Category Archives: Theater

Katori Hall’s P-VALLEY Starring Brandee Evans, Nicco Annan, Shannon Thornton, Elarica Johnson, Skyler Joy, J. Alphonse Nicholson, Parker Sawyers, Harriett D. Foy, Tyler Lepley, and Dan J. Johnson, Renewed for Season 2 at Starz

After only three episodes airing, “P-Valley,” which currently has a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, has been renewed for a second season at Starz. Season two will feature 10 episodes.

Katori Hall. Photo by Lia Chang

Down deep in the Mississippi Delta lies an oasis of grit and glitter in a rough patch of human existence where beauty can be hard to find. This southern-fried, hour-long drama tells the kaleidoscopic story of a little-strip-club-that-could and the big characters who come through its doors-the hopeful, the lost, the broken, the ballers, the beautiful, and the damned. Trap music meets film noir in this lyrical and atmospheric series that dares to ask what happens when small-town folk dream beyond the boundaries of the Piggly Wiggly and the pawnshop.

Based on her play Pussy Valley, creator Katori Hall (The Mountaintop, Tina: The Tina Turner Musical) serves as showrunner as well as executive producer. “I can’t tell you how proud I am to be bringing this passion project into living rooms all across America,” says Hall. “For too long, exotic dancers have been dismissed and shamed, while their culture has been appropriated by the mainstream. This project moves past the blue lights and haze of the main stage, where dancers take to the air like super-sheroes, to the locker room and beyond, where these women-inspired by the dozens of dancers I’ve interviewed-live their lives unapologetically.”

The series also features all-women directors, including award-winning music video director Karena Evans (Drake: Nice for What, SZA: Garden), who directed the premiere episode, as well as Kimberly Peirce (Boys Don’t Cry), Millicent Shelton (“30 Rock”), Tamra Davis (“Single Ladies”), Geeta V. Patel (“Superstore”), Tasha Smith (“Black Lightning”), Sydney Freeland (“Grey’s Anatomy”) and Barbara Brown (“Scream Queens”).

“P-Valley” stars Brandee Evans (“The Bobby Brown Story”) as Mercedes, Nicco Annan (“This is Us”) as Uncle Clifford, Shannon Thornton (“Power”) as Miss Mississippi, Elarica Johnson (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince) as Autumn Night, Skyler Joy (Ma) as Gidget, J. Alphonse Nicholson (“Chicago P.D.”) as Lil’ Murda, Parker Sawyers (Southside With You) as Andre, Harriett D. Foy (“Elementary”) as Pastor Woodbine, Tyler Lepley (“The Haves and the Have Nots”) as Diamond, and Dan J. Johnson (“Underemployed”) as Tyler. Chernin Entertainment also serves as Executive Producer.

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

SAG-AFTRA Members Jon Jon Briones, Christina Chang, Juju Chang, Joel De La Fuente, Amy Hill, James Hong, Carrie Ann Inaba, Ken Jeong, Clyde Kusatsu, Jodi Long, Lucy Liu, Tzi Ma, Jeannie Mai, Vincent Rodriguez III, Iqbal Theba and Hudson Yang Take a Stand, Decry Hate Crimes Against Asian Americans in PSA

SAG-AFTRA has released a PSA featuring performers, broadcast journalists and social media influencers calling on all Americans to stand against the stigma, xenophobia and harassment related to COVID-19 that Asian Americans continue to experience. The video was inspired by the sudden spike in hate crimes against Asian Americans during the pandemic.

The full video can be viewed below:

Sixteen SAG-AFTRA members appear in the PSA including Jon Jon Briones, Christina Chang, Juju Chang, Joel De La Fuente, Amy Hill, James Hong, Carrie Ann Inaba, Ken Jeong, Clyde Kusatsu, Jodi Long, Lucy Liu, Tzi Ma, Jeannie Mai, Vincent Rodriguez III, Iqbal Theba and Hudson Yang.

“As a global community, we are experiencing a historically difficult time due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Unfortunately, instead of working together to get through this crisis, a few misguided people are looking for a scapegoat. We are still seeing a shocking increase in hate crimes against Asian Americans, including shunning, racial profiling, verbal harassment and even physical assault. This is a time of high stress, but that is no excuse for discriminatory behavior. We are all Americans and we are all in this together,” said SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris.

“SAG-AFTRA is paying attention to those brave Asian American voices coming forward with their heart-wrenching experiences of harassment. We are listening to our members who have a stake in shaping a better world, free of discrimination and harassment, and we applaud Asian American activists, organizations and allies who are bringing attention to this issue. SAG-AFTRA stands with you,” said Ren Hanami, chair of the SAG-AFTRA National Asian Pacific American Media Committee,

“If you experience hateful, criminal behavior or witness it, please report it to your local law enforcement. Let’s stand up for each other,” added Carteris.

