AND funny! Check out my EXCLUSIVE interview with Bruce Campbell & Lucy Lawless at the 2015 San Diego Comic Con  

IMG_9609Ash vs Evil Dead is currently in production in New Zealand it’s the series from the classic horror film franchise The Evil Dead and will premier on STARZ Fall 2015. The first season will be a half hour 10-episodes series. It will star Bruce Campbell reprising his role as Ash and introduces Lucy Lawless (Ruby) as his arch nemesis. The executive producers are Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert and Bruce Campbell who are the original filmmakers of the franchise and Craig DiGregorio will be the executive producer and show runner of the new series on STARZ.

The series is taking place 30 years after the final film where Ash is well being Ash. He’s still working a dead-end job keeping his head down as a stockboy (man), is still trying to mack the ladies and is a chainsaw-handed monster hunter who’s avoided responsibility for the last 30 years for the Evil Dead terrors that he and his friends released upon the world. Now that a Deadite plague threatens to destroy all of humanity Ash will have to face his demons personally and literally as they walk the earth. Destiny won’t release her icy grip from Ash as he’s forced to face his demons and be a hero rather he wants to or not!

The series will star Bruce Campbell (Evil Dead, “Burn Notice”) in the role of Ash Williams, Lucy Lawless (“Salem,” “Spartacus”) as Ruby a mysterious figure who believes Ash is the cause of the Evil outbreaks, Ray Santiago (“Touch,” Meet the Fockers) as Pablo Simon Bolivar, an idealistic immigrant who becomes Ash’s loyal sidekick, Dana DeLorenzo (A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas) as Kelly Maxwell, a moody wild child trying to outrun her past and Jill Marie Jones (“Sleepy Hollow”) as Amanda Fisher, a disgraced Michigan State Trooper set to find our anti-hero Ash and prove his responsibility in the grisly murder of her partner.

Keep up with Ash vs Evil Dead on and use #AshvsEvilDead:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ashvsevildead

Twitter: @AshvsEvilDead

What are you most excited about the new Ash vs Evil Dead series on Starz this fall? Leave a comment below! 

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