Kyler Sakamoto, Tim Savage, Chris Tashima Kalama Epstein at the Love International Film Festival Awards Gala at the historic Wilshire Ebell Theater in Los Angeles on July 16, 2016. Photo by Kalene Sakamoto.

Tim Savage’s “Under The Blood Red Sun” Named Best US Feature Film at 2016 Love International Film Festival Awards; Chris Tashima Receives Best Actor in a Supporting Role Award

Bai Ling presented UNDER THE BLOOD RED SUN director Tim Savage and cast members with the Best US Feature Film Award at the Love International Film Festival Awards Gala at the historic Wilshire Ebell Theater in Los Angeles on July 16, 2016. Photo by Kalene Sakamoto
Bai Ling presented UNDER THE BLOOD RED SUN director Tim Savage and cast members with the Best US Feature Film Award at the Love International Film Festival Awards Gala at the historic Wilshire Ebell Theater in Los Angeles on July 16, 2016. Photo by Kalene Sakamoto

Updated: 7/18/16

Congratulations to Tim Savage’s Under The Blood Red Sun, starring Academy Award winner Chris Tashima, Kyler Sakamoto, Kalama Epstein, Dann Seki, Autumn Ogawa, Will Kahele and Mina Kohara, which was named Best US Feature Film at the 2016 Love International Film Festival Awards Gala, held at the historic Wilshire Ebell Theater in Los Angeles last night.

UNDER THE BLOOD RED SUN director Tim Savage and cast members accept the Best US Feature Film Award at the Love International Film Festival Awards Gala at the historic Wilshire Ebell Theater in Los Angeles on July 16, 2016. Photo by Cathi Perez
UNDER THE BLOOD RED SUN director Tim Savage and cast members accept the Best US Feature Film Award at the Love International Film Festival Awards Gala at the historic Wilshire Ebell Theater in Los Angeles on July 16, 2016. Photo by Cathi Perez

Chris Tashima won for Best Actor in a Supporting Role.

Chris Tashima receives 2016 LIFF Best Supporting Actor Award at the Love International Film Festival Awards Gala at the historic Wilshire Ebell Theater in Los Angeles on July 16, 2016. Photo by Cathi Perez
Chris Tashima receives 2016 LIFF Best Supporting Actor Award at the Love International Film Festival Awards Gala at the historic Wilshire Ebell Theater in Los Angeles on July 16, 2016. Photo by Cathi Perez

Other nominations included a Best Youth Actor nod for Kyler Sakamoto and a Best Youth Actor in a Supporting Role nod for Kalama Epstein.

Tim Savage, Kyler Sakamoto, Kalama Epstein and Chris Tashima on the red carpet at the Love International Film Festival Awards Gala at the historic Wilshire Ebell Theater in Los Angeles on July 16, 2016. Photo by Kalene Sakamoto.
Tim Savage, Kyler Sakamoto, Kalama Epstein and Chris Tashima on the red carpet at the Love International Film Festival Awards Gala at the historic Wilshire Ebell Theater in Los Angeles on July 16, 2016. Photo by Kalene Sakamoto.
Kyler Sakamoto, Tim Savage, Chris Tashima Kalama Epstein at the Love International Film Festival Awards Gala at the historic Wilshire Ebell Theater in Los Angeles on July 16, 2016. Photo by Kalene Sakamoto.
Kyler Sakamoto, Tim Savage, Chris Tashima Kalama Epstein at the Love International Film Festival Awards Gala at the historic Wilshire Ebell Theater in Los Angeles on July 16, 2016. Photo by Kalene Sakamoto.

Under The Blood Red Sun is based on the bestselling novel of the same title by Graham Salisbury, and details the life of Tomi––a Japanese American boy whose family was sent to the internment camp during World War II.

Photo by Chris Tashima
Photo by Chris Tashima

Under the Blood Red Sun Website

LIFF’s 2016 festival was held July 9th through the 16th in Los Angeles, California.

The 2016 Love International Film Festival (LIFF) focuses on bringing films and filmmakers from the international community whose work they feel brings the world closer together and promotes love and healing through cinema. All proceeds for the 2016 LIFF will be given to the Lotus Light Children’s Charity. https://loveinternationalchildrenfilmfestival.com

Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits
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 is also an internationally published and exhibited photographer, a multi-platform journalist, and a publicist. 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 and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in Examiner.comJade Magazine and Playbill.com.

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