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Conrad Ricamora Joins THE RESIDENT on FOX as Dr. Jake Wong

Conrad Ricamora (The King and I, Here Lies Love, “How to Get Away with Murder”) begins his recurring guest starring role as Dr. Jake Wong in the “Mina’s Kangaroo Court” episode of “The Resident” airing Tuesday, Jan. 19 (8:00-9:01 PM ET/PT) on FOX. 

Conrad Ricamora. Photo: How to Get Away with Murder/ABC.

Entering its fourth season, “The Resident” will shine a light on the daily heroism of our health care workers. The provocative medical drama follows the doctors and nurses at Chastain Memorial Hospital, as they face personal and professional challenges and fight for their patients’ health.

“The Resident” follows a group of doctors at Chastain Memorial Hospital, as they face personal and professional challenges on a daily basis. Matt Czuchry (Dr. Conrad Hawkins), Emily Vancamp (Nurse Practitioner Nicolette Nevin), Bruce Greenwood (Dr. Randolph Bell), Manish Dayal (Dr. Devon Pravesh), Shaunette Renée Wilson (Dr. Mina Okafor), Malcolm-Jamal Warner (Dr. AJ Austin), Jane Leeves (Dr. Kit Voss) and Morris Chestnut (Dr. Barrett Cain) make up the ensemble cast.

When Cain’s elective surgery patient returns with complications, Mina and Raptor butt heads over how to handle the situation. Conrad and Devon treat a local Congresswoman who withholds information that could prevent her from receiving proper treatment, causing Devon to open up about his grief. In the wake of losing many colleagues to the virus, Bell worries who would be there for him in a moment of crisis and finds himself mining his own past to find his estranged former stepson, elite plastic surgeon Dr. Jake Wong (Conrad Ricamora).  Bell attempts to bring Dr. Wong to Chastain to increase the number of world-class surgeries at the hospital and to repair their complicated past. Meanwhile, Logan Kim finds himself on the chopping block when the doctors are questioned about his actions during the pandemic.

Conrad Ricamora and the cast of SOFT POWER. Photo by Joan Marcus

Conrad Ricamora appeared for six seasons on “How to Get Away with Murder,” playing Oliver Hampton. He originated the role of Xue Xing in David Henry Hwang and Jeanine Tesori’s revolutionary new musical Soft Power, which is a Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Ricamora’s nominations for Soft Power include a Lucille Lortel Award nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical,  a Drama Desk nomination for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical, and his second GRAMMY® nomination for his work as a soloist on the original cast recording. He received his first GRAMMY® for his turn as Lun Tha on the original cast recording of  Lincoln Center’s Tony Award®-winning Broadway revival of The King and I.

Conrad Ricamora as Lun Tha in Lincoln Center’s revival of THE KING AND I. Photo by Paul Kolnik
Conrad Ricamora in HERE LIES LOVE. Photo by Joan Marcus

As an activist, the Human Rights Campaign and Equality California both honored Ricamora with their Visibility Award, which recognizes the outstanding efforts of those who use their talent and visibility to help better the lives of LGBTQ people.

After graduating from acting school in 2012, he was cast as the revolutionary Filipino leader Ninoy Aquino in the award-winning David Byrne/Fat Boy Slim musical Here Lies Love, for which he won a Theatre World Award and a received a Lortel Award Nomination for Best Actor. His other Off Broadway and regional credits include Allegiance (Old Globe); Tartuffe, Woyzeck, FuddyMears (Clarence Brown Theatre); Romeo and Juliet (Utah Shakespeare Festival); The Taming of the Shrew (North Carolina Shakespeare Festival). Ricamora can also been seen in the feature films Light Of The Moon and Talladega Nights. He also voiced Houyi in Netflix’s Over the Moon.

“The Resident” is produced by 20th Television. The series’ executive producers include Todd Harthan, Andrew Chapman, Peter Elkoff, Amy Holden Jones, Rob Corn, Antoine Fuqua and Oly Obst.

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: © 2000-2021 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

Diane Paragas’ Independent Film YELLOW ROSE, Starring Eva Noblezada, Dale Watson, Princess Punzalan and Lea Salonga, Debuts in the Philippines on January 29; Receives Houston Film Critics Society’s Best Texas Film of 2020 Nomination and C&I Movie Award Nominations for Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, and Best Support Actress

Diane Paragas’ new independent film Yellow Rose, starring Grammy®-winner and two-time Tony Award® nominee Eva Noblezada, award-winning country music artist Dale Watson, Princess Punzalan (Mula sa puso), Tony Award®-winner and Grammy®-nominee Lea Salonga (Once On This IslandMulan, Aladdin), Gustavo Gomez (“The Walking Dead”, Libby Villari (Boyhood), and Liam Booth (Ghosts Never Sleep), is coming home to the Philippines on Friday, January 29 on the following platforms: KTX.ph, Iwant TFC, Cignal PPV, and Sky Cable PPV, distributed by Cinexpress. 

