Dec. 8: Film Forum Presents Live Virtual Q & A with Hao Wu, Award Winning Documentary Filmmaker of 76 DAYS

On Tuesday, December 8 at 7:00 p.m. EST, Film Forum is presenting a live virtual Q & A with Hao Wu, Award Winning Documentary Filmmaker of 76 DAYS. This event is free to the public and will stream live on Film Forum’s YouTube channel. Click here to preorder tickets for 76 DAYS, which premieres December 4 in Film Forum’s Virtual Cinema.

Hao Wu

In 2020, as COVID-19 swept the globe, award-winning documentary filmmaker Hao Wu co-directed a landmark film exploring the outbreak in Wuhan, China. Co-directed by Weixi Chen and Anonymous, Hao Wu’s 76 Days offers glimpses into the entire 76 day lockdown through the eyes of patients and medical workers.

Begun just days after the January 23, 2020 lockdown went into effect in Wuhan, and filmed without Chinese government approval, 76 DAYS is an intimate experience of life (and death) inside 4 Wuhan hospitals in the eye of the storm. The first 10 minutes feel like a Hollywood horror movie: hordes of desperate people storming the hospital, faced by beleaguered medical staff. Chaos, shouting, and tears give way to what becomes the new-normal – as doctors and nurses, clad from head to toe in hazmat suits, exhibit moving comradery with one another and profound compassion for their patients. There’s even humor and pathos as a new baby is born (dubbed “Little Penguin”), a confused elderly patient insists on haunting the hallways looking for a way out, and workers write messages on their outfits, like “Clay Pot Chicken: I miss you.” The Atlantic magazine hails 76 DAYS as “both unwatchable and utterly compelling… unvarnished and raw, a first draft of a history that’s still being written.”

HAO WU (DIRECTOR) Wu’s documentary films have received funding support from The Ford Foundation JustFilms, ITVS, Sundance Institute, Tribeca Film Institute, NYSCA and international broadcasters. His previous feature documentary, People’s Republic of Desire, about China’s live-streaming phenomenon, won the Grand Jury Award at the 2018 SXSW festival, among many other awards. It has screened at over 40 film festivals worldwide and broadcasted nationally on PBS Independent Lens. The New York Times calls the film “hyper-charged,” while The Los Angeles Times says it’s “invariably surprising and never less than compelling.” His latest short, All in My Family, is a Netflix Original Documentary and launched globally in May 2019. Born and raised in China, Wu now travels between the U.S. and China. From 2008-2011, he was a fellow at New America, a D.C.-based think tank. His writing has appeared on Time.com, Slate.com, Marketplace Radio, Strait Times, China Newsweek, and China Daily. He is a member of the Documentary branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

76 DAYS will be released in over 50 virtual cinemas nationwide (including Film Forum in NY and Laemmle Theaters in LA) beginning Friday, December 4. 

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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 CactusThe Language LessonThe Writer and Cream and 2 Shugahs.

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Nov. 27: Celebrate Bruce Lee’s 80th Birthday with Free Screening of Bao Nguyen’s ESPN 30 for 30 documentary BE WATER; After-Film Panel Features Bao Nguyen, Shannon Lee, Phil Yu, Chi-hui Yang, Dave Chang and Steve Jang

HIFF is hosting a free screening of Director Bao Nguyen’s ESPN 30 for 30 documentary BE WATER, followed by an after-film panel featuring Director Nguyen, Lee’s daughter Shannon Lee, Angry Asian Man founder and culture writer Phil Yu, Chi-hui Yang of the Ford Foundation, Momofuku founder and ‘Ugly Delicious’ host Dave Chang, and Kindred Ventures’ Founder Steve Jang on Friday, November 27 to celebrate Bruce Lee’s 80th birthday. The panel discussion will be moderated by New York Magazine’s Chris Lee. 

Presented by ESPN and storyspaces BE WATER will be available to screen online in North America, starting at 3pm HST/5:00 p.m. PST/ 8:00 p.m. EST. Although FREE, a ticket is still required to view the film on HIFF’s streaming platform.  Click here to RSVP. 

