Sept. 25: Watch BACKSTAGE PASS with Lia Chang Featuring DEATH OF A SALESMAN Stars André De Shields and Wendell Pierce at BroadwayCon and the 1st Day of Rehearsal – Airs at 3:30 pm (PST)/5:30pm (CST)/6:30 pm (EST) on FIOS 34, RCN 83, and Spectrum 56/1996

Lia Chang, co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, has launched her latest venture,  BACKSTAGE PASS with Lia Chang, an Arts and Entertainment program produced weekly at the studios of MNN.org.

Lia Chang

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer, an award-winning filmmaker, and a photo activist and documentarian, who lifts up and amplifies BIPOC communities and artists and the institutions that support them.

The marquee for DEATH OF A SALESMAN at the Hudson Theatre in New York. Photo by Lia Chang

The fourth episode of BACKSTAGE PASS with Lia Chang, executive produced and hosted by Lia, airs Sunday, September 25 at 3:30 pm (PST)/5:30pm (CST)/6:30 pm (EST) on FIOS 34, RCN 83, and Spectrum 56/1996. If you miss the episode, it will be archived at on my youtube channel.

Wendell Pierce, André De Shields and Jared Grimes. Photo by Lia Chang

The Broadway production of Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman kicked off previews for the limited 17-week engagement on September 17 at the Hudson Theatre (141 West 44th Street). Opening night is set for Sunday, October 9. Click here for tickets. A limited number of $35 rush tickets will be released on a first‑come, first‑served basis in the TodayTix app at 9:00am on performance days.

The marquee for DEATH OF A SALESMAN at the Hudson Theatre in New York. Photo by Lia Chang

Following its critically acclaimed run at London’s Young Vic Theatre and on the West End, Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman is told – for the first time on Broadway – from the perspective of an African American family, living and working in a White, Capitalist world.

Khris Davis, Sharon D Clarke, Wendell Pierce, André De Shields and McKinley Belcher III. Photo by Lia Chang

Olivier Award nominee Wendell Pierce and Olivier Award winner and 2022 Tony Award nominee Sharon D Clarke reprise their roles as Willy and Linda Loman, and they are joined by Khris Davis as Biff, McKinley Belcher III as Happy, and Tony Award winner André De Shields as Willy’s brother, Ben. Additional cast includes Blake DeLong as Howard/Stanley, Lynn Hawley as The Woman/Jenny, Grace Porter as Letta/Jazz Singer, Stephen Stocking as Bernard, Chelsea Lee Williams as Miss Forsythe, and The Wire’s Delaney Williams as Charley.

Seated: Grace Porter, Sharon D Clarke, Wendell Pierce, André De Shields, Chelsea Lee Williams. Standing: Lynn Hawley, Chris Thorn, Stephen Stocking, Khris Davis, Director Miranda Cromwell, McKinley Belcher III, Jerome Preston Bates, Blake DeLong, and Delaney Williams. Photo by Lia Chang

Melvin Abston, Jerome Preston Bates, Brandon E. Burton, Maya Jackson, Lisa Strum, Chris Thorn and Shona Tucker have joined Death of a Salesman as understudies.

Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman is directed by Miranda Cromwell, who co-directed the London production alongside Marianne Elliott. Together, they won the 2020 Olivier Award for Best Direction.

This episode of BACKSTAGE PASS with Lia Chang will feature Wendell Pierce and André De Shields chatting with Jared Grimes about the show at BroadwayCon’s First Look programming in the Grand Ballroom of The Manhattan Center in New York on July 8 and a sneak peek into the first day of rehearsal on August 1.

Wendell Pierce and André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang

The creative team includes Olivier Award winner and Tony Award® nominee Anna Fleischle (scenic and co-costume design), Sarita Fellows (co-costume design), Tony Award® nominee Jen Schriever (lighting design), Tony Award® nominee Mikaal Sulaiman (sound design), Femi Temowo (composer), Drama Desk Award nominee Nikiya Mathis (hair design), Erica A. Hart & Daniel Swee (casting) and John Miller (music coordinator).

Wendell Pierce, André De Shields and Jared Grimes. Photo by Lia Chang

Few works of drama loom as large in the national psyche as Miller’s seminal Death of a Salesman. It caused a critical sensation when it premiered on Broadway in 1949 with a production directed by Elia Kazan. It went on to win six Tony Awards® including Best Play and was also honored with the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best Play. The play has enjoyed four previous Broadway revivals, three of which won the Tony Award® for Best Revival of a Play.

Wendell Pierce, André De Shields and Jared Grimes. Photo by Lia Chang
Wendell Pierce, André De Shields and Jared Grimes. Photo by Lia Chang
Wendell Pierce, André De Shields and Jared Grimes. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields and Wendell Pierce. Photo by Lia Chang
Lia Chang

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer, activist and an Award winning filmmaker and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Lia is also the host and Executive Producer of BACKSTAGE PASS WITH LIA CHANG, a new Arts and Entertainment program that airs on Sundays at 6:30pm on FIOS 34, RCN 83, Spectrum 56/1996 and MNN2.

Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. Her short film, When the World Was Young recently garnered a 2021 DisOrient Film Audience Choice Award for Best Short Narrative. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman. She stars in and served as Executive Producer for the short independent films Hide and Seek, Balancing Act, Rom-Com Gone Wrong, Belongingness and When the World was Young. She is also the Executive Producer for The Cactus, The Language Lesson, The Writer and Cream and 2 Shugahs. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers, musicians and corporations.

All text, graphics, articles & photographs: © 2000-2022 Lia Chang Multimedia. All rights reserved. All materials contained on this site are protected by United States copyright law and may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, displayed, published or broadcast without the prior written permission of Lia Chang, unless otherwise indicated. You may not alter or remove any trademark, copyright or other notice from copies of the content. For permission, please contact Lia at backstagepasswithliachang@gmail.com

Sept. 18: BACKSTAGE PASS with Lia Chang: A Conversation with Nelson T. Eusebio III, Jason Ma and Jojo Gonzalez about KCRep’s TWELFTH NIGHT airs at 3:30 pm (PST)/5:30pm (CST)/6:30 pm (EST) on FIOS 34, RCN 83, Spectrum 56/1996 and MNN 2 

Lia Chang, co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, has launched her latest venture,  BACKSTAGE PASS with Lia Chang, an Arts and Entertainment program produced weekly at the studios of MNN.org.

Lia Chang. Photo by Daniel K. Isaac

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer, an award-winning filmmaker, and a photo activist and documentarian, who lifts up and amplifies BIPOC communities and artists and the institutions that support them.

Jason Ma, Francesca Fernandez McKenzie, Jojo Gonzalez, Eileen Rivera, Nelson T. Eusebio III, Valérie Thérèse Bart, Lia Chang. Photo by Rani O’Brien

Updated:

The third episode of BACKSTAGE PASS with Lia Chang, executive produced and hosted by Lia, aired on Sunday, September 18 at 3:30 pm (PST)/5:30pm (CST)/6:30 pm (EST) on FIOS 34, RCN 83, Spectrum 56/1996 and MNN 2 .

After spending the summer with Classical Theatre of Harlem’s Afrofuturistic production of Twelfth Night helmed by Carl Cofield, I decided to take another trip to Illyria, this time heading to Kansas City, MO for KCRep’s production of Twelfth Night, which has performances through September 25, 2022.

Watch the interviews below:

I caught up with Nelson T. Eusebio III, who began his position as KCRep’s Associate Artistic Director last October, and is making his KCRep directorial debut withTwelfth Night featuring bold designs built around the identities of a multi-cultural cast.

Nelson T. Eusebio III and Jason Ma. Photo by Lia Chang

I also chatted with my frequent collaborator Jason Ma, who created new, original music for the production, as well as my dear friend, New York based actor Jojo Gonzalez, who plays Feste.

Jojo Gonzalez. Photo by Lia Chang

It is a reunion for the trio and a return to Twelfth Night, having worked on an all-Asian American cast version of Twelfth Night, produced by Leviathan Lab in New York in 2011. Eileen Rivera, who plays Maria in KCRep’s production, played Olivia in 2011.

The cast and creative team of Leviathan Lab’s Twelfth Night on the set at the Arclight Theater in New York on November 11, 2011. Photo by Lia Chang
Leviathan Lab founder Ariel Estrada, composer Jason Ma, director Nelson T. Eusebio III and choregrapher Dax Valdes. Photo by Lia Chang
Foreground Center: Jojo Gonzalez as Feste with the cast of Leviathan Lab’s TWELFTH NIGHT Photo by Bree Warner
L to R: Ka-ling Cheung as Maria, Eileen Rivera as Olivia and Tina Chilip as Viola in Leviathan Lab’s TWELFTH NIGHT in 2011. Photo by Bree Warner

KCRep’s Twelfth Night began preview performances on September 6, opened on Sept. 9 and will continue through Sept 25, 2022 at Spencer Theatre, located in the University of Missouri-Kansas City Volker Campus, 4949 Cherry St, Kansas City, MO 64110.Twelfth Night is a delightful comedy of mistaken identity, music, and the madness of love.

The cast features Francesca Fernandez McKenzie as Viola, Brandon Jones as Orsino, Freddy Acevedo as Sebastian, Vanessa Severo as Olivia, Jojo Gonzalez as Feste, Eileen Rivera as Maria, Jimmy Kieffer as Sir Toby, Darrington Clark as Fabian, Sam Cordes as Sir Andrew, Manon Halliburton as Malvolia, and Chelsea Rolfes as Antonia.

