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#GoldOpen Family Day for DreamWorks Animation and Pearl Studio’s Co-Production of Abominable on September 28 in New York, LA and San Francisco

On Saturday, September 28, there will be a #GoldOpen Family Day  of DreamWorks Animation and Pearl Studio’s co-production Abominable with six screenings in Los Angeles, seven screenings in New York and and two screenings in San Francisco.

#GoldOpen is a community movement dedicated to ensuring the opening weekend success of Asian-led films.

Justin Chon and Yao King. Photo by Lia Chang

Yao King recently sponsored #GoldOpen screenings for Lulu Wang’s  The Farewell and Justin Chon’s Ms. Purple in New York, and is part of the #GoldOpen NY team for the #GoldOpen Family Day of screenings for Abominable in New York.

Yao King and Awkwafina. Photo by Lia Chang

Abominable is the first modern day Chinese family featured in a global animated film.  Abominable, written and directed by Jill Culton (Monsters, Inc., Toy Story 2) and co-directed by Todd Wilderman (Trolls, The Croods), stars Chloe Bennet as Yi, Tenzing Norgay Trainor as Jin, and Albert Tsai as Peng, with Eddie Izzard, Sarah Paulson, Tsai Chin, and Michelle Wong.  Produced by Suzanne Buirgy and Peilin Chou with Executive Producers Tim Johnson, Frank Zhu, and Li Ruigang, Abominable will be released by Universal Pictures worldwide beginning September 27, 2019, with distribution in China by Pearl.

Image via DreamWorks/Pearl

When teenage Yi (Chloe Bennet, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) encounters a young Yeti on the roof of her apartment building in Shanghai, she and her mischievous friends, Jin (Tenzing Norgay Trainor) and Peng (Albert Tsai), name him “Everest” and embark on an epic quest to reunite the magical creature with his family at the highest point on Earth.

But the trio of friends will have to stay one-step ahead of Burnish (Eddie Izzard), a wealthy man intent on capturing a Yeti, and zoologist Dr. Zara (Sarah Paulson) to help Everest get home.

Image via DreamWorks/Pearl

Abominable will also be partnering with TheaterEars — where you can install an app and watch the film with a Chinese language recording.

Image via DreamWorks/Pearl

Sponsor/Patron Information: If you are interested in becoming a #GoldOpen Sponsor/Patron for Family Day and ABOMINABLE, please reach out directly to goldopen@goldhouse.org for personal assistance or follow this link here for self-service.  This is a great way to support, spreading a unique experience to partners, clients, non-profits, friends and family.

#GoldOpen was founded in a 2017 Gold House Salon by pioneering Asian directors, producers, writers, and executives who wanted the world we watch to reflect the world we live in. Inspired by the African American and Women communities who’d successfully ensured the opening weekend success of their own films, the group adapted and scaled its own version, buying out theaters for independent films, engineering viral social media and press campaigns, and accelerating global distribution opportunities. Since then, #GoldOpen has successfully supported various creative projects for different communities. Most importantly, #GoldOpen has now transcended any single organization, fueled by a global network of passionate fans, influencers, leaders, and organizations across multicultural communities including the Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment, A3 Foundation, and many more.

Image via DreamWorks/Pearl

Gold House is an exclusive collective of pioneering Asian founders, creative voices, and leaders dedicated to systematically accelerating the Asian diaspora’s societal impact while enhancing the community’s cultural legacy. For more information, click here.

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

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

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2016 SAPFF: Peter Kwong, Hudson Yang, Albert Tsai, Joz Wang and Baldwin Chiu set for “Rise and Represent” Panel on May 28

On Saturday, May 28th, join Hollywood stars and industry professionals Peter Kwong (Big Trouble in Little China), Hudson Yang (Fresh off the Boat) and Albert Tsai (Dr. Ken), digital entrepreneur Joz Wang (CEO, 8Asians.com), and Baldwin (Only Won) Chiu (Finding Cleveland) in discussing the past, present and future progress of Asian American representation, at the “Rise and Represent” panel at the 2016 Sacramento Asian Pacific Film Festival, co-presented by Asian American Journalists Association – Sacramento Chapter. The panel will be held at The Guild Theater, 2828 35th St, Sacramento, CA 95817 at 5:00pm.

sapffOver 30 films will be featured at The 2016 Sacramento Asian Pacific Film Festival, which runs May 27 – 28, 2016. Click below for the full lineup.

