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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.

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

Jan. 29: Asia Society at 2021 Sundance Film Festival: Janet Yang Moderates Virtual Panel Discussion Featuring Amy Tan, Miya Cech, Sushmit Ghosh, Debbie Lum, Leonardo Nam, Baz Poonpiriya, Rintu Thomas, and Christopher Yogi

For the third consecutive year, Asia Society Northern California will host conversations honoring Asian filmmakers and talent at the virtual 2021 Sundance Film Festival.

Academy Governor-at-Large and executive producer of The Joy Luck Club Janet Yang will moderate this virtual program. Speakers include Amy Tan, Miya Cech, Sushmit Ghosh, Debbie Lum, Leonardo Nam, Baz Poonpiriya, Rintu Thomas, and Christopher Yogi. 

Closing remarks by Kevin Rudd, Asia Society CEO & President, 26th Prime Minister of Australia.

Find the Asia Society page on the 2021 Sundance Film Festival website here. This event will be complimentary and open to the global community.

AGENDA

Friday, January 29, 2021 from 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. PST/8:30 p.m. EST

5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. PST   Main Program

  • 5:30 p.m. – 6:15 p.m. – Documentary Features with Amy Tan, subject of Unintended Memoir, Debbie Lum, director of Try Harder!, Sushmit Ghosh and Rintu Thomas, co-directors of Writing with Fire
     
  • 6:15 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. – Narrative Features with Miya Cech and Leonardo Nam, stars of Marvelous and the Black Hole, Christopher Yogi, writer/director of I Was a Simple Man, Baz Poonpiriya, writer/director of One for the Road

7:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Pacific    VIP Reception

VIP Reception to follow the program for Groundbreaker and Innovator Members with Direct Access to Speakers

Click here to RSVP.

Please continuing checking the event website for updated speaker information.

Link to join virtually via Zoom will be emailed the day before and an hour before the program is scheduled to begin by Rexille Uy, Director of Programs (ruy@asiasociety.org).  This will be a webinar program; attendees will not appear on camera and will participate via the Q&A box.

Amy Tan
Amy Tan

Born in the U.S. to immigrant parents from China, Amy Tan grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area in a succession of twelve homes by the time she graduated from high school. In 1985, Amy began writing fiction as an incentive to cut back on her heavy freelance workload.  She attended her first workshop at the Squaw Valley Community of Writers and then joined a writers group led by writer and creative writing teacher Molly Giles.  In 1987, Amy went to China for the first time, accompanied by her mother.  When she returned home, she learned that she had received  three offers for a book of short stories, of which only three had been written.  The resulting book, The Joy Luck Club, was hailed as a novel and became a surprise bestseller, spending over forty weeks on the New York Times Bestseller List.  

Amy  served as Co-producer and Co-screenwriter with Ron Bass for the film adaptation of The Joy Luck Club, for which they received WGA and BAFTA nominations.   She was the Creative Consultant for Sagwa, the Emmy nominated PBS television series for children, which has aired worldwide, including in the UK, Latin America, Hong Kong, China, Taiwan, and Singapore.  Her story in The New Yorker, Immortal Heart, was performed on stages throughout the U.S. and in France. Her essays and stories are found in hundreds of anthologies and textbooks, and they are assigned as required reading in many high schools and universities.  Amy Tan has been nominated for the National Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the International Orange Prize, and has won many awards including the Commonwealth Gold Award.

Miya Cech
Miya Cech

Ingénue rising starlet Miya Cech is making her mark in Hollywood. Born in Japan, Cech was adopted as a baby and raised with her three siblings in Northern California. She broke into the entertainment industry as a model at just four years old. In 2015, Cech made her television debut as a guest star on the CBS drama Hawaii Five-0. Shortly after, she appeared on several other series including: Nickelodeon’s The Thundermans, season six of FX’s American Horror Story: Roanoke, and the ABC comedy American Housewife.