Francesca Fernandez McKenzie and Freddy Acevedo. Photo by Lia Chang
Freddy Acevedo and Francesca Fernandez McKenzie. Photo by Lia Chang
Freddy Acevedo and Francesca Fernandez McKenzie. Photo by Lia Chang

The design and production team for Twelfth Night includes VALÉRIE THÉRÈSE BART (Costume Design), LOGAN BLACK (Fight Choreographer), BURKE BROWN (Lighting Design), JORDAN CANON-KRUIS (Assistant Stage Manager), JENISE COOK (Movement and Intimacy Consultant), TRAVIS CRAFT (Assistant Projection Design), RACHEL DYER (Stage Manager), NELSON T. EUSEBIO III (Director), RANA ESFANDIARY (Scenic Design), HANA S. KIM (Co-Projection Design), JASON MA (Composer), ERIK MEIXELSPERGER (Associate Fight Choreographer), THOMAS NEWBY (Assistant Sound Design), RANI O’BRIEN (Associate Director), SARTJE PICKETT (Sound Design), ANN SLOTE (Co- Projection Design), TERRANCE VOLDEN (Automation Associate), and GAYLE VOSS (Hair, Wig, Makeup Consultant).

Vanessa Severo. Photo by Lia Chang
Darrington Clark, Brandon Jones and Jojo Gonzalez. Photo by Lia Chang
Jojo Gonzalez and Brandon Jones. Photo by Lia Chang
Francesca Fernandez McKenzie and Chelsea Rolfes. Photo by Lia Chang
Francesca Fernandez McKenzie. Photo by Lia Chang
Brandon Jones, Francesca Fernandez McKenzie and Darrington Clark. Photo by Lia Chang
Jojo Gonzalez. Photo by Lia Chang
Vanessa Severo. Photo by Lia Chang
Manon Halliburton. Photo by Lia Chang
Vanessa Severo and Jojo Gonzalez. Photo by Lia Chang
Francesca Fernandez McKenzie, Vanessa Severo. Photo by Lia Chang
Francesca Fernandez McKenzie, Vanessa Severo. Photo by Lia Chang
Chelsea Rolfes and Freddy Acevedo. Photo by Lia Chang
Francesca Fernandez McKenzie, Brandon Jones. Photo by Lia Chang
Francesca Fernandez McKenzie, Jojo Gonzalez and Brandon Jones. Photo by Lia Chang
Francesca Fernandez McKenzie, Jojo Gonzalez and Brandon Jones. Photo by Lia Chang
Brandon Jones and Jojo Gonzalez. Photo by Lia Chang
Brandon Jones. Photo by Lia Chang
Jimmy Kieffer and Eileen Rivera. Photo by Lia Chang
Jimmy Kieffer, Sam Cordes and Eileen Rivera. Photo by Lia Chang
Chelsea Rolfes and Freddy Acevedo. Photo by Lia Chang
Sam Cordes, Manon Halliburton, Jimmy Kieffer, Jojo Gonzalez, Eileen Rivera. Photo by Lia Chang
Jimmy Kieffer, Sam Cordes and Manon Halliburton. Photo by Lia Chang
Jimmy Kieffer, Francesca Fernandez Rivera, Jojo Gonzalez, Sam Cordes, Eileen Rivera. Photo by Lia Chang
Sam Cordes, Jimmy Kieffer, Jojo Gonzalez, Chelsea Rolfes, Francesca Fernandez McKenzie. Photo by Lia Chang
Chelsea Rolfes, Darrington Clark and Francesca Fernandez McKenzie. Photo by Lia Chang
Jimmy Kieffer, Darrington Clark, Eileen Rivera. Photo by Lia Chang
Jimmy Kieffer, Eileen Rivera, Sam Cordes. Photo by Lia Chang
Eileen Rivera and Vanessa Severo. Photo by Lia Chang
Vanessa Severo and Francesca Fernandez McKenzie. Photo by Lia Chang
Freddy Acevedo, Vanessa Severo. Photo by Lia Chang
Eileen Rivera and Jimmy Kieffer. Photo by Lia Chang
Sam Cordes. Photo by Lia Chang
Jojo Gonzalez, Eileen Rivera and Jimmy Kieffer. Photo by Lia Chang
Brandon Jones. Photo by Lia Chang
Brandon Jones and Jojo Gonzalez. Photo by Lia Chang
Francesca Fernandez McKenzie, Brandon Jones, Darrrington Clark, Chelsea Rolfes. Photo by Lia Chang
Freddy Acevedo, Chelsea Rolfes, Vanessa Severo, Brandon Jones, Francesca Fernandez McKenzie. Photo by Lia Chang
Eileen Rivera, Vanessa Severo and Francesca Fernandez McKenzie. Photo by Lia Chang
Vanessa Severo, Sam Cordes, Jimmy Kieffer, Jojo Gonzalez. Photo by Lia Chang
Vanessa Severo, Francesca Fernandez McKenzie, Brandon Jones. Photo by Lia Chang
Freddy Acevedo, Vanessa Severo, Brandon Jones, Francesca Fernandez McKenzie. Photo by Lia Chang
Freddy Acevedo, Vanessa Severo, Brandon Jones, Francesca Fernandez McKenzie. Photo by Lia Chang
Freddy Acevedo, Vanessa Severo, Brandon Jones, Francesca Fernandez McKenzie. Photo by Lia Chang
Vanessa Severo, Freddy Fernandez, Francesca Fernandez McKenzie, Brandon Jones. Photo by Lia Chang
Vanessa Severo, Freddy Acevedo, Brandon Jones, Francesca Fernandez McKenzie. Photo by Lia Chang
Freddy Acevedo, Vanessa Severo, Brandon Jones and Francesca Fernandez McKenzie. Photo by Lia Chang
Brandon Jones and Francesca Fernandez McKenzie. Photo by Lia Chang
Vanessa Severo, Manon Halliburton, Eileen Rivera. Photo by Lia Chang
Jojo Gonzalez, Vanessa Severo, Manon Halliburton, Eileen Rivera. Photo by Lia Chang
Jojo Gonzalez, Eileen Rivera and Jimmy Kieffer. Photo by Lia Chang
Eileen Rivera, Francesca Fernandez McKenzie, Vanessa Severo and Chelsea Rolfes. Photo by Lia Chang
Freddy Acevedo, Jimmy Kieffer, Darrington Clark, Jojo Gonzalez, Sam Cordes and Brandon Jones. Photo by Lia Chang
Jojo Gonzalez, Darrington Clark and Brandon Jones. Photo by Lia Chang
The Company of KCRep’s TWELFTH NIGHT. Photo by Lia Chang
Jojo Gonzalez. Photo by Lia Chang
Sam Cordes. Photo by Lia Chang
Eileen Rivera and Jojo Gonzalez. Photo by Lia Chang
Jojo Gonzalez. Photo by Lia Chang
Lia Chang, Nelson T. Eusebio III, Eileen Rivera, Stuart Carden, Francesca Fernandez McKenzie, Jojo Gonzalez, Jason Ma and Rani O’Brien.
Jason Ma, Francesca Fernandez McKenzie, Jojo Gonzalez, Eileen Rivera, Nelson T. Eusebio III, Valérie Thérèse Bart, Lia Chang
Jojo Gonzalez and Lia Chang

For more information about the 2022-2023 season, call Ticketing Services, 816-235-2700, or click here. Single tickets begin at $35.00. For group ticket sales, call 816-235-6122.

COVID Protocols
KCRep is ready to welcome patrons safely back to the theatre and will continue to follow local, national and union(s) COVID-19 guidelines. Please visit https://kcrep.org/safety/ for the latest information.

KCRep’s TWELFTH NIGHT Featuring Jojo Gonzalez, Francesca Fernandez McKenzie, Brandon Jones, Vanessa Severo, Eileen Rivera, Freddy Acevedo, Jimmy Kieffer, Darrington Clark, Sam Cordes, Manon Halliburton, and Chelsea Rolfes

Lia Chang

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer, activist and an Award winning filmmaker and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Lia is also the host and Executive Producer of BACKSTAGE PASS WITH LIA CHANG, a new Arts and Entertainment program that airs on Sundays at 6:30pm on FIOS 34, RCN 83, Spectrum 56/1996 and MNN2.

Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. Her short film, When the World Was Young recently garnered a 2021 DisOrient Film Audience Choice Award for Best Short Narrative. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman. She stars in and served as Executive Producer for the short independent films Hide and Seek, Balancing Act, Rom-Com Gone Wrong, Belongingness and When the World was Young. She is also the Executive Producer for The Cactus, The Language Lesson, The Writer and Cream and 2 Shugahs. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers, musicians and corporations.

All text, graphics, articles & photographs: © 2000-2022 Lia Chang Multimedia. All rights reserved. All materials contained on this site are protected by United States copyright law and may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, displayed, published or broadcast without the prior written permission of Lia Chang, unless otherwise indicated. You may not alter or remove any trademark, copyright or other notice from copies of the content. For permission, please contact Lia at backstagepasswithliachang@gmail.com

Aug. 25: Sinehan sa Konsulado 2022 to Present World Premiere of Garth Kravits’ THE LANGUAGE LESSON Starring Jaygee Macapugay and Deven Kolluri at Philippine Center

Jaygee Macapugay stars in THE LANGUAGE LESSON.

