Tim Savage’s Under the Blood-Red Sun starring Kyler Sakamoto, Kalama Epstein, Dann Seki, Autumn Ogawa, Wil Kahele, Chris Tashima and Mina Kohara set for LA Premiere at The International Family Film Festival on Nov. 7

underthebloodnewTim Savage’s Under the Blood Red Sun starring Kyler Sakamoto, Kalama Epstein, Dann Seki, Autumn Ogawa, Wil Kahele, Chris Tashima and Mina Kohara, will have its LA Premiere at The International Family Film Festival on Saturday, November 7, 2015 from 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM (PST) at Raleigh Studios Hollywood, 5300 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90038. Click here for tickets and here for more information.

Synopsis:  A 13 yr old Japanese boy faces monumental adversity in 1941 Hawaii, when the Japanese bomb Pearl Harbor.  Under the Blood-Red Sun is the film adaptation of Graham Salisbury’s award-winning novel of the same name, which is required reading in many middle and high schools across the United States. It is set in 1941 and is the story of a 13 yr old Japanese boy, Tomi Nakaji, his family and his best friend (a caucasian boy) at the time of the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Tomi’s idyllic world in paradise is forever changed when Japan launches a surprise attack against the US and all Japanese Americans are suddenly seen as enemies of the state. Tomi’s father, a fisherman, is immediately taken prisoner in an internment camp and his partner and friend is shot and killed. It’s a story of courage, honor, strength, friendship and loyalty against seemingly insurmountable odds.

Producers:  Dana Satler Hankins
Director(s):  Tim Savage
Screenplay:  Graham Salisbury
Cinematography:  Shawn Hiatt
Editor:  Robert A Bates
Music:  Chris Sanders
Running Time:  100 minutes

The International Family Film Festival (IFFF) is the first and longest running family film festival in the United States. The vision: IFFF builds a peaceful global family through the discovery and sharing of quality stories by emerging artists and production companies. This year the IFFF presents its 20th annual festival at the historic Raleigh Studios in the heart of Hollywood, California. Open to the general public, the IFFF is a film market attended by professionnal filmmakers and scriptwriters, distributors, producers, directors, actors, production heads and film financiers. During the day on Saturday, November 7th (9 am – 6 pm), the festival is dedicated to youth activities (YouthFest!), including film screenings, a film & scriptwriting competition, industry related workshops and other topics of interest related to youth working in the film, tv and entertainment industries.

Lia Chang
Lia Chang

Lia Chang is an award-winning filmmaker, a Best Actress nominee, a photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. 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, which will screen at the Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival on November 21st. She is profiled in FebOne1960.com BlogJade Magazine and Playbill.com.

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All text, graphics, articles & photographs: © 2000-2015 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 lia@liachangphotography.com.

Elite Magazine’s Ladies’ Night at the SK-II Pop-up Studio

Garth Kravits, Elite Magazine publisher Ellen Wang, Lia Chang and Steve Jan, SK-II National Brand Ambassador at the SK-II Pop-up Studio in New York on October 22, 2015. Photo: Elite Magazine
Garth Kravits, Elite Magazine publisher Ellen Wang, Lia Chang and Steve Jan, SK-II National Brand Ambassador at the SK-II Pop-up Studio in New York on October 22, 2015. Photo: Elite Magazine

Thanks to Elite Magazine publisher Ellen Wang, I was invited to share my #changedestiny story about becoming an award-winning filmmaker with my debut indie short Hide and Seek, at Elite Magazine’s Ladies Night of Beauty at the SK-II Pop-up Studio in Soho last week.

Lia Chang and Steve Jan SK-II National Brand Ambassador, take a selfie at the SK-II Pop-up Studio in New York on October 22, 2015.
Lia Chang and Steve Jan, SK-II National Brand Ambassador, take a selfie at the SK-II Pop-up Studio in New York on October 22, 2015.
 SK-II Pop-up Studio in New York. Photo by Lia Chang
SK-II Pop-up Studio in New York. Photo by Lia Chang

I stopped by the state-of-the-art studio, located at Broome and Greene, a few days prior to have my skin analyzed by Jen.

The luxurious evening featured tea, dim sum, green tea chocolates from Japan by Royce, a complimentary skin analysis, and testing stations to try out the different products. Everyone also got a goodie bag which included the latest edition of Elite Magazine, and samples of the SK-II  Facial Mask, the SK-II Power Cream and the uber popular SK-II Facial Essence.

Steve Jan, SK-II National Brand Ambassador flew in from LA to host the evening and share the story of  SK-II, the hottest skincare brand in Asia.

Steve Jan, SK-II National Brand Ambassador and Lia Chang at the SK-II Pop-up Studio in New York on October 22, 2015. Photo Elite Magazine
Steve Jan, SK-II National Brand Ambassador and Lia Chang at the SK-II Pop-up Studio in New York on October 22, 2015. Photo Elite Magazine

The SK-II Pop-up Studio is located at 468 Broome St. at the corner of Greene St., and is open through Halloween. Stop by the studio to experience SK-II yourself, have your skin analyzed and learn which products are best for you. Check out SK-II online.

Lia Chang and Steve Jan SK-II National Brand Ambassador, take a selfie at the SK-II Pop-up Studio in New York on October 22, 2015. Photo: Elite Magazine
Lia Chang and Steve Jan SK-II National Brand Ambassador, take a selfie at the SK-II Pop-up Studio in New York on October 22, 2015. Photo: Elite Magazine

Lia Chang is an award-winning filmmaker, a Best Actress nominee, a photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. 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, which will screen at the Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival on November 21st. She is profiled in FebOne1960.com Blog, Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.

All text, graphics, articles & photographs: © 2000-2015 Lia Chang Multimedia unless otherwise indicated. 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

Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival Announces 8th Annual Festival Lineup; Kicks Off With Benson Lee’s Seoul Searching on Nov. 12

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Seoul Searching (dir. Benson Lee)
Seoul Searching (dir. Benson Lee)

PHILADELPHIA, PA – The 2015 Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival presented by Comcast NBC10 Telemundo62 Comcast Spectator today announced their full slate of films for the 2015 edition of this Philadelphia cultural treasure. For the 8th edition, the festival will open with the Philadelphia premiere of Benson Lee’s Seoul Searching, starring Justin Chon, Jessika Van, In-Pyo Cha, Teo Yoo, and Esteban Ahn, screening at the International House’s Ibrahim Theater. Director Lee will be in attendance for a post-screening Q&A. The screening will be followed by the PAAFF’15 Opening Night Reception featuring a 1980s dance music and costume contest (free to all ticket and badge holders).

This year’s festival is comprised of 23 features and over 30 shorts from 17 countries spread over 4 continents and of these, 5 are East Coast premieres and 14 Philadelphia premieres, with a special presentation of Center for Asian American Media’s Muslim Youth Voices project featuring world premieres of short films produced by local Muslim youth.

Lia Chang in Hide and Seek
Lia Chang in Hide and Seek

Bev’s Girl Films’ Hide and Seek starring Lia Chang and Garth Kravits, will have its Philadelphia premiere as an Official Selection at The 2015 Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival (PAAFF15) on Saturday, November 21, 2015 in the Women’s Shorts Program at Asian Arts Initiative, 1219 Vine Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107 at 2:15pm. Two of six PAAFF’15 shorts in the Women’s Shorts program are produced by local filmmakers; Romaine by Eiko Fan and How is How by Pheng Tang. Romaine (12 mins.) is a short doc about Romaine Samworth who, despite being blind for over 85 years, uses vibrant colors to tell personal stories through sculpture. How is How (7 mins.) examines the life of a single Chinese immigrant mother, who becomes out of sorts with her life while going through a career transition.

