Mar. 19-28: 16th Anniversary Disorient Asian American Film Festival of Oregon Lineup; Sneak Preview in February

The DisOrient Asian American Film Festival of Oregon is  celebrating 16 years of uplifting Asian American and Pacific Islander stories and voices this year and will be a held virtually from March 19-28, 2021. The curated program includes narrative and documentary films, livestreamed events and recorded Q&A’s to enrich your film experience.

DisOrient 2021 Sneak Preview

Down a Dark Stairwell

Down A Dark StairwellScreening February 27-28, 2021; Tickets required, $9. Click here for tickets. Livestreamed Q&A: Sunday, February 28 @ 3:00 PST. Moderated by DisOrient founder Jason Mak; with Director Ursula Liang and Documentarian and film editor JM Harper. Panel Discussion–Livestream. This content can only be viewed in authorized regions:Washington, Oregon, California, Hawaii.

(Left to Right) Karen Ishizuka, Tadashi Nakamura, Hisonni Mustafa, Ursula Liang, Daisy Truong

The role of Asian American filmmakers in supporting Black Lives Matter: Saturday, March 21 @ 3:00pm PST. Tickets required—“Pay what you can”. Moderated by DisOrient Founder Jason Mak. Panelists: Daisy Truong, Hisonni Mustafa, Karen Ishizuka, Tadashi Nakamura and Ursula Liang. Click here for tickets.

Haven Everly, Emy Coligado and Paolo Montalban in Mallorie Ortega’s THE GIRL WHO LEFT HOME.

Life Imitates Art for Emy Coligado with Dream Role in Mallorie Ortega’s THE GIRL WHO LEFT HOME

Film Highlights: Opening Night film: The Girl Who Left Home: A live-action, musical feature film by writer/director/lyricist/producer Mallorie Ortega, and producer Angelo Santos. The film will be followed by  two short films, Looking Back, and Ode to a Seafaring People. Livestreamed Q&A on Saturday, March 20 @ 4:00pm PST/7:00pm EST. Click here for tickets.

Centerpiece film: Cane Fire: Pacific NW Premiere; Feature Documentary. Merging film history with the personal and political, filmmaker Anthony Banua-Simon offers an eye-opening look at the Hawaiian Island of Kauai. The film will be preceded by two short films, Where Smoke Rises and The Pākalā Kids. Livestreamed Q&A on Friday, March 26 @  6:30pm PST/9:30pm EST. Click here for tickets.
Closing Night Film: Coming Home AgainPNW Premiere. Feature film by Wayne Wang, based on a personal essay by Chang Rae Lee, and starring Justin Chon, Jackie Chung, and Christina July Kim.

Our film, When the World Was Young, directed by Garth Kravits and starring Virginia Wing, Jason Ma, Lia Chang and Jo Yang, will screen before Coming Home Again. Livestreamed Q&A on Sunday March 28 @ 4:00pm PST/7:00pm EST. Click here for tickets.

Garth Kravits’ Short Film WHEN THE WORLD WAS YOUNG Starring Virginia Wing, Jason Ma, Lia Chang and Jo Yang is an Official Selection of The 16th Annual DisOrient Asian American Film Festival of Oregon

Other film highlights include:

Water Like Fire: Mainland US premiere. Lovely, poetic, Hawaii-made indie film.

Sansei Granddaughters’ Journey 5 artists honor their ancestors and the 120,000 people ofJapanese ancestry who were unjustly incarcerated during WWII.

See You ThenFeature Narrative by award-winning filmmaker Mari Walker. After 15 years, Kris is finally ready to explain her transgender journey to college girlfriend Naomi (Lynn Chen). Screening with Kaye: This Life Around, the artistic journey of a musician rediscovering her music.

Take Out GirlFeature film by award-winning director Hisonni Mustafa, with an Asian American hip-hop soundtrack; screening with the world premiere of Blue Lanterns.

4 shorts programs: Emerging Voices, Japanese American Voices Past and Present, Voices of Family, Raising Our Voices

All-access passes ($48) and tickets for all films may be purchased online at www.disorientfilm.org. Check out the website for the full festival schedule, program, and film trailers.

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Video: Entertainment Weekly Presents Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella Reunion w/ Brandy, Whoopi Goldberg, Paolo Montalbán, Victor Garber, Bernadette Peters, Jason Alexander, and Veanne Cox

“Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella” is currently streaming exclusively on Disney+. The beloved televised movie musical stars Brandy in the title role and Whitney Houston as “Fairy Godmother” alongside Whoopi Goldberg (Queen Constantina), Victor Garber (King Maximillian), Natalie Desselle Reid (Minerva), Bernadette Peters (Stepmother), Paolo Montalbán (Prince Christopher), Jason Alexander (Lionel), and Veanne Cox (Calliope).