Sinehan sa Konsulado 2022 will feature the World Premiere screening of The Language Lesson, starring Jaygee Macapugay as Jenny and Deven Kolluri as Professor Nadal, on Thursday, August 25, 2022 at Philippine Center, 556 Fifth Avenue between 45th and 4th Sts in New York. Alem Ang and Enrico Po of Out of Body will also screen as part of the Shorts Program.

6pm Free admission, free food and drinks on the ground floor lobby 6:30pm: Screening and talkback at the Kalayaan Hall

Register by sending an email to newyorkpcg.events@dfa.gov.ph with the Subject Line:  Sinehan sa Konsulado:  Shorts Night 1.

The Sinehan so Konsulado, formerly called Sinehan sa Summer, is a flagship project of the New York Philippine Consulate and volunteer panelists and participants from the Philippine film industry. It is held annually from August to September at the Philippine Center on Fifth Avenue.

The Sinehan is the only annual event that regularly showcases Philippine classic and indie filmmakers in New York City. Since it began over fifteen years ago, it has become the most well-attended regular event of the Consulate/’s calendar, often drawing SRO crowds to the 125-capacity Kalayaan Hall.

Executive Produced by Lia Chang and Garth Kravits (co-founders of Bev’s Girl Films), The Language Lesson was directed by Mr. Kravits (Gettin’ the Band Back Together, The Drowsy Chaperone) and features choreography by Karla Puno Garcia (Hamilton).

Jaygee Macapugay. Photo by Lia Chang

School of Rock’s Jaygee Macapugay (Soft Power, Here Lies Love) wants to tell Filipino American stories through musical theatre. She is thrilled to share The Language Lesson, her debut musical short film  based on the music & lyrics of Paulo K Tiról;  it follows Jenny, a Filipino immigrant who has a crush on her ESL teacher. Tiról’s Filipino immigrant song cycle, On This Side of the World, was recently presented by Prospect Theatre Company at the Greenwich House Theater last February. Scroll down for behind the scenes photos.

Unit Production Manager Jessica Wu, Executive Producer Lia Chang, 1st Assistant Director Eric Elizaga, Jaygee Macapugay, Production Assistant Ali Ewoldt and Director Garth Kravits. Photo by Jorge Robayo

The suppporting cast of The Language Lesson includes Carol Angeli, Taylor DeNapoli, Aaron Jay Green, Rashaan James II, Jessie Lawyer, Natalie Leonard, Kaleo Nadal, Luana Psaros, Anastasia Shulgina, Katie Shults, Michael Sylvester, Miles Wilkie, Virginia Wing and Minami Yusui are featured as students/dancers.

Deven Kolluri,Jaygee Macapugay. Photo by Lia Chang
Jaygee Macapugay. Photo by Corinne Louie

According to Macapugay, “Working on Paulo’s music has been one of the greatest privileges of my career.  I wasn’t sure if I should release the film because I didn’t want to be insensitive to the coronavirus crisis affecting the world.  But this film, shot on location in New York City, celebrates diversity in the arts right now- a Filipino American story written by a Filipino American composer and featuring a FilAm choreographer, Asian American leads, and fourteen gorgeously diverse actor/dancers.  Even our producer, band, hair/make-up team, and craft service are comprised mainly of artists of color.

Back Row: Dorothy Bhadra, Virginia Wing, Caylie Rose Newcom, Minami Yusui, Aaron Jay Green, Carol Angeli, Jaygee Macapugay, Paulo K Tiról, Garth Kravits, Eric Elizaga, Michael Sylvester, Jessie Lawyer, Kaleo Nadal, Deven Kolluri.
Front row: Ali Ewoldt, Luana Psaros, Natalie Leonard, Jorge Robayo, Anastasia Shulgina, Taylor DeNapoli, Katie Shults, Miles Wilkie, Jessica Wu. Photo by Lia Chang

While in the editing room with director/editor Garth Kravits prior to today’s release made me nostalgic for last month, where my friends and I were all in a room, creating in a space where we weren’t worried about social distancing, hand sanitizing, or even hugging. But no virus is going to stop artists from creating. I see that every time I look at my Facebook or Instagram timelines.  Most importantly, our film is about the feeling you get when you fall in love, and I think there’s never a bad time for the world to hear a message about love.”

The creative team includes Garth Kravits (Director, Director of Photography, Editor), Paulo K Tiról (Music & Lyrics), Karla Puno Garcia (Choreographer), Jessica Wu (Unit Production Manager, Live Sound Recording), Eric Elizaga (1st Assistant Director), Jorge Robayo (Grip), Dorothy Bhadra, Giuliana Brandon (Hair/Make-Up), Caylie Rose Newcom (Associate Choreographer), Ali Ewoldt (Production Assistant), Lia Chang (BTS Photography), Jen Dadivas Hong (ESL Consultant) with catering provided by Jeepney.

Paulo K Tiról and Garth Kravits. Photo by Lia Chang

The film score was recorded live at Yes It Is! Studios by Engineer and Mixer Garth Kravits, with Music Director Ian Miller on Piano, Chris Peters on Guitar, Billy Smolen on Bass, Garth Kravits on Drums and Jonathan Cuevas on Cello.

Jaygee Macapugay, Paulo K Tiról, Deven Kolluri. Photo by Lia Chang

Special thanks to Kevin Nadal, David McQueen and Nicole Ponseca.

Jaygee Macapugay, Deven Kolluri. Photo by Lia Chang
Dorothy Bhadra and Jaygee Macapugay. Photo by Lia Chang
Jaygee Macapugay and Garth Kravits. Photo by Lia Chang
Jaygee Macapugay, Lia Chang, Deven Kolluri. Photo by Lia Chang
Jaygee Macapugay. Photo by Lia Chang
Deven Kolluri. Photo by Lia Chang
Eric Elizaga. Photo by Lia Chang
Jaygee Macapugay. Photo by Lia Chang
Virginia Wing, Associate Choreographer Caylie Rose Newcom, Carol Angeli, Miles Wilkie. Photo by Lia Chang
Virginia Wing, Jaygee Macapugay, Carol Angeli, Miles Wilkie. Photo by Lia Chang
Paulo K Tiról. Photo by Lia Chang

Paulo K Tiról Paulo K Tiról is a composer, lyricist, and bookwriter from Manila, Philippines. He received the inaugural Benjamin Indick Award for lyricists and bookwriters in 2021, and was a Dramatist Guild Foundation Fellow from 2019 to 2020. Projects include On This Side of the World (Rhinebeck Writers Retreat ‘22, NAMT Festival ’20, Prospect Theater Co.’s IGNITE concert series ’20, all dir. Noam Shapiro); Called (DGF Fellows showcase, dir. May Adrales); Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen, adapted from journalist Jose Antonio Vargas’ acclaimed memoir (Drama League Next Stage Residency, dir. Noam Shapiro); and commissions for Prospect Theater Co.’s Notes from Now and Rattlestick Theater’s Gen Speak. He is also an award-winning composer of liturgical music, with work published by Oregon Catholic Press. Training: Ateneo de Manila University, Berklee, NYU’s Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program (full-tuition scholarship), BMI. paulophonic.com.

Deven Kolluri, Garth Kravits, Eric Elizaga. Photo by Lia Chang
Deven Kolluri. Photo by Lia Chang
Deven Kolluri. Photo by Lia Chang
Aaron Jay Green and Minami Yusui. Photo by Lia Chang
Ali Ewoldt, Jessica Wu, Jorge Robayo, Paulo K. Tiról, Garth Kravits and Deven Kolluri. Photo by Lia Chang
The cast and creative team of THE LANGUAGE LESSON. Photo by Lia Chang
Back row: Rashaan James II, Aaron Jay Green, Miles Wilkie, Luana Psaros, Katie Shults, Minami Yusui, Kaleo Nadal, Giuliana Brandon, Anastasia Shulgina.
Front row: Virginia Wing, Caylie Rose Newcom, Carol Angeli, Natalie Leonard, Jessie Lawyer, Michael Sylvester, Taylor DeNapoli. Photo by Lia Chang

Broadwayworld: Photo Flash: Jaygee Macapugay, Garth Kravits Sings And Paulo K Tiról On The Set Of THE LANGUAGE LESSON 

BroadwayWorld​: Jaygee Macapugay Celebrates Diversity and Love With Musical Short Film THE LANGUAGE LESSON 

Broadway.com: School of Rock Alum Jaygee Macapugay Releases Musical Short Film The Language Lesson

The FilmAm.net: Jaygee Macapugay sings of love and ‘kilig’ in short film

Lia Chang

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers,  musicians and corporations. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman, Balancing Act, Belongingness, When the World was Young and Hide and Seek.

A Night Out with A FATHER’S SON Star Tzi Ma at AAIFF45

Tzi Ma in a scene from A FATHER’S SON. Photo by Lia Chang

Tzi Ma is currently shooting his third season of The CW’s “Kung Fu,” in Vancouver, but he was able to spend 48 hours in New York, where he attended the New York premiere of Patrick Chen’s Chinatown noir thriller A Father’s Son, a short film/pilot based on characters from Henry Chang’s 90’s NYPD Detective Jack Yu crime series novels.

