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

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

Garth Kravits as The Writer. Photo by Lia Chang

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

ROM-COM GONE WRONG, Starring Lia Chang, Eric Elizaga and Brian Kim, to Screen at 10th Annual Queens World Film Festival in March

ROM-COM GONE WRONG, Starring Lia Chang, Eric Elizaga and Brian Kim, to Screen at 10th Annual Queens World Film Festival in  March. (Screening date and time to be announced.)
ROM-COM GONE WRONG, a new comedy short, written and directed by Garth Kravits and produced by Bev’s Girl Films and Cut & Dry Films, is an official selection of the 10th Annual Queens World Film Festival. 

Eric Elizaga and Brian Kim. Photo by Lia ChangThe 10th Annual Queens World Film Festival will run March 19-29, 2020 at the Museum of the Moving Image in both the Sumner M. Redstone Theater and the Bartos screening room and at the historic Zukor Theatre at the Kaufman Astoria Studios located right next door.  Click here for more on QWFF.

Eric Elizaga, Lia Chang and Brian Kim. Photo by Lia Chang

ROM-COM GONE WRONG, Starring Lia Chang, Eric Elizaga and Brian Kim, to Screen at 15th Annual DisOrient Asian American Film Festival of Oregon in March

Eric Elizaga quit his medical sales and marketing job in his home state of Hawaii to go to acting school in New York. Since then, he has appeared in over a dozen television shows including Elementary, Orange Is The New Black, Hawaii 5-0, FBI, as well as recurring roles on Law & Order: SVU and Gotham. Eric also wrote and directed a short film called  The Beach House for which he won the best short film director award at the Bergen International Film Festival. The Beach House was also an official selection at the 2019 Disorient Film Festival.

Lia Chang in ROM-COM GONE WRONG

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 films Rom-Com Gone Wrong, When the World was Young, Belongingness, Balancing Act and Hide and Seek.  

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

Garth Kravits is an actor, singer, musician, composer and award winning filmmaker, director and editor. He made his Broadway debut in the Tony award winning musical The Drowsy Chaperone and originated the role of Ritchie in the Broadway show Gettin’ the Band Back Together’.

His Off-Broadway credits include Old Jews Telling Jokes, Toxic Audio and Smart Blonde. He has appeared regionally in Gettin’ The Band Back Together, Meet Me in St. Louis: A Live Radio Play, and It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, (Bucks County Playhouse) Kravits has appeared on TV in “Mr. Robot,” “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” HBO’s “Divorce,” “30 Rock,” “The Blacklist,” “Nurse Jackie,” “The Carrie Diaries,” “Hostages” and in the new TV shows “The Hunters” (Amazon Prime) and “Tommy” (CBS).

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

PARASITE Receives The Actor for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture; Complete list of winners

LOS ANGELES – The Screen Actors Guild Awards® presented its coveted Actor® statuettes for the outstanding motion picture and television performances of 2019 at the 26th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards®, held Sunday, Jan. 19 at the Los Angeles Shrine Auditorium & Expo Hall.

Honored with individual awards were Joaquin Phoenix, Renée Zellweger, Brad Pitt and Laura Dern for performances in motion pictures, and Sam Rockwell, Michelle Williams, Peter Dinklage, Jennifer Aniston, Tony Shalhoub and Phoebe Waller-Bridge for performances in television. The Screen Actors Guild Awards originated awards for the outstanding performances by a motion picture cast and by television drama and comedy ensembles. The Actor® for a motion picture cast performance went this year to “Parasite,” while the Actors® for television drama and comedy ensemble performances went this year to “The Crown” and “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.” This is the first time that the top prize has been awarded to a foreign-language film. Click below for the video of their acceptance speech.

26th SAG Awards Ambassador Logan Browning and SAG-AFTRA Foundation President Courtney B. Vance revealed the honorees for outstanding action performances during the official live pre-show PEOPLE, Entertainment Weekly & TNT Red Carpet Live: 26th Screen Actors Guild Awards. The stunt ensemble from “Avengers: End Game” was honored for film and the stunt ensemble from “Game of Thrones” was honored for television.

Leonardo DiCaprio presented Robert De Niro with the 56th Life Achievement Award. The SAG Awards continued its traditions of presenting a montage saluting the work of SAG-AFTRA members and a filmed “In Memoriam” tribute honoring the union’s members lost during 2019.