Yellow Rose is also among five Texas-made films that have been named by the Houston Film Critics Society as nominee Best Texas Film of 2020. For the first time in the six-year history of this award, the films, artists and actors who contributed to their production will be the focus of a one-hour television special, scheduled to air on Houston’s local KUBE-TV station, at 4:00 PM CST on Sunday, Jan. 31, 2021. Click here for more information.

Eva Noblezada in Diane Paragas’ YELLOW ROSE
Eva Noblezada. Photo by Lia Chang

Noblezada is featured on Backstage.com’s 51 Leading Film Actors Who Deserve to Win at the 2021 SAG Awards List for her feature film debut as a talented singer and undocumented Filipina whose mother is taken away by ICE. 

“Noblezada wears her heart on her sleeve in Diane Paragas’ searing ode to—and diatribe against—the American dream. As Rose Garcia, a Texas teen and aspiring songwriter whose mother (Princess Punzalan) is deported back to the Philippines, she channels that heart into country music. Broadway audiences have heard firsthand how the actor infuses her every note with palpable emotion; that skill is no less felt onscreen.”

Eva Noblezada and Princess Punzalan in YELLOW ROSE

In addition to Noblezada, the Backstage.com: Backstage Picks: The Leading Film Performances That Got Us Through 2020  list includes Amy Adams, Radha Blank, Rachel Brosnahan, Carrie Coon, Viola Davis, Andra Day, Clare Dunne, Sidney Flanigan, Julia Garner, Yeri Han, Rashida Jones, Vanessa Kirby, Sophia Loren, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Frances McDormand, Cristin Milioti, Sienna Miller, Elisabeth Moss, Carey Mulligan, Michelle Pfeiffer, Margot Robbie, Meryl Streep, Anya Taylor-Joy, Charlize Theron, Kate Winslet, Robin Wright, and Zendaya.

The 27th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards has been rescheduled to April 4, a week after the Grammy Awards moved to its previous date of March 14.

The SAG Awards extended this year’s eligibility period by two months, including works exhibited or broadcast between Jan. 1, 2020, and Feb. 28, 2021. Nominations for the 27th Annual SAG Awards will be announced on Feb. 4.

The awards ceremony will be broadcast on TNT and TBS at 6 p.m. PT/9 p.m. ET and will honor the outstanding film and TV performances of 2020. 

Eva Noblezada and Dale Watson in YELLOW ROSE

In Yellow Rose, Noblezada plays Rose Garcia, a Filipina teen from a small Texas town, who fights to pursue her dreams as a country music performer while having to decide between staying with her family or leaving the only home she has ever known. Yellow Rose is available on demand, and was recently released on DVD and Blu-Ray.

The two actresses, who each played Kim in Miss Saigon in its original production and revival respectively, sing on the soundtrack, which is available to stream/download on Amazon.

LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT — “Turn Me On, Take Me Private” Episode 22004 — Pictured: Eva Noblezada as Zoey Carrera — (Photo by: Virginia Sherwood/NBC)

Noblezada recently made her television debut on the “Law & Order: SVU” episode titled “Turn Me On Take Me Private” this week. She starred as Zoey Carrera, a camgirl assaulted by one of her clients. The online role-play session turns violent when one user decides to meet his idol in person. 

Eva Noblezada was discovered by a top New York casting agent when she was still in high school. Most recently, she originated the lead role of Eurydice in Hadestown on Broadway, a performance for which she received her second Tony Award nomination for Best Leading Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical and a Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album. She was also nominated for her Broadway debut performance as Kim in Cameron Mackintosh’s epic Miss Saigon revival, at age 21. Ms. Noblezada is the recipient of the 2020 Rising Phoenix Award from Womankind and the 2019 Catalyst for Change Award from the Coalition for Asian American Children and Families.

flickeringmyth.com: Exclusive Interview – Yellow Rose star Eva Noblezada on Broadway vs. film, country music and Lea Salonga

Yellow Rose has also been nominated for 3 Cowboys for the fourth annual edition of the C&I Movie Awards including Best Actress for Eva Noblezada, Best Supporting Actor for Dale Watson, Best Support Actress for Princess Punzalan. Click here to vote. The deadline for submitting your picks will be Wednesday, March 3. Winners will be announced Friday, March 5.

The film is on Variety’s Best Under-the-Radar Films of 2020 the Hollywood Critics Association’s Best Films of 2020 List.