She currently stars as ‘Samantha Sawyer-Wei,’ a young girl who is a part of a group of kids that are accidentally launched into space, in Nickelodeon’s newest series The Astronauts. She also stars as ‘Sammy Ko’ in the film Marvelous & The Black Hole, which was accepted into the 2021 Sundance Film Festival. The coming-of-age comedy touches on unlikely friendships, grief, and finding hope in the darkest of moments.

Debbie Lum
Debbie Lum

Debbie Lum is an award-winning independent filmmaker based in San Francisco. Her projects give voice to the Asian American experience and other unsung stories. Lum’s award-winning Seeking Asian Female (SXSW Film Festival, Best of Fest‚ AFI Discovery Channel/Silverdocs Film Festival, PBS’ Independent Lens May 2013) was her feature-length directing debut. For years she worked as a documentary editor; credits include A.K.A Don Bonus (winner national Emmy), Kelly Loves Tony (nominated for Best Documentary by the IDA), which she also co-produced, and To You Sweetheart Aloha (Audience award LAAPFF). She has also written several short comedies, Chinese Beauty, A Great Deal!, and One April Morning. She has a B.A. from Brown University, an M.F.A. from San Francisco State University and completed the CPB Producer’s Academy at WGBH. 

Leonardo Nam
Leonardo Nam

Born in Argentina to Korean immigrant parents and raised in Sydney, Australia, Nam attended Sydney Technical High School and studied architecture at the University of New South Wales, before deciding to move to New York City to pursue his dream of becoming an actor.  Whilst in New York, he studied drama with theatre legend Uta Hagen at the critically acclaimed HB Studio and worked with the New York Public Theater/Shakespeare in the Park company, as well as Sigourney Weaver and Jim Simpson’s The Bat Theater Company.  His breakout role came in the Paramount Pictures comedy The Perfect Score, starring Scarlett Johansson, Chris Evans, and Erika Christensen.  Since then, he has gone on to star in a string of movies, namely The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 1 and 2, The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, Vantage Point, He’s Just Not That Into You, and One for the Money.

Leonardo Nam can currently be seen reprising his fan-favorite role as Felix Lutz for season three of the critically acclaimed, award-winning HBO series Westworld.  The series, based off the 1973 Michael Crichton movie of the same name, takes place in Westworld, a futuristic amusement park intended for rich vacationers and looked after by robotic “hosts.”  Since the show’s breakout debut in 2016, the series has garnered over 150 award nominations, 47 wins and counting.  Season 3 is currently available to stream across HBO platforms.

Janet Yang (moderator)
Janet Yang (moderator)

Academy Governor-at-Large and a Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning Hollywood producer with deep roots in China, Janet Yang has worked with some of the most formidable directors and actors in the world. She came to prominence through her collaboration with Steven Spielberg on Empire of the Sun (Warner Bros).  That was followed by a long partnership with multiple Academy Award-winner Oliver Stone—where she served as Executive Producer on the iconic The Joy Luck Club (Disney), and as a Producer on the Golden Globe-winning The People vs. Larry Flynt (Columbia Pictures). Her most recent project, Over The Moon (Netflix), is an animated feature based on her original story inspired by the Chinese moon goddess. Iconic animator Glen Keane directs the movie.

Among her many other credits are: the Sundance award-winning Dark Matter with Meryl Streep and Chinese star, Liu Ye; The Weight of Water (Lionsgate) directed by Academy Award winner Kathryn Bigelow; Fox’s High Crimes with Morgan Freeman; a Chinese adaptation of the acclaimed Disney franchise High School Musical; and cult favorites Zero Effect, by Jake Kasdan, and Shanghai Calling with China Film Group.  Fluent in Mandarin Chinese, Yang holds a B.A. from Brown University in Chinese studies and an M.B.A. from Columbia University. She is currently a visiting scholar at the University of Southern California.