PEOPLE hosted the official Post-Awards Gala for the 24th year. This exclusive event, which was held immediately following the SAG Awards honors the charitable efforts of actors in their communities. In addition, Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C), a division of the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF), will make a $125,000 grant to the SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s Assistance Programs which support actors who suffer from catastrophic illness or injury, including cancer, as well as emergency financial assistance.

Prior to the telecast, SAG-AFTRA Foundation President Courtney B. Vance announced that industry leaders and philanthropists Jeffrey and Marilyn Katzenberg have pledged a $250,000 matching gift to the Foundation. Vance challenged the 250 attending nominees to donate $1,000 each to secure the match, adding $500,000 to the Foundation’s vital safety net for SAG-AFTRA artists.

Nominees chosen by their respective SAG Awards film and television nominating committees were announced on Dec. 11, 2019. Two nominating panels — one for television and one for film — each composed of 2,500 randomly selected union members from across the United States, chose this year’s nominees. Final voting information was open to 121,923 SAG-AFTRA members in good standing. Balloting closed at noon on Friday, Jan. 17. Integrity Voting Systems, the Awards’ official election firm, sealed the results until they were announced live during the 26th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards.

The complete list of recipients for the 26th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards®follows:

The 26th ANNUAL SCREEN ACTORS GUILD AWARDS® RECIPIENTS

The Motion Picture Recipients are:

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
JOAQUIN PHOENIX / Arthur Fleck – “JOKER”

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
RENÉE ZELLWEGER / Judy Garland – “JUDY”

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
BRAD PITT / Cliff Booth – “ONCE UPON A TIME…IN HOLLYWOOD”

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
LAURA DERN / Nora Fanshaw – “MARRIAGE STORY”

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
PARASITE
CHANG HYAE JIN / Chung Sook
CHO YEO JEONG / Yeon Kyo
CHOI WOO SHIK / Ki Woo
JUNG HYEON JUN / Da Song
JUNG ZISO / Da Hye
LEE JUNG EUN / Moon Gwang
LEE SUN KYUN / Dong Ik
PARK MYUNG HOON / Geun Se
PARK SO DAM / Ki Jung
SONG KANG HO / Ki Taek

Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture
AVENGERS: ENDGAME

The Television Recipients are:

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series
SAM ROCKWELL / Bob Fosse – “FOSSE/VERDON”

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series
MICHELLE WILLIAMS / Gwen Verdon – “FOSSE/VERDON”

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series
PETER DINKLAGE / Tyrion Lannister – “GAME OF THRONES”

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
JENNIFER ANISTON / Alex Levy – “THE MORNING SHOW”

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series
TONY SHALHOUB / Abe Weissman – “THE MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL”

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series
PHOEBE WALLER-BRIDGE / Fleabag – “FLEABAG”

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
THE CROWN
MARION BAILEY / Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother
HELENA BONHAM CARTER / Princess Margaret
OLIVIA COLMAN / Queen Elizabeth II
CHARLES DANCE / Lord Mountbatten
BEN DANIELS / Lord Snowdon
ERIN DOHERTY / Princess Anne
CHARLES EDWARDS / Martin Charteris
TOBIAS MENZIES / Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh
JOSH O’CONNOR / Prince Charles
SAM PHILLIPS / Equerry
DAVID RINTOUL / Michael Adeane
JASON WATKINS / Harold Wilson

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
THE MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL
CAROLINE AARON / Shirley Maisel
ALEX BORSTEIN / Susie Myerson
RACHEL BROSNAHAN / Midge Maisel
MARIN HINKLE / Rose Weissman
STEPHANIE HSU / Mei
JOEL JOHNSTONE / Archie Cleary
JANE LYNCH / Sophie Lennon
LEROY McCLAIN / Shy Baldwin
KEVIN POLLAK / Moishe Maisel
TONY SHALHOUB / Abe Weissman
MATILDA SZYDAGIS / Zelda
BRIAN TARANTINA / Jackie
MICHAEL ZEGEN / Joel Maisel

Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Comedy or Drama Series
GAME OF THRONES

The 56th Annual SAG Life Achievement Award
Robert De Niro

ROM-COM GONE WRONG, Starring Lia Chang, Eric Elizaga and Brian Kim, to Screen at 15th Annual DisOrient Asian American Film Festival of Oregon in March

ROM-COM GONE WRONG, a new comedy short produced by Bev’s Girl Films and Cut & Dry Films, is an official selection of the 15th Annual DisOrient Asian American Film Festival of Oregon. Written and directed by Garth Kravits, ROM-COM GONE WRONG stars Lia Chang, Eric Elizaga and Brian Kim.