Jason Alexander, Paolo Montalbán, Brandy Norwood, Whitney Houston, Bernadette Peters, Natalie Desselle Reid, and Veanne Cox in Cinderella (Disney)

Originally premiering on November 2, 1997 to sixty million viewers during “The Wonderful World of Disney” on ABC,“Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella” became an instant fan favorite, beloved by critics and audiences alike and earning 7 Emmy Award nominations. Celebrated for its diverse representation, sweeping musical acts, and unforgettable song book, the 1997 film features an incredible array of beloved and original songs by the iconic songwriting duo Rodgers & Hammerstein, including “Impossible,” “In My Own Little Corner,” “Ten Minutes Ago,” “A Lovely Night,” “Do I Love You Because You’re Beautiful?” and more.

Cast members Brandy, Paolo Montalbán, Whoopi Goldberg, Victor Garber, Bernadette Peters, Jason Alexander and Veanne Cox gathered for a Entertainment Weekly reunion to reminisce with Marcus Jones and celebrate the release.

In “Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella,” when Cinderella’s cruel stepmother prevents her from attending the Royal Ball, she gets some unexpected help from her Fairy Godmother. The 1997 movie was directed by Robert Iscove, written by Robert I. Freedman, and choreographed by Rob Marshall. Whitney Houston, Debra Martin Chase, Craig Zadan, and Neil Meron served as Executive Producers. Chris Montan was a Producer and Robyn Crawford was an Associate Producer.

Disney+ is the dedicated streaming home for movies and shows from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic, and more. As part of Disney’s Media and Entertainment Distribution segment, Disney+ is available on most internet-connected devices and offers commercial-free programming with a variety of original feature-length films, documentaries, live-action and animated series, and short-form content. Alongside unprecedented access to Disney’s incredible library of film and television entertainment, the service is also the exclusive streaming home for the latest releases from The Walt Disney Studios. Disney+ is available as part of a bundle offer that gives subscribers access to Disney+, Hulu, and ESPN+. Visit DisneyPlus.com to subscribe and/or learn more about the service.

About Richard Rodgers And Oscar Hammerstein II

After long and highly distinguished careers with other collaborators, Richard Rodgers (Composer, 1902-79) and Oscar Hammerstein II (Librettist/Lyricist, 1895-1960) joined forces in 1943 to create the most successful partnership in American Musical Theatre. Prior to joining forces, Rodgers collaborated with lyricist Lorenz Hart on musical comedies that epitomized wit and sophistication (Pal JoeyOn Your ToesBabes In Arms, and more), while Hammerstein brought new life to operetta and created the classic Show Boat with Jerome Kern.

Oklahoma!, the first Rodgers & Hammerstein musical, introduced an integrated form that became known as “the musical play.” Their shows that followed included CarouselSouth PacificThe King and I, and The Sound of Music. Collectively, the Rodgers & Hammerstein musicals have earned Tony, Oscar, Grammy, Emmy, Pulitzer and Olivier Awards. The Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization is a Concord Company, www.concord.com.

Playbill.com:Paolo Montalban Scrapbook: Prince Christopher Shares Personal Photos From Filming Cinderella Entertainmentweekly.com: Cinderella star Paolo Montalban reveals how Whoopi Goldberg and Victor Garber could be the prince’s parents

Broadwaydirect.com: CINDERELLA’S PAOLO MONTALBÁN ON THE IMPORTANCE OF ITS DIVERSE CAST

Broadwayworld.com: VIDEO: Paolo Montalbán Visits Backstage LIVE with Richard Ridge

Theatermania.com: A Waltz Down Memory Lane With Cinderella’s Prince, Paolo Montalbán

Asianjournal.com: ‘Cinderella’ Starring Brandy, Fil-Am Actor Paolo Montalban To Stream On Disney+

Video: Cinderella Medley by Todrick, Starring Brandy and Featuring Victor Garber, Paolo Montalbán, Jason Alexander, Bernadette Peters, Veanne Cox, and Whoopi Goldberg

Todrick Hall has shared his latest YouTube video starring Brandy and featuring the cast of the Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella film adaptation including Victor Garber, Paolo Montalbán, Jason Alexander, Bernadette Peters, Veanne Cox, and Whoopi Goldberg.

Brandy, Paolo Montalbán, Whoopi Goldberg and Victor Garber (l-r) star in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA (Disney+)

The music video is a Cinderella medley to celebrate the release of the film, currently streaming on Disney+.

The beloved televised movie musical stars Brandy in the title role and Whitney Houston as “Fairy Godmother” alongside Whoopi Goldberg as Queen Constantina, Victor Garber as King Maximillian, Natalie Desselle Reid as Minerva, Bernadette Peters as Cinderella’s Stepmother, Paolo Montalbán as Prince Christopher, Jason Alexander as Lionel, and Veanne Cox as Calliope.