Split End | Eddie Shieh
Romaine | Eiko Fan
Hide and Seek | Garth Kravits
How is How | Pheng Tang
When Mom Visits | Chiung-wen Chang
America 1979 | Lila Yomtoob

Each of the films in this FREE program of shorts was either produced by women, star women in central roles, or deal with women’s issues. Garth and I will be in attendance for the Q & A. Click here to RSVP.

“The 2015 festival is our biggest festival yet and promises to be one of the most dynamic,” says Festival Director Rob Buscher. “With our new programs and expanded community engagement, we are looking forward to enjoying a richer experience for audiences and filmmakers alike.”

Special events include: community screening series with free films in neighborhood-based cultural centers; panel discussions “Asian Americans in Television” on November 13 and “Girls Make Better Ninjas (Or I Can’t Be Angry, I’m Asian): An Exploratory Workshop on AAPI Feminism” on November 21; centerpiece event “Strength in Numbers,” featuring music videos, live performances and a panel discussion guest curated by Scott CHOPS Jung on November 14; and the Closing Reception on November 22.

The main PAAFF’15 venues are International House in University City (3701 Chestnut Street) and Asian Arts Initiative in Chinatown North/Callowhill (1219 Vine Street). The complete feature lineup (in alphabetical order) is as follows.

View the online program with full details at http://tiny.cc/paaff15

Aroma From Heaven (dir. Budi Kurniawan, Indonesia) – Featuring interviews with farmers, scientists, philosophers, academics, anthropologists, and business owners – this film explores 300 years of coffee production in Indonesia.

Changing Season (dir. Jim Choi, USA) – Famed farmer, slow food advocate, and sansei David “Mas” Masumoto faces health challenges as his queer progressive daughter Nikiko, returns to the family farm with the intention of stepping into her father’s work boots. EAST COAST PREMIERE.

Crush the Skull (dir. Viet Nguyen, USA) – A pair of professional burglars find themselves having to pull one last job and find themselves in a sadistic torture den where they now have to fight for their lives. Adapted from Nguyen’s YouTube short of the same title. PHILADELPHIA PREMIERE.

Dukhtar (dir. Afia Nathaniel, Pakistan) – A mother kidnaps her ten-year-old daughter to save her from the fate of a child bride. Their daring escape triggers a relentless hunt and a cynical truck driver proves to be an unlikely ally. The trio embarks on an epic journey, where the quest for love and freedom comes with a price.

Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten (dir. John Pirozzi, Cambodia) – This compelling documentary uncovers the forgotten history of the Cambodian music scene during the Vietnam War era, which blended Western rock and roll with local traditions, and was suppressed by the Khmer Rouge.

For Here or to Go? (dir. Rucha Humnabadkar, USA) – Set against the backdrop of the 2008 recession, this dramatic comedy examines the many personal battles faced by immigrants living in America. Set in Silicon Valley, a software professional loses a plum position with a startup due to visa issues. PHILADELPHIA PREMIERE.

In Football We Trust (dirs. Tony Vainku & Erika Cohn, USA) – This film is an insightful documentary exploring the so-called ‘Polynesian Pipeline’ to the NFL in the tightly-knit Polynesian community in Salt Lake City, through four young men striving to overcome gang violence and near poverty through the promise of American football. PHILADELPHIA PREMIERE.

Jalal’s Story (dir. Abu Shahed Emon, Bangladesh) – This film follows an infant, rescued from a river and adopted, later abandoned, who becomes a gangster in adolescence. Recently chosen as the Official Selection to represent Bangladesh in the Foreign-Language Category of the 88th Academy Awards. EAST COAST PREMIERE.

Jasmine (dir. Dax Phelan, Hong Kong) – A gripping and chilling psychological thriller about a man struggling to come to terms with his wife’s unsolved murder, who eventually decides to take justice into his own hands and things take a startling turn toward the unexpected. PHILADELPHIA PREMIERE.

Journey from the Fall (dir. Ham Tran, Vietnam) – Inspired by the true stories of Vietnamese refugees who fled their land after the fall of Saigon, and those who were forced to stay behind, this film follows one family’s escape by boat as its patriarch is imprisoned in a Communist re-education camp.

Live From UB (dir. Lauren Knapp, Mongolia) – This film follows the story of one of Mongolia’s most promising independent bands, Mohanik, as they create a new sound for their country, combining traditional instrumentation with Western rock, and discover what it means to be Mongolian today. PHILADELPHIA PREMIERE.

Love Arcadia (dir. Lawrence Gan, USA) – This contemporary romance is set in a small town where a charming goofball becomes emotionally entangled with an ambitious executive and as tensions escalate between their families’ businesses, their relationship is threatened. PHILADELPHIA PREMIERE.

Miss India America (dir. Ravi Kapoor, USA) – When an overachieving Orange County high school senior discovers her boyfriend has fallen in love with the reigning Miss India National, she decides she must pursue the crown in order to win him and the life she planned for herself back. PHILADELPHIA PREMIERE.

My Voice, My Life (dir. Ruby Yang, Hong Kong) – This film follows an unlikely group of misfit students from four of Hong Kong’s underprivileged middle and high schools who are cast in an after-school musical theater program and where each of them confronts unique personal challenges in the process of developing character. PHILADELPHIA PREMIERE.

Off the Menu (dir. Grace Lee, USA) – Grappling with how family, tradition, faith, and geography shape our relationships to food, this film uses our obsession with food as a launching point to delve into a wealth of stories, traditions, and unexpected characters that help nourish this nation of immigrants. PHILADELPHIA PREMIERE.

Oh, Saigon (dir. Doan Hoàng, Vietnam) – Hoàng’s family was on the last civilian helicopter out of Vietnam at the end of the war. Twenty-five years later, her family returns and reunites with the family they left behind, confronting their political differences and attempting to reconnect.

Right Footed (dir. Nick Spark, USA) – This film follows Jessica Cox, a Filipina American born without arms, who became the first person licensed to pilot an airplane with her feet, as she transforms from a motivational speaker to a mentor, and eventually into a leading advocate for people with disabilities. PHILADELPHIA PREMIERE.

The Roots Remain (dirs. Jean-Sebastien Francoeur & Andrew Marchand-Boddy, Cambodia/Canada) – This film follows the story of Canadian-raised Cambodian French graffiti artist FONKi, as he reunites with his family, explores Cambodia’s Hip Hop community, and dedicates a mural to his relatives in Phnom Penh who disappeared during the war. EAST COAST PREMIERE.

Seoul Searching (dir. Benson Lee, South Korea) – Set against the backdrop of 1980s Seoul and inspired by a summer exchange program that Lee attended in the summer of 1986, this John Hughes-esque teen comedy tells a universal coming-of-age story chock full of pop culture tropes, teen hijinks, and first love. PHILADELPHIA PREMIERE.

Someone Else (dir. Nelson Kim, USA) – A surreal drama about the clash of wills between two Korean-American cousins in New York City. A shy young law student hungry for a more vivid, risk-taking existence, visits his wealthy playboy cousin and attempts to sheds his old identity, but spirals out of control. PHILADELPHIA PREMIERE.

The Vancouver Asahi (dir. Yuya Ishii, Canada/Japan) – This tale of sports miracles and glory is based on the true story of a legendary baseball team in 1930s Vancouver examining the harsh realities of poverty and discrimination among 2nd generation Japanese Canadians. PHILADELPHIA PREMIERE.

Waiting for John (dir. Jessica Sherry, Vanuatu) – This film explores the John Frum Movement, now considered the last surviving Cargo Cult, from the perspective of the last village of believers, as they struggle to preserve their culture in the modern world. EAST COAST PREMIERE.