The video premiered today during the union’s Race & Storytelling: Asian American Voices livestream panel discussion, which explored the ways in which better representation in the media and three-dimensional portrayals of Asian American Pacific Islander characters can counter stereotypes and result in larger societal impact. You can view the panel discussion below:

The panel was moderated by Jeff Yang, CNN Opinion contributor and cohost of the They Call Us Bruce podcast. Panelists were: Clyde Kusatsu, actor, Dr. Ken; Christina Chang, actor, The Good Doctor; Juju Chang, broadcast journalist, ABC News’ Nightline; Parvesh Cheena, actor, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend; Leslie Woo, casting director, The Farewell; and Hudson Yang, actor, Fresh Off the Boat.

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. The Lia Chang theater portfolio collection,1989-2011, is in the Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) collection located in the Library of Congress’ Asian Reading Room and can be accessed here.

All text, graphics, articles & photographs: © 2000-2020 Lia Chang Multimedia. All rights reserved. All materials contained on this site are protected by United States copyright law and may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, displayed, published or broadcast without the prior written permission of Lia Chang. You may not alter or remove any trademark, copyright or other notice from copies of the content. For permission, please contact Lia at liachangpr@gmail.com

Video: Yin & Yang, aka André De Shields and Garth Kravits, Cover “Bring It On Home To Me”

André De Shields and Garth Kravits

Bev’s Girl Films is presenting Yin & Yang, aka André De Shields and Garth Kravits, putting their own spin on the Sam Cooke R & B classic, “Bring It On Home To Me,” accompanied by Andrew Gutauskas on saxophone.

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

André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang

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

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

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

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

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

Andrew Gutauskas is a Grammy Award winning Baritone Saxophonist, Composer and Arranger.  Andrew has recorded and performed on Broadway, television, movies and live around the world with a variety of artists ranging from rock to pop to jazz to Bollywood​ He is music director of Brass Against and is a member of several projects in New York City including; Charlie Rosen’s Broadway Big Band & 8-Bit Big Bands and the Skivvies.
Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits

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

Behind the Scenes of THE WRITER Starring Garth Kravits, Jaygee Macapugay and Christopher Gurr

We had too much fun on the set of THE WRITER, the latest musical comedy short written and directed by Garth Kravits and produced by Cut & Dry Films and Bev’s Girl Films.  Check out our behind the scenes photos below.

Garth Kravits as The Writer. Photo by Lia Chang

Garth Kravits stars as a lonely writer who imagines himself as characters in his fantastical stories, which don’t always turn out the way he planned.

Jaygee Macapugay, Christopher Gurr, Viet Vo and Anastasia Shulgina. Photo by Lia Chang

The cast also features Jaygee Macapugay (Truly Foxxy), Christopher Gurr (Dr. Cyclops), Viet Vo (Multitask), Ashley Arcement (The Dancer), and Anastasia Shulgina (Mynx’n Match), with Lia Chang, Shannon Cheong, Daniel Dunlow, Tony Edgerton, Prince Jones, Danielle Jordan, Anna Noble, Steven He O’Byrne and Minami Yusui.

Lia Chang, Steven He O’Byrne, Anna Noble, Tony Edgerton, Minami Yusui, Prince Jones, Garth Kravits, Shannon Cheong, Ashley Arcement, Viet Vo, Daniel Dunlow, Eric Elizaga, Danielle Jordan, Brad Mauney, Anastasia Shulgina, Brian Kim and Jessica Wu. Photo by Sara Mayhew

Produced by Lia Chang, with Production Manager Jessica Wu, Brian Kim and Eric Elizaga sharing Director of Photography/Cam Op duties and Production Assistant Anastasia Shulgina.