Jason Alexander, Paolo Montalbán, Brandy Norwood, Whitney Houston, Bernadette Peters, Natalie Desselle Reid, and Veanne Cox in Cinderella (Disney+)

Originally premiering on November 2, 1997 to sixty million viewers during “The Wonderful World of Disney” on ABC,“Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella” became an instant fan favorite, beloved by critics and audiences alike and earning 7 Emmy Award nominations. Celebrated for its diverse representation, sweeping musical acts, and unforgettable song book, the 1997 film features an incredible array of beloved and original songs by the iconic songwriting duo Rodgers & Hammerstein, including “Impossible,” “In My Own Little Corner,” “Ten Minutes Ago,” “A Lovely Night,” “Do I Love You Because You’re Beautiful?” and more.

In “Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella,” when Cinderella’s cruel stepmother prevents her from attending the Royal Ball, she gets some unexpected help from her Fairy Godmother. The 1997 movie was directed by Robert Iscove, written by Robert I. Freedman, and choreographed by Rob Marshall. Whitney Houston, Debra Martin Chase, Craig Zadan, and Neil Meron served as Executive Producers. Chris Montan was a Producer and Robyn Crawford was an Associate Producer.

Check out The Making of – Cinderella Medley Video.

Todrick Hall is a singer, songwriter, dancer, actor, choreographer, producer and social media influencer with over 3 million subscribers and 650 million views.

Hall has released three Number 1 Albums: Straight Outta Oz Deluxe, Forbidden & his most recent album Haus Party which will begin a world tour this October.

His Broadway credits include: Waitress, Kinky Boots, Chicago, The Color Purple and Memphis. Hall is a recurring judge and resident choreographer on “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” He has choreographed videos for Beyoncé; written and starred in the Virgin America safety video, was featured in Taylor Swift’s record breaking music video “Look What You Made Me Do” and most recently he starred in/co-executive produced her latest video “You Need to Calm Down.”

Hall can be seen on other television shows, including: “Queer Eye,” “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” “Dear White People,” “Bring It,” “Dance Moms,” “Catfish,” “Bob’s Burgers,” “American Idol,” “Muppet Babies” and is the star of the documentary Behind the Curtain on Netflix. @Todrick

Playbill.com:Paolo Montalban Scrapbook: Prince Christopher Shares Personal Photos From Filming Cinderella Entertainmentweekly.com: Cinderella star Paolo Montalban reveals how Whoopi Goldberg and Victor Garber could be the prince’s parents

Broadwaydirect.com: CINDERELLA’S PAOLO MONTALBÁN ON THE IMPORTANCE OF ITS DIVERSE CAST

Broadwayworld.com: VIDEO: Paolo Montalbán Visits Backstage LIVE with Richard Ridge

Theatermania.com: A Waltz Down Memory Lane With Cinderella’s Prince, Paolo Montalbán

Asianjournal.com: ‘Cinderella’ Starring Brandy, Fil-Am Actor Paolo Montalban To Stream On Disney+

Life Imitates Art for Emy Coligado with Dream Role in Mallorie Ortega’s THE GIRL WHO LEFT HOME

Emy Coligado. Photo by Dana Patrick

In 2018, Emy Coligado landed her dream role as Mary Santos in Mallorie Ortega’s The Girl Who Left Home (formerly Nanay Ko), a musical dramedy film about a Filipino-American who must put her dreams aside to keep her family restaurant from eviction.

The Girl Who Left Home also stars Haven Everly, Paolo Montalban, Liz Casasola, Lora Nicolas Olaes, Russwin Francisco, DonMike H. Mendoza, Toni Katano and Mitch Poulos.

A fan favorite on the Film Festival circuit last year, The Girl Who Left Home received the 2020 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival Emerging Filmmaker Award and  the 2020 CAAMfest FOWARD Narrative Audience Award. GWLH will stream in 3 more film festivals this year:

March 4-14:  Seattle Asian American Film Festival  

Click here for tickets to watch nationwide.

March 19-28: Disorient Asian American Film Festival of Oregon

Click here for tickets to watch nationwide.

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Emy Coligado got her start in the business in New York in musical theater and performed on Broadway in Miss Saigon. Coligado later discovered her love for comedy while in sketch comedy shows at Caroline’s Comedy Club and The Duplex. She moved to  LA to pursue tv/film, and is best known to television audiences from her recurring roles in the critically acclaimed FOX show, “Malcolm in the Middle” where she played Piama, the wife of the oldest son, Francis; and as Emmy on “Crossing Jordan.”

Emy Coligado and Christopher Masterson in “Malcolm in the Middle”. (FOX)

Other notable tv credits include “Claws,” “Fresh Off The Boat,” and “Shameless.” She has had a number of series regular roles on ABC and NBC pilots. Her films included The Three Stooges and Miss Congeniality 2 to name a few, and she has worked with directors such as the Farrelly Brothers, Wim Wenders & Howard Deutch.