Winning Girl (dir. Kimberlee Bassford, USA) – follows the four-year journey of a part-Polynesian female teenage judo and wrestling phenomenon from Hawai‘i, and in doing so tells the dynamic story of an elite athlete on her ascent, a girl facing the challenges of growing up and an entire family dedicated to a single dream. EAST COAST PREMIERE.

The 2015 Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival is presented by Comcast NBC10 Telemundo62 Comcast Spectator; and made possible through the generosity of Premier Sponsor Aetna; Founding Sponsor HBO; Partner Sponsors Wells Fargo, PHLDiversity, Pennsylvania Department of Drug & Alcohol Programs, and Samuel S. Fels Fund; and Prime Sponsors PECO, Jefferson Health, Pacific Islanders in Communications, Greater Philadelphia Asian Studies Consortium, and Hepatitis B Foundation.

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
PAAFF is the first and only event of its kind in Philadelphia, bringing in audience members from all over the region and Asian American filmmakers, actors, and leaders, from around the world. The festival also hosts numerous screenings year-round independently and in partnership with regional arts and community organizations. PAAFF’s parent organization, Philadelphia Asian American Film & Filmmakers, is a nonprofit organization founded in 2008 to showcase films by and about Asian Americans and Pacific Islander Americans for the city of Philadelphia and Greater Philadelphia region. They aim to present captivating programs that engage, inspire, and connect our community both to one another and the non-Asian mainstream.

For more information about PAAFF’15 visit phillyasianfilmfest.org and follow on social media @paaff or #PAAFF15.

Lia Chang
Lia Chang

Lia Chang is an award-winning filmmaker, a Best Actress nominee, a photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. 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, which will screen at the Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival on November 21st. She is profiled in FebOne1960.com Blog, Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.

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Arthur Dong’s The Killing Fields of Dr. Haing S. Ngor Screens as the Centerpiece film of the Boston Asian American Film Festival on October 24

logo-muddy-photo-lrArthur Dong’s award-winning documentary The Killing Fields of Dr. Haing S. Ngor is the Centerpiece film of the Boston Asian American Film Festival on Saturday, October 24, 2015, and will screen at the Paramount Theater in the Bright Family Screening Room, 559 Washington Street in Boston, MA. at 6:15pm. Dong will be in attendance for a Q & A after the screening.

Regular tickets: $10; AARW/ArtsEmerson Members: $7.50, accessed via Promo Code, Student/Children: $5, must present ID at box office when picking up, Seniors: $7.50, and can be purchased by clicking here.

(T: Park Street, Downtown Crossing, or Boylston)

Set against the backdrop of Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge reign of terror, The Killing Fields of Dr. Haing S. Ngor chronicles a powerful journey of love, loss and reconciliation. The years encapsulating this horrific period are seen through the eyes of Dr. Haing S. Ngor, who escaped to America and recreated his experiences in The Killing Fields, winning an Oscar® for his first film. He became the de facto worldwide ambassador for truth and justice in his homeland, only to be gunned down in an alley in Chinatown Los Angeles – a case still surrounded by transnational conspiracy theories.

Click here for future screenings of The Killing Fields of Dr. Haing S. Ngor.

Check out my new interview with Arthur Dong.
 Q & A with Arthur Dong, Award-winning Filmmaker and Author, Gay Icon, Distinguished Professor of Film

Award-winning author and filmmaker Arthur Dong. Photo by Lia Chang
Award-winning author and filmmaker Arthur Dong. Photo by Lia Chang

The Killing Fields of Dr. Haing S. Ngor, winner of the BEST DOCUMENTARY AUDIENCE AWARD at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, builds on ARTHUR DONG’S 30-year track record of creating compelling documentaries that focus on personal stories to examine moments of history, social prejudice, and public policy concerns. As a film student at San Francisco State University, Arthur Dong produced Sewing Woman, his Academy Award nominated short documentary in 1984. The film focused on his mother’s immigration to America from China. Instead of finding an outside distributor for the film, Dong then started his own company, DeepFocus Productions, and serves as its producer, director and writer. His trilogy of films that investigate anti-gay prejudice were released in the DVD collection, “Stories from the War on Homosexuality,” and features Family Fundamentals, Licensed to Kill and Coming Out Under Fire. His films about Chinese Americans were released in the follow-up collection, “Stories from Chinese America,” and include Sewing Woman, Forbidden City, U.S.A. and Hollywood Chinese.

Filmmaker Arthur Dong _in vest) with (L-R) Wayne Ngor, nephew of the late Dr. Ngor, casting director Pat Golden who cast Dr. Ngor in The Killing Fields, and Sophia Ngor, niece of the late Dr. Ngor, at a screening of The Killing Fields of Dr. Haing S. Ngor at the International House in New York on October 22, 2015. Photo by Lia Chang
Filmmaker Arthur Dong _in vest) with (L-R) Wayne Ngor, nephew of the late Dr. Ngor, casting director Pat Golden who cast Dr. Ngor in The Killing Fields, and Sophia Ngor, niece of the late Dr. Ngor, at a screening of The Killing Fields of Dr. Haing S. Ngor at the International House in New York on October 22, 2015. Photo by Lia Chang

His films have screened theatrically in the U.S., selected for festivals worldwide like Sundance, Toronto, and Berlin, and broadcast globally. Arthur’s film awards include an Oscar® nomination, three Sundance awards, the Peabody, five Emmy nominations, the Berlin Film Festival’s Teddy Award, Taiwan’s Golden Horse Award, and two GLAAD Media awards. He has been named a Guggenheim Fellow in Film and twice selected for the Rockefeller Media Arts Fellowship. He has served on the boards of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Film Independent, Outfest, and the National Film Preservation Board at the Library of Congress.

Arthur Dong will receive the 2015 American Book Award for Forbidden City, USA: Chinese American Nightclubs, 1936-1970 on October 25, 2015 in San Francisco. Photo Lia Chang
Arthur Dong will receive the 2015 American Book Award for Forbidden City, USA: Chinese American Nightclubs, 1936-1970 on October 25, 2015 in San Francisco. Photo Lia Chang

Arthur Dong’s new book Forbidden City, USA: Chinese American Nightclubs, 1936-1970 is among this year’s winners of the Thirty-Sixth Annual American Book Awards, presented by the Before Columbus Foundation. The 2015 American Book Award winners will be formally recognized on Sunday, October 25th from 2:00-5:00 p.m. at the SF Jazz Center, Joe Henderson Lab, 201 Franklin Street (at Fell), San Francisco, CA. This event is open to the public.

The book was launched in coordination with his exhibit of the same name at the San Francisco Main Library. It has just been released in a glorious edition and can be purchased here.

AsAmNews.com: Arthur Dong’s Forbidden City, USA: Chinese American Nightclubs, 1936-1970 wins American Book Award

Lia Chang
Lia Chang

Lia Chang is an award-winning filmmaker, a Best Actress nominee, a photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. 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, which will screen at the Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival on November 21st. She is profiled in FebOne1960.com Blog, Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.

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Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Ruby Yang’s My Voice, My Life set for US Screening Tour in LA, SF and New York, Nov. 1 – 8

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Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Ruby Yang’s newest film, My Voice, My Life, follows an unlikely group of misfit students from four Hong Kong middle and high schools cast in a musical theater performance. From low self-esteem to blindness, each student confronts unique personal challenges in the process of developing his or her character.

This moving and insightful film chronicles the trials and tribulations of this group of underprivileged students as they go through six months of vigorous training to produce a musical. A life-affirming journey of self-discovery and growth, the stories of these young people will challenge every parent, teacher and policymaker to reflect on our way of nurturing the young.