Eric Elizaga, Brian Kim, Garth Kravits, Ashley Arcement, Anastasia Shulgina, Jessica Wu and Viet Vo. Photo by Lia Chang
Garth Kravits and Brian Kim. Photo by Lia Chang
Ashley Arcement, Eric Elizaga, Brian Kim Anastasia Shulgina and Garth Kravits. Photo by Lia Chang
Danielle Jordan and Lia Chang. Photo by Anastasia Shulgina
Danielle Dunlow and Anna Noble. Photo by Lia Chang
Steven He O’Byrne and Shannon Cheong. Photo by Lia Chang
Minami Yusui and Shannon Cheong. Photo by Lia Chang
Lia Chang, Steven He O’Byrne, Anna Noble, Tony Edgerton, Minami Yusui, Prince Jones, Garth Kravits, Shannon Cheong, Ashley Arcement, Viet Vo, Daniel Dunlow, Eric Elizaga, Danielle Jordan, Anastasia Shulgina, Brian Kim and Jessica Wu. Photo by Sara Mayhew
Daniel Dunlow, Shannon Cheong and Prince Jones. Photo by Lia Chang
Anna Noble, Minami Yusuf, Ashley Arcement, Danielle Jordan and Lia Chang
Anna Noble, Minami Yusui, Ashley Arcement, Garth Kravits, Danielle Jordan and Lia Chang
Anastasia Shulgina, Garth Kravits and Ashley Arcement. Photo by Lia Chang
Garth Kravits and Ashley Arcement. Photo by Lia Chang
Viet Vo, Garth Kravits and Ashley Arcement. Photo by Lia Chang

 

 

Viet Vo, Garth Kravits and Ashley Arcement. Photo by Lia Chang
Anastasia Shulgina, Jaygee Macapugay, Christopher Gurr and Viet Vo. Photo by Lia Chang
Jaygee Macapugay, Christopher Gurr, Viet Vo and Anastasia Shulgina. Photo by Lia Chang
Christopher Gurr and Jessica Wu. Photo by Lia Chang
Jessica Wu, Christopher Gurr, Garth Kravits, Eric Elizaga, Viet Vo, Anastasia Shulgina. Photo by Lia Chang
Jessica Wu, Christopher Gurr, Garth Kravits, Eric Elizaga, Viet Vo. Photo by Lia Chang
Viet Vo, Garth Kravits and Eric Elizaga. Photo by Lia Chang
Brian Kim. Photo by Lia Chang
Viet Vo. Photo by Lia Chang
Jessica Wu and Jaygee Macapugay. Photo by Lia Chang
Eric Elizaga, Jaygee Macapugay, Garth Kravits, Christopher Gurr, Anastasia Shulgina, Viet Vo, Jessica Wu. Photo by Lia Chang
Christopher Gurr. Photo by Lia Chang
Christopher Gurr. Photo by Lia Chang
Anastasia Shulgina. Photo by Lia Chang
Christopher Gurr and Anastasia Shulgina. Photo by Lia Chang
Jaygee Macapugay. Photo by Lia Chang
Garth Kravits. Photo by Lia Chang
Jaygee Macapugay and Garth Kravits. Photo by Lia Chang
Jaygee Macapugay, Christopher Gurr. Photo by Lia Chang
Jaygee Macapugay, Christopher Gurr. Photo by Lia Chang
Jaygee Macapugay, Christopher Gurr. Photo by Lia Chang
Jaygee Macapugay, Christopher Gurr. Photo by Lia Chang
Christopher Gurr. Photo by Lia Chang
Jaygee Macapugay, Christopher Gurr. Photo by Lia Chang
Garth Kravits. Photo by Lia Chang
Jaygee Macapugay, Christopher Gurr and Eric Elizaga. Photo by Lia Chang
Jaygee Macapugay, Christopher Gurr, Eric Elizaga and Garth Kravits. Photo by Lia Chang
Anastasia Shulgina, Christopher Gurr, Jaygee Macapugay, Garth Kravits, Viet Vo and Eric Elizaga. Photo by Lia Chang

Multimedia: Ali Ewoldt and Emily Borromeo Star in Comedy Short, THE CACTUS

Just in time for the Holidays, Bev’s Girl Films and Cut&Dry Films, present The Cactus, an original comedy short by Ali Ewoldt (The Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables) and Jessica Wu (Miss Saigon, A Chorus Line).

Directed by Garth Kravits (The Drowsy Chaperone, Gettin’ the Band Back Together) and starring Ali Ewoldt and Emily Borromeo (School of Rock, Broadway Bounty Hunter).  The Cactus shows us just how much ‘fun’ it is to be with family for the holidays.

Ali Ewoldt and Emily Borromeo. Photo by Lia Chang

The Cactus is produced by Jessica Wu, Ali Ewoldt, Garth Kravits, and Lia Chang. Helmed and lensed by Garth Kravits, the production team also includes 1st AD Eric Elizaga, 2nd AD Jessica Wu, Set PAs Yuko Kudo and Déa Julien, Hair/Makeup by Sammi Price. The Cactus was edited by Garth Kravits and Jessica Wu. Check out the behind-the-scenes photos from the fun shoot.