Christopher Yogi
Christopher Yogi

Christopher Makoto Yogi is from Honolulu, Hawai’i. His debut feature film, August at Akiko’s, had its world premiere at International Film Festival Rotterdam and was listed in Richard Brody’s “The Best Movies of 2019” in the New Yorker. Yogi has participated in the Sundance Directors and Screenwriters Lab, Catalyst, IFP Film Week, Film Independent Fast Track, New York Film Festival Artist Academy, and Berlin International Film Festival Talents.

Kevin Rudd
Kevin Rudd

The Honorable Kevin Rudd is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Asia Society, as of January 1st, 2021 and President of the Asia Society Policy Institute. He served as Australia’s 26th Prime Minister (2007-2010, 2013) and as Foreign Minister (2010-2012). He is also a leading international authority on China. He began his career as a China scholar, serving as an Australian diplomat in Beijing before entering Australian politics.

Watch videos of three panels hosted by Asia Society at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival featuring Daniel Dae KimBenedict WongNina Yang BongioviJanet Yang, and more. Watch video from the Asia Society program at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival featuring Lulu WangRichie MehtaJustin Chon, and Anita Gou.

Diane Paragas’ 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

Diane Paragas’ new 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), is coming home to the Philippines on Friday, January 29 on the following platforms: KTX.ph, Iwant TFC, Cignal PPV, and Sky Cable PPV, distributed by Cinexpress. 

Yellow Rose is also among five Texas-made films that have been named by the Houston Film Critics Society as nominee Best Texas Film of 2020. For the first time in the six-year history of this award, the films, artists and actors who contributed to their production will be the focus of a one-hour television special, scheduled to air on Houston’s local KUBE-TV station, at 4:00 PM CST on Sunday, Jan. 31, 2021. Click here for more information.

Eva Noblezada in Diane Paragas’ YELLOW ROSE
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.

LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT — “Turn Me On, Take Me Private” Episode 22004 — Pictured: Eva Noblezada as Zoey Carrera — (Photo by: Virginia Sherwood/NBC)

Noblezada recently made her television debut on the “Law & Order: SVU” episode titled “Turn Me On Take Me Private” this week. She starred as Zoey Carrera, a camgirl assaulted by one of her clients. The online role-play session turns violent when one user decides to meet his idol in person. 

Eva Noblezada was discovered by a top New York casting agent when she was still in high school. Most recently, she originated the lead role of Eurydice in Hadestown on Broadway, a performance for which she received her second Tony Award nomination for Best Leading Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical and a Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album. She was also nominated for her Broadway debut performance as Kim in Cameron Mackintosh’s epic Miss Saigon revival, at age 21. Ms. Noblezada is the recipient of the 2020 Rising Phoenix Award from Womankind and the 2019 Catalyst for Change Award from the Coalition for Asian American Children and Families.

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

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.

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.

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

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

Grammy®-winner and two-time Tony Award® nominee  Eva Noblezada makes her television debut on tonight’s “Law & Order: SVU” episode titled “Turn Me On Take Me Private,” which airs at 9:00 p.m. EST on NBC.

LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT — “Turn Me On, Take Me Private” Episode 22004 — Pictured: Eva Noblezada as Zoey Carrera — (Photo by: Virginia Sherwood/NBC)

Ms. Noblezada stars as Zoey Carrera, a camgirl assaulted by one of her clients. The online role-play session turns violent when one user decides to meet his idol in person. Alex Brightman and John Waters will also guest star with Mariska Hartigay as Captain Olivia Benson, Peter Scanavino as ADA Sonny Carisi, Jamie Gray Hyder as Officer Katriona “Kat” Azar, Ice T as Sergeant Odafin Tutuola, Kelli Giddish as Detective Amanda Rollins and Demore Barnes as Deputy Chief Christian Garland.

Ms. Noblezada made her feature film debut opposite 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) and Gustavo Gomez (“The Walking Dead”, Libby Villari (Boyhood), and Liam Booth (Ghosts Never Sleep) in Diane Paragas’ new independent film Yellow Rose, about a talented singer and undocumented Filipina whose mother is taken away by ICE.