This special BE WATER FREE SCREENING + PANEL on November 27 is also supported by the AAPI Film Festival Coalition. The following are participating film festivals that are promoting this event: Asian Cinevision /  Boston Asian American Film Festival  / DC APA Film Festival HAAPIFest /  HIFF /  Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival / Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival / Seattle Asian American Film Festival / Toronto Reel Asian Film Festival / Vancouver Asian Film Festival

BE WATER is a feature-length documentary that offers a unique glimpse into the man behind the myth, featuring interviews from celebrity friends, members of his own family, and even private letters written by Bruce Lee. BE WATER premiered at Sundance 2020 and competed in the U.S. Dramatic Feature competition. In June, it had its U.S. broadcast debut on ESPN as part of the sports broadcaster’s 30 on 30 documentary series, breaking ratings records. It is an official selection of the 2020 Cannes Film Festival in the Cannes Classics section. 

Martial artist. Actor. Philosopher. Choreographer. Filmmaker. Legend. These words summarize the Asian American icon who inspired the world with his groundbreaking work before dying mysteriously and suddenly at the age of 32. Yet many often forget that he was a man who struggled against many limitations: racism, xenophobia, and even his own ego. Bruce Lee made the most of his time on Earth, reminding us all of the importance of adaptation, persistence, and ambitious in the pursuit of greatness: in short, to be water. Synopsis written by: Lee Ngo

Richard Lui’s Documentary Film ‘SKY BLOSSOM: Diaries of the Next Greatest Generation’

The documentary film SKY BLOSSOM: Diaries of the Next Greatest Generation will premiere on November 11th in salute of Veterans Day and National Family Caregivers Month, honoring the 24.5 million children and millennials who step forward as caregiving heroes to care for family members.

Led by award-winning MSNBC journalist Richard Lui in his directorial debut, SKY BLOSSOM: Diaries of the Next Greatest Generation follows five families across the U.S. whose children are helping to provide essential care services often seen only in hospitals for veteran family members at home. Named a “Top Documentary Feature Contender” by Variety Magazine, the documentary highlights how these young care heroes – cheerleaders, part-time workers and college students – are living double lives, quietly growing up as America’s next greatest generation.

On November 11th, SKY BLOSSOM: Diaries of the Next Greatest Generation will make its world premiere in Washington, DC at a first-ever drive-in cinema event at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. It will also be available to moviegoers at complementary screenings across the 50 states for one night only. A list of theaters can be found at www.skyblossom.com.

Richard Lui. Photo by Lia Chang

Sky Blossom: Diaries of the Next Greatest Generation, is a raw, candid look at the millions of teens and millennials caring for injured veterans and service members in homes across America. It’s also a highly personal documentary for the filmmaker, award-winning MSNBC news anchor Richard Lui. Lui’s own experience of caring for his disabled father inspired him to explore how military kids and teens cope with providing this kind of care for injured parents every day, and how they are struggling to find balance in their lives as a result of these injuries. The families featured in Sky Blossom share a new perspective of what it means to be a military family and the film reveals rare insights into the experiences of military children nationwide.

Richard Lui and Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits

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 CactusThe Language LessonThe Writer and Cream and 2 Shugahs.

 
All text, graphics, articles & photographs: © 2000-2020 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 liachangpr@gmail.com

HIFF Screens Mallorie Ortega’s THE GIRL WHO LEFT HOME Starring Haven Everly, Emy Coligado, Paolo Montalban, Lora Nicolas, Liz Casasola, Russwin Francisco and Mitch Poulos Nationwide through Nov. 29

Hawai‘i International Film Festival (HIFF)  is screening Mallorie Ortega’s musical dramedy The Girl Who Left Home, an official selection of the festival, nationwide through Nov. 29.  Tickets are $8 and can be purchased here

The Girl Who Left Home (formerly Nanay Ko) is a musical dramedy film about a Filipino-American who must put her dreams aside to keep her family restaurant from eviction. The film is also an official selection of Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival (Emerging Filmmaker Award) & CAAMFest FORWARD (Audience Award).

The cast features Haven Everly, Emy Coligado, Paolo Montalban, Liz Casasola, Lora Nicolas Olaes, Russwin Francisco, DonMike H. Mendoza, Toni Katano and Mitch Poulos.  