Ali Ewoldt and Emily Borromeo. Photo by Lia Chang
Jessica Wu, Déa Julien, Yuko Kudo, Sammi Price, Ali Ewoldt, Emily Borromeo, Garth Kravits and Eric Elizaga. Photo by Lia Chang
Oscar. Photo by Lia Chang
Garth Kravits, Eric Elizaga and Emily Borromeo. Photo by Lia Chang
Eric Elizaga, Garth Kravits and Yuko Kudo. Photo by Lia Chang
Ali Ewoldt and Sammi Price. Photo by Lia Chang
Emily Borromeo. Photo by Lia Chang
Garth Kravits and Emily Borromeo. Photo by Lia Chang
Eric Elizaga and Ali Ewoldt. Photo by Lia Chang
Emily Borromeo and Sammi Price. Photo by Lia Chang
Garth Kravits, Emily Borromeo and Ali Ewoldt. Photo by Lia Chang
Ali Ewoldt. Photo by Lia Chang
Ali Ewoldt. Photo by Lia Chang

Ali Ewoldt and Emily Borromeo. Photo by Lia Chang
Emily Borromeo. Photo by Lia Chang
Garth Kravits, Eric Elizaga and Jessica Wu. Photo by Lia Chang
Oscar and Emily Borromeo. Photo by Lia Chang
Jessica Wu, Eric Elizaga, Garth Kravits, Yuko Kudo, Ali Ewoldt. Photo by Lia Chang
Emily Borromeo. Photo by Lia Chang
Ali Ewoldt and Emily Borromeo. Photo by Lia Chang
Ali Ewoldt, Emily Borromeo, Garth Kravits and Eric Elizaga. Photo by Lia Chang
Ali Ewoldt and Emily Borromeo. Photo by Lia Chang
Ali Ewoldt and Emily Borromeo. Photo by Lia Chang

The Cactus is dedicated to the loving memory of Edgar Alberto Anolin.

Ali Ewoldt and Edgar Alberto Anolin.
Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits. Photo by 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 and Hide and Seek. 

All text, graphics, articles & photographs: © 2000-2019 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’ YELLOW ROSE Starring Eva Noblezada, Lea Salonga, Princess Punzalan, Dale Watson, Gustavo Gomez, Libby Villari and Liam Booth, Sweeps Grand Jury and Audience Awards after Successful Film Festival Run; Final Screening Tonight at HIFF in Kauai at Waimea Theater

Award-winning feature film Yellow Rose, directed by Diane Paragas, captivated audiences during a successful North American film festival run this month. The last screening of year is at the Hawaii International Film Festival in Kauai  at the Waimea Theater tonight at 7pm. Producers Karen Elizaga and Rey Cuerdo will be in attendance for the screening.

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Eva Noblezada and Dale Watson in YELLOW ROSE

The immigration drama has been hailed for its compelling storytelling and moving original songs, receiving two Grand Jury Awards for Best Narrative Feature and four Audience Awards in the past two weeks:

● Best Feature, Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival

Producer Cecilia R. Mejia accepts the Best Narrative Feature Award at the Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival. Photo credit: PAAFF

● Best Narrative Feature, Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival

Producer Cecilia R. Mejia accepts the People’s Choice Award Best Overall Feature at the Vancouver Asian Film Festival. Photo credit: VAFF

● People’s Choice Award Best Overall Feature, Vancouver Asian Film Festival

● Best Narrative Feature – Audience Award, Hawaii International Film Festival

Diane Paragas with her daughter Sophie Zimny at the Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF). Photo credit: Yellow Rose

● Audience Award, Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival

Princess Punzalan at the Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival. Photo credit: Connie Tsang

● Audience Award, San Diego Asian Film Festival

“We have had the great honor of sharing Yellow Rose with a variety of audiences and the responses have been very overwhelming,” says Paragas. “The outpouring of love and support from moviegoers and festival juries has been deeply moving and encouraging as we continue to garner support for our historic theatrical release.”

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 film was recently acquired by Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (SPWA) for worldwide distribution and will be distributed in the Philippines by ABS CBN.

“The fact that this film is by and about Filipino Americans, such a rarity in cinema, is yet more proof that there are audiences out there who want to see stories like this in Hollywood,” says Deanna Wong, Executive Director, Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival.

This marks a total of 14 festival awards for the film since it premiered in May at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival — including Best Breakout Performance presented to its leading actress, two-time Tony Award nominee Eva Noblezada.

Yellow Rose was one of our most powerful films at PAAFF this year. It is groundbreaking and is a story that is not often depicted in mainstream American films. We are extremely excited to see this film get a wide theatrical release,” says Selena Yip, Festival Director, Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival.

