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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

Watch: 92nd Street Y Presents SKY BLOSSOM Screening and Virtual Talk with David Hyde Pierce, Montel Williams, Jean Tsien, Joe Mantegna, and Richard Lui, in Conversation with host Maria Teresa Kumar, featuring a special pre-recorded introduction from Speaker Nancy Pelosi

On January 11, 2021, 92nd Street Y hosted an exclusive screening and virtual talk about SKY BLOSSOM with executive producers—David Hyde Pierce, Montel Williams, Jean Tsien; actor Joe Mantegna and director Richard Lui (MSNBC anchor). Hosted by MSNBC Contributor/Columnist Maria Teresa Kumar (Voto Latino CEO). With special pre-recorded comments by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. 

Sky Blossom follows five students over three years, from Latino, Black, Asian, Native, and White American families in the military community. During a year of wide-reaching headlines of George Floyd, these families’ multicultural stories of homelessness, poverty, life and death, and more give us a look into what it means to be a Person of Color, a caregiver, a veteran, and more.

“Viewers often say they cry, but because they are so inspired by the courage the students in the film demonstrate,” director Lui says.

Learn why the Oscars qualified film has rare bipartisan support with Official Honorary Congressional Co-Chairs that include Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell coming together. Hear Pelosi, Pierce, Williams, Tsien, Mantegna, and Lui discuss the film and its personal significance for each of them—along with stories that didn’t make it into the film, the state of caregiving during the pandemic, and what we can do to support these young heroes.

Named by Variety as a Top Contender for the 2021 Awards Season, the feature documentary about caregivers was made by caregivers with 80 percent of the film team having a caregiving experience. The doc shines a light on students who have devoted their lives to taking care of family members with disabilities. These student heroes number over five million.

92Y needs your help. They are facing tremendous financial losses due to COVID-19. Your ticket purchase helps sustain their institution and supports the creation of new, online programming that will bring comfort and inspiration to the community. Please consider donating today at 92Y.org/HelpNow

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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Dec. 21: PEN America, MS. Magazine Host Virtual Conversation on Imprisoned Iranian Activist Nasrin Sotoudeh with  Margaret Atwood, PEN America’s Karin Deutsch Karlekar, The New York Times’ Nicholas Kristof, Iranian artist and activist Parastou Forouhar, filmmakers Jeff Kaufman and Marcia Ross, and Sotoudeh’s husband Reza Khadan 

On Monday, December 21 at 3pm ET/12pm PT, PEN America in partnership with Ms. Magazine hosts a public conversation marking the premiere of the documentary NASRIN, telling the story of Iranian women’s rights activist and PEN America Freedom to Write Awardee Nasrin Sotoudeh. register here

Acclaimed author Margaret Atwood will introduce the conversation alongside PEN America’s Karin Deutsch Karlekar. The New York Times’ Nicholas Kristof will then hold a discussion with human rights advocate Kerry Kennedy, Iranian artist and activist Parastou Forouhar, NASRIN filmmakers Jeff Kaufman and Marcia Ross. The program will feature a video message from Nasrin’s husband, Reza Khandan.

“The new documentary film NASRIN is an inspiring portrait of an indefatigable human rights advocate, who has dedicated her life to fighting for the rights of the marginalized and insisting on the rule of law,” said Karin Deutsch Karlekar, director of free expression at risk programs at PEN America. “We hope that this discussion, comprising a stellar array of Iranian and international expert voices, will help shine a light on the crucial relevance of Iran’s women’s movement, bring Nasrin’s personal story to life, and encourage supporters everywhere to join in solidarity to help free Nasrin and other political prisoners in Iran.”

Imprisoned two years ago on charges of collusion, spreading propaganda, and insulting Iran’s supreme leader, Sotoudeh was sentenced to 38 years in prison and 148 lashes in 2019. Most recently, Sotoudeh staged a 46-day hunger strike in August-September and was temporarily furloughed in November. Even after a diagnosis of COVID-19, currently raging through Iran’s prisons, Sotoudeh was returned to prison earlier this month.

Millions of people from over 200 nations had called for Nasrin’s release including US President Elect Joe Biden; journalist Christiane Amanpour; journalist/activist Gloria Steinem; author Margaret Atwood; Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau; former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton; New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof, and many others.  The hashtag campaign #FreeNasrin has quickly continued to grow upon the news of her being sent back to prison in Iran.

Secretly filmed in Iran by men and women who risked arrest, NASRIN features interviews with acclaimed filmmaker Jafar Panahi, Nobel Peace laureate Shirin Ebadi, journalist Ann Curry, and Nasrin’s husband and fellow-activist Reza Khandan.  The film is narrated by Oscar® winning actress Olivia Colman and also features an original song by Tony Award®-winning composers Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty and performed by 4-time Grammy® winner Angélique Kidjo. In addition, Washington Post columnist and former political prisoner Jason Rezaian serves as one of the film’s Executive Producers.

NASRIN is written, produced and directed by Jeff Kaufman and produced by Marcia S. Ross and edited by Asher Bingham. The music score is composed by Tyler Strickland, and the cinematography is by various women and men in Iran who put themselves at risk to shoot this film and asked to be anonymous.  This is a Floating World Pictures Production. Executive producers include Nina Ansary, Hadi Ghaemi, David and Homeira Hoffman, Nazee Moinian, Jason Rezaian, Ted Snowdon and Duffy Violante, and Kristen Wolf. More information on NASRIN is available at www.nasrinfilm.com

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

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.

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. 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