The production teams includes Mallorie Ortega (Director/ Writer/Producer/Lyricist), Angelo Santos, Russwin Francisco, Emy Coligado (Producers), Dylan Thai (Executive Producer), Cicero Oca (Co-producer), Matthew Halla (Director of Photography), Lindsay Armstrong, Katie Mcclellan (Editor), Alex Winkler (Composer), Steve Greist (Lyricist) and Diana Cha, Austin Sapp (Sound).

GirlWhoLeft.com Website

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 CactusThe Language LessonThe Writer and Cream and 2 Shugahs.

All text, graphics, articles & photographs: © 2000-2020 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 liachangpr@gmail.com

Video: Yin & Yang aka André De Shields and Garth Kravits, Perform ‘A Change is Gonna Come’

On the eve of this historic election, Bev’s Girl Films is presenting Yin & Yang, aka Tony, Grammy and Emmy winning Hadestown star André De Shields ( The Full Monty, Ain’t Misbehavin’, The Wiz and Play On!) and Garth Kravits (The Drowsy Chaperone, Gettin’ The Band Back Together) singing for the soul of America, putting their own spin on the Sam Cooke civil-rights anthem, ‘A Change is Gonna Come,’ accompanied by Steven Cuevas on piano.

De Shields and Kravits’ latest collaboration is a call to exercise your right to vote on November 3rd.  

Their first cover was the Sam Cooke R & B classic, “Bring It On Home To Me,” accompanied by Andrew Gutauskas on saxophone which was featured in the 100 Black Men Initiative, “West Side Stories: Celebrating New York in the 1970’s,” and Raising the Curtain: A Tribute to EMF Heroes Featuring Broadway Stars.

When asked what inspired the pair to collaborate virtually on this song, De Shields shared, “my ambition for collaborating with Garth on what will ultimately be a series of duets is to restore joy and love to a world that has lost its way.” Kravits said,”André and I very quickly agreed that the essence of this cover and the others that will follow, would be fun, pure and simple. Just to enjoy singing with one another so that the viewing and listening audience might share in what we’re laying down.”

De Shields has participated in numerous political fundraisers including singing ‘Broadway Baby’ with Jayne Houdyshell, Myra Lucretia Taylor, Sheila Kay Davis, Larry Owens, Layla Capers, Fiona Morgan Quinn, Walter Russell III and Jayden Theopile in Broadway for Biden’s All-Star Virtual Fundraiser: IN OUR AMERICA: A Concert for the Soul of the Nation; and hosting Broadway for Biden: Songs of Pride and PFLAG National’s annual “Moving Equality Forward Virtual Event.

In tonight’s Sing Out For Freedom 2020: An Election Eve Concert in Support of the ACLU & #NYCLU, De Shields, accompanied by Gaelynn Lea on violin, read the final words of Congressman John Lewis as published by The New York Times – “Together, You Can Redeem the Soul of the Nation.”

André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang

André De Shields is the triple-crown winner of the 2019 awards season, having won the Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk, and Tony Awards for best featured actor in a musical for his critically acclaimed performance as Hermes in Hadestown. The Actors’ Equity Foundation followed suit with the Richard Seff Award, honoring veteran stage actors’ best supporting performances of the year. Mr. De Shields recently received the 2020 Grammy Award for Musical Theater Album for Hadestown, an honorary Doctor of Arts Degree from Boston Conservatory at Berklee, the 2019 Project1Voice Lifetime Achievement Award, the 2019 SAGE Joyce Warshow Lifetime Achievement Award, The York Theatre Company’s 2019 Oscar Hammerstein Award for Lifetime Achievement in Musical Theatre, and was inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame. He received the Key to the City of Baltimore from Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young in August, 2019. Prior to his Tony Award win, Mr. De Shields was best known for his show-stopping performances in four legendary Broadway productions: The WizAin’t Misbehavin’ (Emmy Award), Play On! (Tony Nomination), and The Full Monty (Tony Nomination). In a career spanning fifty-one years, he has distinguished himself as an unparalleled actor, director, and educator, receiving in 2018 the 8th Annual Off Broadway Alliance Legend Award, and the 33rd Annual Bob Harrington Life Achievement Bistro Award. Among his other accolades are the 2009 National Black Theatre Festival’s Living Legend Award and the 2007 Village Voice Obie Award for Sustained Excellence of Performance. De Shields can currently be seen on Netflix as the Algebra Tutor in “John Mulaney & The Sack Lunch Bunch” and on The CW as Chubby in “Katy Keene.” De Shields is a proud member of AEA, SAG-AFTRA, and SDC. andredeshields.com

Garth Kravits. Photo by Lia Chang
Garth Kravits. Photo by Lia Chang

Garth Kravits is an actor, a singer, a composer, and an award winning filmmaker.  He made his Broadway debut in the Tony Award winning musical The Drowsy Chaperone and appeared most recently on Broadway in the original musical Gettin’ the Band Back Together.