Leslie Lewis, Liam Booth, Producer Karen Elizaga, Co-producer Jeremiah Abraham, Director/Writer Diane Paragas, Lea Salonga, Princess Punzalan, Lead Producer Cecilia R. Mejia, Producer Orian Williams at 42nd Asian American International Film Festival’s Opening Night screening of YELLOW ROSE at Asia Society in New York on July 25, 2019. Photo by Lia Chang

The film is written by Paragas, Annie Howell and Celena Cipriaso based on a story by Paragas and Andy Bienen. The film is produced by Paragas, Cecilia R. Mejia, Rey Cuerdo and Orian Williams. Executive Producers are Olivia De Jesus and Karen Elizaga.

HADESTOWN and YELLOW ROSE Star Eva Noblezada Guest Stars on LAW & ORDER: SVU: ‘Turn Me On, Take Me Private’

Diane Paragas’ YELLOW ROSE, Starring Eva Noblezada, Lea Salonga and Dale Watson Now Available on Demand; Paragas to Host Live Twitter Watch Party 

Eva Noblezada, Reeve Carney, Kelli Barrett, Shoshana Bean, Norbert Leo Butz, Bob Egan, Lena Hall, Adam Kaplan, Tamika Lawrence, Kirstin Maldonado, Fred Odgaard, Karen Olivo, Jarrod Spector, Joey Taranto, Alysha Umphress and Sarah Walsh Set for THE SHOW WILL GO ON! Benefit 

Grammy Winner and Two-time Tony Nominee Eva Noblezada Set for Live From Adelphi Concert Series

Eva Noblezada Set for SELENA: A LIVE DRIVE-IN EXPERIENCE at Radial Park at Halletts Point Play 

HADESTOWN Stars André De Shields and Eva Noblezada in Concert for Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Virtual Fundraiser  

#GoldOpen Q & A with YELLOW ROSE’s Director Diane Paragas and Stars Eva Noblezada, Lea Salonga and Princess Punzalan 

Variety: ‘Yellow Rose’ Review: A Texas Teen Expresses Herself Through Music in This Uncommon Immigrant Portrait

Deadline: New Hollywood Podcast: ‘Yellow Rose’ Star Eva Noblezada Talks Candidly About Broadway, Filipino Representation And Her Passion For Pole Dancing

Lea Salonga, Princess Punzalan, Jose Llana and More Celebrate at 42nd Asian American International Film Festival’s Opening Night screening of Diane Paragas’ YELLOW ROSE at Asia Society

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

NO CRYING AT THE DINNER TABLE – Screening and Live Q&A with Director Carol Nguyen and Filmmaker Lulu Wang

Carol Nguyen and Lulu Wang

EyeSteelFilm and Travelling Distribution are presenting a special watch party and live virtual Q & A with Carol Nguyen, director of NO CRYING AT THE DINNER TABLE, in conversation with Award-Winning Filmmaker Lulu Wang (THE FAREWELL) on Thursday, January 14 at 6 PM PST/9 PM EST.
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About NO CRYING AT THE DINNER TABLE

In this cathartic documentary about things left unsaid, filmmaker Carol Nguyen interviews her own family to craft an emotionally complex and meticulously composed portrait of intergenerational trauma, grief, and secrets.  

NO CRYING AT THE DINNER TABLE was named one of the Outstanding 12 short documentary films this year, as it was included in the 2020 DOC NYC Short List for Documentary Shorts, The film had its wolrd premiere at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival and screened at IDFA 2019.  It won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Short Documentary at the 2020 SXSW Film Festival and has played over 75 film festivals and won over 15 awards.

About Lulu Wang

With the rare ability to captivate audiences with her sincere storytelling and global perspective, Lulu Wang continues to establish herself as a writer and filmmaker to watch. Most recently, Wang released her second feature THE FAREWELL, which she both wrote and directed. The story follows Billi (Awkwafina), who returns to China after decades in America to join a household of relatives as they convene to say goodbye to the family’s elderly matriarch under the pretense of a shotgun wedding. The film first premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival in the U.S. Dramatic Competition, earning Wang a nomination for the Grand Jury Prize. After its success at Sundance, A24 picked it up for worldwide distribution and released the film in select theaters on July 7. Since then, Wang’s sophomore feature has garnered a multitude of praises, including Variety naming Wang among its “Top Ten Directors To Watch in 2019”. The film recently won Best Feature at the 2020 Film Independent Spirit Awards, as well as a Best Actress Golden Globe for Awkwafina and a Best Supporting Actress Spirit Award for Zhao Shuzhen. The critically-acclaimed film also garnered multiple nominations throughout the season including “Best Feature” and “Best Screenplay” at the 2019 Gotham Independent Film Awards, AFI’s Top Ten Films in 2019, as well as “Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language” at the 2020 Golden Globe Awards. Wang’s debut feature film, POSTHUMOUS, stars Brit Marling and Jack Huston. Released by The Orchard in 2014, the indie romantic comedy follows a struggling artist who finds himself accidentally reported dead. On behalf of the debut film, Wang was awarded with the Chaz and Roger Ebert Directing Fellowship at the 2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards. 