Eva Noblezada in YELLOW ROSE

In the film, a Filipina teen from a small Texas town 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.

Eva Noblezada and Dale Watson in YELLOW ROSE

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

Eva Noblezada. Photo by Lia Chang

Eva Noblezada was discovered by a top New York casting agent when she was still in high school. Most recently, she originated the lead role of Eurydice in Hadestown on Broadway, a performance for which she received her second Tony Award nomination for Best Leading Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical and a Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album. She was also nominated for her Broadway debut performance as Kim in Cameron Mackintosh’s epic Miss Saigon revival, at age 21. Ms. Noblezada is the recipient of the 2020 Rising Phoenix Award from Womankind and the 2019 Catalyst for Change Award from the Coalition for Asian American Children and Families.

Awards Season: Texas Independent Film Awards (TIFA) & The Cowboys

Yellow Rose is among five Texas-made films named by the Houston Film Critics Society as nominees for its annual Texas Independent Film Awards (TIFA).

For the first time in the six-year history of this award, the films, artists and actors who contributed to their production will be the focus of a one-hour television special, scheduled to air on Houston’s local KUBE-TV station, at 4:00 PM CST on Sunday, Jan. 31, 2021. Final voting by Society members will conclude on Jan. 17.

The TIFA winner, as well as the recipients of the Texas Independent Film Visionary Award and eighteen traditional categories, will be announced on Monday, Jan. 18.

The one-hour television special, which will be pre-recorded in Houston the week of Jan. 19, will include clips from each of the TIFA nominees, as well as interviews with filmmakers and cast members. The broadcast, hosted by Society members, will be available for viewing at no charge on Houston’s KUBE-TV channel, available on cable and broadcast systems.  A list of channels for each provider can be found here.

Victoria Advocate: The Houston Film Critics Society announces nominations for the 2020 Film Awards

Eva Noblezada and Princess Punzalan in YELLOW ROSE

Yellow Rose has 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.

Backstage.com: Backstage Picks: The Leading Film Performances That Got Us Through 2020, 51 Leading Film Actors Who Deserve to Win at the 2021 SAG Awards

Ms. Noblezada is featured on Backstage.com: Backstage Picks: The Leading Film Performances That Got Us Through 2020 on a list that 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.

“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.”

Yellow Rose 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.

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

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

Sony Music Masterworks Releases YELLOW ROSE Soundtrack, Featuring Eva Noblezada, Lea Salonga and Dale Watson 

#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: Sony Sets Autumn Releases For Stage 6 Films ‘Yellow Rose’ & ‘The Last Shift’ Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions

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

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

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

Lia Chang

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

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

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

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

Gold House, CAPE – Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment and Define American is presenting an exclusive #GoldOpen Q & A featuring Yellow Rose‘s director Diane Paragas and stars Eva Noblezada,  Lea Salonga, Princess Punzalan and moderated by Jazz Tangcay (Variety) at 7pm PST/ 10pm EST tonight as part of #GoldOpen Premiere Pass. Click here for full details.

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

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

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

Eva Noblezada in YELLOW ROSE

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

Eva Noblezada and Dale Watson in YELLOW ROSE

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

Eva Noblezada and Princess Punzalan in YELLOW ROSE

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

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

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

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

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

Fox7austin.com: Dale Watson and Eva Noblezada talk about film ‘Yellow Rose’ 

Sony Music Masterworks Releases YELLOW ROSE Soundtrack, Featuring Eva Noblezada, Lea Salonga and Dale Watson 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lia Chang

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers,  musicians and corporations. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman. She stars in and served as Executive Producer for the short independent films Hide and Seek, Balancing Act, Rom-Com Gone Wrong, Belongingness and When the World was Young. She is also the Executive Producer for The Cactus, The Language Lesson, The Writer and Cream and 2 Shugahs. All text, graphics, articles & photographs: © 2000-2020 Lia Chang Multimedia. All rights reserved. All materials contained on this site are protected by United States copyright law and may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, displayed, published or broadcast without the prior written permission of Lia Chang. You may not alter or remove any trademark, copyright or other notice from copies of the content. For permission, please contact Lia at liachangpr@gmail.com