Kravits has guest starred on CBS’s ‘Tommy,’ HBO’s ‘Divorce,’ Amazon Prime’s ‘The Hunters’ and ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,’ USA’s ‘Mr. Robot,’ SyFy’s ‘Happy’ over the last year, and has also appeared on NBC’s ’30 Rock,’ and ‘The Blacklist,’ The CW’s ‘Princess Diaries,’ Showtime’s ‘Nurse Jackie,’ and ‘Hostages.’

Kravits has written, directed and edited over 50 film projects and his films have been shown in film festivals around the world. www.garthkravits.com 

Steven Cuevas is a NYC-based music director, musician, singer, and actor. Broadway: Once On This IslandAnastasiaKinky Boots. Off-Broadway: We Are The Tigers, Closer Than EverTrip of LoveSongs for a New WorldIron Curtain. Tours:Once On This Island, Kinky BootsDr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The MusicalSpring AwakeningMy Fair Lady (Marina Bay Sands, Singapore). Recordings: Once On This Island (2019 Grammy nominee, Best Musical Theater Album), How the Grinch Stole Christmas!MonstersongsSteven’s arrangements for Broadway Barkada have been performed at Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, and the White House. Steven is the Chair of Local 802 AFM’s Diversity Committee. BFA in Musical Theatre, Emerson College. @StevenMCuevas

Thank you BroadwayWorld VIDEO: Tony-Winner André De Shields and Garth Kravits Perform ‘A Change Is Gonna Come,’ singing for the soul of America

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 CactusThe Language LessonThe Writer and Cream and 2 Shugahs.
 
All text, graphics, articles & photographs: © 2000-2020 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 liachangpr@gmail.com

Nov. 7: UASE 2020, The Last Dragon Tribute and Daetrix/Wiarlawd Studio Present The Last Dragon 35th Anniversary Virtual Experience Featuring Taimak, Faith Prince, Christopher Murney, Ernie Reyes Jr., Glen Eaton, Lia Chang, Michael Chin, Lisa Loving Dalton, Kirk Taylor, Henry Yuk, Rudy C. Jones, Mike Starr and Louis Venosta

The Last Dragon Tribute is partnering once again with the Urban Action Showcase & Expo and Daetrix/Wiarlawd Studio’s ‘Rise of The Last Dragon’ fanimated series to bring you The Last Dragon 35th Anniversary Virtual Ultimate Fan Experience on Saturday, November 7 at 4:00 p.m. Click here to purchase tickets.

Join the star-studded TLD 35th Anniversary Virtual Watch Party, commentary, and Q & A session.

Lia Chang and Taimak. Photo by Lia Chang

I’ll be joining my cast members Taimak (“Bruce” Leroy Green), Faith Prince (Angela Viracco), Christopher Murney (Eddie Arkadian), Ernie Reyes Jr. (Tai), Glen Eaton (Johnny Yu), Michael Chin (Lu Yi- Sum Dum Goy Guy), Lisa Loving Dalton (Sho’nuff girl #3), Kirk Taylor (Crunch), Henry Yuk (Hu Yi- Sum Dum Goy Guy), Mike Starr (Rock), the Radio Smasher Rudy C. Jones and Writer Louis Venosta for an experience like no other.

Taimak in THE LAST DRAGON

The cast will share personal commentary during the watch party as well as take part in a Q & A with Host and Moderator  Craig “The Last Glow” Sutton from The Last Dragon Tribute. Many cast members will offer personal TLD 35th Fan Experiences to those seeking a memorable experience to last a lifetime.