About Yellow Rose
Directed by Diane Paragas, Yellow Rose tells the story of a headstrong Filipino teen, from a small Texas town, fighting to pursue her country music dreams while facing the threat of deportation. The film stars Tony Award Nominee Eva Noblezada (Hadestown, Miss Saigon), Tony Award Winner and Disney Legend Lea Salonga (Once on this Island, Miss Saigon), Princess Punzalan (Mula Sa Puso), Dale Watson (Friday Night Lights), Gustavo Gomez (“The Walking Dead”), Libby Villari (Boyhood), and Liam Booth (Ghosts Never Sleep).

The film is written by Diane Paragas, Annie Howell, and Celena Cipriaso. The film’s producers include Cecilia R. Mejia, Rey Cuerdo, Orian Williams, Diane Paragas, Executive Producers Cinematografo Originals and Karen Elizaga, and Co-Producers Jeremiah Abraham, Thea Kerman, and Courtney Jones.

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

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. Photo by Garth Kravits. Photo by 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 and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.

All text, graphics, articles & photographs: © 2000-2019 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’ YELLOW ROSE Starring Eva Noblezada Wins Best Narrative Feature Grand Jury Award and the Audience Award for Best Feature at 23rd Annual Urbanworld Film Festival

Filipina American writer and director Diane Paragas’ deeply personal narrative feature debut YELLOW ROSE won the Best Narrative Feature Award (U.S. Cinema) and the Audience Award for Best Feature at the 23rd Annual Urbanworld Film Festival on September 22, 2019.

Diane Paragas’ YELLOW ROSE won the Best Narrative Feature Award (U.S. Cinema) and the Audience Award for Best Feature at the 23rd Annual 2019 Urbanworld Film Festival.
Diane Paragas’ YELLOW ROSE won the Best Narrative Feature Award (U.S. Cinema) and the Audience Award for Best Feature at the 23rd Annual 2019 Urbanworld Film Festival.

Rose, played by Two-time Tony Nominee Eva Noblezada (Hadestown, Miss Saigon), an undocumented Filipina, dreams of one day leaving her small Texas town to pursue her country music dreams. Her world is shattered when her mom (Princess Punzalan) is suddenly detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Rose, facing this new realty, is forced to flee the scene, leaving behind the only life she knows, and embarks on a journey of self-discovery as she searches for a new home in the honky-tonk world of Austin, Texas.

The poster for Diane Paragas’ YELLOW ROSE starring Eva Noblezada, Lea Salonga, Princess Punzalan and Dale Watson.

Also featured in the film are Lea Salonga, country music star Dale Watson (“Friday Night Lights”), Gustavo Gomez (The Walking Dead), Libby Villari (Boyhood), and Liam Booth. Set to a poignant soundtrack featuring original songs by Paragas, Noblezada, Watson and the cast, this coming-of-age story brings forth the power of music and art to provide strength in the face of the harsh plight confronting countless immigrant families across the country.

Eva Noblezada and Dale Watson in YELLOW ROSE

Yellow Rose won the Special Jury Prize at the 2019 Asian American International Film Festival, the Grand Jury Prize for Best Narrative Feature at the 2019 Bentonville Film Festival, 2019 CAAMFest and the 2019 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, with Eva Noblezada taking Best Breakout Actor.

Eva Noblezada and Princess Punzalan in YELLOW ROSE

The film’s producers include Cecilia Mejia, Rey Cuerdo, Orian Williams, Diane Paragas, Co-Producer Jeremiah Abraham, and Executive Producers Olivia de Jesus, John D. Lazatin, Miguel Sevilla, and Karen Elizaga.  www.yellowrosefilm.com

Karen Elizaga, Diane Paragas, Cecilia R. Mejia, Jeremiah Abraham and Annie Howell. Photo by Lia Chang
Cecilia R. Mejia, Karen Elizaga, Diane Paragas, Jeremiah Abraham and Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits
Karen Elizaga, Diane Paragas, Annie Howell, Cecilia R. Mejia, Kat Evasco, Loida Nicolas Lewis and Jeremiah Abraham. Photo by Lia Chang
Urbanworld Film Festival at AMC Empire 25 in New York. Photo by Lia Chang
Moderator Kat Evasco and Director Diane Paragas. Photo by Lia Chang
Director Diane Paragas. Photo by Lia Chang
Director Diane Paragas, Cecilia R. Mejia and Kat Evasco. Photo by Lia Chang
Director/Writer Diane Paragas with her co-writer Annie Howell. photo by Lia Chang
Cecilia R. Mejia and Loida Nicolas Lewis. Photo by Lia Chang
Producer Karen Elizaga, Director/Writer Diane Paragas and Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits
Publicist Jeremiah Abraham, Producer Karen Elizaga, Director/Writer Diane Paragas and Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits
Eric Elizaga and Garth Kravits. Photo by Lia Chang

The 2019 slate of 78 official selections and 7 spotlight selections represent inclusion in the broadest sense, highlighting content from around the globe by creators of color and women. The annual showcase of diverse culture took place in Manhattan, September 18-22, 2019 at AMC Empire 25 on 234 West 42nd Street.