Tzi Ma,  Shannon Dang and Kheng Hua Tan in Kung Fu, Photo: Kailey Schwerman/The CW

A Father’s Son stars Tzi Ma (Rush Hour, The Farewell, Mulan, Tigertale) as Krang Li, Ronny Chieng (Crazy Rich Asians, “The Daily Show,” Netflix’s “Asian Comedian Destroys America”) as Detective Jack Yu, Perry Yung (“The Knick,” “Warrior,” “Boogie”) as Jack’s father, Wang Kei Yu, and Kathleen Kwan as Lai Jean Li.

Perry Yung and Ronny Chieng in A FATHER’S SON. Photo by Lia Chang

The cast also features Christopher Randolph as Captain Salvatore Marino, Wai Ching Ho as Soo Hing Li, Cathy Salvodon as Crystal Jones, Adam Lim as Billy Bo, Tim Liu as Officer Dennis Wong.

Ronny Chieng, Wai Ching Ho, Tzi Ma, Kathleen Kwan and Madelyn BaeActors Ronny Chieng, Wai Ching Ho, Tzi Ma, Kathleen Kwan and Madelyn Bae. Photo by Lia Chang

Set in the early ’90s when local street gangs terrorized Manhattan’s Chinatown, the story centers on Detective Jack Yu –  torn between his identity of his community and the NYPD, Detective Jack Yu delivers news of a son’s murder to the victim’s parents at the height of a gang turf war in Manhattan’s Chinatown.

Below are highlights of Tzi’s 48 hours.

August 12, 2022 – 10am – NB Wing Wong Restaurant in NY Chinatown.

What do you do when you land in New York in the morning? If you are Tzi Ma, you  head to NB Wing Wong Restaurant in New York Chinatown to have a “Chinese Breakfast” with your cast and crew.

Jinny Chung, Wing Lee, Henry Chang, Tzi Ma, Lia Chang, Gloria Sangirardi Jung, Joey Orlando, Shuhei Kinoshita, Jason Chew, Patrick Chen, Tim Liu at NB Wing Wong in New York on August 12, 2022. Photo by Lia Chang

August 13 – 1:30pm – Flor De Mayo

We met up again on Saturday afternoon for a Peruvian/Chinese feast at Flor De  Mayo to nourish and fortify ourselves prior to the closing night of the AAIFF45 at Asia Society.

Vic Huey, Henry Chang, Wing Lee, Jinny Chung, Tzi Ma and Lia Chang at Flor De Mayo in New York on August 13, 2022. Photo by Lia Chang

5:00 pm – Asia Society for photos prior to the screening.

AAIFF45 volunteers and the welcoming committee of the closing night of the Film Festival at Asia Society New York on August 13, 2022. Photo by Lia Chang
Our official A FATHER’S SON poster for cast and crew to sign. Photo by Lia Chang
Tzi Ma and John Woo, Executive Director, AsianCinevision. Photo by Lia Chang
Henry Chang, Wing Lee, John Woo, Tzi Ma. Photo by Lia Chang
Henry Chang, Lia Chang, Wing Lee, John Woo, Tzi Ma. Photo by Jinny Chung.
Tzi Ma and John Woo. Photo by Lia Chang
Tzi Ma. Photo by Lia Chang
Tzi Ma. Photo by Lia Chang
Tzi Ma. Photo by Lia Chang
Tzi Ma. Photo by Lia Chang
Tim Liu. Photo by Lia Chang
Dave Chan. Photo by Lia Chang
Wing Lee and Jinny Chung. Photo by Lia Chang
Henry Chang. Photo by Lia Chang
Adam Lim and his wife, Staci Chen. Photo by Lia Chang
Dave Chan and Mark Liberman. Photo by Lia Chang
OCA members and Tzi Ma. Photo by Lia Chang
Tim Liu and Tzi Ma. Photo by Lia Chang
Gloria Sangirardi Jung and Tzi Ma. Photo by Lia Chang
Lia Chang, Tzi Ma, Wing Lee, Rachel Cooper. Photo by Carina Evangelista
1st row: Wing Lee, David Henry Hwang, Eva Hwang. 2nd Row: Jessica Hagedorn, Prof. Ava Chin and Tzi Ma. Photo by Lia Chang
Wai Ching Ho, Karen Lee and Henry Chang. Photo by Lia Chang
A guest and Andrea Louie. Photo by Lia Chang
Joey Orlando, Tim Liu and Shuhei Kinoshita. Photo by Lia Chang
Lia Chang and Tzi Ma. Photo by Karen Lee.

Credits for teaser trailer include Patricia Ma (Editor),  Phil Choe (Colorist), William Hsieh (Sound Designer), David Bettencourt (Graphics Designer),  Mike J. Kelly (Music) and Film Composer  CHOPSmusic.

Jason Chew. Photo by Lia Chang

The creative  team includes music by Scott Chops Jung, Cinematography by Jason Chew, Film Editing by Xiaoya Ma, Production Design by Wing Lee, Costume Design by Vera Chow, Makeup Artists Glenda Remo Jinks and Jiamin Zhou, Belén Orsini (1st Assistant Director), Yixin Cen (2nd Assistant Director), Set Dresser Jinny Chung, Assistant Art Directors Melody Wong and Hu Yawen, Boom Operator and Sound Mixer Sebastian Hoist, Sound Designer/Supervisor William Hsieh, Fight Choreographer Lang Yip, Lia Chang (Still Photographer), Cindy Chen (1st Assistant Camera), Derrick Chen (2nd Assistant Camera), Arseniy Grobovnikov (Gaffer), Manoj Gurung (Gaffer), Brittany Jeffrey (Key Grip), Jason H. Kim (Key Grip), Bruna Lacerda (1st Assistant Camera), Brandon Lee (2nd Assistant Camera), Justine Onne (Key Grip), Samon (Grip), Chris Ungco (Steadicam Operator), Shannon Ko (Script Supervisor),  David Bettencourt (Campaign Manager), Joe Chan (Dialect Coach), Grayson Chin (Key Production Assistant) and Oliver Chiu (Production Assistant).

Brandon Lee, Bruna Lacerda, Grayson Chin, Jason Chew, Ken Lin, Shuhei Kinoshita, Joey Orlando, Adam Lim, Yixin Cen, Tzi Ma, Karen Lee, Sean Lau, Wing Lee, Henry Chang, Patrick Chen, Phil Nee, Tim Liu, Rozina Leong. Not Pictured: Dave Chan, Wai Ching Ho and Mark Liberman at the NY Premiere of A FATHER’S SON at AAIFF45 at Asia Society in New York on August 13, 2022. Photo by Lia Chang

7:15pm

The 45th Asian American International Film Festival (AAIFF45), presented by Citi, and a production of Asian CineVision (ACV) in association with Asia Society, honored New York City’s Chinatown with nods to ACV’s roots in its “ChinatownBeat” programming on August 13.

Each film in this block was directed by an ACV alum filmmaker. In addition to A Father’s Son, the block included the New York premiere of Curtis Chin’s new documentary film, DEAR CORKY, which honors the legacy of ACV pioneer and community activist, Corky Lee who documented the APA community for over 50 years, and  a screening of the groundbreaking documentary about AAPI activism in the 1970s, FROM SPIKES TO SPINDLES, by Christine Choy — one of ACV’s founders.

John Woo, Executive Director, Asian Cinevision. Photo by Lia Chang
Corky Lee and Geoff Lee. Photo by Lia Chang

Tzi recently received the 2022 Canada China International Film Festival Best Supporting Actor Award for A Father’s Son and dedicated it to his long time friends Corky Lee and Geoff Lee, who we lost in 2021 and 2022 respectively. They both appear in A Father’s Son.

Tzi Ma. Photo by Lia Chang

Below is my second episode my BACKSTAGE PASS WITH LIA CHANG series, which will air in the final week of August on MNN.org.

Kayla Wong, AAIFF45 Festival Director. Photo by Lia Chang

9:30pm – 9:50pm Q & A
Professor Ava Chin moderated a Q & A with filmmaker J. T. Takagi (representing Director Christine Choy), filmmaker Curtis Chin, filmmaker Patrick Chen and Henry Chang. 