About Carol Nguyen

Carol Nguyen is a Vietnamese Canadian filmmaker based in Toronto and Montreal. Her films often explore the subjects of cultural identity, family and memory. Her most recent film “No Crying at the Dinner Table” premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and had its international premiere at IDFA 2019, where she was also invited as the Opening Night speaker. It also received the Jury Prize for Short Documentary at SXSW. Carol is a 2018 Sundance Ignite fellow, Adobe Creativity Scholar and a TIFF Share Her Journey ambassador, where she strives to empower diverse voices and women through her own stories and personal experiences in the film industry. Today, Carol is working towards developing her first documentary feature as well as an animated short.

WINNER – Best Short Documentary Grand Jury Award – 2020 SXSW Film Festival

WINNER – Special Jury Award for Writing – 2020 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival

WORLD PREMIERE – 2019 Toronto International Film Festival

INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE – IDFA 2019

Official Selection – 2020 DOC NYC – Short List

Official Selection – 2020 It’s All True International Documentary Film Festival

Official Selection – 2020 Palm Springs Shorts Fest

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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: © 2000-2021 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

HADESTOWN and YELLOW ROSE Star Eva Noblezada Guest Stars on LAW & ORDER: SVU: ‘Turn Me On, Take Me Private’

Grammy®-winner and two-time Tony Award® nominee  Eva Noblezada makes her television debut on tonight’s “Law & Order: SVU” episode titled “Turn Me On Take Me Private,” which airs at 9:00 p.m. EST on NBC.

LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT — “Turn Me On, Take Me Private” Episode 22004 — Pictured: Eva Noblezada as Zoey Carrera — (Photo by: Virginia Sherwood/NBC)

Ms. Noblezada stars as Zoey Carrera, a camgirl assaulted by one of her clients. The online role-play session turns violent when one user decides to meet his idol in person. Alex Brightman and John Waters will also guest star with Mariska Hartigay as Captain Olivia Benson, Peter Scanavino as ADA Sonny Carisi, Jamie Gray Hyder as Officer Katriona “Kat” Azar, Ice T as Sergeant Odafin Tutuola, Kelli Giddish as Detective Amanda Rollins and Demore Barnes as Deputy Chief Christian Garland.

Ms. Noblezada made her feature film debut opposite award-winning country music artist Dale Watson, Princess Punzalan (Mula sa puso), Tony Award®-winner and Grammy®-nominee Lea Salonga (Once On This IslandMulan, Aladdin) and Gustavo Gomez (“The Walking Dead”, Libby Villari (Boyhood), and Liam Booth (Ghosts Never Sleep) in Diane Paragas’ new independent film Yellow Rose, about a talented singer and undocumented Filipina whose mother is taken away by ICE.

Eva Noblezada in YELLOW ROSE

In the film, a Filipina teen from a small Texas town fights to pursue her dreams as a country music performer while having to decide between staying with her family or leaving the only home she has ever known. Yellow Rose is available on demand, and was recently released on DVD and Blu-Ray.

Eva Noblezada and Dale Watson in YELLOW ROSE

The two actresses, who each played Kim in Miss Saigon in its original production and revival, sing on the soundtrack, which is available to stream/download on Amazon.

Eva Noblezada. Photo by Lia Chang

Eva Noblezada was discovered by a top New York casting agent when she was still in high school. Most recently, she originated the lead role of Eurydice in Hadestown on Broadway, a performance for which she received her second Tony Award nomination for Best Leading Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical and a Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album. She was also nominated for her Broadway debut performance as Kim in Cameron Mackintosh’s epic Miss Saigon revival, at age 21. Ms. Noblezada is the recipient of the 2020 Rising Phoenix Award from Womankind and the 2019 Catalyst for Change Award from the Coalition for Asian American Children and Families.

Awards Season: Texas Independent Film Awards (TIFA) & The Cowboys

Yellow Rose is among five Texas-made films named by the Houston Film Critics Society as nominees for its annual Texas Independent Film Awards (TIFA).

For the first time in the six-year history of this award, the films, artists and actors who contributed to their production will be the focus of a one-hour television special, scheduled to air on Houston’s local KUBE-TV station, at 4:00 PM CST on Sunday, Jan. 31, 2021. Final voting by Society members will conclude on Jan. 17.

The TIFA winner, as well as the recipients of the Texas Independent Film Visionary Award and eighteen traditional categories, will be announced on Monday, Jan. 18.