After the screening, the creative team headed to nosh on fried chicken at Jollibee.

YELLOW ROSE noshes on Jollibee after screening at Urbanworld Film Festival. Photo by Lia Chang
YELLOW ROSE noshes on Jollibee after screening at Urbanworld Film Festival. Photo by Lia Chang

ABOUT URBANWORLD FILM FESTIVAL
Urbanworld Film Festival was launched in August 1997 by founder Stacy Spikes, co-founder of MoviePass and a former executive at Miramax and October Films. With estimated attendance reaching over 15,000, the five-day festival anchored in film showcases narrative features, documentaries, short films, spotlight screenings and live staged screenplay readings; the Urbanworld Digital track focuses on digital panels and workshops; and the Urbanworld Music franchise highlights emerging talent in live performances during festival events. For over two decades, Hollywood studios and indie film distributors, as well as established and emerging filmmakers, have consistently chosen Urbanworld to premiere box office and award-winning hits. The Urbanworld Film Festival is an initiative of the Urbanworld Foundation Inc. Gabrielle Glore serves as Festival Director & Head of Programming.

Broadwayworld: Photo Flash: YELLOW ROSE Starring Eva Noblezada Wins Big at 23rd Annual Urbanworld Film Festival
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. Photo by Garth Kravits. Photo by 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 and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.

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BLACK MIRROR Scores Two Emmys for Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series, Movie or Dramatic Special, and Outstanding TV Movie

69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards – Show
LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 17: Writer/producer Charlie Brooker (L) with cast and crew accept Outstanding Television Movie for ‘Black Mirror’ (episode ‘San Junipero’) onstage during the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 17, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.

Emmys.com: Video 69th Emmy Awards Backstage Live Team BLACK MIRROR – “SAN JUNIPERO”

Black Mirror wins Outstanding Television Movie Emmy

BLACK MIRROR Star Denise Burse and Peter Jay Fernandez Attend 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards

Collider.com: ‘Black Mirror’: Charlie Brooker and Gugu Mbatha-Raw Talk “San Junipero” in Our Spoiler Interview

Emmys 2017: why San Junipero’s heartbreaking vision of Heaven will live forever

Q & A: Denise Burse talks ‘Anesthesia’, Netflix’s ‘Black Mirror’, and ‘Brownsville Song (B-Side for Tray)’

Denise Burse as Claretha Jenkins in House of Payne’s “Payneful Visit” 

MR ROBOT’S BD Wong Talks Emmy Nomination, MR. HOLLAND’S OPUS, JURASSIC WORLD, Academy Invite, #OscarsSoWhite and More 

Click here for the Lia Chang Articles Archive and here for the Lia Chang Photography Website.

Lia Chang, Photo by Garth Kravits
Lia Chang, Photo by Garth Kravits

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

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After Record-Breaking Premiere, Filmed Broadway Production of GEORGE TAKEI’S ALLEGIANCE, Returns to U.S. Cinemas February 19 Only

Presented by Fathom Events, Takei’s Personal Story Also Features Broadway Stars Lea Salonga and Telly Leung in This Special Encore Presentation
Presented by Fathom Events, Takei’s Personal Story Also Features Broadway Stars Lea Salonga and Telly Leung in This Special Encore Presentation

After an unprecedented cinematic premiere resulting in the highest-grossing one-night Broadway musical event to date for Fathom Events, George Takei’s (“Star Trek,” “Heroes”) Broadway musical Allegiance returns to cinemas nationwide for an encore on Sunday, February 19, 2017 at 12:55 p.m. local time. This date is the 75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066, known as the Day of Remembrance, which marked the beginning of the forced relocation and internment of 120,000 Japanese Americans during WWII.

Lea Salonga, George Takei, Telly Leung , Michael K. Lee and company. Photo by Matthew Murphy
Lea Salonga, George Takei, Telly Leung , Michael K. Lee and company. Photo by Matthew Murphy

“George Takei’s Allegiance: The Broadway Musical On The Big Screen” will begin with an exclusive introduction from Takei and immediately move into the musical’s presentation. After the feature, audiences will also be treated to behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with the cast and creators.