2016 Sacramento Asian Pacific Film Festival Lineup, May 27-28; HIDE AND SEEK starring Lia Chang and Garth Kravits screens on May 28

Included with the Full Festival Pass, attend the Rise and Represent panel, along with all Special Presentations, and all Official Selections.

 

Ticket purchasers may buy either a Full Festival Pass for access both days; all day Friday (3PM – 10:30PM); all day Saturday (11AM – 10:30AM); Half-Day Saturday day (11AM-4:30PM), or Half-Day Saturday evening (5PM -10:30PM). Click here purchase a full festival pass or tickets.

General FFP: $50
Students/Seniors FFP: $25
Students may be requested to provide a valid student ID. Seniors are 62 years young and up.

Visit www.SAPFF.org for tickets and complete 2016 Festival Schedule! Learn more about AAJA Sacramento at aajasacramento.org.

BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA screens at Crest Theatre in Sacramento on May 27; with Special Guest Peter Kwong

Q & A with Ed Moy, Filmmaker of AVIATRIX: THE KATHERINE SUI FUN CHEUNG STORY and UP IN THE CLOUDS; both films screen at the 2016 Sacramento Asian Pacific Film Festival on May 27

ABOUT SAPFF

The signature event of the Sacramento Asian Pacific Cultural Village, SAPFF serves alongside a continuum of events and programming in support of traditional and contemporary Asian and Pacific Islander artistic expression within the Sacramento Region.  Since 2013, SAPFF has been a champion of independent films featuring the works of Asian Pacific Islanders in front of and behind the camera.

Facebook: www.facebook.com/AsianPacificFilmFest
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For more information about the Sacramento Asian Pacific Cultural Village, the Sacramento Asian Pacific Film Festival, or to see how you can get involved send an email to info@SAPFF.org, or call (916) 776-6036.

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

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

Jeanne Sakata, Dana Lee, Alexis Rhee, Clyde Kusatsu guest star on DR. KEN’s Korean/Japanese-American Thanksgiving on Nov. 20

(seated) Albert Tsai, Clyde Kusatsu, Jeanne Sakata, Alexis Rhee, Dana Lee; (standing) Suzy Nakamura, Ken Jeong and Krista Marie Yu on 'Dr. Ken'.
(seated) Albert Tsai, Clyde Kusatsu, Jeanne Sakata, Alexis Rhee, Dana Lee; (standing) Suzy Nakamura, Ken Jeong and Krista Marie Yu on ‘Dr. Ken’.

On Thursday, November 20th, The Parks celebrate a Korean/Japanese-American Thanksgiving, with some zany results on ABC’s Dr. Ken. Tune in at 8:30pm. The episode will air again on Thursday, November 26th (10:30-11:00 p.m., ET/PT).

ABC's Dr. Ken
ABC’s Dr. Ken

“Thanksgiving Culture Clash” – Molly rebels and gets a Japanese tattoo, which spirals Ken and Allison into having a cultural face-off when Allison claims she is more Japanese than Ken is Korean. At a holiday dinner, they push their traditional dishes on their guests, while Dave documents the Thanksgiving events for a school project. Also, Julie, fearful of being alone due to a recent heartbreak, invites the office over to her place – but Damona and Clark try finding a way to leave early so they can make it to their other Thanksgiving plans.

Ken Jeong, Suzy Nakamura and Jeanne Sakata on ABC's 'Dr. Ken'.
Ken Jeong, Suzy Nakamura and Jeanne Sakata on ABC’s ‘Dr. Ken’.

Dr. Ken stars Ken Jeong as Dr. Ken, Suzy Nakamura as Allison, Tisha Campbell Martin as Damona, Jonathan Slavin as Clark, Kate Simses as Julie, Albert Tsai as Dave, Krista Marie Yu as Molly, and Dave Foley as Pat.

Guest cast: Dana Lee as D.K., Alexis Rhee as In-Sook, Jeanne Sakata as Pam, Clyde Kusatsu as Jerry.