Eric Elizaga and Brian Kim. Photo by Lia Chang

Eric Elizaga quit his medical sales and marketing job in his home state of Hawaii to go to acting school in New York. Since then, he has appeared in over a dozen television shows including Elementary, Orange Is The New Black, Hawaii 5-0, FBI, as well as recurring roles on Law & Order: SVU and Gotham. Eric also wrote and directed a short film called  The Beach House for which he won the best short film director award at the Bergen International Film Festival. The Beach House was also an official selection at the 2019 Disorient Film Festival.

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

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers,  musicians and corporations. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman, Balancing Act, Belongingness, When the World was Young and Hide and Seek, which screened at DisOrient in 2016.

The DisOrient Asian American Film Festival showcases narrative, documentary, and short films with a focus on authentic Asian American and Pacific Islander voices and stories- celebrating inclusion, diversity and universal human experiences. The Festival will take place from March 12-15, 2020 at selected locations in Eugene, OR. Screening date: TBA. For more information on the festival click on https://disorientfilm.org

Happy New Year from Lia Chang and Garth Kravits of Bev’s Girl Films and Cut & Dry Films. Special thanks to all of our fabulous and gorgeous artist pals who collaborated with us and came out to play. Looking forward to a new year of diverse representation in front of and behind the camera.

Isabela Sanchez makes her film debut in BELONGINGNESS.
Isabela Sanchez makes her film debut in BELONGINGNESS.

Bev’s Girl Films presents BELONGINGNESS, a new short film starring Isabela Sanchez and Lia Chang. Written, directed and edited by Cut & Dry Films’ Garth Kravits, BELONGINGNESS follows a young girl’s search for identity and a sense of belonging, which comes from an expected source. Original Score by John Tyler Kent. Official Selection of the Asian Film Festival.

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

Ali Ewoldt​ and Emily Borromeo​ Star in the Holiday Comedy Short, THE CACTUS, written by Ms. Ewoldt and Jessica Wu​.

A Bev’s Girl Films and Cut & Dry Films Production, produced by Jessica Wu, Ali Ewoldt, Garth Kravits, and Lia Chang, directed and Lensed by Garth Kravits, the crew also includes 1st AD Eric Elizaga​, 2nd AD Jessica Wu, Set PAs Yuko Kudo​ and Déa Julien, Hair/Makeup by Sammi Price​. Edited by Garth Kravits and Jessica Wu.


1st Row: Brandon Ilaw, Billy Bustamante, Steven Cuevas. Back Row: Kevin Schuering, Priya Mahendra, Garth Kravits, Stephanie Celustka, Alex Chester-Blank Diane de Boer-Phelan and Jonathan Cuevas. Photo by Lia Chang

Helmed by Billy Bustamante, THE LAST FIVE YEARS stars Priya Mahendra and Kevin Schuering and features cinematography and editing by Garth Kravits, music direction by Steven Cuevas (violin, piano), with musicians Brandon Ilaw (guitar) and Jonathan Cuevas (cello).

Currently in post-production, WHEN THE WORLD WAS YOUNG stars Virginia Wing, Jason Ma and Lia Chang. The cast also features Jo Yang, Daniel Dunlow, Michelle Miller and Mark York.

When siblings Benjamin and Audrey return home to confront their Mother’s memory loss, they discover a hidden key to her past.

Written and directed by Garth Kravits, the film is Executive Produced by Bev’s Girl Films, with producers Garth Kravits of Cut & Dry Films and Eric Elizaga. Hair and makeup by Dorothy Bhadra. Special thanks to Karen Elizaga and Daniel Dunlow.

