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

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

Lia Chang, Evan Daves, Garth Kravits and Coco Cohn

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

Garth Kravits and Evan Daves

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

Lia Chang

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

Coco Cohn and Garth Kravits

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

Check out production stills and the trailer below.

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

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

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

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

Lia Chang

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers,  musicians and corporations. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman. She stars in and served as Executive Producer for the short independent films Hide and Seek, Balancing Act, Rom-Com Gone Wrong, Belongingness and When the World was Young. She is also the Executive Producer for The Cactus, The Language Lesson, The Writer and Cream and 2 Shugahs.

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

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

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

Production Designer Wing Lee. Photo by Lia Chang

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lia Chang

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers,  musicians and corporations. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman. She stars in and served as Executive Producer for the short independent films Hide and Seek, Balancing Act, Rom-Com Gone Wrong, Belongingness and When the World was Young. She is also the Executive Producer for The Cactus, The Language Lesson, The Writer and Cream and 2 Shugahs.

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

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

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

The Asian American International Film Festival (AAIFF), proudly known as “The First Home to Asian American Cinema”—which will be held online this year, Oct. 1-11—is the first and longest-running festival dedicated to showcasing the moving image work by media artists of Asian descent for and about the Asian diaspora experience. Click here for screenings of BASURERO in the Shorts Program in the Moment.

Jericho “Echo” Rosales as Bong on boat in

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

Jericho “Echo” Rosales as Bong in BASURERO

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

Filipina-American filmmaker Eileen Cabiling

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

BASURERO

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

Bong and bar girl in BASURERO

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

Fishermen Pushing Boat in BASURERO

17 Minutes / Tagalog (English Subtitles)

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

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

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

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

 

Oct. 1 – 4: LAAPFF Presents World Premiere of Mallorie Ortega’s THE GIRL WHO LEFT HOME Starring Haven Everly, Emy Coligado, Paolo Montalban, Lora Nicolas, Liz Casasola, Russwin Francisco and Mitch Poulos

Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival (LAAPFF) is presenting the virtual World Premiere of Mallorie Ortega’s musical dramedy The Girl Who Left Home. Visual Communications (VC) will present the 36th Annual LAAPFF from September 24 to October 31.

In her feature directorial debut, Mallorie Ortega orchestrates a whimsical musical about a young woman on the brink of Hollywood stardom, but is pulled back into her past life and family obligations. The cast features Haven Everly, Emy Coligado, Paolo Montalban, Lora Nicolas, Liz Casasola, Russwin Francisco and Mitch Poulos.

This film is only available to viewers in Southern California (excluding San Diego County) from Thursday, October 1, 2020 at 12pm PT to Sunday, October 4, 2020 at 11:59pm PT. Tickets may be purchased during this Viewing Time. There are no advanced ticket sales. Online viewing is available to Southern California (excluding San Diego County).

Oct 1st at 4pm & 6pm: Twitter Watch Party and After Party hosted by @cinema_sala for the premiere. Watch the film at 4pm PST / 7pm EST, chat & tweet w/ @cinema_sala, then head over to the zoom After Party at 6pm PST / 9pm EST to join our cast & crew!
Oct 2nd at 3pm: Free LAAPFF Event: Watch C3: Converse w/ Mallorie Ortega, Haven Everly, Emy Coligado, & Paolo Montalban.
Oct 4th at 3pm: @filamcreative
Post Screening Q&A –

For tickets to The Girl Who Left Home at LAAPFF, click here.

CREDITS:
Director, Writer: Mallorie Ortega
Producer: Mallorie Ortega, Angelo Santos, Russwin Francisco, Emy Coligado
Director of Photography: Matthew Halla
Editor: Lindsay Armstrong, Katie Mcclellan
Composer: Alex Winkler
Lyricist: Steve Greist, Mallorie Ortega

GirlWhoLeft.com Website

CAMBODIA TOWN FILM FESTIVAL presents Arthur Dong’s THE KILLING FIELDS OF DR. HAING S. NGOR, September 16-20

CAMBODIA TOWN FILM FESTIVAL is presenting encore screenings of The Killing Fields of Dr. Haing S. Ngor, produced and directed by Arthur Dong, September 16-20, 2020.

Showcasing the best in Cambodian cinema from around the world, this year’s festival is a free virtual forum, including films and special events. Filmmaker Arthur Dong will be a featured panelist for Stories We Didn’t Learn in School, streaming September 20, 6:30pm PST.

Click here to order tickets.