In addition to GWLH, Coligado saw the release of two other films in 2020, Matthew Ya-Hsiung Balzer’s The Catch and Gina O’Brien’s First One In (on Amazon Prime), within a 2 month time span due to COVID.  Her latest guest starring roles include the new TV series Run The World (Starz) and Netflix’s Archive 81 series,  based on the supernatural horror podcast produced by James Wan’s Atomic Monster.

Emy’s performance in The Girl Who Left Home resonated with me, and she agreed to answer a few questions via email about her slate of indie releases.

Lia: How were you cast for each of the films released in 2020?

Emy: I booked The Catch through my manager and shot my scenes over nine days in Massachusetts in 2018. The Catch was challenging for me because my character, Lily McManus, didn’t have a ton of lines but her presence was very important to the story. Filling up the spaces is really left to the actor’s imagination and the director/cinematographer’s vision. Being comfortable with simplicity and quiet was something new for me.

First One In was exciting because it was a largely female cast with women of different backgrounds, body types, and ages. Having to play tennis and being the weakest player on the team was not a reach for me at all. It was fun because I didn’t have the pressure of having to look skilled. I could still concentrate on trying my best at keeping my eye on the ball and know that my natural lack of talent would come through. Haha! It was also wonderful to shoot in NYC (Long Island specifically) for the first time. I shot over a  ten day span in 2019.

I learned about The Girl Who Left Home (GWLH) through Backstage. I later found out that my tape was set aside because I wasn’t the right age range they were looking for. My friend Eymard Cabling knew the writer/director Mallorie Ortega. He recommended me and so they went back into their archives and found my audition.

Haven Everly, Emy Coligado and Paolo Montalban in Mallorie Ortega’s THE GIRL WHO LEFT HOME.

Emy Coligado

GWLH was special to me in many ways. I started my career in musical theater. I stopped singing for something like 15 years and concentrated on my tv/film career in LA. Then 2 years ago, I returned to NY in hopes of doing musical theatre again. GWLH is a musical film. So doing both wasn’t something I planned but was a happy melding of the two. It’s also a Filipino American story. I remember while I was shooting I had a whole new level of happiness. And what I realized was that my happiness was because I finally felt free. I was finally playing a role that was specifically Filipina and a lead role. I had never really had that opportunity in my 25 years of performing. So I guess you could say it was a dream come true that I didn’t dream of. My shooting schedule for GWLH was three weeks in Maryland.

Lia: Was there one particular film that resonated with you more? 

Emy: Most definitely GWLH. In the film, Mary loses her husband. The role is particularly special to me because my Dad had just passed away from pancreatic cancer. I moved out of LA and in with my mom to keep her company for 6 months. I had witnessed my own mom mourn her partner of more than 50 years. So loss was very much a part of my life during shooting. Art was imitating life or life was imitating art so to speak. The film is in dedication to Dad and an homage to Mom.

Lia: What was it like to pivot to virtual press and screenings?

Emy: I actually don’t have much experience with independent film to compare it to. But I will say, I enjoy doing interviews online. Getting ready is much easier. You only have to worry about the top half looking good. Commuting in traffic is out the window which I welcome any day. I do wish, however, that we could’ve done physical screenings. I was looking forward to GWLH especially because the cast and crew became so close. I haven’t attended a film festival with one of my own films yet so I hope that will be in my future.

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Lia: How have you been managing through the pandemic?

Emy: Business-wise, not knowing when or if you’ll work again is something I have always dealt with. So that part of the pandemic, while not fun is also not new. Thank god for online readings. No, they aren’t the same but it is still a creative outlet & an opportunity to exercise my muscle. Personally, at this very moment I’m anxious. Life again is teaching me (and the world) that health is wealth. I’m not so much worried for my own but for some close people in my life. So I’m sending out good juju to them & anyone who needs it out there. I am so ready for 2021 & am just hoping for a year that is less “exciting.”

The Catch is a Manchester Film Festival official selection. It is available to view online in the UK in March 2021. Visit maniff.com

Lia Chang

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

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For Your Consideration for Best Documentary Short: World Channel and Al Jazeera Airs Yung Chang and Annie Katsura Rollins’ PANDEMIC19

PANDEMIC19, a new documentary short by Yung Chang and Annie Katsura Rollins, is a co-production of Pandemic19 Productions Inc, the  Center for Asian American Media (CAAM) and Tencent Video with Jean Tsien executive producing the film.

PANDEMIC19 captures the story of three doctors in the United States fighting COVID-19, told through their own voices while the chaos of the pandemic rages on outside the frame of their video confessions. In March 2020, as “shelter in place” orders began rolling out, the majority of the populace felt distanced from the opponent they were fighting…the virus was invisible and so was the frontline.