The one-hour television special, which will be pre-recorded in Houston the week of Jan. 19, will include clips from each of the TIFA nominees, as well as interviews with filmmakers and cast members. The broadcast, hosted by Society members, will be available for viewing at no charge on Houston’s KUBE-TV channel, available on cable and broadcast systems.  A list of channels for each provider can be found here.

Victoria Advocate: The Houston Film Critics Society announces nominations for the 2020 Film Awards

Eva Noblezada and Princess Punzalan in YELLOW ROSE

Yellow Rose has been nominated for 3 Cowboys for the fourth annual edition of the C&I Movie Awards including Best Actress for Eva Noblezada, Best Supporting Actor for Dale Watson, Best Support Actress for Princess Punzalan. Click here to vote. The deadline for submitting your picks will be Wednesday, March 3. Winners will be announced Friday, March 5.

Backstage.com: Backstage Picks: The Leading Film Performances That Got Us Through 2020, 51 Leading Film Actors Who Deserve to Win at the 2021 SAG Awards

Ms. Noblezada is featured on Backstage.com: Backstage Picks: The Leading Film Performances That Got Us Through 2020 on a list that includes Amy Adams, Radha Blank, Rachel Brosnahan, Carrie Coon, Viola Davis, Andra Day, Clare Dunne, Sidney Flanigan, Julia Garner, Yeri Han, Rashida Jones, Vanessa Kirby, Sophia Loren, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Frances McDormand, Cristin Milioti, Sienna Miller, Elisabeth Moss, Carey Mulligan, Michelle Pfeiffer, Margot Robbie, Meryl Streep, Anya Taylor-Joy, Charlize Theron, Kate Winslet, Robin Wright, and Zendaya.

“Noblezada wears her heart on her sleeve in Diane Paragas’ searing ode to—and diatribe against—the American dream. As Rose Garcia, a Texas teen and aspiring songwriter whose mother (Princess Punzalan) is deported back to the Philippines, she channels that heart into country music. Broadway audiences have heard firsthand how the actor infuses her every note with palpable emotion; that skill is no less felt onscreen.”

Yellow Rose is written by Paragas, Annie Howell and Celena Cipriaso based on a story by Paragas and Andy Bienen. The film is produced by Paragas, Cecilia R. Mejia, Rey Cuerdo and Orian Williams. Executive Producers are Olivia De Jesus and Karen Elizaga.

The film is on Variety’s Best Under-the-Radar Films of 2020 the Hollywood Critics Association’s Best Films of 2020 List.

Diane Paragas’ YELLOW ROSE, Starring Eva Noblezada, Lea Salonga and Dale Watson Now Available on Demand; Paragas to Host Live Twitter Watch Party 

Eva Noblezada, Reeve Carney, Kelli Barrett, Shoshana Bean, Norbert Leo Butz, Bob Egan, Lena Hall, Adam Kaplan, Tamika Lawrence, Kirstin Maldonado, Fred Odgaard, Karen Olivo, Jarrod Spector, Joey Taranto, Alysha Umphress and Sarah Walsh Set for THE SHOW WILL GO ON! Benefit 

Grammy Winner and Two-time Tony Nominee Eva Noblezada Set for Live From Adelphi Concert Series

Eva Noblezada Set for SELENA: A LIVE DRIVE-IN EXPERIENCE at Radial Park at Halletts Point Play 

HADESTOWN Stars André De Shields and Eva Noblezada in Concert for Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Virtual Fundraiser

Sony Music Masterworks Releases YELLOW ROSE Soundtrack, Featuring Eva Noblezada, Lea Salonga and Dale Watson 

#GoldOpen Q & A with YELLOW ROSE’s Director Diane Paragas and Stars Eva Noblezada, Lea Salonga and Princess Punzalan 

Variety: ‘Yellow Rose’ Review: A Texas Teen Expresses Herself Through Music in This Uncommon Immigrant Portrait

Deadline: Sony Sets Autumn Releases For Stage 6 Films ‘Yellow Rose’ & ‘The Last Shift’ Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions

Deadline: New Hollywood Podcast: ‘Yellow Rose’ Star Eva Noblezada Talks Candidly About Broadway, Filipino Representation And Her Passion For Pole Dancing

Diane Paragas’ Multiple Award-Winning Film YELLOW ROSE, Starring Eva Noblezada, Dale Watson, Princess Punzalan and Lea Salonga, to Screen in Boston, Austin, Philadelphia, San Diego, Vancouver, Toronto, Oahu and Kauai

Lea Salonga, Princess Punzalan, Jose Llana and More Celebrate at 42nd Asian American International Film Festival’s Opening Night screening of Diane Paragas’ YELLOW ROSE at Asia Society

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

Jan: 13: Visual Communications Celebrates Korean American Day with Advance Virtual Screening of Lee Isaac Chung’s MINARI

Visual Communications is celebrating Korean American Day on Wednesday, Jan 13th with an advance virtual screening and Q&A for Minari (dir. Lee Isaac Chung), a tender and sweeping story about what roots us. Minari follows a Korean American family that moves to an Arkansas farm in search of their own American Dream. Minari stars Steven Yeun, Yeri Han, Alan Kim, Noel Kate Cho, and Yuh-Jung Youn.