Red Rope Productions Presents Tzi Ma, Ronny Chieng, Perry Yung, Wai Ching Ho, Ken Lin and More in Teaser Trailer and BTS for Chinatown Noir Thriller A FATHER’S SON, Helmed by Chen Xi Hao

Red Rope Productions presents the Chinatown noir thriller A Father’s Son, a short film/pilot based on characters from Henry Chang’s 90’s NYPD Detective Jack Yu crime series novels, directed by Chen Xi Hao 陳錫豪.

Ronny Chieng. Photo by Lia Chang

A Father’s Son stars Tzi Ma (Rush Hour, The Farewell, Mulan) as Krang Li, Ronny Chieng (Crazy Rich Asians, “The Daily Show,” Netflix’s “Asian Comedian Destroys America”) as Detective Jack Yu, and Perry Yung (“The Knick,” “Warrior,” “Boogie”) as Jack’s father, Wang Kei Yu.

Wai Ching Ho, Ronny Chieng, Tzi Ma, Madelyn Bae and Kathleen Kwan. Photo by Lia Chang

The cast also features Kathleen Kwan as Lai Jean Li, Christopher Randolph as Captain Salvatore Marino, Wai Ching Ho as Soo Hing Li, Cathy Salvodon as Crystal Jones, Adam Lim as Billy Bo, Tim Liu as Officer Dennis Wong.

Perry Yung and Ronny Chieng. Photo by Lia Chang

Set in the early ’90s when local street gangs terrorized Manhattan’s Chinatown, the story centers on Detective Jack Yu –  torn between his identity of his community and the NYPD, Detective Jack Yu delivers news of a son’s murder to the victim’s parents at the height of a gang turf war in Manhattan’s Chinatown.

Tim Liu, Adam Monley, Garth Kravits, Ronny Chieng, Christopher Randolph, Jermaine Smith, Tony Edgerton and P.J. Max. Photo by Lia Chang

Sean Lau, Joey Michael Orlando and Simon Song. Photo by Lia Chang

Check out my #bts photos from our winter shoot and the new teaser trailer below.

Credits for teaser trailer include Patricia Ma (Editor),  Phil Choe (Colorist), William Hsieh (Sound Designer), David Bettencourt (Graphics Designer),  Mike J. Kelly (Music) and Film Composer  CHOPSmusic.

“A Father’s Son” cast and crew on location at Hop Kee in New York Chinatown. Photo by Patrick Chen

Thank you Hop Kee (21 Mott St.) and the Lee family for supporting and feeding the production. (L-R) Corky Lee, Ronny Chieng, Mr. Lee (owner), Peter Lee (manager), Tzi Ma, Henry Chang, Patrick Chen. Photo by Lia Chang

Caption: A Father's Son - Day 3 (L-R) Vera Chow, Yixin Cen, Wing Lee, Henry Chang, Alvin Tsang, Cindy Chen, Glenda Jenks, Justine Onné, Arseniy Grobovnikov, Joey Orlando, Michael Tow, Melody Wong, Jason Chew, Dave Chan, Ronny Chieng, Partick Chen, Ken Lin, Simon Song, Shing Ka, Belen Orsini. Photo by Lia Chang
Caption: A Father’s Son – Day 3 (L-R) Vera Chow, Yixin Cen, Wing Lee, Henry Chang, Alvin Tsang, Cindy Chen, Glenda Jinks, Justine Onné, Arseniy Grobovnikov, Joey Orlando, Michael Tow, Melody Wong, Jason Chew, Dave Chan, Ronny Chieng, Partick Chen, Ken Lin, Simon Song, Shing Ka, Belen Orsini. Photo by Lia Chang