Brought together to sing, dance and act, the students question their own abilities and balk at the spotlight. Teachers and administrators question whether this ragtag band will be able to work together, much less put on a successful musical. But Nick Ho, director of the production, holds onto hope that his tough love approach will unite the students and bring out their inner performers.

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The L plus H Creations Foundation presents My Voice, My Life in association with the Lee Hysan Foundation. 

My Voice, My Life, heads back to US theaters for three weeks beginning October 31 exclusively at the Laemmle Pasadena Playhouse 7. Free admission. Go to http://www.myvoicemylifemovie.com for your tickets now.
This event is supported by Create Hong Kong

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My Voice, My Life, – US Tour starts Nov. 1.

Director Ruby Yang will be joined by one of the subjects of the film, Jason Chow for Q/A in the following special screenings:

LOS ANGELES
Nov. 1, 2015, 3:00 PM – Asian World Film Festival
Nov. 3, 2015, 7:30 PM – Museum of Tolerance

SAN FRANCISCO
Nov. 4, 2015, 7:30 PM – Landmark Embarcadero Cinema

NEW YORK
Nov. 8, 2015, 2:00 PM – Tribeca Screening Room

(Director Yang will not be present at the NY screening, but her Oscar® winning producing partner Thomas Lennon will be joined by Jason Chow for Q/A)

Email mvmlhk@gmail.com to RSVP.

The film is 91 minutes in Cantonese with English subtitles.

PHILADELPHIA- Philiadelphia Asian American Film Festival
Nov. 22, 2015, 4:30 PM – Asian Arts Initiative: 1219 Vine Street, Philadelphia 19107
General Admission: $8
Students (with student ID), Children and Seniors Admission: $6
Seats are limited.
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Filmmaker Ruby Yang.
Filmmaker Ruby Yang

Ruby took time out of her busy schedule to answers some questions via email from Hong Kong.

Lia: What inspired you to make My Voice, My Life?
Ruby: My first documentary, Citizen Hong Kong, was filmed during the return of Hong Kong (to China) in 1997. I always wanted to do another documentary about the young people in Hong Kong.

In 2013, L Plus H Creations Foundation (a social enterprise that improves the lives of underprivileged youth through art) asked me to make a documentary about their inaugural musical. I saw their first rehearsal and noticed a young man named Tsz Nok. He’s one of four visually impaired students being selected to take part. I was very moved by his singing and later found out that he lost his sight one year ago. I thought it would be a good story about inclusion as well as witnessing the transformative power of arts to build confidence for these marginalized youth.

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Lia: What motivates you as an artist and as a filmmaker?
Ruby: Good human stories.

I think all my films are about identity, marginalized groups and social changes affecting people’s lives. If you look at the children being affected by HIV/AIDS or the farmer who studies environmental law to save his village, you see a common thread emerging – the human spirit and it’s about humanity.

Lia: After living in the U.S. for such a long time, what has it been like to be back in Hong Kong?
Ruby: Hong Kong has become quite political in the last couple of years – high pressure and intense. There is a lot of tension between mainland Chinese and Hong Kong born Chinese.

People are media savvy. At the same time they are also bombarded with negative news. My husband and I moved to Beijing in 2004, lived in China for eight years before moving to Hong Kong. It took me a while to adjust to the freedoms in Hong Kong.

Lia: What has it been like working in China? Have there been restrictions or challenges?
Ruby: In Hong Kong, as long as one gets the permission from the person or place to shoot you just shoot – but in China that’s not the case. Even with the person’s permission, you might not be able to continue shooting because you might be touching on a sensitive topic, which can be stopped at any time.

Lia: Which of the subjects in My Voice, My Life do you relate to most?
Ruby: I related to all of them in different ways. They are rebellious, having short attention span, unable to communicate with their parents, lacking self-confidence, feeling excluded … I think we all share that kind of experience.

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Lia: What was it like for you as a young Chinese American female filmmaker early in your career?
Ruby: It was tough. There weren’t many opportunities for Asian Americans in film business. As a foreign born, it was even harder. It was crucial that during the early 80s, CAAM (formerly NAATA), New York Asian CineVision and Visual Communications in L.A. helped champion the voices of Asian Americans in the mainstream media. As Asian Americans, we have traveled a long journey; the struggle is still on going.

Lia: Did you have mentors when you were first honing your craft?
Ruby: Yes, I am blessed with many mentors in my career. That is so important. Now I am mentoring young documentary filmmakers in Hong Kong and China.

Lia: How did winning an Oscar in the Documentary Short category for The Blood of Yingzhou District in 2006 change your life, your career and your outlook on life?
Ruby: As a documentary filmmaker, you always want to be low-key and be professionally invisible. Winning an Oscar proves to be a problem in China. I am no longer invisible.

Lia: How was My Voice, My Life received in Hong Kong?
Ruby: It made about 6 million Hong Kong dollars (about $700,000 U.S.), which makes it one of the few top-grossing documentaries in Hong Kong. There were over 500 screenings booked by high schools and organizations since the release of the film in October 2014. Many local celebrities have endorsed the film, which brought the attention to the issues discussed in the film to the general audience.

Lia: What have been the top three projects that you have worked on and why?
Ruby: The Warriors of Qiugang documents a group of Chinese villagers that organized to put an end to the poisoning of their land and water. Public participation is beginning to take shape in China but Chinese citizens are facing huge battles ahead.

The Blood of Yingzhou District: HIV/AIDS issue was a taboo subject in China when we started our AIDS public awareness work there in 2004. A lot has changed for the better 10 years after.

Citizen Hong Kong, which explored identity issues of Hong Kong born Chinese. Now (Hong Kong’s) political future is very much on the minds of many Hong Kongers.

Lia: Is there a reason that you gravitate toward documentary filmmaking versus narrative filmmaking?
Ruby: I like documentaries because they bring me to different real-life situations. What’s better than just experiencing life and talking to people about their lives?

Lia: What advice would you give to aspiring filmmakers?
Ruby: Be curious, patient and draw inspiration from life.

Ruby Yang is a noted Chinese American filmmaker whose work in documentary and dramatic film has earned her an Academy Award, two Academy Award nominations and numerous other international awards, including an Emmy, the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Journalism Award and the Global Health Council Media Award.

Lia Chang
Lia Chang

Lia Chang is an award-winning filmmaker, a Best Actress nominee, a photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. 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, which will screen at the Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival on November 21st. She is profiled in FebOne1960.com Blog, Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.

PhotoPlus Expo 2015 with Tamron and Expoimaging’s Rogue Flashbenders

PDN’s 2015 PhotoPlus International Conference + Expo at the Javits Center in New York on October 23, 2015. Photo by Lia Chang
PDN’s 2015 PhotoPlus International Conference + Expo at the Javits Convention Center in New York on October 23, 2015. Photo by Lia Chang

I spent a couple of hours at PDN’s 2015 PhotoPlus International Conference + Expo this afternoon at the Javits Convention Center in New York City.

PDN’s 2015 PhotoPlus International Conference + Expo at the Javits Center in New York on October 23, 2015. Photo by Garth Kravits
PDN’s 2015 PhotoPlus International Conference + Expo at the Javits Center in New York on October 23, 2015. Photo by Garth Kravits

It’s like being a kid in a candy store, and of course I wanted to take everything home.

PDN’s 2015 PhotoPlus International Conference + Expo at the Javits Convention Center in New York on October 23, 2015. Photo by Lia Chang
PDN’s 2015 PhotoPlus International Conference + Expo at the Javits Convention Center in New York on October 23, 2015. Photo by Lia Chang

It is inevitable that you will run into friends and colleagues at the show, and I caught up with photographers David Handschuh and Ralph Gibson, who currently has an exhibition at the Mary Boone Gallery through October 31, 2015, entitled, “Political Abstraction“.