The film sidesteps the salacious news headlines by focusing on Dr. Virginia Brady, Dr. Brian Chang, and Dr. Pooja Aysola as they prepare for the “calm before the storm” and their direct experiences with COVID-19 patients. As the days unfold, the doctors record their changing impressions: fears, hopes, challenges, and triumphs – laying bare their emotional feelings. They are unfiltered and subjective.

PANDEMIC19 brings the doctors’ reflections to the forefront of this historic outbreak in order to awaken the American people to the stark realities of defeating an intangible virus.

PANDEMIC19 received the Matt DeCample Audience Choice Award Short Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival 2020, the Best Documentary Short Special Jury Mention Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival 2020 and the SPE Media Festival 2021 Best Multicultural Film Award.

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Watch now in the USA on WORLD Channel

Watch now internationally on Witness – Al Jazeera

Below are selected Q & A’s.

CAAM presented a special talkback featuring an introduction by Donald Young, CAAM’s Director of Programs, Directors Yung Chang and Annie Katsura Rollins in conversation with Dr. Pooja Aysola and Dr. Brian Chang, and moderated by S. Leo Chiang, (Our Time Machine)
VIEW HERE

Directors Yung Chang and Annie Katsura Rollins in conversation with Dr. Virginia Brady (Harvard) and filmmaker Jeff Reichert, and moderated by James Roosevelt III (DNC)
VIEW HERE

Directors Yung Chang and Annie Katsura Rollins in conversation with MSNBC Anchor and filmmaker Richard Lui (Sky Blossom).
VIEW HERE

Dr. Pooja Aysola, MD, is a practicing Emergency physician in Boston and an MBA Candidate and McGowan Fellow at MIT Sloan School of Management. She completed her medical training and residency at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, where she served as president and site chief resident for her institution. Her experiences with the single-payer system in Canada are instrumental in her desire to realign incentives in the U.S healthcare system and she is passionate about improving healthcare through innovation and technology.

Dr. Virginia Brady is currently faculty at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and a clinical instructor at Harvard Medical School. Originally from New York, Ginny received degrees in neuroscience and classics at Brown University before attending Tufts Medical School. At Tufts both her clinical performance and humanistic skills were recognized through induction into AOA, the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award and the Janet Glascow Memorial Achievement Citation. Brady went on to complete an internal medicine-pediatrics residency at Yale and was named chief resident in 2014–2015. She subsequently completed a pulmonary and critical care fellowship at Yale. Her passion for teaching was recognized through the Fellow of the Year Award at Yale in 2016. Since joining the faculty at BIDMC in 2018, Brady has continued to pursue her passion for medical education. She was quickly named the MICU clerkship and capstone director, as well as director of critical care education, through which she oversees the educational needs of residents, fellows and medical students. She has also been the co-director of the integration track for Harvard Medical Students and completed the Rabkin Fellowship in Medical Education in 2020. Most recently, she has been named the associate program director for the internal medicine residency program. Despite being a Boston transplant and working for the official hospital of the Boston Red Sox, Dr. Brady is a die-hard Yankee fan.

Dr. Brian Chang graduated from Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University in 2018. He is a board certified emergency medicine physician in San Francisco, California and currently licensed to practice medicine in California. He is affiliated with UCSF Medical Center and Adventist Health Clear Lake and has a number of emergency medicine interests, includingInternational EM, critical care, and sports medicine.

Yung Chang is the director of Up the Yangtze (2007), China Heavyweight (2012), The Fruit Hunters (2012) and This Is Not a Movie (2019). He is currently completing a screenplay for his first dramatic feature, Eggplant, which was selected to participate in the prestigious Sundance Labs. Chang’s films have premiered at international film festivals, including Sundance, Berlin, Toronto and IDFA, and have played theatrically in cinemas around the world. Up the Yangtze was one of the top-grossing documentary releases in 2008. In 2013, China Heavyweight became the most widely screened social-issue documentary in Chinese history with an official release in 200 Mainland Chinese cinemas. His most recent feature, This Is Not a Movie, world premiered at the Toronto Int’l Film Festival in 2019 and is traveling to cinemas and festivals.  He is a member of the DGC, WGC, and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science.

Annie Katsura Rollins is a researcher, artist and educator. Combining a BFA degree in performance from Carnegie Mellon University, an MFA in scenography from the University of Minnesota, and an interdisciplinary Ph.D. from Montreal’s Concordia University, Rollins’ artistic work combines storytelling with deeply researched phenomena in modern society and cultures. She was named valedictorian for her Ph.D. dissertation (2019), which focused on the fragility of traditional performance forms in modern China. Rollins has received a Fulbright Fellowship, the Confucius Institute Joint Ph.D. Research Fellowship and a Canadian SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship, among many other awards, for her research. Recent presentation venues include Toronto’s AGO, The Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry, Luther College, and Bucknell University. She is an adjunct professor at the University of Connecticut and has two book chapters forthcoming this year.

RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN’S CINDERELLA, Starring Brandy, Whitney Houston, Whoopi Goldberg, Paolo Montalban and Victor Garber, Streams on Disney+ Beginning February 12 

RODGERS AND HAMMERSTEIN’S CINDERELLA — Brandy, Paolo Montalban, Whoopi Goldberg and Victor Garber (l-r) star in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA.
RODGERS AND HAMMERSTEIN’S CINDERELLA — Brandy, Paolo Montalban, Whoopi Goldberg and Victor Garber (l-r) star in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA.

At the stroke of midnight on Friday, February 12, “Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella” will begin streaming exclusively on Disney+. The beloved televised movie musical stars Brandy in the title role and Whitney Houston as “Fairy Godmother” alongside Whoopi Goldberg, Victor Garber, Natalie Desselle Reid, Bernadette Peters, Paolo Montalban, Jason Alexander, and Veanne Cox.

Jason Alexander, Paolo Montalban, Brandy Norwood, Whitney Houston, Bernadette Peters, Natalie Desselle Reid, and Veanne Cox in Cinderella (Disney)

Originally premiering on November 2, 1997 to sixty million viewers during “The Wonderful World of Disney” on ABC,“Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella” became an instant fan favorite, beloved by critics and audiences alike and earning 7 Emmy Award nominations. Celebrated for its diverse representation, sweeping musical acts, and unforgettable song book, the 1997 film features an incredible array of beloved and original songs by the iconic songwriting duo Rodgers & Hammerstein, including “Impossible,” “In My Own Little Corner,” “Ten Minutes Ago,” “A Lovely Night,” “Do I Love You Because You’re Beautiful?” and more.

In “Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella,” when Cinderella’s cruel stepmother prevents her from attending the Royal Ball, she gets some unexpected help from her Fairy Godmother. The 1997 movie was directed by Robert Iscove, written by Robert I. Freedman, and choreographed by Rob Marshall. Whitney Houston, Debra Martin Chase, Craig Zadan, and Neil Meron served as Executive Producers. Chris Montan was a Producer and Robyn Crawford was an Associate Producer.

“Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella” will join the “Celebrate Black Stories” collection that is on Disney+ alongside “Soul,” “Black Is King,” “Black Panther,” “Hidden Figures,” and many more.

Disney+ is the dedicated streaming home for movies and shows from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic, and more. As part of Disney’s Media and Entertainment Distribution segment, Disney+ is available on most internet-connected devices and offers commercial-free programming with a variety of original feature-length films, documentaries, live-action and animated series, and short-form content. Alongside unprecedented access to Disney’s incredible library of film and television entertainment, the service is also the exclusive streaming home for the latest releases from The Walt Disney Studios. Disney+ is available as part of a bundle offer that gives subscribers access to Disney+, Hulu, and ESPN+. Visit DisneyPlus.com to subscribe and/or learn more about the service.

About Richard Rodgers And Oscar Hammerstein II
After long and highly distinguished careers with other collaborators, Richard Rodgers (Composer, 1902-79) and Oscar Hammerstein II (Librettist/Lyricist, 1895-1960) joined forces in 1943 to create the most successful partnership in American Musical Theatre. Prior to joining forces, Rodgers collaborated with lyricist Lorenz Hart on musical comedies that epitomized wit and sophistication (Pal JoeyOn Your ToesBabes In Arms, and more), while Hammerstein brought new life to operetta and created the classic Show Boat with Jerome Kern.

Oklahoma!, the first Rodgers & Hammerstein musical, introduced an integrated form that became known as “the musical play.” Their shows that followed included CarouselSouth PacificThe King and I, and The Sound of Music. Collectively, the Rodgers & Hammerstein musicals have earned Tony, Oscar, Grammy, Emmy, Pulitzer and Olivier Awards. The Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization is a Concord Company, www.concord.com.

shondaland.com: It’s Possible: An Oral History of 1997’s “Cinderella”
Playbill.com:Paolo Montalban Scrapbook: Prince Christopher Shares Personal Photos From Filming Cinderella
Entertainmentweekly.com: Cinderella star Paolo Montalban reveals how Whoopi Goldberg and Victor Garber could be the prince’s parents
Broadwaydirect.com: CINDERELLA’S PAOLO MONTALBÁN ON THE IMPORTANCE OF ITS DIVERSE CAST
Broadwayworld.com: VIDEO: Paolo Montalbán Visits Backstage LIVE with Richard Ridge
Theatermania.com: A Waltz Down Memory Lane With Cinderella’s Prince, Paolo Montalbán
Asianjournal.com: ‘Cinderella’ Starring Brandy, Fil-Am Actor Paolo Montalban To Stream On Disney+

Tiffany Hsiung’s Critically Acclaimed Documentary SING ME A LULLABY, Now Streaming on POV.ORG

Award-winning PBS documentary series POV Shorts has acquired the broadcast and streaming rights for Sing Me a Lullaby, directed by Tiffany Hsiung.