J.T. Takagi, Prof. Ava Chin, Filmmakers Curtis Chin and Patrick Chen. Photo by Lia Chang
Patrick Chen and Henry Chang. Photo by Lia Chang
Patrick Chen and Henry Chang. Photo by Lia Chang
Patrick Chen and Henry Chang. Photo by Lia Chang
The AAIFF45 Closing night audience. Photo by Lia Chang
The AAIFF45 Closing night audience. Photo by Lia Chang
Henry Chang and Patrick Chen. Photo by Lia Chang
J.T. Takagi, Prof. Ava Chin, Filmmakers Curtis Chin and Patrick Chen, Henry Chang, Kayla Wong, AAIFF45 Festival Director. Photo by Lia Chang
Patrick Chen and Kayla Wong, AAIFF45 Festival Director. Photo by Lia Chang
John Woo and Patrick Chen. Photo by Lia Chang
Carina Evangelista, Deputy Director, Global Artistic Programs and Deputy Director, Asia Society Museum and Tzi Ma. Photo by Lia Chang
Tzi Ma. Photo by Lia Chang
Tzi Ma. Photo by Lia Chang
David Henry Hwang and Tzi Ma. Photo by Lia Chang
David Henry Hwang, Rachel Cooper and Tzi Ma. Photo by Lia Chang
Wing Lee and David Henry Hwang. Photo by Lia Chang
David Henry Hwang. Photo by Lia Chang
Joey Orlando. Photo by Lia Chang
Alex Chester-Iwata and Lia Chang. Photo by Joey Orlando
Tzi Ma and Patrick Chen. Photo by Lia Chang
Mei Chan, Tzi Ma and a guest. Photo by Lia Chang
Adam Lim, Kayla Wong, Amy Chang, Yixin Cen. Photo by Lia Chang
Brandon Lee, Yixin Cen, Bruna Lacerda and Jason Chew. Photo by Lia Chang
Yao King, Tzi Ma and a guest. Photo by Lia Chang
Shuhei Kinoshita, Tzi Ma, Phil Nee and Wing Lee. Photo by Lia Chang
Karen Lee, Dave Chan and Lia Chang. Photo by Joey Orlando. Photo by Lia Chang
Shunei Kinoshita and Joey Orlando. Photo by Lia Chang
Filmmakers Curtis Chin and Patrick Chen. Photo by Lia Chang
Ken Lin. Photo by Lia Chang
Ken Lin and Sean Lau. Photo by Lia Chang
Jason Chew, Patrick Chen and Wing Lee. Photo by Lia Chang
Henry Chang and Karen Lee. Photo by Lia Chang

11:00pm The cast and creative team met up again at Asia Roma for our afterparty, courtesy of Tzi Ma.

The cast and crew at Asia Roma in New York Chinatown at the afterparty for A FATHER’S SON on August 13, 2022. Photo by Lia Chang .

Colorwebmag.com: ‘A Father’s Son’: Chinatown Takes Center Stage In New Trailer Starring Ronny Chieng, Tzi Ma, and Perry Yung 

A Father’s Son Kickstarter

Since its start, AAIFF has played an important role in screening innovative cinema, encouraging socially conscious storytelling, and honoring APA independent artists.

About the Asian American International Film Festival
The Asian American International Film Festival (AAIFF) is proudly known as “The First Home to Asian American Cinema.” Organized by Asian CineVision, it’s the first and longest-running festival dedicated to showcasing the moving image work by media artists of Asian descent for and about the Asian diaspora experience. The Festival takes place in New York City, the second-largest Asian-American market in the U.S. Every year, AAIFF attracts audiences from all five boroughs of New York City, the tri-state region, and around the world.

About Asian CineVision
Asian CineVision (ACV) is a media arts nonprofit devoted to the development, exhibition, promotion, and preservation of Asian and Asian American experiences through storytelling. Our mission is to nurture and grow the community of makers and lovers of Asian and Asian American independent film, television, and digital.

Lia Chang

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers,  musicians and corporations. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman. She stars in and served as Executive Producer for the short independent films Hide and Seek, Balancing Act, Rom-Com Gone Wrong, Belongingness and When the World was Young. She is also the Executive Producer for The Cactus, The Language Lesson, The Writer and Cream and 2 Shugahs.

All text, graphics, articles & photographs: © 2000-2022 Lia Chang Multimedia. All rights reserved. All materials contained on this site are protected by United States copyright law and may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, displayed, published or broadcast without the prior written permission of Lia Chang. You may not alter or remove any trademark, copyright or other notice from copies of the content. For permission, please contact Lia at backstagepasswithliachang@gmail.com.

Janet Yang Elected Academy President; Academy Board of Governors 2022-2023 Officers Announced

Janet Yang

Producer Janet Yang was elected president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences by the organization’s Board of Governors.

“Janet is a tremendously dedicated and strategic leader who has an incredible record of service at the Academy. She has been instrumental in launching and elevating several Academy initiatives on membership recruitment, governance, and equity, diversity, and inclusion,” noted Academy CEO Bill Kramer. “I am thrilled that she is taking on the esteemed role of Academy President and look forward to working closely with her on our shared vision to serve our membership, celebrate the collaborative arts and sciences of motion pictures, and inspire the next generation of filmmakers.”

• Teri E. Dorman, Vice President (chair, Membership Committee)
• Donna Gigliotti, Vice President/Secretary (chair, Governance Committee)
• Lynette Howell Taylor, Vice President (chair, Awards Committee)
• Larry Karaszewski, Vice President (chair, History and Preservation Committee)
• David Linde, Vice President/Treasurer (chair, Finance Committee)
• Isis Mussenden, Vice President (chair, Museum Committee)
• Kim Taylor-Coleman, Vice President (chair, Equity and Inclusion Committee)
• Wynn P. Thomas, Vice President (chair, Education and Outreach Committee)

Yang is beginning her first term as president and her second term as a Governor-at-Large, a position for which she was nominated by the sitting Academy President and elected by the Board of Governors. Gigliotti, Karaszewski, Linde, Mussenden and Thomas were re-elected as officers. It will be the first officer stint for Dorman, Howell Taylor and Taylor-Coleman.

Yang’s extensive film producing credits include “The Joy Luck Club,” “The People vs. Larry Flynt,” “Zero Effect,” “High Crimes,” “Dark Matter,” “Shanghai Calling” and the Oscar®-nominated animated feature “Over the Moon.” She won an Emmy® for the HBO film “Indictment: The McMartin Trial.” A member of the Academy’s Producers Branch since 2002, Yang most recently served on the Board as vice president and chair of the Membership Committee and prior to that, the Membership and Governance Committee. She is also co-chair of the Academy’s Asian Affinity Group.

The Board of Governors sets the Academy’s strategic vision, preserves the organization’s financial health and assures the fulfillment of its mission. For a complete listing of the Academy’s 2022-2023 Board of Governors, click here.

ABOUT THE ACADEMY

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is a global community of more than 10,000 of the most accomplished artists, filmmakers and executives working in film. In addition to celebrating and recognizing excellence in filmmaking through the Oscars, the Academy supports a wide range of initiatives to promote the art and science of the movies, including public programming, educational outreach and the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures.

Source: oscars.org

Watch: Tzi Ma Receives Canada China International Film Festival Best Supporting Actor Award for A FATHER’S SON

Congratulations to Tzi Ma on receiving the Canada China International Film Festival Best Supporting Actor Award for Patrick Chen’s short film, A FATHER’S SON, a Chinatown noir thriller, which tells the tale of Jack Yu, a Chinese American detective in the heart of New York Chinatown.  The short film/pilot is based on characters from Henry Chang’s 90’s NYPD Detective Jack Yu crime series novels, and also stars Ronny Chieng, Perry Yung and Kathleen Kwan.

Below is Tzi’s acceptance speech.

 

A Father’s Son will have its New York Premiere on Saturday, August 13 at 7:00pm at the 45th Asian American International Film Festival (AAIFF45), presented by Citi, and a production of Asian CineVision (ACV) in association with Asia Society. The closing night program will honor New York City’s Chinatown with nods to ACV’s roots in its “ChinatownBeat” focus.

Each film in this block is directed by an ACV alum filmmaker. In addition to A FATHER’S SON, the block includes the New York premiere of Curtis Chin’s new documentary film, DEAR CORKY, which honors the legacy of ACV pioneer and community activist, Corky Lee who documented the APA community for over 50 years; and a screening of the groundbreaking documentary about AAPI activism in the 1970s, FROM SPIKES TO SPINDLES, by Christine Choy — one of ACV’s founders.

AAIFF45 will also honor Jean Tsien, a veteran documentary editor, executive producer, and story consultant who has been working in documentary film for 40 years. Her notable editing credits
include: the 2001 Academy Award nominated film, SCOTTSBORO: AN AMERICAN TRAGEDY; three Peabody Award-winning films: MALCOLM X: MAKE IT PLAIN, TRAVIS, and SOLAR MAMAS; and the 2020 Primetime EMMY winner for Outstanding Documentary, THE APOLLO. Most recently, she was editor and producer of AAIFF45’s Opening Night film, FREE CHOL SOO LEE, and producer of HIDDEN LETTERS, which premiered at the 2022 Tribeca Film Festival. She is also a member of American Cinema Editors and a Governor of the Documentary Branch of the Academy. For her courageous, visionary work, she is this year’s recipient of The Asian American Media Award.

Since its start, AAIFF has played an important role in screening innovative cinema, encouraging socially conscious storytelling, and honoring APA independent artists. Honoring the Festival’s 45th Anniversary, AAIFF45 features special presentation retrospective screenings with Third World Newsreel of THE CHINATOWN FILES, HERE TO STAY, and FRECKLED RICE, and co-presents an outdoor screening of MAN PUSH CART on August 11 with the Museum of the City of New York.

Rounding out the special presentations is the “Selective Memory Has No Bounds: Yes, Martial Law Did Actually Happen” program, guest-curated by visual and media artist, educator, and curator
Angel Velasco Shaw. This year marks the 50th anniversary of Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos’ declaration of martial law and the program includes two documentary films to educate
and remind global citizens of this dark era in Philippine history.

As a longtime collaborator of Asian CineVision (ACV), Shaw reflects on her association with ACV: “AAIFF played a big role in raising my consciousness about racial and ethnic-based identity issues. Self-identification as an Asian American artist, filmmaker, and cultural activist became the greatest source of power from which I create from. Over the 37 years of working with ACV, AAIFF has continued to nurture and showcase talent from diverse Asian American
independent filmmakers, actors, and producers generation after generation.”