The cast of ALLEGIANCE at their first preview curtain call at the Longacre Theatre in New York on October 6, 2015. Photo by Lia Chang
The cast of ALLEGIANCE at their first preview curtain call at the Longacre Theatre in New York on October 6, 2015. Photo by Lia Chang
George Takei. Photo by Lia Chang
George Takei. Photo by Lia Chang

“At a time when echoes of the interment ring once again far too loud in our political discourse, there’s never been a better moment for the story of Allegiance to find new audiences,” said star Takei. “It is a true testament to the power and the relevance of this story that so many people attended its premiere in December, and it is only appropriate that even more people will be able to witness it on such an important day as February 19, 2017. The Day of Remembrance is a day of commemoration, of reflection, and of learning, and I hope Allegiance can play an important role in its celebration, this year, and for many years to come.”

Katie Rose Clarke, George Takei, Lea Salonga and Telly Leung attend the ALLEGIANCE live performance and CD Signing at Barnes and Noble in New York on Feb. 5, 2016. Photo by Lia Chang
Katie Rose Clarke, George Takei, Lea Salonga and Telly Leung attend the ALLEGIANCE live performance and CD Signing at Barnes and Noble in New York on Feb. 5, 2016. Photo by Lia Chang

Allegiance illuminates one of American history’s lesser known chapters as it tells the story of Sam Kimura (Takei), transported back nearly six decades to when his younger self (Telly Leung, Godspell, “Glee”) and his sister Kei (Tony Award®-winner Lea Salonga, Miss Saigon, Mulan) fought to stay connected to their heritage, their family and themselves after Japanese Americans were wrongfully imprisoned during World War II.  An important story told with great resonance and intimacy, Allegiance explores the ties that bind us, the struggle to persevere and the overwhelming power of forgiveness and, most especially, love.

Stafford Arima and Lorenzo Thione. Photo by Lia Chang
Stafford Arima and Lorenzo Thione. Photo by Lia Chang

“The response from the audience who attended the premiere has been overwhelming. While its Broadway run may have been cut short, the story of Allegiance truly speaks to audiences everywhere and we are honored that its legacy continues, through this encore with Fathom Events and beyond,”said Allegiance producer Lorenzo Thione. “Moreover, we are truly excited that the story, music and message of Allegiance will expand its reach to more people, cities, and even countries, continuing to move, educate and inspire, truly fulfilling George’s legacy.”

George Takei, Lorenzo Thione, Jay Kuo and Marc Acito celebrate the release of the ALLEGIANCE Original Cast recording at the Barnes and Noble CD Signing event in New York on Feb. 5, 2016. Photo by Lia Chang
George Takei, Lorenzo Thione, Jay Kuo and Marc Acito celebrate the release of the ALLEGIANCE Original Cast recording at the Barnes and Noble CD Signing event in New York on Feb. 5, 2016. Photo by Lia Chang

Allegiance has a book by Marc Acito, Jay Kuo and Lorenzo Thione with music and lyrics by Kuo. Olivier Award nominee Stafford Arima directed in his Broadway debut. Andrew Palermo served as choreographer.

The cast of 'Allegiance'. Photo by Matthew Murphy
The cast of ‘Allegiance’. Photo by Matthew Murphy

The original Broadway cast comprised Takei as Sam Kimura/Ojii San, Salonga as Kei Kimura, Leung as Sammy Kimura,  Katie Rose Clarke as Hannah Campbell, Michael K. Lee as Frankie Suzuki, Christopheren Nomura as Tatsuo Kimura and Greg Watanabe as Mike Masaoka with Aaron J. Albano, Belinda Allyn, Marcus Choi, Janelle Dote, Dan Horn, Owen Johnston, Darren Lee, Manna Nichols, Rumi Oyama, Catherine Ricafort, Momoko Sugai, Sam Tanabe, Kevin Munhall, Elena Wang, Scott Watanabe and Tony winner Scott Wise.

The cast of ALLEGIANCE. Photo by Matthew Murphy
The cast of ALLEGIANCE. Photo by Matthew Murphy

Allegiance had its world premiere in a record-breaking engagement at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego in 2012. It is produced by Sing Out, Louise! Productions and ATA.

Allegiance officially opened on Broadway November 8, 2015, following previews that began October 6 at Broadway’s Longacre Theatre. As of closing, the production played 37 previews and 113 regular performances.

Tickets go on sale January 25. Theater listings will be available on allegiancemusical.com/movie on Jan 25. Tickets can be purchased online by visiting www.FathomEvents.com or at participating theatre box offices. Fans throughout the U.S. will be able to enjoy the event in select movie theaters through Fathom’s Digital Broadcast Network. For a complete list of theatre locations, visit the Fathom Events website. For up to date news on this screening visit allegiancemusical.com/movie

Lia Chang_photo by Garth Kravits
Lia Chang_photo by Garth Kravits

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

2016 Annual YSD/United Way Cookie Swap with YSD Celebrity Judges André De Shields, Rory Pelsue and Chantal Rodriguez on Dec. 15

 

image001Yale School of Drama Beinecke Fellow André De Shields, who is currently starring in August Wilson’s Seven Guitars at Yale Rep through December 17th,  Rory Pelsue, and Chantal Rodriguez are among the celebrity judges for the 2016 Annual YSD/United Way Cookie Swap on Thursday, December 15th at 2:30 PM in the UT 3rd Floor Lounge and Conference.