Ronny Chieng. Photo by Lia Chang

On location at Cpc Central in New York Chinatown. Photo by Lia Chang

The creative  team includes music by Scott Chops Jung, Cinematography by Jason Chew, Film Editing by Xiaoya Ma, Production Design by Wing Lee, Costume Design by Vera Chow, Makeup Artists Glenda Remo Jinks and Jiamin Zhou, Belén Orsini (1st Assistant Director), Yixin Cen (2nd Assistant Director), Set Dresser  Jinny Chung, Assistant Art Directors Melody Wong and Hu Yawen, Boom Operator and Sound Mixer Sebastian Hoist, Sound Designer/Supervisor William Hsieh, Fight Choreographer Lang Yip, Lia Chang (Still Photographer), Cindy Chen (1st Assistant Camera), Derrick Chen (2nd Assistant Camera), Arseniy Grobovnikov (Gaffer), Manoj Gurung (Gaffer), Brittany Jeffrey (Key Grip), Jason H. Kim (Key Grip), Bruna Lacerda (1st Assistant Camera), Brandon Lee (2nd Assistant Camera), Justine Onne (Key Grip), Samon (Grip), Chris Ungco (Steadicam Operator), Shannon Ko (Script Supervisor),  David Bettencourt (Campaign Manager), Joe Chan (Dialect Coach), Grayson Chin (Key Production Assistant) and Oliver Chiu (Production Assistant).

Ronny Chieng and Chen Xi Hao. Photo by Lia Chang

New York Chinatown. Photo by Lia Chang

The Detective Jack Yu team is very grateful for the community support including Mei Chan of Asia Roma, NB Wing Wong and the Chinatown Ice Cream Factory.

Congratulations Ronny Chieng on your Netflix special on the set of “A Father’s Son.” Photo by Lia Chang

Geoff Lee, Scott Chops Jung, Henry Chang and Victor Huey. Photo by Lia Chang

Perry Yung, Lia Chang, Celia Au, Chen Xi Hao, Yixin Cen, Yao King, Vera Chow, Shuhei Kinoshita, Joseph M. Orlando. Photo by Garth Kravits

Colorwebmag.com: ‘A Father’s Son’: Chinatown Takes Center Stage In New Trailer Starring Ronny Chieng, Tzi Ma, and Perry Yung 

A Father’s Son Kickstarter

Lia Chang

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Eva Noblezada in YELLOW ROSE

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

Eva Noblezada and Dale Watson in YELLOW ROSE

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

Eva Noblezada and Princess Punzalan in YELLOW ROSE

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions

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

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

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

Lia Chang

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

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

“John Lewis: Get in the Way” Returns to PBS Through August 17

With the passing of Congressman Lewis, America loses a leader, a hero, and a benchmark for our collective moral compass. He leaves us however, with an enormous legacy to celebrate, to honor, and ultimately, a challenge to live up to.

“John Lewis: Get in the Way” Returns to PBS on July 23.

Kathleen Dowdey documentary “John Lewis – Get in the Way” is the first biographical documentary about John Lewis, an inspiring portrait of one man cast into extraordinary times and his unhesitating dedication to seeking justice for the marginalized and ignored. The film spans more than half a century, tracing Lewis’ journey of courage, confrontations and hard-won triumphs.

The son of sharecroppers, John Lewis grew up in rural isolation, seemingly destined to a bleak, segregation-imposed future. But his fate took a different turn, and Lewis rose from Alabama’s Black Belt to the corridors of power on Capitol Hill, his humble origins forever linking him to those whose voices customarily go unheard. A man of the people, a Congressional elder statesman, Lewis is as exceptional as he is ordinary.

At the age of 15, John Lewis’ life changed forever when he heard Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on the radio. It was 1955, during the Montgomery Bus Boycott, and Lewis listened with rapt attention as the young preacher called for resistance to the harsh injustice of segregation. Notably, Dr. King exhorted those listening to fight not with weapons but with proven tools of nonviolence.