David Handschuh and Lia Chang at PDN’s 2015 PhotoPlus International Conference + Expo at the Javits Center in New York on October 23, 2015.
David Handschuh and Lia Chang at PDN’s 2015 PhotoPlus International Conference + Expo at the Javits Center in New York on October 23, 2015.

Last year, Tamron had technicians available to check out my lens, and luckily this service was available this year.

Tamron technicians Damion Fearron, Riccardo Rizzo and John Hermanson are waiting to clean and inspect your Tamron lens at booth #818 PDN’s 2015 PhotoPlus International Conference + Expo at the Javits Center in New York. Photo by Lia Chang
Tamron technicians Damion Fearron, Riccardo Rizzo and John Hermanson are waiting to clean and inspect your Tamron lens at booth #818 PDN’s 2015 PhotoPlus International Conference + Expo at the Javits Center in New York. Photo by Lia Chang

Thanks Riccardo for the annual complimentary cleaning and  inspection of my 17-50 lens at Tamron Booth #818.

Riccardo Rizzo inspects and cleans my lens at the Tamron booth at the PhotoPlus Expo at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York on October 23, 2015. Photo by Lia Chang
Riccardo Rizzo inspects and cleans my lens at the Tamron booth at the PhotoPlus Expo at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York on October 23, 2015. Photo by Lia Chang
Riccardo Rizzo inspects and cleans my lens at the Tamron booth at the PhotoPlus Expo at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York on October 23, 2015. Photo by Lia Chang
Riccardo Rizzo inspects and cleans my lens at the Tamron booth at the PhotoPlus Expo at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York on October 23, 2015. Photo by Lia Chang

They will be on hand to take a look at your Tamron lenses on Saturday, October 24, 2015 from 10:00AM- 4:00PM.

Tamron technicians Damion Fearron, Riccardo Rizzo and John Hermanson are waiting to clean and inspect your Tamron lens at booth #818 PDN’s 2015 PhotoPlus International Conference + Expo at the Javits Center in New York. Photo by Lia Chang
Tamron technicians Damion Fearron, Riccardo Rizzo and John Hermanson are waiting to clean and inspect your Tamron lens at booth #818 PDN’s 2015 PhotoPlus International Conference + Expo at the Javits Center in New York. Photo by Lia Chang

I stopped by the ExpoImaging Booth – #134  where guest photographer Jeff Rojas demonstrated his tips for location lighting using speedlights.  The Expo team was on hand to answer my questions about their Rogue brand light modifiers, one of my go-to tools when shooting special events.

Rogue Flashbender demo at PDN’s 2015 PhotoPlus International Conference + Expo at the Javits Center in New York on October 23, 2015. Photo by Lia Chang
Rogue Flashbender demo at PDN’s 2015 PhotoPlus International Conference + Expo at the Javits Center in New York on October 23, 2015. Photo by Lia Chang
Rogue Flashbender demo at PDN’s 2015 PhotoPlus International Conference + Expo at the Javits Center in New York on October 23, 2015. Photo by Lia Chang
Rogue Flashbender demo at PDN’s 2015 PhotoPlus International Conference + Expo at the Javits Center in New York on October 23, 2015. Photo by Lia Chang
Rogue Flashbenders for your every photographic need at PDN’s 2015 PhotoPlus International Conference + Expo at the Javits Center in New York on October 23, 2015. Photo by Lia Chang
Rogue Flashbenders for your every photographic need at PDN’s 2015 PhotoPlus International Conference + Expo at the Javits Center in New York on October 23, 2015. Photo by Lia Chang

The Expo features more than 220 industry manufacturers and service providers offering special show discounts on new products and technology, raffle prizes, software demos, and free educational presentations to over 21,000 attendees over three days.

PDN’s 2015 PhotoPlus International Conference + Expo at the Javits Convention Center in New York on October 23, 2015. Photo by Lia Chang
PDN’s 2015 PhotoPlus International Conference + Expo at the Javits Convention Center in New York on October 23, 2015. Photo by Lia Chang
PDN’s 2015 PhotoPlus International Conference + Expo at the Javits Convention Center in New York on October 23, 2015. Photo by Lia Chang
PDN’s 2015 PhotoPlus International Conference + Expo at the Javits Convention Center in New York on October 23, 2015. Photo by Lia Chang
PDN’s 2015 PhotoPlus International Conference + Expo at the Javits Convention Center in New York on October 23, 2015. Photo by Lia Chang
PDN’s 2015 PhotoPlus International Conference + Expo at the Javits Convention Center in New York on October 23, 2015. Photo by Lia Chang
PDN’s 2015 PhotoPlus International Conference + Expo at the Javits Convention Center in New York on October 23, 2015. Photo by Lia Chang
PDN’s 2015 PhotoPlus International Conference + Expo at the Javits Convention Center in New York on October 23, 2015. Photo by Lia Chang

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Designed for professionals in the photographic and imaging industries as well as enthusiasts, PhotoPlus Expo showcases the latest advances in photography, digital imaging and filmmaking. Held annually at the Javits Convention Center, attendees have the opportunity to explore an inspiring array of photography and imaging products and services — all from the industry’s leading manufacturers. The show also offers seminars and intimate Photo Walks and Master Classes taught by world-renowned experts that focus on cutting-edge innovations and techniques.

Lia Chang
Lia Chang

Lia Chang is an award-winning filmmaker, a Best Actress nominee, a photographerand the Arts and Entertainment reporter for AsAmNews.com. Chang recently received a Best Actress nomination at the 2015 Asian American Film Lab 72 Hour Shootout.  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 a Scripps Howard New Media Fellow at Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism, a Visual Journalism Fellow at the Poynter Institute for New Media and a Western Knight Fellow at USC’s Annenberg College of Communications for Specialized Journalism on Entertainment Journalism in the Digital Age. She is the recipient of the AAJA 2001 National Award for New Media and the OCA 2000 Chinese American Journalist Award. Avenue Magazine named her one of the “One Hundred Most Influential Asian Americans”. She is featured in Joann Faung Jean Lee’s book Asian American actors: oral histories from stage, screen, and television. She is profiled in FebOne1960.com Blog, Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.

2015 Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival, Nov. 12 -22

12003897_10153271828958402_5082001515792647253_nComcast NBC10 Telemundo72 Comcast Spectator is presenting the 8th Annual Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival from November 12 to November 22, 2015. In under a decade, PAAFF has emerged as the premier Asian American film festival on the East Coast. The festival will feature over 60 films, intimate discussions with filmmakers, special programs on food, music, and culture, including featured guests spoken word artist Michelle Meyers and Peter Shinkoda (Nobu on Netflix’s Daredevil).

Seoul Searching
Seoul Searching

The festival kicks off with the Philadelphia premiere of SEOUL SEARCHING, a John Hughes-esque teen comedy set in South Korea, on Thursday, November 12th at 7PM with director Benson Lee in person at I-House; followed by an Opening Night Reception featuring 1980s dance music and a costume contest. Click here for tickets.

The centerpiece of the festival is a special music event with producer and emcee Scott “CHOPS” Jung of Philly’s legendary Mountain Brothers, whose producing credits include Kanye West, Snoop Dogg, Lil Wayne, and Nicki Minaj. This multimedia program on Saturday, November 14th at 9:00PM,  will explore the Asian American Hip Hop movement through music videos and live performances by artists included in the seminal compilation album, Strength in Numbers. It will also feature a Q&A with CHOPS and special guests. Click here for tickets and more information.