Seated: Anna Noble, Emy Coligado, Jaygee Macapugay and Lia Chang. Standing:
Daniel Dunlow, Jon Hoche, Michael Keyloun, Anastasia, Michelle Miller, Eric Elizaga, Kiet Tai Cao, Dewey D. Nguyen and Garth Kravits. Photo by Viet Vo

LIES LIES LIES Stars Jaygee Macapugay, Jon Hoche, Emy Coligado and Michael Keyloun. The cast also features Daniel Dunlow, Michelle Miller, Kiet Tai Cao, Dewey D Nguyen, Lia Chang and Anna Noble. Written and directed by Garth Kravits, Executive Producer Bev’s Girl Films with Producers Cut & Dry Films and Eric Elizaga.

All text, graphics, articles & photographs: © 2000-2019 Lia Chang Multimedia. All rights reserved. All materials contained on this site are protected by United States copyright law and may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, displayed, published or broadcast without the prior written permission of Lia Chang. You may not alter or remove any trademark, copyright or other notice from copies of the content. For permission, please contact Lia at liachangpr@gmail.com

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

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

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

Ali Ewoldt and Emily Borromeo. Photo by Lia Chang

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

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

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

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

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

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

All text, graphics, articles & photographs: © 2000-2019 Lia Chang Multimedia. All rights reserved. All materials contained on this site are protected by United States copyright law and may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, displayed, published or broadcast without the prior written permission of Lia Chang. You may not alter or remove any trademark, copyright or other notice from copies of the content. For permission, please contact Lia at liachangpr@gmail.com

Ronny Chieng’s Netflix comedy special debut, Asian Comedian Destroys America!, Launches Tonight

Ronny Chieng’s Netflix comedy special debut, “Asian Comedian Destroys America!,” launches globally on December 17, 2019.


“Ronny Chieng: Asian Comedian Destroys America!” (Marcus Russell Price/Netflix)

Comedian, The Daily Show Correspondent, and Crazy Rich Asians actor Ronny Chieng makes his Netflix comedy special debut in Asian Comedian Destroys America! Born in Malaysia and raised in Manchester, New Hampshire,Singapore, and Australia, Chieng shares his unapologetic perspective about his journey to America thus far. From evaluating the effects of consumerism to theorizing how efficient the U.S. would be with an Asian-American President, Chieng shares what he thinks really makes America great in Ronny Chieng: Asian Comedian Destroys America! when it launches globally on Netflix on December 17, 2019.

Chieng is currently shooting Director Chen Xi Hao’s Chinatown noir thriller A Father’s Son, a short film/pilot based on the characters from Henry Chang’s NYPD Detective Jack Yu crime series novels,  which also stars Tzi Ma (Rush Hour, The Farewell, Mulan) and Perry Yung (“The Knick,” “Warrior,” Boogie) .  Set in the early ’90s when local street gangs terrorized Manhattan’s Chinatown, the story centers on Detective Jack Yu (Chieng) investigating the murder of a teenage boy involved in a turf war. Amidst the broad distrust and racial divide between the Chinatown community and NYPD, our lone lawman searches for a nondescript immigrant family to deliver a shattering message that also brings forth his own conflicted relationship with Jack’s father. Click here for more information.

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

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

All text, graphics, articles & photographs: © 2000-2019 Lia Chang Multimedia. All rights reserved. All materials contained on this site are protected by United States copyright law and may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, displayed, published or broadcast without the prior written permission of Lia Chang. You may not alter or remove any trademark, copyright or other notice from copies of the content. For permission, please contact Lia at liachangpr@gmail.com

Diane Paragas’ YELLOW ROSE Starring Eva Noblezada, Lea Salonga, Princess Punzalan, Dale Watson, Gustavo Gomez, Libby Villari and Liam Booth, Sweeps Grand Jury and Audience Awards after Successful Film Festival Run; Final Screening Tonight at HIFF in Kauai at Waimea Theater

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

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Eva Noblezada and Dale Watson in YELLOW ROSE

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

● Best Feature, Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival

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

● Best Narrative Feature, Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival

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

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

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

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

● Audience Award, Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival

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

● Audience Award, San Diego Asian Film Festival

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

Yellow Rose is a timely story about a Filipino teen from a small Texas town who fights to pursue her dreams as a country music performer while facing the threat of deportation. The film was recently acquired by Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (SPWA) for worldwide distribution and will be distributed in the Philippines by ABS CBN.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Diane Paragas’ Multiple Award-Winning Film YELLOW ROSE, Starring Eva Noblezada, Dale Watson, Princess Punzalan and Lea Salonga, to Screen in Boston, Austin, Philadelphia, San Diego, Vancouver, Toronto, Oahu and Kauai