Tickets

AAIFF Closing Screening + Reception

$60.00

Click here for ticketing and more information.

The closing screening will take place at the Asia Society and Museum, after which there will be a filmmaker Q&A and reception. Please join us as we humbly honor those who built our Asian American community and carry on their legacy.

Proceeds from this event will be used to cover festival costs, such as venue rental and production costs. We are a media arts non-profit still feeling the effects of the past two years with many others in the arts community. We so appreciate your generosity as we continue making our way through this new world.

*We request that all Festival goers wear a mask covering their nose and mouth during screenings and when not actively eating and drinking. For more information, please take a look at the AAIFF45 Community Agreement.*
Below is my BTS coverage of A FATHER’S SON
Ronny Chieng. Photo by Lia Chang

A Father’s Son stars Tzi Ma (Rush Hour, The Farewell, Mulan) as Krang Li, Ronny Chieng (Crazy Rich Asians, “The Daily Show,” Netflix’s “Asian Comedian Destroys America”) as Detective Jack Yu, and Perry Yung (“The Knick,” “Warrior,” “Boogie”) as Jack’s father, Wang Kei Yu.

Wai Ching Ho, Ronny Chieng, Tzi Ma, Madelyn Bae and Kathleen Kwan. Photo by Lia Chang

The cast also features Kathleen Kwan as Lai Jean Li, Christopher Randolph as Captain Salvatore Marino, Wai Ching Ho as Soo Hing Li, Cathy Salvodon as Crystal Jones, Adam Lim as Billy Bo, Tim Liu as Officer Dennis Wong.

Perry Yung and Ronny Chieng. Photo by Lia Chang

Set in the early ’90s when local street gangs terrorized Manhattan’s Chinatown, the story centers on Detective Jack Yu –  torn between his identity of his community and the NYPD, Detective Jack Yu delivers news of a son’s murder to the victim’s parents at the height of a gang turf war in Manhattan’s Chinatown.

Tim Liu, Adam Monley, Garth Kravits, Ronny Chieng, Christopher Randolph, Jermaine Smith, Tony Edgerton and P.J. Max. Photo by Lia Chang
Sean Lau, Joey Michael Orlando and Simon Song. Photo by Lia Chang

Credits for teaser trailer include Patricia Ma (Editor),  Phil Choe (Colorist), William Hsieh (Sound Designer), David Bettencourt (Graphics Designer),  Mike J. Kelly (Music) and Film Composer  CHOPSmusic.

“A Father’s Son” cast and crew on location at Hop Kee in New York Chinatown. Photo by Patrick Chen
Thank you Hop Kee (21 Mott St.) and the Lee family for supporting and feeding the production. (L-R) Corky Lee, Ronny Chieng, Mr. Lee (owner), Peter Lee (manager), Tzi Ma, Henry Chang, Patrick Chen. Photo by Lia Chang
Caption: A Father's Son - Day 3 (L-R) Vera Chow, Yixin Cen, Wing Lee, Henry Chang, Alvin Tsang, Cindy Chen, Glenda Jenks, Justine Onné, Arseniy Grobovnikov, Joey Orlando, Michael Tow, Melody Wong, Jason Chew, Dave Chan, Ronny Chieng, Partick Chen, Ken Lin, Simon Song, Shing Ka, Belen Orsini. Photo by Lia Chang
Caption: A Father’s Son – Day 3 (L-R) Vera Chow, Yixin Cen, Wing Lee, Henry Chang, Alvin Tsang, Cindy Chen, Glenda Jinks, Justine Onné, Arseniy Grobovnikov, Joey Orlando, Michael Tow, Melody Wong, Jason Chew, Dave Chan, Ronny Chieng, Partick Chen, Ken Lin, Simon Song, Shing Ka, Belen Orsini. Photo by Lia Chang
Ronny Chieng. Photo by Lia Chang
On location at Cpc Central in New York Chinatown. Photo by Lia Chang

The creative  team includes music by Scott Chops Jung, Cinematography by Jason Chew, Film Editing by Xiaoya Ma, Production Design by Wing Lee, Costume Design by Vera Chow, Makeup Artists Glenda Remo Jinks and Jiamin Zhou, Belén Orsini (1st Assistant Director), Yixin Cen (2nd Assistant Director), Set Dresser  Jinny Chung, Assistant Art Directors Melody Wong and Hu Yawen, Boom Operator and Sound Mixer Sebastian Hoist, Sound Designer/Supervisor William Hsieh, Fight Choreographer Lang Yip, Lia Chang (Still Photographer), Cindy Chen (1st Assistant Camera), Derrick Chen (2nd Assistant Camera), Arseniy Grobovnikov (Gaffer), Manoj Gurung (Gaffer), Brittany Jeffrey (Key Grip), Jason H. Kim (Key Grip), Bruna Lacerda (1st Assistant Camera), Brandon Lee (2nd Assistant Camera), Justine Onne (Key Grip), Samon (Grip), Chris Ungco (Steadicam Operator), Shannon Ko (Script Supervisor),  David Bettencourt (Campaign Manager), Joe Chan (Dialect Coach), Grayson Chin (Key Production Assistant) and Oliver Chiu (Production Assistant).

Ronny Chieng and Chen Xi Hao. Photo by Lia Chang
New York Chinatown. Photo by Lia Chang

The Detective Jack Yu team is very grateful for the community support including Mei Chan of Asia Roma, NB Wing Wong and the Chinatown Ice Cream Factory.

Congratulations Ronny Chieng on your Netflix special on the set of “A Father’s Son.” Photo by Lia Chang
Geoff Lee, Scott Chops Jung, Henry Chang and Victor Huey. Photo by Lia Chang

Colorwebmag.com: ‘A Father’s Son’: Chinatown Takes Center Stage In New Trailer Starring Ronny Chieng, Tzi Ma, and Perry Yung 

A Father’s Son Kickstarter

About the Asian American International Film Festival
The Asian American International Film Festival (AAIFF) is proudly known as “The First Home to Asian American Cinema.” Organized by Asian CineVision, it’s the first and longest-running festival dedicated to showcasing the moving image work by media artists of Asian descent for and about the Asian diaspora experience. The Festival takes place in New York City, the second-largest Asian-American market in the U.S. Every year, AAIFF attracts audiences from all five boroughs of New York City, the tri-state region, and around the world.

About Asian CineVision
Asian CineVision (ACV) is a media arts nonprofit devoted to the development, exhibition, promotion, and preservation of Asian and Asian American experiences through storytelling. Our mission is to nurture and grow the community of makers and lovers of Asian and Asian American independent film, television, and digital.

Films submitted and screened at the festival are eligible to participate in our National Tour program, bringing Asian diaspora stories to broader audiences across North America through a
rental service for cultural and educational institutions.

Thank You
The 45th Asian American International Film Festival is made possible with support from Citi, LIFEWTR, Asia Society, Mayor’s Office of Media And Entertainment, Third World Newsreel, The
Corky Lee Photographic Justice Exhibit Organizing Committee, OCA, SAG-AFTRA, Tamiment-Wagner Collections, NYU Special Collections, Final Draft, Chowbus, NYU A/P/A, and the many friends of ACV.

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Lia Chang

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers,  musicians and corporations. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman. She stars in and served as Executive Producer for the short independent films Hide and Seek, Balancing Act, Rom-Com Gone Wrong, Belongingness and When the World was Young. She is also the Executive Producer for The Cactus, The Language Lesson, The Writer and Cream and 2 Shugahs.

All text, graphics, articles & photographs: © 2000-2022 Lia Chang Multimedia. All rights reserved. All materials contained on this site are protected by United States copyright law and may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, displayed, published or broadcast without the prior written permission of Lia Chang. You may not alter or remove any trademark, copyright or other notice from copies of the content. For permission, please contact Lia at backstagepasswithliachang@gmail.com.

Aug. 4: Fathom Events’ EASTER SUNDAY: Live with Jo Koy

Filipino American actor Lydia Gaston (left) in a scene with Jo Koy in the film “Easter Sunday.” AMBLIN ENTERTAINMENT

Global stand-up comedy sensation Jo Koy will bring his singular and hilarious take on family matters to theaters nationwide with an exclusive comedic introduction as part of a celebration of his groundbreaking new feature film, Easter Sunday. Ahead of the film’s nationwide release on August 5, Fathom Events will present Koy’s live introduction in more than 850 theaters across the country on August 4, followed immediately by a full screening of the film from Universal Pictures and DreamWorks Pictures.

Koy’s live introduction takes place on Thursday, Aug. 4, at AMC Lincoln Square in New York City and it will play in theaters nationwide LIVE at 8:00 pm ET and 5:00 pm PT and tape-delayed at 8:00 pm CT/MT/ PT.

Updated 8/5/22

In Easter Sunday, Koy (“Jo Koy: In His Elements,” “Jo Koy: Comin’ in Ho”t) stars as a man returning home for an Easter celebration with his riotous, bickering, eating, drinking, laughing, loving family in this love letter to his Filipino-American community.

“Fathom Events is excited to present this exclusive, live introduction from Jo Koy to kick off the debut of Easter Sunday; it’s what Event Cinema is all about,” said Ray Nutt, CEO of Fathom Events. “Jo’s comedy is so hilarious because it’s so relatable. Who doesn’t have crazy holiday traditions with their family?”

Tickets to Easter Sunday and this special live comedic introduction can be purchased online at www.fathomevents.com or at participating theater box offices. For a complete list of theater locations visit the Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to change).