RIGHT FOOTED, a documentary about Filipina American Jessica Cox, who was born without arms and went on to become the first person licensed to pilot an airplane with her feet, will close the festival on Sunday, November 22nd at 6:30pm, followed by the closing reception. Cox and her husband Patrick will be in attendance. Click here for tickets.

This year’s selection of films will address a range of issues from immigration policy to teen angst. There is no official theme, however the year 2015 carries with it several numerological associations, which informed some of the programming:
• The number 8 is associated luck and good fortune in Chinese numerology;
• 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, a time of rampant anti-Asian racism in which over 120,000 Japanese American families were interned in camps throughout the United States;
• 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, which took important steps to prohibit racial discrimination in voting, impacting communities of color throughout the country;
• 40 years have passed since the end of the Vietnam War, which was a direct catalyst for mass migration of Southeast Asians to the US (of which Philadelphia is a large hub).

The 8th annual festival takes place at International House (3701 Chestnut Street, University City) from November 12-15 and moves to Asian Arts Initiative (1219 Vine Street, Chinatown North) from November 20-22. There will be a Free Community Screening Series from November 16-19 at multiple venues in South Philly.

Special Programs include:
• PAAFF Eats – A food centric program section that centers around culinary arts on screen and in person.
• PAAFF Pride – A program section showcasing LGBTQ content that demonstrates our commitment to including all of members of our community.
• PAAFF Pulse – A music-based section that explores the ris¬ing numbers of APAs working in the music industry.
• Pacific Islanders Showcase presented by PBS affiliate Pacific Islanders in Communications – A collection of feature films that explore a multitude of Pacific Islander American experiences including those from Samoa, Tonga, Hawai’i, and Vanuatu.
• Community Screening Series – Remembering the End of the Vietnam War 40 Years Later – A series of free screenings at community centers in South Philadelphia.

Click here for the PAAFF Program and here to purchase tickets.

The 2015 Festival is presented by Comcast NBC10 Telemundo72 Comcast Spectator; and made possible through the generosity of Premier Sponsor Aetna; Founding Sponsor HBO; Partner Sponsors Wells Fargo, PHLDiversity, Pennsylvania Department of Drug & Alcohol Programs, and Samuel S. Fels Fund; and Prime Sponsors PECO, Jefferson Health, Pacific Islanders in Communications, Greater Philadelphia Asian Studies Consortium, Allstate, and Hepatitis B Foundation.

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
The Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival (PAAFF) is the first and only event of its kind in Philadelphia, bringing in audience members from all over the region and Asian American filmmakers, actors, and leaders, from around the world. The festival also hosts numerous screenings year-round independently and in partnership with regional arts and community organizations.

PAAFF’s parent organization, Philadelphia Asian American Film & Filmmakers, is a nonprofit organization founded in 2008 to showcase films by and about Asian Americans and Pacific Islander Americans for the city of Philadelphia and Greater Philadelphia region. They aim to present captivating programs that engage, inspire, and connect our community both to one another and the non-Asian mainstream.

For more information about PAAFF’15 visit phillyasianfilmfest.org and follow on social media @paaff or #PAAFF15. 

Lia Chang
Lia Chang

Lia Chang is an award-winning filmmaker, a Best Actress nominee, a photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. 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, which will screen at the Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival on November 21st. She is profiled in Examiner.com, FebOne1960.com BlogJade Magazine and Playbill.com.

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Q and A with Jason Tobin, star of Dax Phelan’s JASMINE
Q & A with Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Ruby Yang; New Film MY VOICE, MY LIFE screens at #PAAFF15 on Nov. 22 at Asian Arts Initiative
Ed Moy’s Animated Short UP IN THE CLOUDS has East Coast premiere screening at PAAFF15 on Nov. 20
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George Takei, Lea Salonga, Telly Leung, Michael K. Lee and more at the first preview of Broadway’s Allegiance; opens Nov. 8
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Broadwayworld.com: Photo Flash: Phylicia Rashad, Andre De Shields & More Original Cast Members from THE WIZ Reunite in Central Park! 
BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA Cast Reunion featured in BLACK BELT MAGAZINE August/September 2015
Drumhead Magazine: Living Colour Drummer Will Calhoun, Photos by Lia Chang 
AsAmNews.com: AAPI Heritage Month: My Grandmother’s Detention on Angel Island 
Crafting a Career

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

All text, graphics, articles & photographs: © 2000-2015 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 lia@liachangphotography.com

All text, graphics, articles & photographs: © 2000-2015 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 lia@liachangphotography.com.

Hide and Seek starring Lia Chang and Garth Kravits screens at the 2015 Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival (PAAFF15) in Women’s Shorts Program at Asian Arts Initiative on Nov. 21

Lia Chang in Hide and Seek
Lia Chang in Hide and Seek

Bev’s Girl Films’ Hide and Seek starring Lia Chang and Garth Kravits, will have its Philadelphia premiere as an Official Selection at The 2015 Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival (PAAFF15) on Saturday, November 21, 2015 in the Women’s Shorts Program at Asian Arts Initiative, 1219 Vine Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107 at 2:15pm.

Each of the films in this FREE program of shorts was either produced by women, star women in central roles, or deal with women’s issues. Garth and I will be in attendance for the  Q & A.

Split End | Eddie Shieh
Romaine | Eiko Fan
Hide and Seek | Garth Kravits
How is How | Pheng Tang
When Mom Visits | Chiung-wen Chang
America 1979 | Lila Yomtoob

Click here to RSVP.
Click here for more information.
Click here for a map to the Asian Arts Initiative.

The producing team of Bev's Girl Films - Best Actress nominee Lia Chang and Garth Kravits for their debut short film, Hide and Seek (Top Ten Film for 72 Hour Shootout)
The producing team of Bev’s Girl Films – Best Actress nominee Lia Chang and Garth Kravits for their debut short film, Hide and Seek (Top Ten Film for 72 Hour Shootout)

Kravits also directed, edited and scored the film, in addition to sharing camera operator duties with Evan Daves. Daves and Alicia Manns also appear in the film.

Lia Chang in Hide and Seek. Photo by GK
Lia Chang in Hide and Seek. Photo by GK

Hide and Seek speaks to the societal challenge that women, and especially women of color, endure every day.  To look in the mirror and to hope to see a face other than your own.  One that is closer to what magazines, television and movies define as beautiful or even normal. What face do you see when you look in the mirror?

Hide and Seek posterHide and Seek is a very personal film to me as I got my start in front of the camera as a model at the age of 15, before honing my craft in film, television and theater.

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

Garth Kravits is an actor, singer, musician and composer and award winning filmmaker. On television, Kravits has guest starred on 30 Rock, The Blacklist, Nurse Jackie, Hostages, Tin Man and The Carrie Diaries and played opposite Keanu Reeves in the feature film Sweet November.

Lia Chang
Lia Chang

Lia Chang is an award-winning filmmaker, a Best Actress nominee, a photographerand the Arts and Entertainment reporter for AsAmNews.com. Chang recently received a Best Actress nomination at the 2015 Asian American Film Lab 72 Hour Shootout.  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 a Scripps Howard New Media Fellow at Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism, a Visual Journalism Fellow at the Poynter Institute for New Media and a Western Knight Fellow at USC’s Annenberg College of Communications for Specialized Journalism on Entertainment Journalism in the Digital Age. She is the recipient of the AAJA 2001 National Award for New Media and the OCA 2000 Chinese American Journalist Award. Avenue Magazine named her one of the “One Hundred Most Influential Asian Americans”. She is featured in Joann Faung Jean Lee’s book Asian American actors: oral histories from stage, screen, and television. She is profiled in FebOne1960.com Blog, Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
The Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival (PAAFF) is the first and only event of its kind in Philadelphia, bringing in audience members from all over the region and Asian American filmmakers, actors, and leaders, from around the world. The festival also hosts numerous screenings year-round independently and in partnership with regional arts and community organizations.