The Killing Fields of Dr. Haing S. Ngor chronicles the life, times and murder of Dr. Ngor, who remains the only Asian male to have won an Academy Award® for best supporting actor. When the Chinese-Cambodian doctor was forced into labor camps by the Khmer Rouge, little did he know he would escape four years of torture and be called upon to recreate his experiences in a film that propelled him into the glamorous world of Hollywood. And little did anyone know that some twenty years later, Dr. Ngor would be gunned down in a Los Angeles Chinatown alley. How could it be that he would survive the tyranny of the Khmer Rouge, only to be murdered by gang-bangers in America?

Join filmmaker Arthur Dong for the CTFF panel Stories We Didn’t Learn in School, streaming September 20, 6:30pm PST:

Featuring a discussion with filmmakers Chris Lockett (Until They’re Gone), Arthur Dong (The Killing Fields of Dr. Haing S. Ngor), James Taing (Ghost Mountain), and Rithy Hanh (In The Life of Music). Join us as we discuss the stories that weren’t taught in schools. Hosted by Shawna Lesseur.

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

New Trailer: Sony’s Stage 6 Films to Release Diane Paragas’ Multiple Award-Winning Independent Film YELLOW ROSE Starring Eva Noblezada, Lea Salonga, Princess Punzalan, Dale Watson, Gustavo Gomez, Libby Villari and Liam Booth on October 9

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

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

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

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

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

Eva Noblezada in YELLOW ROSE

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

Eva Noblezada and Dale Watson in YELLOW ROSE

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

Eva Noblezada and Princess Punzalan in YELLOW ROSE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Final Day to Watch Virginia Wing, Jason Ma and Lia Chang in Garth Kravits’ Short Film WHEN THE WORLD WAS YOUNG in The New York Shorts International Film Festival


Garth Kravits’ short film WHEN THE WORLD WAS YOUNG Starring Lia Chang, Jason Ma and Virginia Wing is an official selection of The 9th New York Shorts International Film Festival.

Jason Ma, Virginia Wing and Lia Chang in WHEN THE WORLD WAS YOUNG. Photo by Garth Kravits

The World Premiere of WHEN THE WORLD WAS YOUNG will be available to screen online www.nyshorts.net/film-program-4 though August 27.

In WHEN THE WORLD WAS YOUNG, siblings Benjamin (Jason Ma) and Audrey (Lia Chang) return home to confront their Mother’s (Virginia Wing) memory loss and discover a hidden key to her past.

The cast also features Jo Yang, Daniel Dunlow, Michelle Simone Miller and Mark York.

Jo Yang, Garth Kravits, Virginia Wing, Jason Ma and Lia Chang attend Asian American Night of CAMBODIAN ROCK BAND at Pershing Square Signature Center in New York on February 9, 2020. Photo by Alex Sanchez

Written and directed by Garth Kravits, the film is Executive Produced by Lia Chang’s production company Bev’s Girl Films, with producers Garth Kravits of Cut & Dry Films and Eric Elizaga. The film was shot on location in New York.

The production team includes 1st A.D. Eric Elizaga, 2nd A.D. Anastasia Shulgina, Key Hair and Make-up by Dorothy Bhadra; Kristen Lee Rosenfeld on Piano, Emma Svetvilas on Cello, Garth Kravits on Guitar recorded live at Yes It Is Productions.

Watch the trailer for WHEN THE WORLD WAS YOUNG below:

The 9th New York Shorts International Film Festival slate of films began streaming August 21 and will continue through August 27, providing a showcase for emerging and established independent filmmakers from around the world.

The Festival is one of the largest showcase of short films in North America. Discover 78 short films from 16 film programs. The 2020 edition offers unprecedented FREE access to ALL of the film content. This year’s selection includes comedies, dramas, animation, documentaries, sci-fi, fantasy, horror, romance, dance, music, experimental, and webisodes. Film programs available at www.NYShorts.net.

Special thanks to Karen Elizaga and Jay Ptashek, Daniel Dunlow, Richie Sullano, Liesl Hara and Mike and Sully.

Virginia Wing. Photo by Lia Chang

Virginia Wing (Virginia) is a Chinese-American actress whose ancestors came to the “Gold Mountain” from Canton (now Guangdong) in the mid-1800s, lured  by the Gold Rush and the building of the railroads. She is currently writing about growing up Southern in the Mississippi Delta, where she was born and raised.