André De Shields and Antoinette Crowe-Legacy in August Wilson's Seven Guitars, directed by Timothy Douglas. Photo by Joan Marcus 2016.
André De Shields and Antoinette Crowe-Legacy in August Wilson’s Seven Guitars, directed by Timothy Douglas. Photo by Joan Marcus 2016.

Over a dozen YSD students and staff are baking for the win. You are invited to taste their treats, cast a vote for your favorite, and crown the winners!

image001-2*Suggested donation of $5. All monies raised will be donated to United Way of Greater New Haven.  For more information about UWGNH, visit unitedway.yale.edu.

Yale Rep Artistic Director James Bundy with Billy EuGene Jones, Antoinette Crowe-Legacy, director Timothy Douglas (in hat), Wayne T. Carr (foreground), Danny Johnson, Stephanie Berry, Rachel Leslie, and André De Shields at the opening night celebration at Atelier Florian. Photo by Lia Chang
Yale Rep Artistic Director James Bundy with Billy EuGene Jones, Antoinette Crowe-Legacy, director Timothy Douglas (in hat), Wayne T. Carr (foreground), Danny Johnson, Stephanie Berry, Rachel Leslie, and André De Shields at the opening night celebration at Atelier Florian. Photo by Lia Chang

Yale Repertory Theatre is located at 1120 Chapel Street in New Haven. Tickets for August Wilson’s Seven Guitars range from $12-99 and are available online at yalerep.org, by phone at (203) 432-1234, and in person at the Yale Rep Box Office (1120 Chapel Street). Student, senior, and group rates are also available.

Video: André De Shields, Billy Eugene Jones, Rachel Leslie, Stephanie Berry, Danny Johnson, Wayne T. Carr and Antoinette Crowe-Legacy in Yale Rep’s SEVEN GUITARS through Dec. 17

Yale School of Drama Beinecke Fellow André De Shields in BLACK BY POPULAR DEMAND at Yale Rep on Dec. 8 

André De Shields, Billy Eugene Jones, George Faison, Constanza Romero, Lori Tan Chinn and More Celebrate August Wilson’s SEVEN GUITARS Opening Night at Yale Rep

Two-time Tony Nominee André De Shields, Rachel Leslie, Billy Eugene Jones, Stephanie Berry, Wayne T. Carr, Danny Johnson and Antoinette Crowe-Legacy Open Tonight in Timothy Douglas Helmed SEVEN GUITARS at Yale Rep

New Haven Register: André De Shields adds dramatic voice to August Wilson’s ‘Seven Guitars’ at Yale Rep

Broadwayworld.com André Robin De Shields and More Headed to Yale Rep’s SEVEN GUITARS; Cast, Creatives Announced!

André De Shields’ CONFESSIONS OF A P.I.M.P. at Victory Gardens- Tech to Closing Night 

Black Theatre Network Honors CONFESSIONS OF A P.I.M.P. Star André De Shields

Video: Two-time Tony Nominee and Emmy Award Winner André De Shields in CONFESSIONS OF A P.I.M.P. at Victory Gardens, Aug. 26-28

Production Photos and Video: WOZ: A ROCK CABARET with Guest Star André De Shields at Victory Gardens through 7/17

André De Shields and Mathilde Mukantabana, Ambassador of the Republic of Rwanda to the United States of America, “Celebrate Rwanda” at The SUNY Global Center 

Two-time Tony Nominee André De Shields and Ambassador Mathilde Mukantabana featured in Celebrate Rwanda! Event at The SUNY Global Center on June 29

STC’s THE TAMING OF THE SHREW Opening Night with André De Shields, Maulik Pancholy, Telly Leung, Oliver Thornton and More

Photos: Santino Fontana, André De Shields, John Larroquette, Nikki Renée Daniels, Bryce Pinkham, John Behlmann, Christiane Noll and More in New York City Center’s Encores! 1776 

Closing Night Party of Encores! 1776 with André De Shields, Santino Fontana, John Larroquette, Nikki Renée Daniels, Bryce Pinkham, Ann Harada at New York City Center 

Click here for more articles on André De Shields.

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Lia Chang_photo by Garth Kravits
Lia Chang_photo by Garth Kravits

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