Emmy award nominee Sandra Oh (Killing Eve, Grey’s Anatomy), will moderate a special post-screening Q&A with writer/director Lee Isaac Chung and actors Steven Yeun, Yuh-jung Youn, and Yeri Han, along with special guests, first Korean American Congressman Rep. Andy Kim (D-NJ) and newly elected Korean American Congresswoman Rep. Marilyn Strickland (D-WA).

The film is available to watch virtually for 24 hrs beginning at 12am PT. Please note that tickets are limited and based on a first come, first serve basis. Click here to RSVP.

Please note that tickets are limited and based on a first come, first serve basis. If you’re unable to watch the film during this time, A24 will release MINARI on Friday, February 12. 

It’s the 1980s, and David, a seven-year-old Korean American boy, is faced with new surroundings and a different way of life when his father, Jacob, moves their family from the West Coast to rural Arkansas. His mother, Monica, is aghast that they live in a mobile home in the middle of nowhere, and naughty little David and his sister are bored and aimless. When his equally mischievous grandmother arrives from Korea to live with them, her unfamiliar ways arouse David’s curiosity. Meanwhile, Jacob, hell-bent on creating a farm on untapped soil, throws their finances, his marriage, and the stability of the family into jeopardy.

Inspired by his own upbringing, writer-director Lee Isaac Chung creates a gorgeous, delicate American Dream story by infusing it with Korean melodrama and the playful charm of a Yasujiro Ozu film, as the Yi family embraces their highs and endures their lows. Each character is drawn with loving authenticity and depth, while Steven Yeun shines as Jacob, a man determined to achieve his dreams at all costs.

Lee Isaac Chung grew up in Lincoln, Arkansas, on a small farm in the Ozark Mountains. He is an award-winning writer and director. His first feature film was the Rwandan family drama Munyurangabo, which premiered at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival to great acclaim. His other feature films are Lucky Life and Abigail Harm. He received his BA in biology at Yale University and his MFA in film studies at the University of Utah.

A24’s Minari Korean American Day screenings will be held nationwide with THOUSANDS watching across the country, hosted by Korean Consulate of Los Angeles, Council of Korean Americans CKA, Asians in LA and numerous other Korean and AAPI organizations and film festivals including Center for Asian American Media Center (CAAM), Hawai‘i International Film Festival, Asian CineVision, Seattle Asian American Film Festival, Boston Asian American Film Festival,  Austin Asian American Film Festival, DC APA Film Festival, Houston Asian Pacific Islander Film Festival, NAKASEC, Pacific Arts Movement, Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival, Gold House and many more.

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Watch: Viola Davis and Chadwick Boseman Perform ‘Deep Moaning Blues’ in MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM  

Watch Viola Davis and Chadwick Boseman’s sensational performance of Deep Moaning Blues, as Gertrude ‘Ma’ Rainey and Levee in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

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.

Michael Potts, Colman Domingo, Viola Davis, Glynn Turman, Chadwick Boseman. Photo by David Lee/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.

Watch the film on Netflix.

Dec. 19: The August Wilson Society (AWS) and Howard University Will Present August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom Virtual “Jam Session” Featuring Ebony Jo-Ann, Ruben Santiago Hudson, Phylicia Rashad, George C. Wolfe and Colman Domingo 

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

Garth Kravits and Evan Daves’ Sketch Comedy Series THE ANNEX Wins 2020 Palm Springs International Comedy Festival Audience Favorite Sketch Comedy Award

“The Annex,” a new sketch comedy series, created by actor, writer, director Garth Kravits and Evan Daves, won the 2020 Palm Springs International Comedy Festival Audience Favorite Sketch Comedy Award. Click here to see the full list of winners.  

“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

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

Watch: #GoldOpen Q & A with YELLOW ROSE’s Director Diane Paragas and Stars Eva Noblezada, Lea Salonga and Princess Punzalan

Stage 6 Films, a Sony Company, is releasing Diane Paragas’ multiple award-winning Independent Film YELLOW ROSE Starring Grammy winner and two-time Tony nominee Eva Noblezada (Hadestown, Miss Saigon), and Tony winner Lea Salonga (Once on this Island, Miss Saigon) on October 9.