Craig Sutton, Rudy C. Jones, Louis Venosta, Lia Chang, Taimak at the UASE screening of The Last Dragon at The Empire Theaters in New York on November 9, 2019. Photo by Garth Kravits
Craig Sutton, Rudy C. Jones, Louis Venosta, Lia Chang, Taimak at the UASE screening of The Last Dragon at The AMC Empire Theaters in New York on November 9, 2019. Photo by Garth Kravits

TLD Fan Experiences will be available throughout the day to give you an Awesome AR Experience with your favorite cast members. (Cut-Off Date: 11-1)

Cosplay Fans will have a chance to ask questions live on screen with the cast. (Cut-Off Date: 11-4)

Lia Chang and Louis Venosta. Photo by Garth Kravits
Lia Chang and Louis Venosta. Photo by Garth Kravits

​FAN EXPERIENCES AVAILABLE

Virtual Watch Party: $20

  • November 7th, 4 pm Eastern Time
  • Watch a live stream of The Last Dragon online with The Cast. 
  • The cast will answer questions during the film with additional Q & A afterwards.
  • Note You must Be On Time. The Watch Party Link will open at 3:45 pm EST.
  • Buy Tickets on urbanactionshowcase.com

Cast Personal Shout Out- Fan Experience 1: $30

  • Available Cast Members will show some love to you, a friend or loved one with a 30 seconds or less recorded message.
  • Buy Tickets on urbanactionshowcase.com
Cast Personal Chat- Fan Experience 2: $30
  • Zoom Chat live one on one with a cast member for up to 2 minutes 
  • Buy Tickets on urbanactionshowcase.com
  • The Last Dragon Fan Experience and Cosplay at the Urban Action Showcase and Expo at The AMC Empire Theaters in New York on November 9, 2019. Photo by Garth Kravits
All Fan Experiences include:
  • Special TLD 35th Anniversary Digital Stickers
  • TLD 35th Anniversary Video Zoom Background
  • TLD 35th Anniversary Photo Zoom Background
The last day to buy tickets for the private cast chats & shoutouts is November 1st and the Cut off date for the Watch Party is November 4th. Click here to purchase tickets.

The UASE is the premier Action entertainment platform advocating diversity and honoring the multicultural achievements within the blockbuster Action genre bringing awareness and access to heroes of color. Showcasing Independent and Mainstream Action content in the multifaceted Action genre including Adventure, Fantasy, Grindhouse, Action Horror, Martial Arts, Sci-Fi, Supernatural and Urban Action content. The UASE is the only Action entertainment platform offering both fan and professional experiences through its International Action Film Festival, Action Expo and Action Film Awards platforms.By focusing on the thrill and excitement of the Action genre and recognizing the need for integration, the UASE sets itself apart from other festival platforms as the only one of its kind. The purpose of the UASE is to ultimately see an increase in ethnic heroic principal characters in film and television, increase the development of content and expand distribution platforms reflecting multicultural images and interests as it pertains to the multifaceted Action genre.

Manny Brown, Lia Chang and Demetrius Angelo at the Urban Action Showcase at The AMC Empire Theaters in New York on November 9, 2019. Photo by Garth Kravits
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: © 2000-2020 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 liachangpr@gmail.com

Watch: America Reframed Series Presents World TV Broadcast Premiere of Yi Chen’s Documentary FIRST VOTE

A co-production of C35 Films, the Center for Asian American Media, and WORLD Channel, America ReFramed’s FIRST VOTE offers unparalleled access to a diverse cross-section of politically engaged Chinese Americans. The film weaves their stories from the presidential election of 2016 to the 2018 midterms and explores the intersections between immigration, voting rights, and racial justice. Directed by Yi Chen, a Chinese immigrant and first-time voter herself, FIRST VOTE is a rare long-form look at the diverse Asian American electorate. Her thought-provoking journey into the Rust Belt and South captures four Chinese American voters’ ardent first time grassroots political participation ignited by the 2016 rise of “Chinese Americans for Trump.”  Until 1952, federal law prohibited immigrants of Asian descent from becoming U.S. citizens and voting. Today, Asian Americans are the fastest growing population in the United States. The film is a timely story exploring what it means to be American through personal stories of America’s fastest growing political constituency’s diverse experience at the polls in battleground states.

Yi Chen’s FIRST VOTE

The world premiere television broadcast date for FIRST VOTE is October 20, 2020 on the PBS World Channel at 8PM ET (CHECK LOCAL LISTINGS), as part of the channel’s AMERICA REFRAMED series.  The film will be repeated throughout the month leading to the November 3 presidential election and will be streaming now on PBS.ORG.