PAAFF’s parent organization, Philadelphia Asian American Film & Filmmakers, is a nonprofit organization founded in 2008 to showcase films by and about Asian Americans and Pacific Islander Americans for the city of Philadelphia and Greater Philadelphia region. They aim to present captivating programs that engage, inspire, and connect our community both to one another and the non-Asian mainstream.

Other Articles:
Hide and Seek starring Lia Chang and Garth Kravits screens at the 2015 Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival (PAAFF15) in Women’s Shorts Program at Asian Arts Initiative on Nov. 21
World Premiere of PALI ROAD at 2015 Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF) on Nov. 16 & 21st
AsAmNews.com: Actor Tzi Ma Rides ‘Hell On Wheels’ to New Heights
Q and A with Jason Tobin, star of Dax Phelan’s JASMINE
Q & A with Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Ruby Yang; New Film MY VOICE, MY LIFE screens at #PAAFF15 on Nov. 22 at Asian Arts Initiative
Ed Moy’s Animated Short UP IN THE CLOUDS has East Coast premiere screening at PAAFF15 on Nov. 20
Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival Announces 8th Annual Festival Lineup
Gotta Dance Star André De Shields receives 2015 Award for Excellence in the Arts from The Theatre School at DePaul University
AsAmNews.com: Partying with George Takei, Lea Salonga, Telly Leung, Michael K. Lee and the cast of ‘Allegiance’ on opening night
George Takei, Lea Salonga, Telly Leung, Michael K. Lee and more at the first preview of Broadway’s Allegiance; opens Nov. 8
GOTTA DANCE stars André De Shields, Stefanie Powers, Lori Tan Chinn, Lillias White step out for ON YOUR FEET!
Tiger Morse by Mark Shaw: Jet Set Style Quest, 1962, on view at The Liz O’Brien Gallery through Dec. 18
Joel de la Fuente, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Alexa Davalos, Luke Kleintank, Rufus Sewell, DJ Qualls and More at ‘The Man in The High Castle’ New York Series Premiere
Darren Criss, Jenna Ushkowitz, Ann Harada, Kristin Chenoweth, Karen Ziemba, Jon Cryer and More celebrate Great Writers at Dramatists Guild Fund’s 2015 Gala
Greg Watanabe makes Broadway Debut as Mike Masaoka in ‘Allegiance’ 
AsAmNews.com: Q & A with Arthur Dong, Award-winning Filmmaker and Author, Gay Icon, Distinguished Professor of Film
Film Lab Screening of ‪#‎72HrSO‬ Films at Time Warner Theater & Panel Discussion of Mass Media Constructions of Beauty 
AsAmNews.com: Creating an Asian American presence on Wikipedia, one WikiAPA Edit-a-thon at a time 
AsAmNews.com: The King and I’s Special Performance Benefits The Actors Fund 
Playbill.com: Hugs, Laughs and Photobombs By Tony Winners! Go Backstage at the Special Actors Fund Performance of The King and I
Broadwayworld.com: Photo Flash: Phylicia Rashad, Andre De Shields & More Original Cast Members from THE WIZ Reunite in Central Park! 
BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA Cast Reunion featured in BLACK BELT MAGAZINE August/September 2015
Drumhead Magazine: Living Colour Drummer Will Calhoun, Photos by Lia Chang 
AsAmNews.com: AAPI Heritage Month: My Grandmother’s Detention on Angel Island 
Crafting a Career

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

All text, graphics, articles & photographs: © 2000-2015 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 lia@liachangphotography.com

All text, graphics, articles & photographs: © 2000-2015 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 lia@liachangphotography.com.

Sinovision Journal Video: Asian American Film Lab puts “Beauty” to the Test

This year, the Asian American Film Lab’s 72 Hour Shootout competition challenged filmmakers to explore the topic of beauty.

Lani Nelson, Sinovision Journal reporter.
Lani Nelson, Sinovision Journal reporter.

SinoVision Journal reporter Lani Nelson went to a screening for the top ten films followed by a panel discussion with innovators in the industry and brings you the story.

The Film Lab, Time Warner and the APEX group hosted a special screening of films from the 2015 72 Hour Shootout that focus on mainstream constructions of beauty and their consequences at the Time Warner Theater in New York on October 7, 2015.

Lia Chang in Hide and Seek, A Bev's Girl Film production. Photo: Bev's Girl Films
Lia Chang in Hide and Seek, A Bev’s Girl Film production. Photo: Bev’s Girl Films

Look Deeper: Beauty, Funny FacesBareThe Other WomanFinding YouPut It On,  Beautifully Something, Girl’s Knight, and our Bev’s Girl Films’ Hide and Seek were among the films screened.

 Lia Chang and Garth Kravits in a scene from Hide and Seek. Photo: Bev's Girl Films
Lia Chang and Garth Kravits in a scene from Hide and Seek. Photo: Bev’s Girl Films
Panelists Blue Michael, Becky Curran, Lia Chang, Rick Guidotti and moderator Jennifer Betit Yen at a special screening of 72 Hour Shootout films and panel discussion at the Time Warner Theater in New York on October 7, 2015. Photo: Sinovision
Panelists Blue Michael, Becky Curran, Lia Chang, Rick Guidotti and moderator Jennifer Betit Yen at a special screening of 72 Hour Shootout films and panel discussion at the Time Warner Theater in New York on October 7, 2015. Photo: Sinovision

I participated in the panel discussion that followed the screening about the societal implications of mainstream beauty images with Rick Guidotti, award winning fashion photographer and advocate for those with genetic differences; Becky Curran, SAG-AFTRA Coordinator for Equal Employment and Diversity; and Blue Michael, Model and Founder of Blue Michael Cosmetics, moderated by Jennifer Betit Yen, Actor and President of the Asian American Film Lab.

Panelists Becky Curran and Lia Chang at a special screening of 72 Hour Shootout films and panel discussion at the Time Warner Theater in New York on October 7, 2015.
Panelists Becky Curran and Lia Chang at a special screening of 72 Hour Shootout films and panel discussion at the Time Warner Theater in New York on October 7, 2015.
Award-winning filmmaker Lia Chang being interviewed after a special screening of 72 Hour Shootout films and panel discussion at the Time Warner Theater in New York on October 7, 2015. Photo: Sinovision
Award-winning filmmaker Lia Chang being interviewed after a special screening of 72 Hour Shootout films and panel discussion at the Time Warner Theater in New York on October 7, 2015. Photo: Sinovision
Award-winning filmmakers Garth Kravits and Lia Chang being interviewed after a special screening of 72 Hour Shootout films and panel discussion at the Time Warner Theater in New York on October 7, 2015. Photo: Sinovision
Award-winning filmmakers Garth Kravits and Lia Chang being interviewed after a special screening of 72 Hour Shootout films and panel discussion at the Time Warner Theater in New York on October 7, 2015. Photo: Sinovision

AsAmNews.com: 72 Hour Shootout Films Tackle Mass Media & Beauty

Lia Chang. Photo by GK
Lia Chang. Photo by GK

Lia Chang is an award-winning filmmaker, a Best Actress nominee, a photographerand the Arts and Entertainment reporter for AsAmNews.com. Chang recently received a Best Actress nomination at the 2015 Asian American Film Lab 72 Hour Shootout.  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 a Scripps Howard New Media Fellow at Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism, a Visual Journalism Fellow at the Poynter Institute for New Media and a Western Knight Fellow at USC’s Annenberg College of Communications for Specialized Journalism on Entertainment Journalism in the Digital Age. She is the recipient of the AAJA 2001 National Award for New Media and the OCA 2000 Chinese American Journalist Award. Avenue Magazine named her one of the “One Hundred Most Influential Asian Americans”. She is featured in Joann Faung Jean Lee’s book Asian American actors: oral histories from stage, screen, and television. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and FebOne1960.com Blog.