Gold House, CAPE – Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment and Define American is presenting an exclusive #GoldOpen Q & A featuring Yellow Rose‘s director Diane Paragas and stars Eva Noblezada,  Lea Salonga, Princess Punzalan and moderated by Jazz Tangcay (Variety) at 7pm PST/ 10pm EST tonight as part of #GoldOpen Premiere Pass. Click here for full details.

Yellow Rose is a timely story about a Filipino teen from a small Texas town who fights to pursue her dreams as a country music performer while facing the threat of deportation. The cast also features Princess Punzalan (Mula Sa Puso), Dale Watson (Friday Night Lights), Gustavo Gomez (“The Walking Dead”), Libby Villari (Boyhood), and Liam Booth (Ghosts Never Sleep).

Leslie Lewis, Liam Booth, Producer Karen Elizaga, Co-producer Jeremiah Abraham, Director/Writer Diane Paragas, Lea Salonga, Princess Punzalan, Lead Producer Cecilia R. Mejia, Producer Orian Williams at 42nd Asian American International Film Festival’s Opening Night screening of YELLOW ROSE at Asia Society in New York on July 25, 2019. Photo by Lia Chang

Eva Noblezada received a Grammy Award and her most recent Tony nomination for her portrayal of Eurydice in Hadestown, which won 8 Tony awards including Best Musical.  She  received her first nomination for portraying Kim in the revival of Miss Saigon.  Lea Salonga won the Tony Award for her portrayal of the same role in the original production of Miss Saigon.

Eva Noblezada in YELLOW ROSE

Yellow Rose has been a labor of passion for over 15 years and I’m thrilled that we can now share this very relevant story with the world,” says Paragas. “We have the added honor of representing the real experiences of Filipino Americans, Asian Americans, and all immigrants seeking a better life in America.”

Eva Noblezada and Dale Watson in YELLOW ROSE

Yellow Rose features original songs developed for the film, written and composed by Watson, Paragas, Noblezada, and Thia Megia. The film is written by Diane Paragas, Annie Howell, and Celena Cipriaso, based on a story written by Paragas and Andy Bienen. The film’s producers include Lead Producer Cecilia R. Mejia, Rey Cuerdo, Orian Williams and Paragas. Executive Producers include Carlo Katigbak, Olivia De Jesus, John D. Lazatin, and Juan Miguel Sevilla from ABS-CBN Global and Cinematografo Originals, Karen Elizaga, Gail Alvarez, Victor Alvarez, and Dale Watson. Co-Producers include Jeremiah Abraham, Courtney Jones, and Thea Kerman.

Eva Noblezada and Princess Punzalan in YELLOW ROSE

The movie took home 13 film festival jury and audience awards including Special Jury Award – Best Narrative Feature at the Asian American International Film Festival and the Grand Jury Prize – Best Narrative Feature and Best Breakout Performance for Eva Noblezada at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival.

Diane Paragas is managed by LBI Entertainment and is represented by Morris Yorn Barnes & Levine.

Stage 6 Films, a Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) Motion Picture Group production label, acquires and produces independently-developed feature films of all genres and budgets. Stage 6 Films is the theatrical label for Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions and is used in association with other SPE Motion Picture Group labels, including Columbia Pictures, TriStar Pictures, Screen Gems, and Sony Pictures Classics.

Karen Elizaga, Diane Paragas, Annie Howell, Cecilia R. Mejia, Kat Evasco, Loida Nicolas Lewis and Jeremiah Abraham. Photo by Lia Chang

ABOUT SONY PICTURES WORLDWIDE ACQUISITIONS Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (SPWA) is a Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) company. Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) is a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sony Corporation. SPE’s global operations encompass motion picture production, acquisition and distribution; television production, acquisition and distribution; television networks; digital content creation and distribution; operation of studio facilities; and development of new entertainment products, services and technologies. www.sonypictures.com

Fox7austin.com: Dale Watson and Eva Noblezada talk about film ‘Yellow Rose’ 

Sony Music Masterworks Releases YELLOW ROSE Soundtrack, Featuring Eva Noblezada, Lea Salonga and Dale Watson 

Variety: ‘Yellow Rose’ Review: A Texas Teen Expresses Herself Through Music in This Uncommon Immigrant Portrait

Deadline: Sony Sets Autumn Releases For Stage 6 Films ‘Yellow Rose’ & ‘The Last Shift’

Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Announces Critical Fund and “To The World We Dream About,” A Virtual Fundraiser and Celebration Featuring Exclusive Performance by HADESTOWN Stars André De Shields and Eva Noblezada on September 10 

Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Deadline: New Hollywood Podcast: ‘Yellow Rose’ Star Eva Noblezada Talks Candidly About Broadway, Filipino Representation And Her Passion For Pole Dancing