Sing Me a Lullaby, now streaming on POV.org and the PBS app, is an intimate story about Hsiung’s fourteen-year journey to connect with her mother’s birth family. In 1965, Tiffany’s mother was separated from her parents; she never saw them again. 40 years later, Tiffany flies to Taiwan to try & find her grandparents–armed only with two names scribbled on a napkin. Told through the intertwined journeys of daughters and their mothers, this is a story about recovering familial history, healing inherited pain, and understanding that love comes in many forms. Sing Me a Lullaby is a Canadian Broadcasting Corporation production in association with American Documentary | POV. The film won the Shorts Grand Jury Prize at DOC NYC and is also available streaming on The New Yorker.

Click here to watch the film.

Sing Me a Lullaby will have a broadcast release as part of the upcoming fourth season of POV Shorts later this year.

A-DOC and OYEATMF are celebrating the record number of Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) documentary filmmakers representing 17 features and 6 short films that are recognized as awards contenders through filmmaker conversations.

2021 AAPI Documentary Contenders is presented by: Asian American Documentary Network (A-Doc)Open Your Eyes & Think MF (OYEATMF).

Tiffany Hsiung is a Peabody award-winning filmmaker based in Toronto, Canada and is listed as one of DOC NYC’s 40 under 40 this year. She recently won the inaugural Toronto International Film Festival ‘Share Her Journey Short Cuts Award’ after the world premiere of her recent film Sing Me a Lullaby (2020) As well as a DGC award for Best Short Film. Tiffany received the prestigious Peabody award for her debut feature The Apology (2018) along with the DuPont Columbia Award and the Allan King Memorial Award.

Sing Me a Lullaby, written, directed and produced by Tiffany Hsiung.

Co-Produced by Priscilla Galvez

Executive Produced by Tiffany Hsiung, Jean Tsien

Edited by Ricardo Acosta, Xi Feng

Original Music by Tom Third

Cinematography by Jason Lee Wong [2019], Eugene Weis [2005], Tiffany Hsiung [2006]

Sound Design Supervisor / Re-Recording Mix by Daniel Pellerin

povmagazine.com: TIFF Talk: Tiffany Hsiung on ‘Sing Me a Lullaby’

The New Yorker: A Daughter’s Search in “Sing Me a Lullaby”

Feb. 5: Arts Emerson to Screen Ursula Liang’s Documentary “Down a Dark Stairwell”; Q & A to Follow

On Friday, February 5 at 7:30PM EST, Arts Emerson will premiere Ursula Liang’s documentary,  Down A Dark Stairwell.

The screening will be followed at 9:15PM by a live post-film panel discussion featuring Director Ursula Liang and moderator Umass Boston Professor Denise Khor. This conversation will be ASL interpreted and will be recorded and available on demand with the film through Sunday, February 7.

For more information, click here.

When a Chinese-American police officer kills an unarmed Black man in a darkened stairwell of a New York City housing project, it sets off a firestorm of emotion and calls for accountability. In 2014, Peter Liang became the first NYPD officer convicted of an on duty shooting in over a decade, inciting a complicated fight for justice wherein two subjugated communities were thrust into the uneven criminal justice system together. Down a Dark Stairwell captures both one of the largest Asian-American protests in history and a key event in the emerging Black Lives Matter movement. In this unflinching documentary directed by Ursula Liang, the insidious effects of white supremacy in American society are starkly revealed, persisting even when the participants on both sides of a conflict are people of color.

The film will air on PBS on April 12, 2021. 

Down A Dark Stairwell has received the 2020 Ashland Independent Film Festival-Best Documentary Feature Award and the 2020 Indy Film Fest-Best Documentary Award.

Ursula Liang

Ursula Liang is a journalist who has told stories in a wide range of media. She has worked for The New York Times Op-Docs, T:The New York Times Style Magazine, ESPN The Magazine, Asia Pacific Forum on WBAI, StirTV, the Jax Show, Hyphen magazine and currently freelances as a film and television producer (“Tough Love” (POV), “Wo Ai Ni Mommy” (POV), “UFC Countdown,”“UFC Primetime”) and story consultant. The New York Times described her debut feature “9-Man” as “an absorbing documentary.” The film won numerous awards, including the CAAMFest 2015 Grand Jury prize, and aired on public television’s America ReFramed series. Liang also works for the film publicity company, the 2050 Group, is a founding member of the Filipino American Museum, and sits on the advisory board of the Dynasty Project.  noncompliantfilms.com

SHARED STORIES Film Series is a collaborative effort of Boston Asian American Film Festival, Boston Latino International Film Festival, Roxbury International Film Festival with ArtsEmerson.

UMASS Boston is a community partner for this engagement, UMASS Boston supporters include Cinema Studies Program, Asian American Studies Program, American Studies Department, and the Mellon Foundation.