FIRST VOTE is also the anchor film for the PBS World Channel’s Your Vote 2020 (#YourVote2020) initiative – a multi platform initiative exploring racial diversity of voters in this 2020 election. This innovative program kicked off on September 28, 2020 with a virtual live screening for the film FIRST VOTE, hosted by WORLD Channel in partnership with several Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) film festivals. The screening was followed by a discussion of the film with filmmaker Yi Chen and film subjects Kaiser Kuo, host of Sinica Podcast, and Jennifer Ho, director of the Center for Humanities & the Arts at the University of Colorado Boulder.  The discussion was moderated by award-winning journalist and NBC/MSNBC news anchor Richard Lui.  Additionally, a panel discussion on voter participation featured Christine Chen, APIA Vote Executive Director, Janelle S. Wong, Professor of Asian American Studies, University of Maryland, Jerry Vattamala, Democracy Program Director, Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, Chavi Koneru, Executive Director, North Carolina Asian Americans Together, and Elaine Tso, CEO, Asian Services in Action, Inc.  The event and more about FIRST VOTE can be found here.  

Additional events will take place in the weeks leading up to Election Day in partnership with Latino Public Broadcasting, Pacific Islanders in Communication and Black Public Media.  More details will be announced as they become available here.  

For a complete list of original WORLD Channel programming, visit www.WORLDChannel.org  or follow WORLD Channel on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram using the hashtag #YourVote2020 and subscribe to the YouTube channel. 

About FIRST VOTE 
A soon-to-be first-time voter, the filmmaker’s thought-provoking journey into the Rust Belt and South captures four Asian American voters’ ardent first time grassroots political participation ignited by the 2016 rise of “Chinese Americans for Trump.”

FIRST VOTE is a character driven cinema verité style film chronicling the democratic participation of four Asian American voters from 2016 through the 2018 midterm elections. In Montgomery County, Ohio, a first-time voter Lance Chen avidly mobilizes new Americans to vote republican through his Rush-Limbaugh-style podcast and political action committee. In Orange County, North Carolina, journalist Kaiser Kuo  returns to the U.S. after living in Beijing for 20 years and is unexpectedly confronted with the rise of Chinese American conservativism in the South, personified by a rags-to-riches business woman, Sue Googe, who after an unsuccessful first run for Congress, becomes a “tough Chinese cookie” for the Tea Party. At the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, critical race theory professor Jennifer Ho takes her activism to the classroom teaching about the complexities of race and racism in the American South. 

Until 1952, federal law prohibited immigrants of Asian descent from becoming U.S. citizens and voting. Today, Asian Americans are the fastest growing population in the United States. FIRST VOTE is a timely story exploring what it means to be American through personal stories of America’s fastest growing political constituency’s diverse experience at the polls in battleground states.

About WORLD Channel

WORLD shares the best of public media in news, documentaries and fact-based informational programming that helps us understand conflicts, movements and cultures that may be distinct from our own. WORLD’s original content examines issues too often ignored by mainstream media by sharing stories from a diversity of voices. WORLD has won a Peabody Award, an Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Award, a National News and Documentary Emmy Award and other national honors — including 1st and 2nd place Native Media Awards, an RTNDA Kaleidoscope Award, a Media for a Just Society Award, two Lesbian & Gay Journalist Awards, two Gracies and an Asian American Journalists Award. WORLD is a growing platform carried by 174 partner stations in markets representing more than 72% of US TV households. It is also available on WORLDChannel.org and social media platforms. Funding for WORLD Channel is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the MacArthur Foundation, the Wyncote Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts and Artworks. WORLD Channel is curated by GBH in partnership with WNET and is distributed by American Public Television (APT).

Yi Chen

About Director Yi Chen
Yi is a 2019 Soros Equality Fellow and 2020 DC Arts and Humanities Fellow. She is currently in post-production with FIRST VOTE, a feature length documentary supported by the Ford Foundation, Open Society Foundations, Center for Asian American Media, ITVS, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, and Southern Documentary Fund. Her last film CHINATOWN, about three long-time residents’ activism for affordable housing in Washington, DC’s historic Chinatown neighborhood, aired on PBS station WHUT and won the IndieCapitol Awards Best Documentary Short. Yi previously worked at the UN Foundation, National Geographic, and Voice of America. She has also produced documentaries for Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum, Investigative Reporting Workshop, WAMU 88.5, and Financial Times. Yi holds an MFA in Film and Media Arts from American University and has served as an adjunct professor at George Mason University. 