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

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

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

All text, graphics, articles & photographs: © 2000-2019 Lia Chang Multimedia. All rights reserved. All materials contained on this site are protected by United States copyright law and may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, displayed, published or broadcast without the prior written permission of Lia Chang. You may not alter or remove any trademark, copyright or other notice from copies of the content. For permission, please contact Lia at liachangpr@gmail.com

2019 Urban Action Showcase & Expo Lineup – November 8-9; THE LAST DRAGON Anniversary Celebration Screening on November 9

Lia Chang and Taimak. Photo by Lia Chang

I made my feature film debut as a martial arts student in Berry Gordy’s The Last Dragon and am looking forward to experiencing it on the big screen on Saturday, November 9 during The Last Dragon 35th Anniversary Celebration at AMC Empire 25 Theaters as part of Urban Action Showcase and Expo (UASE).

Taimak in THE LAST DRAGON

From 10am to Midnight, The Last Dragon Tribute and Daetrix Productions is sponsoring The Last Dragon 35th Anniversary Celebration which will feature a day-long celebration of Cosplay, Photo Experiences, a screening of The Last Dragon at 8pm, and a Fan meet and greet with Taimak Guarriello, star of The Last Dragon.

Grab your TLD 35th VIP Fan Experience pass and join Taimak aka Bruce Leroy, screenwriter Luis Venosta,  Rudy C. Jones and other cast members for autographs, photo ops, VR Photo and Video experiences, an exclusive TLD 35th Swag Bag and more!

  • Preferred Seating for the TLD 35th Screening
  • Special TLD 35th Anniversary Swag Bag
  • 1 Autograph of the special TLD 35th Poster
  • 1 Selfie Photo with Taimak The Last Dragon
  • ​All Festival and Showcase Films (1st Come 1st Served) 
  • All  Free Action Panels (1st Come 1st Served)
  • All Free Action Seminars (1st Come 1st Served)
  • Urban Action Expo
  • ​VR Anniversary Photo Experience
  • ​UAS Afterparty
  • *Note You must Be On Time to get your Preferred Seat!
  • *Note You are allowed 1 VR Photo Experience per turn.
  • Get the Glow at https://www.urbanactionshowcase.com/eventpasses.html

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Cinemax® is sponsoring the Urban Action Showcase and Expo (UASE) at the AMC Empire 25 Theaters (234 West 42nd Street Times Square in New York on Friday, November 8 and Saturday, November 9.  Click here for tickets and more information.

Warrington Hudlin, Lia Chang and Demetrius Angelo. Photo by Patrick Cashin

I had terrific time with my Big Trouble in Little China castmate Peter Kwong in 2016 when the UASE celebrated the 30th anniversary of the making of the film.

Peter Kwong and Lia Chang received the 2016 Martial Arts Cult Classic Cinema Award for Big Trouble in Little China’s 30th Anniversary at the 4th Annual Urban Action Showcase and Expo at the AMC Empire 25 Times Square in New York on November 12, 2016. Photo by Lori Tan Chinn

Inside the 2016 Urban Action Showcase and Expo with BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA’s Peter Kwong and Lia Chang; Full List of 2016 Honorees 

The UASE is the premier Action entertainment platform advocating diversity and honoring the multicultural achievements within the blockbuster Action genre bringing awareness and access to heroes of color. Showcasing Independent and Mainstream Action content in the multifaceted Action genre including Adventure, Fantasy, Grindhouse, Action Horror, Martial Arts, Sci-Fi, Supernatural and Urban Action content. The UASE is the only Action entertainment platform offering both fan and professional experiences through its International Action Film Festival, Action Expo and Action Film Awards platforms.By focusing on the thrill and excitement of the Action genre and recognizing the need for integration, the UASE sets itself apart from other festival platforms as the only one of its kind. The purpose of the UASE is to ultimately see an increase in ethnic heroic principal characters in film and television, increase the development of content and expand distribution platforms reflecting multicultural images and interests as it pertains to the multifaceted Action genre.