Professionally, she has run the gamut from opera, theatre, cabaret, TV, film, playwriting, directing and producing to script analysis. She modeled in her youth and is in the Breck Girl Hall of Fame. She was the model in the Mitsouko by Guerlain ad in the 60s, which won awards internationally. She was a nominee for Best Actress in the Hollywood NAACP Image Awards. She is most proud of this film because the characters did not have to have Chinese accents, did not have to speak Chinese or refer to themselves as being Chinese. They were not written as Exotic or Other, but as Americans who happen to be Chinese, caught up in a universal story. At last! She can be seen in NYTW’s production of Three Sisters in the Spring of 2020. Click on the  Performing Arts Legacy Website for more about Virginia Wing.

Jason Ma. Photo by Lia Chang

Jason Ma (Benjamin) is a son of an immigrant family, and a grateful descendant of a long line of those who were able to persist, overcome and succeed on their way to becoming Americans. He wrote book, music and lyrics for Gold Mountain and is the 2017 recipient of the ASCAP Foundation’s Cole Porter Award for his work as a composer/lyricist. Along with writing, he is an actor who has been seen on Broadway and Off-Broadway stages, in regional theaters and many international venues. Please visit: www.goldmountainthemusical.com

Lia Chang

Lia Chang (Audrey) 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, Balancing Act, Belongingness, When the World was Young and Hide and Seek.

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

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).

Broadwayworld: WHEN THE WORLD WAS YOUNG Set For Virtual World Premiere At The New York Shorts International Film Festival

Garth Kravits’ Short Film WHEN THE WORLD WAS YOUNG Starring Virginia Wing, Jason Ma and Lia Chang Set for Virtual World Premiere at The New York Shorts International Film Festival on August 21

Garth Kravits’ short film WHEN THE WORLD WAS YOUNG Starring Lia Chang, Jason Ma and Virginia Wing is an official selection of The 9th New York Shorts International Film Festival and the 2020 Legacy Film Festival on Aging.

Jason Ma, Virginia Wing and Lia Chang in WHEN THE WORLD WAS YOUNG. Photo by Garth Kravits

The World Premiere of WHEN THE WORLD WAS YOUNG will be available to screen online www.nyshorts.net/film-program-4 from August 21 – August 27.

In WHEN THE WORLD WAS YOUNG, siblings Benjamin (Jason Ma) and Audrey (Lia Chang) return home to confront their Mother’s (Virginia Wing) memory loss and discover a hidden key to her past.

The cast also features Jo Yang, Daniel Dunlow, Michelle Simone Miller and Mark York.

Jo Yang, Garth Kravits, Virginia Wing, Jason Ma and Lia Chang attend Asian American Night of CAMBODIAN ROCK BAND at Pershing Square Signature Center in New York on February 9, 2020. Photo by Alex Sanchez

Written and directed by Garth Kravits, the film is Executive Produced by Lia Chang’s production company Bev’s Girl Films, with producers Garth Kravits of Cut & Dry Films and Eric Elizaga. The film was shot on location in New York.

The production team includes 1st A.D. Eric Elizaga, 2nd A.D. Anastasia Shulgina, Key Hair and Make-up by Dorothy Bhadra; Kristen Lee Rosenfeld on Piano, Emma Svetvilas on Cello, Garth Kravits on Guitar recorded live at Yes It Is Productions.

Watch the trailer for WHEN THE WORLD WAS YOUNG below:

The 9th New York Shorts International Film Festival slate of films begin streaming August 21 and will continue through August 27, providing a showcase for emerging and established independent filmmakers from around the world.

The Festival is one of the largest showcase of short films in North America. Discover 78 short films from 16 film programs. The 2020 edition offers unprecedented FREE access to ALL of the film content. This year’s selection includes comedies, dramas, animation, documentaries, sci-fi, fantasy, horror, romance, dance, music, experimental, and webisodes. Film programs available at www.NYShorts.net.

Special thanks to Karen Elizaga and Jay Ptashek, Daniel Dunlow, Richie Sullano, Liesl Hara and Mike and Sully.

Virginia Wing. Photo by Lia Chang

Virginia Wing (Virginia) is a Chinese-American actress whose ancestors came to the “Gold Mountain” from Canton (now Guangdong) in the mid-1800s, lured  by the Gold Rush and the building of the railroads. She is currently writing about growing up Southern in the Mississippi Delta, where she was born and raised.

Professionally, she has run the gamut from opera, theatre, cabaret, TV, film, playwriting, directing and producing to script analysis. She modeled in her youth and is in the Breck Girl Hall of Fame. She was the model in the Mitsouko by Guerlain ad in the 60s, which won awards internationally. She was a nominee for Best Actress in the Hollywood NAACP Image Awards. She is most proud of this film because the characters did not have to have Chinese accents, did not have to speak Chinese or refer to themselves as being Chinese. They were not written as Exotic or Other, but as Americans who happen to be Chinese, caught up in a universal story. At last! She can be seen in NYTW’s production of Three Sisters in the Spring of 2020. Click on the  Performing Arts Legacy Website for more about Virginia Wing.