 

Watch: Chadwick Boseman, Colman Domingo, Viola Davis, Michael Potts, and Glynn Turman in Trailer for August Wilson’s MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM

Chadwick Boseman, Colman Domingo, Viola Davis, Michael Potts, and Glynn Turman in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom David Lee/Netflix

Tensions and temperatures rise over the course of an afternoon recording session in 1920s Chicago as a band of musicians await trailblazing performer, the legendary “Mother of the Blues,” Ma Rainey (Academy Award® winner Viola Davis). Late to the session, the fearless, fiery Ma engages in a battle of wills with her white manager and producer over control of her music. As the band waits in the studio’s claustrophobic rehearsal room, ambitious trumpeter Levee (Chadwick Boseman) – who has an eye for Ma’s girlfriend and is determined to stake his own claim on the music industry – spurs his fellow musicians into an eruption of stories revealing truths that will forever change the course of their lives.

The film will be released December 18th on Netflix.

Adapted from two-time Pulitzer Prize winner August Wilson’s play, MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM celebrates the transformative power of the blues and the artists who refuse to let society’s prejudices dictate their worth. Directed by George C. Wolfe and adapted for the screen by Ruben Santiago-Hudson, the film is produced by Fences Oscar® nominees Denzel Washington and Todd Black. Colman Domingo, Glynn Turman, Michael Potts, Taylour Paige and Dusan Brown co-star alongside Grammy® winner Branford Marsalis’ score.

Garth Kravits and Evan Daves’ Sketch Comedy Series THE ANNEX is Official Selection of Palm Springs International Comedy Festival

“The Annex,” a new sketch comedy series, created by actor, writer, director Garth Kravits and Evan Daves, is an official selection of the Palm Springs International Comedy Festival and is screening online  through September 18. For online ticket information, visit the PSICF 2020 Virtual Festival website.

Lia Chang, Evan Daves, Garth Kravits and Coco Cohn

“The Annex” is the brain child of cut & dry films’ Garth Kravits along with Evan Daves, who shared writing and directing duties for the series. 

Garth Kravits and Evan Daves

“The Annex” follows the everyday, and often inane goings on at a failing Adult Education facility, loosely based on the now defunct Learning Annex in NYC.  Kravits plays Alan, who is tasked with trying to revive a business, building and staff that seem to be falling apart at the seams. 

Lia Chang

The cast of “The Annex” includes Garth Kravits, Coco Cohn, Lia Chang, Daniel K Isaac, Denise Burse, Laura Hall, Ryan Duncan, Christopher Gurr, Evan Daves, Devin Ilaw, Dave T. Koenig, Talia Thiesfield, Karis Danish, Sarah Smithton, Greg Carter, Stephanie Roth Haberle, and Meredith Inglesby. 

Coco Cohn and Garth Kravits

The production team includes Christopher Plunkett (Director of Photography), Jeremy Eisener (Live Sound Recording), Pamela Bob (Hair and Makeup) and Garth Kravits (Editor).

Check out production stills and the trailer below.

Denise Burse
Lia Chang, Garth Kravits, Denise Burse and Coco Cohn
Lia Chang
Ryan Duncan
Evan Daves
Evan Daves and Garth Kravits
Joniece Abbott Pratt and Garth Kravits
Coco Cohn and THE ANNEX COMPANY
Greg Carter, Meredith Inglesby, Daniel K. Isaac, Ryan Duncan, Joniece Abbott Pratt, Sarah V. Smithton, Devin Ilaw, Karis Danish, Laura Hall, Talia Thiesfield, Stephanie Roth Haberle, Christopher Gurr, Lia Chang
Garth Kravits and Dave T. Koenig