(from left) Tito Manny (Joey Guila), Regina (Elena Juatco), Eugene (Eugene Cordero), Joe Valencia (Jo Koy), Tita Teresa (Tia Carrere), Tita Yvonne (Melody Butiu) and Susan (Lydia Gaston) in Easter Sunday, directed by Jay Chandrasekhar.

Easter Sunday features an all-star comedic cast that includes Jimmy O. Yang (“Silicon Valley” series), Tia Carrere (True Lies, Wayne’s World films), Brandon Wardell (“Curb Your Enthusiasm” series), Grammy Winner and Two-time Tony nominee Eva Noblezada (Broadway’s Hadestown, Yellow Rose, Luck), Lydia Gaston (Broadway’s The King and I), Asif Ali (“WandaVision”), Rodney To (Parks and Recreation series), Melody Butiu, Eugene Cordero (The Good Place series), Jay Chandrasekhar (I Love You, Man), Tiffany Haddish (Girls Trip) and Lou Diamond Phillips (Courage Under Fire).

Easter Sunday, from DreamWorks Pictures, is directed by Jay Chandrasekhar (Super Troopers, The Dukes of Hazzard, I Love You, Man), from a script by Ken Cheng (Sin City Saints series) and Kate Angelo (Sex Tape) based on a story by Ken Cheng.

The film is produced by Rideback’s blockbuster producers Dan Lin (The Lego Movie franchise, It franchise) and Jonathan Eirich (Aladdin, The Two Popes), and is executive produced by Nick Reynolds, Joe Meloche, Jo Koy, Jessica Gao, Jimmy O. Yang, Ken Cheng and Seth William Meier.

The film is distributed by Universal Pictures domestically. Amblin Partners and Universal share international distribution rights.

About Fathom Events
Fathom is a recognized leader in the entertainment industry as one of the top distributors of content to movie theaters in North America. Owned by AMC Entertainment Inc. (NYSE: AMC); Cinemark Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CNK); and Regal, a subsidiary of the Cineworld Group (LSE: CINE.L), Fathom operates the largest cinema distribution network, delivering a wide variety of programming and experiences to cinema audiences in all of the top U.S. markets and to more than 45 countries. For more information, visit www.FathomEvents.com.

New York Premiere of Patrick Chen’s short film, A FATHER’S SON Starring Tzi Ma, Ronny Chieng,  Perry Yung and Kathleen Kwan to Screen with Curtis Chin’s DEAR CORKY, and Christine Choy’s FROM SPIKES TO SPINDLES on the Closing Night of the 45th Annual AAIFF at Asia Society on Aug. 13

The 45th Asian American International Film Festival (AAIFF45),
presented by Citi, and a production of Asian CineVision (ACV) in association with Asia Society, will honor New York City’s Chinatown with nods to ACV’s roots in its “ChinatownBeat” programming on Saturday, August 13 at 7:00p.m.

Each film in this block is directed by an ACV alum filmmaker. The block includes the New York premiere of Curtis Chin’s new documentary film, DEAR CORKY, which honors the legacy of ACV pioneer and community activist, Corky Lee who documented the APA community for over 50 years; the New York premiere of Patrick Chen’s short film, A FATHER’S SON, tells the tale of Jack Yu, a Chinese American detective in the heart of New York Chinatown starring Tzi Ma, Ronny Chieng,  Perry Yung and Kathleen Kwan; and a screening of the groundbreaking documentary about AAPI activism in the 1970s, FROM SPIKES TO SPINDLES, by Christine Choy — one of ACV’s founders.

AAIFF45 will also honor Jean Tsien, a veteran documentary editor, executive producer, and story consultant who has been working in documentary film for 40 years. Her notable editing credits
include: the 2001 Academy Award nominated film, SCOTTSBORO: AN AMERICAN TRAGEDY; three Peabody Award-winning films: MALCOLM X: MAKE IT PLAIN, TRAVIS, and SOLAR MAMAS; and the 2020 Primetime EMMY winner for Outstanding Documentary, THE APOLLO. Most recently, she was editor and producer of AAIFF45’s Opening Night film, FREE CHOL SOO LEE, and producer of HIDDEN LETTERS, which premiered at the 2022 Tribeca Film Festival. She is also a member of American Cinema Editors and a Governor of the Documentary Branch of the Academy. For her courageous, visionary work, she is this year’s recipient of The Asian American Media Award.

Since its start, AAIFF has played an important role in screening innovative cinema, encouraging socially conscious storytelling, and honoring APA independent artists. Honoring the Festival’s 45th Anniversary, AAIFF45 features special presentation retrospective screenings with Third World Newsreel of THE CHINATOWN FILES, HERE TO STAY, and FRECKLED RICE, and co-presents an outdoor screening of MAN PUSH CART on August 11 with the Museum of the City of New York.

Rounding out the special presentations is the “Selective Memory Has No Bounds: Yes, Martial Law Did Actually Happen” program, guest-curated by visual and media artist, educator, and curator
Angel Velasco Shaw. This year marks the 50th anniversary of Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos’ declaration of martial law and the program includes two documentary films to educate
and remind global citizens of this dark era in Philippine history.

As a longtime collaborator of Asian CineVision (ACV), Shaw reflects on her association with ACV: “AAIFF played a big role in raising my consciousness about racial and ethnic-based identity issues. Self-identification as an Asian American artist, filmmaker, and cultural activist became the greatest source of power from which I create from. Over the 37 years of working with ACV, AAIFF has continued to nurture and showcase talent from diverse Asian American
independent filmmakers, actors, and producers generation after generation.”

Tickets

AAIFF Closing Screening + Reception

$60.00

Click here for ticketing and more information.

The closing screening will take place at the Asia Society and Museum, after which there will be a filmmaker Q&A and reception. Please join us as we humbly honor those who built our Asian American community and carry on their legacy.

Proceeds from this event will be used to cover festival costs, such as venue rental and production costs. We are a media arts non-profit still feeling the effects of the past two years with many others in the arts community. We so appreciate your generosity as we continue making our way through this new world.

*We request that all Festival goers wear a mask covering their nose and mouth during screenings and when not actively eating and drinking. For more information, please take a look at the AAIFF45 Community Agreement.*
Below is my BTS coverage of A FATHER’S SON

Red Rope Productions presents the Chinatown noir thriller A Father’s Son, a short film/pilot based on characters from Henry Chang’s 90’s NYPD Detective Jack Yu crime series novels, directed by Patrick Chen.

Ronny Chieng. Photo by Lia Chang

A Father’s Son stars Tzi Ma (Rush Hour, The Farewell, Mulan) as Krang Li, Ronny Chieng (Crazy Rich Asians, “The Daily Show,” Netflix’s “Asian Comedian Destroys America”) as Detective Jack Yu, and Perry Yung (“The Knick,” “Warrior,” “Boogie”) as Jack’s father, Wang Kei Yu.

Wai Ching Ho, Ronny Chieng, Tzi Ma, Madelyn Bae and Kathleen Kwan. Photo by Lia Chang

The cast also features Kathleen Kwan as Lai Jean Li, Christopher Randolph as Captain Salvatore Marino, Wai Ching Ho as Soo Hing Li, Cathy Salvodon as Crystal Jones, Adam Lim as Billy Bo, Tim Liu as Officer Dennis Wong.

Perry Yung and Ronny Chieng. Photo by Lia Chang

Set in the early ’90s when local street gangs terrorized Manhattan’s Chinatown, the story centers on Detective Jack Yu –  torn between his identity of his community and the NYPD, Detective Jack Yu delivers news of a son’s murder to the victim’s parents at the height of a gang turf war in Manhattan’s Chinatown.

Tim Liu, Adam Monley, Garth Kravits, Ronny Chieng, Christopher Randolph, Jermaine Smith, Tony Edgerton and P.J. Max. Photo by Lia Chang
Sean Lau, Joey Michael Orlando and Simon Song. Photo by Lia Chang

Credits for teaser trailer include Patricia Ma (Editor),  Phil Choe (Colorist), William Hsieh (Sound Designer), David Bettencourt (Graphics Designer),  Mike J. Kelly (Music) and Film Composer  CHOPSmusic.