Diane Paragas’ Multiple Award-Winning Film YELLOW ROSE, Starring Eva Noblezada, Dale Watson, Princess Punzalan and Lea Salonga, to Screen in Boston, Austin, Philadelphia, San Diego, Vancouver, Toronto, Oahu and Kauai

Lea Salonga, Princess Punzalan, Jose Llana and More Celebrate at 42nd Asian American International Film Festival’s Opening Night screening of Diane Paragas’ YELLOW ROSE at Asia Society

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

Filipina-American filmmaker Eileen Cabiling’s BASURERO Starring Jericho Rosales, Continues Critically Acclaimed Festival Run at the 43rd Annual Asian American International Film Festival, Oct. 1 – 11 & 36th Annual Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, Oct. 1 – 31

Basurero, which made its critically acclaimed world debut in competition at the prestigious Busan International Film Festival in South Korea in 2019—where it was called a “must watch” by Asian Movie Pulse—continues its successful festival run.

The Asian American International Film Festival (AAIFF), proudly known as “The First Home to Asian American Cinema”—which will be held online this year, Oct. 1-11—is 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. Click here for screenings of BASURERO in the Shorts Program in the Moment.

Jericho “Echo” Rosales as Bong on boat in

The premier showcase for the best and brightest of Asian Pacific American and international cinema, the Los Angeles-based Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival will run online Sept. 24—Oct. 31, featuring an exciting lineup of productions by Asian American and Pacific Islander artists from around the globe. For more information on screenings of Basurero (being showcased Oct. 1-31), click here.

Jericho “Echo” Rosales as Bong in BASURERO

Starring Filipino film and television leading man Jericho “Echo” Rosales (Alagwa, Baler, Siargao) as “Bong,” the poetic, neo-realist, short film plunges viewers into the complex world of a Filipino fisherman who finds himself embroiled in a dangerous undertaking

Filipina-American filmmaker Eileen Cabiling

Basurero marks the directorial debut of Filipina-American filmmaker Eileen Cabiling, who also penned the original short screenplay. Manila/Los Angeles-based Cabiling is a Screenwriting Fellow graduate of the prestigious American Film Institute who has worked as a writer for Disney and as a story development producer. Born to immigrant Filipino parents in the U.S., Cabiling is drawn to the subject matter by a desire to explore the psychology of her ancestral home. Currently, Cabiling is set to make her feature-length directorial debut with her original screenplay, Manhid, starring and produced by Rosales.

BASURERO

In Basurero … With few fish left in the sea, Bong, an urban Manila fisherman, struggles to survive. Desperate for cash, he finds himself embroiled in a dangerous undertaking. Wracked with guilt and fear, Bong feverishly seeks a way out.

Bong and bar girl in BASURERO

The film is a fictional expose inspired by actual events and a story anonymously related to Al Jazeera by Filipino fishermen, who told of widespread human rights abuses among the nation’s most vulnerable. Rather than serving audiences a high-octane expose of the violence, Cabiling renders a more nuanced portrait, taking viewers inside the psychology of a man trapped by impossible circumstances.

Fishermen Pushing Boat in BASURERO

17 Minutes / Tagalog (English Subtitles)

Basurero has also been an official selection in 2020 Active Vista International Human Rights Festival – Philippines, Tampere Film Festival, Fribourg International Film Festival, San Francisco International Film Festival, Sun Valley Film Festival, Cinemalaya Philippine International Film Festival and Minikino Film Week – Bali International Short Film Festival.

Says Cabiling, “What attracts me most to Bong’s story is not just the inhumane politics and the vilification and killings of drug users, sellers and the poor in the Philippines, but also how this character’s circumstances are a window into the complex Filipino psyche’s search for value in the world.”

Basurero is in collaboration with Globe Studios with Quark Henares and Jan Pineda as attached Executive Producers. Directed and written by Eileen Cabiling, Director of Photography is Jae-Hyuk Lee (Lighting Director, Okja, Black Panther—Korean unit). Produced by Eileen Cabiling, Darlene Catly Malimas, Philippines (Aparisyon, Lingua Franca), Sascha Brown Rice, U.S. (California State of Mind, Mango Kiss), Jose C. Mangual (How the Garcia Girls Spent their Summer) and Eva Husson (Girls of the Sun, Bang Gang). Co-produced by Jericho Rosales.

A Lucena Films and DCM Autodidact Films production in association with Fire of Life Films, Eclipse Production, Jen Lighting Company, Bullet Manila, Globe Studios, Contagious Inc., G-Ward Production, Wapak Sound and Monoxide Works. Basurero was shot in the urban fishing port and village of Cavite City and in Metro Manila.