HBO/Cinemax® VIP Red Carpet Reception and Awards:
Friday, November 8th, 6 p.m. – 11 p.m. at AMC Empire 25 Theaters (234 West 42nd Street Times Square NYC)
• UAS International Action Film Festival Awards
• Diversity in Action Awards (Honoring the Past Present and Future Mainstream Achievements in the blockbuster Action genre)
• Behind the Action Awards (Honoring the Hidden Heroes in the Action genre)
Knighting of The Black Dragon

 

There is a new Dragon on the horizon. Michael Jai White will receive the mantle of The Black Dragon from Grand Master Ron Van Clief. This will happen during the Awards presentation on Friday November 9th at 8 pm.

Urban Action Showcase International Film Festival and UASE 14 Hour Cinema Mega-Thon: Saturday, November 9th, 10 a.m. – Midnight at AMC Empire 25 Times Square: Screening of Features, Shorts and Showcase Films.

Showcase Features:
Saturday Afternoon Kung Fu Theater
Iron Fists and Kung Fu Kicks Feature Documentary Film and Panel (Special Guests: Cynthia Rothrock, Michael Jai White, Warrington Hudlin, Robert Samuels, Ron Van Clief, Ric Meyers)
Above The Law (Cynthia Lady Dragon Rothrock)
Blood Fist (Don The Dragon Wilson)
Blood and Bone 10th Anniversary (Michael Jai White)
Ninja Assassin 10th Anniversary
Street Fighter: Legend of Chung Li 10th Anniversary
Showcase Anniversary Screenings
The Warriors 40 Anniversary
• The Last Dragon 35 Anniversary

Back 2 Black Action Cinema
Black Dynamite 10th Anniversary
Black Belt Jones 45th Anniversary
That Man Bolt 46th Anniversary
Blood and Bone 10 Anniversary

Retro Action Cinema
Universal Soldier The Return 20th Anniversary
Avatar 10th Anniversary
G.I. Joe The Rise of Cobra 10th Anniversary

Official Selections of the 2019 UAS International Action Film Festival Urban Action Expo:
Saturday, November 9th, 10 a.m. – 7p.m. at AMC Empire 25 Times Square
Featuring Entertainment Industry Exhibitors, Comic Book and Graphic Artists, Celebrity Guests, Panels, Seminars, Master Classes and more

Featured Seminars
Action Icon Experience (Master Classes with Cynthia Rothrock, Don The Dragon Wilson and Michael Jai White)
Blunt and Bladed Weapons 4 Film (Grand Master Felix Cortez)
Firearms 4 Film (Hanshi Nikwan Murphy)


JKD 4 Film (Guru Chris Moran JKD NYC)
Batman 30th Anniversary
Kickboxer 30 Anniversary
The Matrix 20th Anniversary
Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace 20th Anniversary

Featured Panels:
• Urban Fists of Legends Panel featuring the legends of Action cinema
• Sheroes in Action: Women in Action Cinema Panel
The Warriors 40th Anniversary Panel
• Martial Arts in Cinema Panel
• Behind The Action: Stunt and Fight Choreographer Panel

Celebrity talent attending the 2019 UASE celebration:
• Nafessa Williams (Thunder of Black Lightning)

• Michael Jai White (Spawn, Universal Soldier, Black Dynamite, Triple Threat)
• Taimak (The Last Dragon)

• Cynthia Lady Dragon Rothrock (Lady Dragon, Sworn To Justice, Yes Madam)

• Don The Dragon Wilson (Blood Fist, Ring of Fire)

• Fred The Hammer Williamson (That Man Bolt, Three The Hard Way, From Dust to Dawn)

• Perry Yung (Father Jun in Cinemax’s “Warrior”)

• Henry Yuk (Long Zii of “Wu Assassins”)

• Celia Au (Ying Ying of “Wu Assassins”)

• Ron Van Clief (The Black Dragon’s Revenge)
• Robert Samuels (Made in China Town, Gambling Ghost)

• Vincent Lyn (Operation Condor)

• Ric Meyers (The Kung Fu Movie Movie, Martial Arts Film Historian)
• David Harris (Cochise in The Warriors)
• Brian Tyler (Snow in The Warriors)
• Dorsey Wright (Cleon in The Warriors)
• David Worth (Director of Kickboxer)


• Stuntman, Actors, Stunt Coordinators
• Other guest TBA

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

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

All text, graphics, articles & photographs: © 2000-2019 Lia Chang Multimedia. All rights reserved. All materials contained on this site are protected by United States copyright law and may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, displayed, published or broadcast without the prior written permission of Lia Chang. You may not alter or remove any trademark, copyright or other notice from copies of the content. For permission, please contact Lia at liachangpr@gmail.com

Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Acquires Diane Paragas’ Award-Winning Independent Film YELLOW ROSE Starring Eva Noblezada, Lea Salonga, Princess Punzalan, Dale Watson, Gustavo Gomez, Libby Villari and Liam Booth

Eva Noblezada in YELLOW ROSE

Culver City, CA, October 24, 2019 – Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (SPWA) announced today that it has acquired all worldwide rights, excluding the Philippines, to the film Yellow Rose, directed by Diane Paragas in her narrative feature debut.