Jason Ma. Photo by Lia Chang

Jason Ma (Benjamin) is a son of an immigrant family, and a grateful descendant of a long line of those who were able to persist, overcome and succeed on their way to becoming Americans. He wrote book, music and lyrics for Gold Mountain and is the 2017 recipient of the ASCAP Foundation’s Cole Porter Award for his work as a composer/lyricist. Along with writing, he is an actor who has been seen on Broadway and Off-Broadway stages, in regional theaters and many international venues. Please visit: www.goldmountainthemusical.com

Lia Chang

Lia Chang (Audrey) 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, Balancing Act, Belongingness, When the World was Young and Hide and Seek.

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

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).

Broadwayworld: WHEN THE WORLD WAS YOUNG Set For Virtual World Premiere At The New York Shorts International Film Festival

‘Be Water’: How to watch and stream ESPN’s Bruce Lee documentary by Bao Nguyen

When it comes to martial arts and the movies, no star has shone quite as bright as Bruce Lee. Fans can get a glimpse into his journey this Sunday as ESPN’s 30 for 30 “Be Water,” a documentary by Bao Nguyen, will be broadcast at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN.

How to watch “Be Water”:
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Before ESPN’s 30-for-30 premiere of “Be Water,” Director Bao Nguyen chatted with W. Kamau Bell and Steve Aoki about what Bruce Lee meant to each of them and how Bruce’s fight for inclusion mirrors much of what we’re seeing in the world today.

In 1971, before his superstardom, Bruce Lee returned to Hong Kong to get the opportunities to be a lead actor that eluded him in America. In the two years before his untimely death, Lee completed four films, which changed the history of film and made him a household name. Through rare archival footage, memories of family and friends, and his own words, the story of that time and Lee’s prior experiences are told with an intimacy and immediacy that have infrequently been used in earlier tellings of his legend.

Growing up and living between the West and the East, Lee was ahead of his time in thinking about the transnational audience. He experienced the racist reaction of an American film industry inundated by a subservient and menacing image of Asian people—and learned he’d have to tell his own stories to escape it. Director Bao Nguyen elegantly weaves Lee’s personal struggle for visibility with that of his times and reminds us that though it was for a short time, Lee’s star burned so brightly we still see it today.
Bao Nguyen is an award-winning filmmaker based in Los Angeles and Saigon. As the child of Vietnamese war refugees, he first pursued law to appease his parents but soon found his passion in film. His directorial debut, Live from New York!, opened the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival. He is an alumnus of Berlinale Talents and the Firelight Media Documentary Lab. He earned his BA at New York University and his MFA at the School of Visual Arts.

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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

Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival (LAAPFF) Virtual Showcase Adds Lynn Chen’s I WILL MAKE YOU MINE and SXSW Award Winner THE DONUT KING to Final Days of Programming – Joins Closing Day Program – AND SHE COULD BE NEXT

Los Angeles, CA – May 21, 2020 – The Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival (LAAPFF) Virtual Showcase, presented by Visual Communications (VC), presenters of the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival (LAAPFF), have announced added programs for the final days of inaugural showcase.

Joining the previously announced closing day presentation of AND SHE COULD BE NEXT – directed by Grace Lee and Marjan Safinia, and Executive Produced by Ava DuVernay – are sneak previews of Lynn Chen’s I WILL MAKE YOU MINE and Alice Gu’s SXSW Award Winning THE DONUT KING this weekend starting Friday May 22.

The 36th LAAPFF was slated to launch April 30th, 2020 in theaters in Los Angeles. However, when local and state health authorities advised on minimizing the number of social gatherings due to COVID-19, VC decided to postpone the physical, in-theater screening events and focus on developing an online virtual experience. The result has been a month filled with robust online discussions and screenings.

This online showcase has been a huge success highlighting Asian American Pacific Islander artists whose stories are critical at this moment in dealing with the COVID-19 Pandemic and with the current wave of increasing violence and racism against Asian Americans due to the virus.