Asian American Documentary Network (A-DOC) and Open Your Eyes & Think MF (OYEATMF) celebrated the record number of Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) documentary filmmakers representing 17 features and 6 short films that are recognized as awards contenders through filmmaker conversations.  Below is a Q & A with Ursula Liang & Yu Gu on ‘Down a Dark Stairwell’ and ‘A Woman’s Work: The NFL’s Cheerleader Problem’

Jan. 30-31: A-DOC: Asian American Documentary Network, Open Your Eyes & Think MF (OYEATMF) Highlight AAPI Documentary Awards Contenders Hao Wu, Ramona S. Diaz, Bao Nguyen, Richard Lui, Yung Chang, Ursula Liang, S. Leo Chiang, Diane Quon, Jiayan “Jenny” Shi, Carol Nguyen, Jeff Orlowski, Yi Chen, Elizabeth Lo, Annie Katsura Rollins, Joanna Vasquez Arong and More 

Diane Paragas’ Independent Film YELLOW ROSE, Starring Eva Noblezada, Dale Watson, Princess Punzalan and Lea Salonga, Wins Houston Film Critics Society’s Best Texas Film of 2020 Award

Diane Paragas’ independent film Yellow Rose, starring Grammy®-winner and two-time Tony Award® nominee Eva Noblezada, award-winning country music artist Dale Watson, Princess Punzalan (Mula sa puso), Tony Award®-winner and Grammy®-nominee Lea Salonga (Once On This IslandMulan, Aladdin), Gustavo Gomez (“The Walking Dead”, Libby Villari (Boyhood), and Liam Booth (Ghosts Never Sleep) has won the Houston Film Critics Society’s Best Texas Film of 2020 Award.

Eva Noblezada in Diane Paragas' YELLOW ROSE
Eva Noblezada in Diane Paragas’ YELLOW ROSE

The retro science-fiction mystery The Vast of Night won the Texas Independent Film Visionary Award. Yellow Rose and The Vast of Night were competing against Miss Juneteenth, Boys State and Ready or Not

The honors were given during the Society’s first-ever, hour-long telecast on KUBE-TV/channel 57 which included clips from the five nominees and interviews with some of the filmmakers.

Read the full article – Houston Chronicle: Houston critics honor Texas films ‘Yellow Rose,’ ‘Vast of Night’

The film is written by Paragas, Annie Howell and Celena Cipriaso based on a story by Paragas and Andy Bienen. The film is produced by Paragas, Cecilia R. Mejia, Rey Cuerdo and Orian Williams. Executive Producers are Olivia De Jesus and Karen Elizaga. Yellow Rose is now streaming on KTX.ph, iWantTFC, Cignal PPV and Sky Cable PPV in the Philippines;  is available on demand, Blu-ray and DVD.

Eva Noblezada. Photo by Lia Chang

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

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

Eva Noblezada and Princess Punzalan in YELLOW ROSE

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

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

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

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

Eva Noblezada and Dale Watson in YELLOW ROSE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lia Chang

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

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Watch: Sundance Film Festival 2021 Q & A for PASSING with Director Rebecca Hall, and Actors Ruth Negga, Tessa Thompson and André Holland

Passing premiered on January 30th at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival in the U.S. Dramatic Competition.

Ruth Negga and Tessa Thompson appear in Passing by Rebecca Hall, an official selection of the U.S. Dramatic Competition at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival. Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Edu Grau.

Written and directed by Rebecca Hall, starring Tessa Thompson, Alexander Skarsgard, Ruth Negga and André Holland, Passing -based on the 1929 novel by Nella Larsen- tells the story of two high school friends, Clare and Irene, who become obsessed with one another’s lives.

Kim Yutani, Sundance Film Festival director of programming, chatted with Director Rebecca Hall, and cast members Tessa Thompson, Ruth Negga and André Holland. Watch below.

Irene Redfield (Tessa Thompson), a refined, upper-class 1920s woman, finds breezy refuge from a hot summer day in the grand tearoom of New York City’s Drayton Hotel. Across the room, she spots a blond woman staring her down. Irene wants to steal away, but before she can, Clare Kendry (Ruth Negga) rushes over to stop her. It turns out the two were in high school together, and while both are African American women who can “pass” as white, they have chosen to live on opposite sides of the color line. Now, their renewed acquaintance threatens them both.

Passing is an elegant psychological thriller about obsession, repression, and the lies people tell themselves and others to protect their carefully constructed realities. In her debut feature, Rebecca Hall uses creamy, mesmerizing black-and-white cinematography and a deft directorial restraint to adapt Nella Larsen’s acclaimed 1929 Harlem Renaissance novel into an affecting experiential insight into the pursuit of happiness and authenticity by those navigating the grinding tensions of American racism.

Feb. 1: Indiewire: Join Rebecca Hall and Her Producers for Panel Discussion on Their Sundance Film ’Passing’