Eva Noblezada and Dale Watson in YELLOW ROSE

Yellow Rose is a timely story about a Filipino teen from a small Texas town who fights to pursue her dreams as a country music performer while facing the threat of deportation. The film stars two-time Tony Award Nominee Eva Noblezada (Hadestown, Miss Saigon) in her feature film debut, Tony Award Winner Lea Salonga (Once on this Island, Miss Saigon), Princess Punzalan (Mula Sa Puso), Dale Watson (Friday Night Lights), Gustavo Gomez (“The Walking Dead”), Libby Villari (Boyhood), and Liam Booth (Ghosts Never Sleep).

Eva Noblezada and Princess Punzalan in YELLOW ROSE

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

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

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

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

The film premiered at this year’s Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival where it received the Grand Jury Award and the Breakout Performance Award for Noblezada’s outstanding performance.

Already having won a total of five Grand Jury Awards, the film is the closing night selection of the Boston Asian American Film Festival on Sunday, October 27 at 6:00PM; a marquee presentation of the Austin Film Festival on Monday, October 28 at 7:40PM; an official selection of the Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival on Friday, November 8 at 8:00PM; an official selection of the San Diego Asian Film Festival on Saturday, November 9 at 3:45PM; the closing night selection of the Vancouver Asian Film Festival on Sunday, November 10 at 7:30PM; the closing night selection of the Toronto Reel Asian Film Festival on November 15 at 7:00PM., an official selection of the Houston Cinema Arts Festival on November 15 at 7:30PM, and is an official selection of the Hawaii International Film Festival in Oahu on November 16 at  6:00PM and in Kauai on November 21 at 7:30 PM.

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
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

Yellow Rose will be distributed in theaters in the Philippines by ABS-CBN.

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

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Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions

Diane Paragas’ Multiple Award-Winning Film YELLOW ROSE, Starring Eva Noblezada, Dale Watson, Princess Punzalan and Lea Salonga, to Screen in Boston, Austin, Philadelphia, San Diego, Vancouver, Toronto, Oahu and Kauai

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

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

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

All text, graphics, articles & photographs: © 2000-2019 Lia Chang Multimedia. All rights reserved. All materials contained on this site are protected by United States copyright law and may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, displayed, published or broadcast without the prior written permission of Lia Chang. You may not alter or remove any trademark, copyright or other notice from copies of the content. For permission, please contact Lia at liachangpr@gmail.com

Fundraiser for A FATHER’S SON Kickstarter at Asia Roma on October 14

Director Chen Xi Hao and Crime Mystery author Henry Chang are holding a Kickstarter alternative meet and greet fundraiser for their film campaign for A Father’s Son,  on Monday, October 14 at Asia Roma, 40 Mulberry Street in New York Chinatown from 6:00PM – 9:00PM.

Chen Xi Hao and Henry Chang. Photo by Adam Lim © 2019 Navajo Productions

Due to navigational glitches on the kickstarter campaign for A Father’s Son, this fundraising party is an opportunity to contribute in person via cash/check, make a pledge and choose your rewards.  All proceeds will be deposited to the kickstarter campaign.

Tzi Ma and Perry Yung

Chinatown noir thriller A Father’s Son, a short film/pilot based on the characters from Henry Chang’s NYPD Detective Jack Yu crime series novels, will star Tzi Ma (Rush Hour, The Farewell, Mulan) and Perry Yung (“The Knick,” “Warrior,” Boogie) .  Set in the early ’90s when local street gangs terrorized Manhattan’s Chinatown, the story centers on Detective Jack Yu investigating the murder of a teenage boy involved in a turf war. Amidst the broad distrust and racial divide between the Chinatown community and NYPD, our lone lawman searches for a nondescript immigrant family to deliver a shattering message that also brings forth his own conflicted relationship with Jack’s father.