“Thanksgiving Culture Clash” was written by Mike O’Connell and directed by Ken Whittingham. Executive producers are Mike Sikowitz, John Davis and John Fox. Ken Jeong and Mike O’Connell are co-executive producers. “Dr. Ken” is produced by Sony Pictures Television and ABC Studios.

For more information on Dr. Ken, visit www.abc.go.com/shows/dr-ken.

Jeanne Sakata. Photo by Lia Chang
Jeanne Sakata. Photo by Lia Chang

Jeanne Sakata is a renowned actress whose acclaimed “cross-gender” portrayal of Master Hua in Chay Yew’s RED at East West Players earned her the LA Ovation Award for Best Lead Actress. She recently starred as Masha in the LAPC Theatre production of  Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, and appeared in A Noise Within’s (ANW) production of Figaro

Jeanne Sakata with her cast in the dressing room of the LAPC Theatre production of Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike.
Jeanne Sakata with her cast in the dressing room of the LAPC Theatre production of Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike.

She has performed across the country at The Public Theater, Lincoln Center Theater, Kennedy Center, Mark Taper Forum, La Jolla Playhouse, South Coast Rep, American Conservatory Theater, Northlight Theatre, Intiman Theatre, Berkeley Rep, A Contemporary Theatre, Portland Center Stage, Syracuse Stage and the Arizona Theatre Company, and developed new works with The Sundance Institute Theatre Lab and the Ojai Playwrights Festival. Screen credits include “NCIS Los Angeles,” “Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns,” “Desperate Housewives,” “ER,” “Threat Matrix,” “Line of Fire,” “Presidio Med,” “American Family,” “Numb3rs,” John Ridley’s “I Got You,” the MOW’s “The Reading Room,” “Hiroshima,” “Consensual Relations,” and the feature films The Babymakers, XXX2: State of the Union and American Fusion.

Sakata will received the 2016 LEE MELVILLE AWARD for Outstanding Contribution to the Los Angeles Theater Community in 2016. She has received the Los Angeles’ Pacific American Friends of Theatre Outstanding Artist Award, the Monaco Charity Film Festival Best Actress Award (Adultolescence), Stage Scene Outstanding Performance mention (Master Class), Entertainment Today Best Supporting Actress Award (A Winter People), and the Drama-Logue Outstanding Performance Award (The Maidswww.jeannesakata.com

Her critically acclaimed play Hold These Truths (formerly Dawn’s Light: The Journey of Gordon Hirabayashi), had its world premiere in 2007 at Los Angeles’ East West Players, co-presented by the UCLA Department of Asian American Studies, the UCLA Asian American Studies Center, and the Japanese American National Museum. In its 2012 New York premiere at the Epic Theatre Ensemble, Hold These Truths opened to unanimous rave reviews from The New Yorker, The Washington Post/API, and many other theatre critics, resulting in a Drama Desk Nomination for Outstanding Solo Performance, and a subsequent Hawaiian premiere, co-presented by Daniel Dae Kim and the Honolulu Theatre For Youth. Developed by the Lark Play Development Center and the New York Theatre Workshop, it has also been performed at Chicago’s Pritzker Pavilion with Silk Road Rising/Millennium Park, the University of California at Riverside and the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, where it served as the inspiration and theatrical centerpiece of the civil rights symposium Civil Liberties, National Security and the Legacies of the Japanese Removal and Incarceration. With the East West Players Theatre For Youth program in 2008 and 2010, the play has twice toured high schools and junior high schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District. Hold These Truths is now part of the Jeanne Sakata Collection in the Library of Congress Playwrights Archive, Asian American Pacific Islander Collection, Washington DC. (www.holdthesetruths.info, www.facebook.com/holdthesetruths),  www.holdthesetruths.info)

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

Lia Chang is an award-winning filmmaker, a Best Actress nominee, a photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in  FebOne1960.com BlogJade Magazine and Playbill.com.

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

All text, graphics, articles & photographs: © 2000-2015 Lia Chang Multimedia. All rights reserved. All materials contained on this site are protected by United States copyright law and may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, displayed, published or broadcast without the prior written permission of Lia Chang. You may not alter or remove any trademark, copyright or other notice from copies of the content. For permission, please contact Lia at lia@liachangphotography.com