Garth Kravits is an actor, singer, musician, composer and award winning filmmaker, director and editor. He made his Broadway debut in the Tony award winning musical The Drowsy Chaperone and originated the role of Ritchie in the Broadway show Gettin’ the Band Back Together’. His Off-Broadway credits include Old Jews Telling Jokes, Toxic Audio and Smart Blonde. He has appeared regionally in Gettin’ The Band Back Together, Meet Me in St. Louis: A Live Radio Play, and It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, (Bucks County Playhouse) Kravits has appeared on TV in “Mr. Robot,” “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” HBO’s “Divorce,” “30 Rock,” “The Blacklist,” “Nurse Jackie,” “The Carrie Diaries,” “Hostages” and in the new TV shows “The Hunters” (Amazon Prime) and “Tommy” (CBS). garth kravits.com

For more information and lots more original comedy content, visit www.cutanddryfilms.com

BroadwayWorld: Photo Flash: THE ANNEX Selected for Palm Springs International Comedy Festival 

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: © 2000-2020 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 liachangpr@gmail.com

AAIFF: THE PAPER TIGERS Panel Discussion Featuring Director Bao Tran, Cast Members Alain Uy, Ron Yuan, Matthew Page and Production Designer Wing Lee on Oct. 11; Upcoming Screenings at BIFF, BAAFF, SDAFF, PAAFF

The Asian American International Film Festival (AAIFF) and Yao King are presenting The Paper Tigers panel discussion on Sunday, October 11 at 2:30pm  with Director Bao Tran, cast members Alain Uy, Ron Yuan,  Matthew Page and Production Designer Wing Lee.

Production Designer Wing Lee. Photo by Lia Chang

The Paper Tigers, written and directed by Bao Tran, had it’s LA  premiere at Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival and NYC premieres at AAIFF. The cast features Alain Uy, Ron Yuan, Mykel Shannon Jenkins, Jae Suh Park, Joziah Lagonoy, Matthew Page, Ken Quitugua and Raymond Ma.

Wing Lee, Director Bao Tran, Matthew Page, Winton Wong, Ron Yuan and Alan Uy.

Three childhood Kung Fu prodigies have grown into washed-up, middle-aged men – now one kick away from pulling their hamstrings. But when their master is murdered, they must juggle their dead-end jobs, dad duties, and overcome old grudges to avenge his death.

Mentored early on by master action director Corey Yuen, Bao Tran was instilled with an approach to action that draws primarily on story and character. Screen Anarchy has praised his short film work for its “believable characters, driven by a compelling narrative and brought to sumptuous life.” His editing credits include CHO LON, one of Southeast Asia’s highest-budgeted blockbusters, and JACKPOT, a heartfelt comedy that was selected as Vietnam’s official 2016 Oscars entry.

Produced by Michael Velasquez, Al’n Duong, Yuji Okumoto and Daniel Gildark.

Oct. 1 – 11: Asian American International Film Festival (AAIFF)
Only available to watch in the tri-state area (New York State, New Jersey, Connecticut.)
Exclusive discount code “AAIFF43_P545M”.
Honor system: if watching with a group, please purchase a ‘Household Ticket’ to support the fest.

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Your ticket purchase to the film will automatically RSVP you to this Q&A. After buying a ticket, you will be emailed a reminder 1 hour before the event, which will be broadcast via our Facebook page and Twitch channel.

Deadline recently reported that Well Go USA Entertainment acquired the North American rights to The Paper Tigers with a slated theatrical release in Spring 2021.

Upcoming Screenings:
Busan International Film Festival: October 21st – 30th
(Asia Premiere) CLICK HERE for more information.

Boston Asian American Film Festival: October 24th – 25th, 2020
(New England Premiere) Available to watch starting Sat Oct 24th at 7pm ET to Sun Oct 25th 11:59pm ET. CLICK HERE to buy tickets (Not available to stream in CA, DE, NJ, PA)

San Diego Asian Film Festival: October 23rd – 31st, 2020
Available to watch starting Fri Oct 23rd at 12am PT to Sat Oct 31st at 11:59pm PT. Once you start the film, you have 12 hours to finish. CLICK HERE to buy tickets (Not available to stream in MA, RI, NH, ME, DE, NJ, PA)

Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival: November 5th, 2020
(OPENING NIGHT FILM) Live event on Thu Nov 5th starting at 7pm ET. CLICK HERE to buy tickets

Just For Laughs Presents Conversations with Funny People with Ronny Chieng and Roy Wood, Jr. tonight at 8pm 

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: © 2000-2020 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 liachangpr@gmail.com