The radical reaction to the virus has thrust the Asian Pacific American community directly into the spotlight with a rise in anti-Asian American sentiment and violence. Asian Americans across Los Angeles and the U.S. have tuned in to the showcases programs and events to make the VIRTUAL SHOWCASE a resounding success up to this point

Remaining programs in LAAPFF VIRTUAL SHOWCASE:

● Ahead of its national release, Lynn Chen’s moving drama I WILL MAKE YOU MINE will be available to stream through the LAAPFF VIRTUAL SHOWCASE site on Friday, May 22nd from 8AM PST to 8PM PST. The film, which Chen co-stars in alongside Yea-Ming Chen, Ayako Fujitani, Goh Nakamura, and Tamlyn Tomita, is a beautiful semi-sequel to SURROGATE VALENTINE and DAYLIGHT SAVINGS.

View the film here from May 22nd at 8AM PST until 8PM PST:

he ensemble cast in Lynn Chen’s I WILL MAKE YOU MINE. Photo courtesy Gravitas Ventures.

● Winner of the Special Jury Recognition for Achievement in Documentary Storytelling at SXSW this year, Alice Gu’s THE DONUT KING follows Ted Ngoy’s rags to riches story of a refugee escaping Cambodia, arriving in America in 1975 and building an unlikely multi-million dollar empire baking America’s favorite pastry, the donut. The film will be available to stream Saturday May 23rd at 8AM PST to Sunday, May 24th at 8PM PT. On Friday, May 22nd at 6PM PST, the festival along with Cambodia Town Film Festival, will present a special Q&A (RISE & DOUGH) with Alice Gu and the Donut King himself, Ted Ngoy.

View the film here starting Saturday, May 23rd at 8AM PST to Sunday, May 24th at 8PM PST:

Join the talkback “RISE & DOUGH” on Friday, May 22nd at 6PM PST by going here:

Ted Ngoy in a scene from Alice Gu’s THE DONUT KING. Photo courtesy LAAPFF.

● Cinema Sala will present a special Q&A with Patricio Ginelsa and AJ Calomay, hosted by Maria Jamora to celebrate the retrospective screenings of LUMPIA on Saturday, May 23rd at 5PM PST. The film, about a crew of Filipino American thugs whose attempts to bully a pack of Filipino high school students is thwarted by a mysterious avenger who wields “lumpia” as his weapon of choice, is now streaming in the LAAPFF VIRTUAL SHOWCASE.

Watch the special Q&A on Saturday, May 23rd at 5PM PST here:

Carlos Baon in a scene from Patricio Ginelsa’s LUMPIA. Photo courtesy LAAPFF.

● The Closing Day program on Friday, May 29th will conclude the month-long fest with the special sneak preview of Part 1 of the film AND SHE COULD BE NEXT streaming from 8AM PT to 8PM PT. At 5PM PST, filmmakers Grace Lee and Marjan Safinia along with editor Juli Vizza will discuss the making of this landmark film in detail with subjects from the film – Bushra Amiwala and Stephanie Cho – hosted by the exciting performance artist Kristina Wong.

Filmed in 2018 and through 2019, the docu-series follows candidates and organizers across the country, as women in the margins vie to preserve democracy and make it stronger. The women featured in the film include: Stacey Abrams (Georgia), Bushra Amiwala (Skokie, IL), Maria Elena Durazo (Los Angeles, CA), Veronica Escobar (El Paso, TX), Lucy McBath (Atlanta, GA), Rashida Tlaib (Detroit, MI) and Nse Ufot, Executive Director of the New Georgia Project. The series also features an entirely women of color crew.

Stacey Abrams is surrounded by supporters on election day during her 2018 gubernatorial campaign
in Georgia in a scene from AND SHE COULD BE NEXT. Photo courtesy POV.

Log on for more information and how to access the films/programs here.

ABOUT VISUAL COMMUNICATIONS Visual Communications’ mission is to develop and support the voices of Asian American and Pacific Islander filmmakers and media artists who empower communities and challenge perspectives. Founded in 1970 with the understanding that media and the arts are powerful forms of storytelling, Visual Communications creates cross cultural connections between peoples and generations. The organization turns 50 in 2020. Learn more at vcmedia.org.

ABOUT THE LOS ANGELES ASIAN PACIFIC FILM FESTIVAL In keeping with directives from the local, state, and federal health agencies, Visual Communications (VC) has rescheduled the 36th Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival (LAAPFF) to a later date as they continue their commitment to the well being of our volunteers, artists, and audiences.

Presented by Visual Communications, the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival is the premiere showcase for the best and brightest of Asian Pacific American and international cinema. The largest festival of its kind in Southern California, LAAPFF is also a proud Academy Award®-qualifying film festival for the Short Film Awards. For more information, please visit festival.vcmedia.org.

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.

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