Lewis embraced Dr. King’s spiritual call with a fervor that would determine the course of the rest of his life. A student activist in the vanguard of the Civil Rights Movement, Lewis was arrested and jailed for the first time during the Nashville lunch counter sit-ins in 1960. A front-line general during the 1961 Freedom Rides, he was repeatedly assaulted by angry, unrestrained mobs.

Through never-before-seen interviews shot over 20 years, Lewis, a masterful storyteller, tells the gripping tale of his role in these history-making events. Other key interviewees include civil rights activists Andrew Young, C.T. Vivian, Juanita Abernathy and Bernard Lafayette, plus Lewis’ congressional colleagues Eleanor Holmes Norton, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, Emanuel Cleaver and Amory Houghton.

Once an activist pushing from the outside, Lewis, now 76 years old, has become a determined legislator making noise on the inside. Considered by many to be the conscience of Congress, with equal measures of modesty and forcefulness, Lewis strives to persuade D.C. powerbrokers to hear the voices of the unheard. Despite setbacks – and there have been many – John Lewis’ eyes remain on the prize.

Click here to watch the documentary.

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Lia Chang and Congressman John Lewis.

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

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

SAG-AFTRA Members Jon Jon Briones, Christina Chang, Juju Chang, Joel De La Fuente, Amy Hill, James Hong, Carrie Ann Inaba, Ken Jeong, Clyde Kusatsu, Jodi Long, Lucy Liu, Tzi Ma, Jeannie Mai, Vincent Rodriguez III, Iqbal Theba and Hudson Yang Take a Stand, Decry Hate Crimes Against Asian Americans in PSA

SAG-AFTRA has released a PSA featuring performers, broadcast journalists and social media influencers calling on all Americans to stand against the stigma, xenophobia and harassment related to COVID-19 that Asian Americans continue to experience. The video was inspired by the sudden spike in hate crimes against Asian Americans during the pandemic.

The full video can be viewed below:

Sixteen SAG-AFTRA members appear in the PSA including Jon Jon Briones, Christina Chang, Juju Chang, Joel De La Fuente, Amy Hill, James Hong, Carrie Ann Inaba, Ken Jeong, Clyde Kusatsu, Jodi Long, Lucy Liu, Tzi Ma, Jeannie Mai, Vincent Rodriguez III, Iqbal Theba and Hudson Yang.

“As a global community, we are experiencing a historically difficult time due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Unfortunately, instead of working together to get through this crisis, a few misguided people are looking for a scapegoat. We are still seeing a shocking increase in hate crimes against Asian Americans, including shunning, racial profiling, verbal harassment and even physical assault. This is a time of high stress, but that is no excuse for discriminatory behavior. We are all Americans and we are all in this together,” said SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris.

“SAG-AFTRA is paying attention to those brave Asian American voices coming forward with their heart-wrenching experiences of harassment. We are listening to our members who have a stake in shaping a better world, free of discrimination and harassment, and we applaud Asian American activists, organizations and allies who are bringing attention to this issue. SAG-AFTRA stands with you,” said Ren Hanami, chair of the SAG-AFTRA National Asian Pacific American Media Committee,

“If you experience hateful, criminal behavior or witness it, please report it to your local law enforcement. Let’s stand up for each other,” added Carteris.

The video premiered today during the union’s Race & Storytelling: Asian American Voices livestream panel discussion, which explored the ways in which better representation in the media and three-dimensional portrayals of Asian American Pacific Islander characters can counter stereotypes and result in larger societal impact. You can view the panel discussion below:

The panel was moderated by Jeff Yang, CNN Opinion contributor and cohost of the They Call Us Bruce podcast. Panelists were: Clyde Kusatsu, actor, Dr. Ken; Christina Chang, actor, The Good Doctor; Juju Chang, broadcast journalist, ABC News’ Nightline; Parvesh Cheena, actor, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend; Leslie Woo, casting director, The Farewell; and Hudson Yang, actor, Fresh Off the Boat.

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. The Lia Chang theater portfolio collection,1989-2011, is in the Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) collection located in the Library of Congress’ Asian Reading Room and can be accessed here.

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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