Chen Xi Hao. Photo by Adam Lim © 2019 Navajo Productions

Director’s Statement
“Since 2006, Henry Chang’s posters of his crime drama book series, Chinatown Beat, Year of The Dog, Red Jade, and Death Money were displayed at my two favorite NYC Chinatown restaurants: 69 Bayard and Wo Hop City. The posters caught my attention for years until I purchased his first book titled Chinatown Beat.

After reading the first installment, I became enamored with the fictional character Jack Yu, a NYPD Detective torn between justice and the injustice to his community. He was a born-and-bred New Yorker with a New Yawk accent trying to do good. It was the first time reading about a Chinese-American protagonist who wasn’t an American stereotype. Jack wasn’t a cook, waiter, deliveryman, an herbalist, railroad worker, opioid dealer, martial artist, monk or Manchu.

Positive Asian-American role models were invisible unless it was Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan and Jet Li, or another martial art figure. Only little known-actor Dennis Gong Dun came close portraying a Chinese-American protagonist in Year of the Dragon as Herbert Kwong, and as Wang Chi in Big Trouble in Little China. But that was only around 1980s.

Today, thanks to organizations like Gold House and box-office hits like Crazy Rich Asians, there’s a genuine opportunity for good stories with tangible Asian-American characters. It’s been 13 years since the release of Chinatown Beat and I felt this was the right time to bring Jack Yu to light in our story, A Father’s Son.

I grew up watching Hong Kong ’90s films. The three films I wrote and directed, Love Express, Confucius Plaza, and The Last Tip were inspired by Hong Kong’s cinematic style and natural realism — which have been showcased at the Museum of Chinese in America and Comcast’s Xfinity Lunar New Year collection.

With A Father’s Son, I want to direct it as a film noir with reference to Johnnie To’s PTU (2003) and Election (2005). I want to exhibit the grittiness of New York’s Chinatown with the Cantonese essence that will simulate 1994.”

Henry Chang. Photo by Adam Lim © 2019 Navajo Productions

Sentiments from Crime Mystery Author and Executive Producer Henry Chang “Collaborating with friends can be a nightmare fraught with personality clashes, creative differences, conflicting agendas, etc. THIS collaboration fortunately is fully compatible. Filmmaker Patrick Chen (Love Express, Underneath The Grey, The Last Tip) is a smooth operator with a hand-picked team who’s everything media-savvy that I’m NOT. I am old-school clinging onto the edge of social media, Facebook -LOL.

I’ll handle the books end of the endeavor though, and do a video and print promotions, sure! Now, it’s super cool to have my O.G. homie Tzi Ma back in da ‘hood where he shines. I’m also keen to have Perry Yung  on board, supporting us as fiercely as we supported him in Chinatown, New York City. Not to forget familiar faces of Alvin Tsang, Adam Lim, Shannon Ko and David Bettencourt who helped made our Kickstarter campaign video cool and copacetic. So far it’s a Dream Team…

Long overdue with REPRESENTATION with the Crazy Rich Asians success, is upon us. It’s hot times now and movies and platforms like Netflix, Disney+, Amazon are allegedly searching for diverse creative content. If so, the trickle-down hasn’t reached US yet so we’re very grateful for homegrown, and Chinatown, and American-Chinese support, who know that we are determined to tell OUR stories, by any means necessary. REPRESENT!! Because we got history here…

Most of all we love our supporters; the ones who make it work. Your faithful contributions to our campaign enable us. In the latest wave of post Crazy Rich Asians’ Gold Openings, it’s great to see people of color to come together and fill theater seats for movies like The Farewell and Lucky Grandma or Ms. Purple, but it’s especially important to support American-Asian stories that are underrepresented and unfunded, so that OUR stories can see the light of day. Our Backers (you) make this possible, from inception to the Screen. WE are nothing but dreamers without YOU!”

@DetectiveJackYuOfficial

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

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

All text, graphics, articles & photographs: © 2000-2019 Lia Chang Multimedia. All rights reserved. All materials contained on this site are protected by United States copyright law and may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, displayed, published or broadcast without the prior written permission of Lia Chang. You may not alter or remove any trademark, copyright or other notice from copies of the content. For permission, please contact Lia at liachangpr@gmail.com