“A Father’s Son” cast and crew on location at Hop Kee in New York Chinatown. Photo by Patrick Chen
Thank you Hop Kee (21 Mott St.) and the Lee family for supporting and feeding the production. (L-R) Corky Lee, Ronny Chieng, Mr. Lee (owner), Peter Lee (manager), Tzi Ma, Henry Chang, Patrick Chen. Photo by Lia Chang
Caption: A Father's Son - Day 3 (L-R) Vera Chow, Yixin Cen, Wing Lee, Henry Chang, Alvin Tsang, Cindy Chen, Glenda Jenks, Justine Onné, Arseniy Grobovnikov, Joey Orlando, Michael Tow, Melody Wong, Jason Chew, Dave Chan, Ronny Chieng, Partick Chen, Ken Lin, Simon Song, Shing Ka, Belen Orsini. Photo by Lia Chang
Caption: A Father’s Son – Day 3 (L-R) Vera Chow, Yixin Cen, Wing Lee, Henry Chang, Alvin Tsang, Cindy Chen, Glenda Jinks, Justine Onné, Arseniy Grobovnikov, Joey Orlando, Michael Tow, Melody Wong, Jason Chew, Dave Chan, Ronny Chieng, Partick Chen, Ken Lin, Simon Song, Shing Ka, Belen Orsini. Photo by Lia Chang
Ronny Chieng. Photo by Lia Chang
On location at Cpc Central in New York Chinatown. Photo by Lia Chang

The creative  team includes music by Scott Chops Jung, Cinematography by Jason Chew, Film Editing by Xiaoya Ma, Production Design by Wing Lee, Costume Design by Vera Chow, Makeup Artists Glenda Remo Jinks and Jiamin Zhou, Belén Orsini (1st Assistant Director), Yixin Cen (2nd Assistant Director), Set Dresser  Jinny Chung, Assistant Art Directors Melody Wong and Hu Yawen, Boom Operator and Sound Mixer Sebastian Hoist, Sound Designer/Supervisor William Hsieh, Fight Choreographer Lang Yip, Lia Chang (Still Photographer), Cindy Chen (1st Assistant Camera), Derrick Chen (2nd Assistant Camera), Arseniy Grobovnikov (Gaffer), Manoj Gurung (Gaffer), Brittany Jeffrey (Key Grip), Jason H. Kim (Key Grip), Bruna Lacerda (1st Assistant Camera), Brandon Lee (2nd Assistant Camera), Justine Onne (Key Grip), Samon (Grip), Chris Ungco (Steadicam Operator), Shannon Ko (Script Supervisor),  David Bettencourt (Campaign Manager), Joe Chan (Dialect Coach), Grayson Chin (Key Production Assistant) and Oliver Chiu (Production Assistant).

Ronny Chieng and Chen Xi Hao. Photo by Lia Chang
New York Chinatown. Photo by Lia Chang

The Detective Jack Yu team is very grateful for the community support including Mei Chan of Asia Roma, NB Wing Wong and the Chinatown Ice Cream Factory.

Congratulations Ronny Chieng on your Netflix special on the set of “A Father’s Son.” Photo by Lia Chang
Geoff Lee, Scott Chops Jung, Henry Chang and Victor Huey. Photo by Lia Chang

Colorwebmag.com: ‘A Father’s Son’: Chinatown Takes Center Stage In New Trailer Starring Ronny Chieng, Tzi Ma, and Perry Yung 

A Father’s Son Kickstarter

About the Asian American International Film Festival
The Asian American International Film Festival (AAIFF) is proudly known as “The First Home to Asian American Cinema.” Organized by Asian CineVision, it’s the first and longest-running festival dedicated to showcasing the moving image work by media artists of Asian descent for and about the Asian diaspora experience. The Festival takes place in New York City, the second-largest Asian-American market in the U.S. Every year, AAIFF attracts audiences from all five boroughs of New York City, the tri-state region, and around the world.

About Asian CineVision
Asian CineVision (ACV) is a media arts nonprofit devoted to the development, exhibition, promotion, and preservation of Asian and Asian American experiences through storytelling. Our mission is to nurture and grow the community of makers and lovers of Asian and Asian American independent film, television, and digital.

Films submitted and screened at the festival are eligible to participate in our National Tour program, bringing Asian diaspora stories to broader audiences across North America through a
rental service for cultural and educational institutions.

Thank You
The 45th Asian American International Film Festival is made possible with support from Citi, LIFEWTR, Asia Society, Mayor’s Office of Media And Entertainment, Third World Newsreel, The
Corky Lee Photographic Justice Exhibit Organizing Committee, OCA, SAG-AFTRA, Tamiment-Wagner Collections, NYU Special Collections, Final Draft, Chowbus, NYU A/P/A, and the many friends of ACV.

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Lia Chang

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers,  musicians and corporations. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman. She stars in and served as Executive Producer for the short independent films Hide and Seek, Balancing Act, Rom-Com Gone Wrong, Belongingness and When the World was Young. She is also the Executive Producer for The Cactus, The Language Lesson, The Writer and Cream and 2 Shugahs.

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Video Sneak Peek: CBS’s THE EQUALIZER Focuses on Asian American Hate; Perry Yung, Celia Au, Jo Yang, Henry Yuk and More Guest Star

Liza Lapira as Mel.
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In the “Chinatown” episode of The Equalizer, Robyn McCall (Queen Latifah) and Melody ‘Mel’ Bayani (Liza Lapira) along with a jaded ex-cop (Perry Yung) search for the killers of a beloved Chinatown baker (Jo Yang). The Asian American bakery owner was the victim of a hate crime masked to look like an accidental electrical fire.

GUEST CAST: Perry Yung (Ray Lai); Celia Au (Chloe San); Alex Breaux (Frank Mitchell); Spenser Granese (Trevor); Faron Salisbury (Eric); Jo Yang (Li Wong); Imani Lewis (Kisha Griffin); Henry Yuk (Eddie Cheung); Mike Massimino (Marshall); Brian Dole (Liam); Todd Antonio Biggerstaff (Employee).

This episode of The Equalizer is directed by Liz Friedlander and Christine Moore, and written by Zoe Robyn.

Celia Au as Chloe San in THE EQUALIZER
Pictured (L-R): Perry Yung as Ray Lai and Tory Kittles as Detective Marcus Dante.
Photo: Michael Greenberg/CBS ©2022 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Jo Yang as Li Wong in THE EQUALIZER
Pictured: Henry Yuk as Eddie Cheung. Photo: Michael Greenberg/CBS ©2022 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

New episodes of The Equalizer premiere on Sundays at 8 p.m. ET on CBS. Episodes can also be streamed live or on demand on Paramount+.

EW.com: The Equalizer tackles Asian American hate in way star Liza Lapira says ‘could be the model for other shows’

tv.line.com: The Equalizer‘s Liza Lapira Previews Anti-Asian Hate Episode: ‘I Was Able to Give Voice to Real People’

cbsnews.com: Actress Liza Lapira shares personal experiences as “The Equalizer” tackles anti-Asian violence

parade.com: Liza Lapira’s Real-Life Experiences Take Center Stage as The Equalizer Tackles Asian American Hate

Watch Disney and Pixar’s “Turning Red” During a Southern California-Exclusive Limited Engagement at El Capitan Theatre Starting March 11

Disney and Pixar’s new animated feature “Turning Red” comes to the big screen at Hollywood’s El Capitan Theatre as a Southern California exclusive during a limited one-week engagement March 11 through March 17.

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Guests can attend a “Turning Red” Opening Night Fan Event on March 11 at 7:00pm for $40. Each ticket includes a souvenir credential, reversible bucket cap, notebook and 64oz popcorn tub.

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During each show throughout the week, guests are encouraged to arrive early and let loose at the Panda-Monium Dance Party inside the theatre. Audience members can dance and jam to some tunes at their seats with an upbeat, on-stage host while enjoying a fun mix of music.


Showtimes for “Turning Red” March 11 through 14 and March 17 are 10:00am, 1:00pm, 4:00pm, 7:00pm and 9:55pm. Showtimes March 15 and 16 are 10:00am and 1:00pm. Dates and times are subject to change. BFF Packs are also available for $75 each and include four reserved tickets, four 64oz popcorn tubs and one full day of parking at the Hollywood & Highland complex. Additional tickets can be added by calling 1-800-Disney-6 (347-6396). Tickets are now on sale at www.elcapitantickets.com and here. All seats are reserved. Friday through Sunday tickets are $18 for adults and $14 for children and seniors. Monday through Thursday tickets are $16 for adults and $12 for children and seniors. The El Capitan Theatre has taken enhanced health and safety measures for its guests and cast members.  All guests must follow posted instructions while visiting. For health and safety information including theatre policies and procedures visit https://elcapitantheatre.com/safetyinformation/

About Disney and Pixar’s “Turning Red”:Disney and Pixar’s “Turning Red” introduces Mei Lee (voice of Rosalie Chiang), a confident, dorky 13-year-old torn between staying her mother’s dutiful daughter and the chaos of adolescence. Her protective, if not slightly overbearing mother, Ming (voice of Sandra Oh), is never far from her daughter—an unfortunate reality for the teenager. And as if changes to her interests, relationships and body weren’t enough, whenever she gets too excited (which is practically ALWAYS), she “poofs” into a giant red panda! Directed by Academy Award® winner Domee Shi (Pixar short “Bao”) and produced by Lindsey Collins. The screenplay is by Domee Shields and Julia Cho.

Sherry Cola, Tristan Allerick Chen, Ava Morse, Josh Levi, Maitreyi Ramakrishnan, Addie Chandler, Rosalie Chiang, Lily Sanfelippo, Hyein Park, Grayson Villanueva, Sandra Oh, Topher Ngo and Mia Tagano at the premiere screening of TURNING RED. Photo courtesy of Disney+ Facebook

The voice cast includes Ava Morse as Miriam, Mei’s best friend, Maitreyi Ramakrishnan as Priya, Hyein Park as Abby, Mei’s friend, Orion Lee  as Jin Lee, Wai Ching Ho as grandma, Tristan Allerick Chen as Tyler, Addie Chandler as Devon, Mei’s love interest. Jordan Fisher as Robaire, Josh Levi, Topher Ngo, Finneas O’Connell as Jesse, Grayson Villanueva, Anne Marie as Lauren, James Hong, Lori Tan Chinn, Lilian Lim, Mia Tagano, Sherry Cola, Sasha Roiz, and Lilly Sanfellippo round out the cast.