Film Lab Screening of 72 Hour Shootout Films at Time Warner Theater & Panel Discussion of Mass Media Constructions of Beauty

Rick Guidotti, Becky Curran, Jennifer Betit Yen, Blue Michael, Daryl King and Lia Chang attend a special screening of 72 Hour Shootout films and panel discussion at the Time Warner Theater in New York on October 7, 2015. Photo by Lil Rhee
Rick Guidotti, Becky Curran, Jennifer Betit Yen, Blue Michael, Daryl King and Lia Chang attend a special screening of 72 Hour Shootout films and panel discussion at the Time Warner Theater in New York on October 7, 2015. Photo by Lil Rhee

The Film Lab, Time Warner and the APEX group hosted a special screening of films from the 2015 72 Hour Shootout that focus on mainstream constructions of beauty and their consequences, which was followed by a panel discussion and a networking reception at the swank Time Warner Theater in New York on October 7, 2015.

Panelists Blue Michael, Becky Curran, Lia Chang, Rick Guidotti and moderator Jennifer Betit Yen at a special screening of 72 Hour Shootout films and panel discussion at the Time Warner Theater in New York on October 7, 2015. Photo by David T. Kim.
Panelists Blue Michael, Becky Curran, Lia Chang, Rick Guidotti and moderator Jennifer Betit Yen at a special screening of 72 Hour Shootout films and panel discussion at the Time Warner Theater in New York on October 7, 2015. Photo by David T. Kim.

Look Deeper: Beauty, Funny FacesBareThe Other WomanFinding YouPut It On,  Beautifully Something, Girl’s Knight, and our Bev’s Girl Films’ Hide and Seek were among the films screened.

Lia Chang and Garth Kravits in a scene from Hide and Seek. Photo by Lia Chang
Lia Chang and Garth Kravits in a scene from Hide and Seek. Photo by Lia Chang

I participated in the panel discussion that followed the screening about the societal implications of mainstream beauty images with Rick Guidotti, award winning fashion photographer and advocate for those with genetic differences; Becky Curran, SAG-AFTRA Coordinator for Equal Employment and Diversity; and Blue Michael, Model and Founder of Blue Michael Cosmetics, moderated by Jennifer Betit Yen, Actor and President of the Asian American Film Lab.

Blue Michael, Becky Curran, Lia Chang, Rick Guidotti and Jennifer Betit Yen attend a special screening of 72 Hour Shootout films and panel discussion at the Time Warner Theater in New York on October 7, 2015. Photo by GK
Blue Michael, Becky Curran, Lia Chang, Rick Guidotti and Jennifer Betit Yen attend a special screening of 72 Hour Shootout films and panel discussion at the Time Warner Theater in New York on October 7, 2015. Photo by GK
72 Hour Shootout winners Toy Lei (BOXER), Grant Chang (FINDING YOU) and Lia Chang (HIDE AND SEEK) attend a special screening of 72 Hour Shootout films at the Time Warner Theater in New York on October 7, 2015. Photo by GK
72 Hour Shootout winners Toy Lei (BOXER), Grant Chang (FINDING YOU) and Lia Chang (HIDE AND SEEK) attend a special screening of 72 Hour Shootout films at the Time Warner Theater in New York on October 7, 2015. Photo by GK

It was such a treat for me and my filmmaking partner Garth Kravits  to have the opportunity to see our film, Hide and Seek on the big screen at the Time Warner Theater. We caught up with other 72 Hour Shootout filmmakers including Toy Lei (BOXER- Top Ten Film; Grand Prize Winner; Best Actress; and Best Action Film) and her team, Edmund Kwan and Diana Yanez, and Grant Chang (FINDING YOU- Top Ten Film; Best Actor, Best Director) and his team, Aimee Ng, Jake Manabat and Kerri Davidson at the reception.

#AAIFF2015: Top Ten Winning Films of the Film Lab’s 11th Annual 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition- Awards and Wrap Party

Daniel Cho, Eugena Oh, Sandy Lee, Architect, Systems Development at Time Warner, Inc., Roger Chu, Director, Corporate Human Resources at Time Warner, Inc., Lia Chang, Marissa Martin and a guest attend a special screening of 72 Hour Shootout films and panel discussion at the Time Warner Theater in New York on October 7, 2015.
Daniel Cho, Eugena Oh, Sandy Lee, Architect, Systems Development at Time Warner, Inc., Roger Chu, Director, Corporate Human Resources at Time Warner, Inc., Lia Chang, Marissa Martin and a guest attend a special screening of 72 Hour Shootout films and panel discussion at the Time Warner Theater in New York on October 7, 2015.

About the Asian American Film Lab
The Film Lab is a non-profit 501(c)(3) that promotes ethnic and gender diversity through outreach, education and production. The Film Lab provides free or low cost programming ranging from screenwriting workshops to panels to seminars to screenings. The Film Lab produces the television series “Film Lab Presents” and a wide variety of online content on AAFL TV. The Film Lab management team consists of Jennifer Betit Yen (President and Board Member, founder of AAFL TV Production Arm), Huseina Sulaimanee (Treasurer and Volunteer), Daryl King (Secretary and Board Member), Cecilia Mejia (Unfinished Works), Youn Jung Kim (2015 72 Hour Shootout Coordinator), Nick Sakai (Industry Spotlight), along with a dedicated Board, interns and event volunteers. Board members include James Kyson, Ed Wong and Aaron Woolfolk, among others.
www.asianamericanfilmlab.com

Peyton Worley, Christopher Bourne, Jennifer Betit Yen, Roger Chu, Director, Corporate Human Resources at Time Warner, Inc., Lia Chang, Sandy Lee, Architect, Systems Development at Time Warner and Rick Guidotti attend a special screening of 72 Hour Shootout films and panel discussion at the Time Warner Theater in New York on October 7, 2015. Photo by Diana Yanez
Peyton Worley, Christopher Bourne, Jennifer Betit Yen, Roger Chu, Director, Corporate Human Resources at Time Warner, Inc., Lia Chang, Sandy Lee, Architect, Systems Development at Time Warner and Rick Guidotti attend a special screening of 72 Hour Shootout films and panel discussion at the Time Warner Theater in New York on October 7, 2015. Photo by Diana Yanez

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AsAmNews.com: 72 Hour Shootout Films Tackle Mass Media & Beauty

Lia Chang. Photo by GK
Lia Chang. Photo by GK

Lia Chang is an award-winning filmmaker, a Best Actress nominee, a photographerand the Arts and Entertainment reporter for AsAmNews.com. Chang recently received a Best Actress nomination at the 2015 Asian American Film Lab 72 Hour Shootout.  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 a Scripps Howard New Media Fellow at Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism, a Visual Journalism Fellow at the Poynter Institute for New Media and a Western Knight Fellow at USC’s Annenberg College of Communications for Specialized Journalism on Entertainment Journalism in the Digital Age. She is the recipient of the AAJA 2001 National Award for New Media and the OCA 2000 Chinese American Journalist Award. Avenue Magazine named her one of the “One Hundred Most Influential Asian Americans”. She is featured in Joann Faung Jean Lee’s book Asian American actors: oral histories from stage, screen, and television. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and FebOne1960.com Blog.