Congratulations to Tim Savage’s Under The Blood Red Sun, starring Academy Award winner Chris Tashima, Kyler Sakamoto, Kalama Epstein, Dann Seki, Autumn Ogawa, Will Kahele and Mina Kohara, which was named Best US Feature Film at the 2016 Love International Film Festival Awards Gala, held at the historic Wilshire Ebell Theater in Los Angeles last night.
Chris Tashima won for Best Actor in a Supporting Role.
Other nominations included a Best Youth Actor nod for Kyler Sakamoto and a Best Youth Actor in a Supporting Role nod for Kalama Epstein.
Under The Blood Red Sun is based on the bestselling novel of the same title by Graham Salisbury, and details the life of Tomi––a Japanese American boy whose family was sent to the internment camp during World War II.
LIFF’s 2016 festival was held July 9th through the 16th in Los Angeles, California.
The 2016 Love International Film Festival (LIFF) focuses on bringing films and filmmakers from the international community whose work they feel brings the world closer together and promotes love and healing through cinema. All proceeds for the 2016 LIFF will be given to the Lotus Light Children’s Charity. https://loveinternationalchildrenfilmfestival.com
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 filmsWolf, 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.com, Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.
On Monday, December 14th, the 3rd annual Film Lab benefit holiday gala will feature the NYC Premiere of Tim Savage’s Under The Blood Red Sun, starring Academy Award winner Chris Tashima, at the Time & Life Building at Rockefeller Center, 1271 Avenue of the Americas (at 50th St.) in New York City. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the cast, moderated by Star Trek and Allegiance star George Takei. The black tie evening kicks off at 6:30pm.
Under The Blood Red Sun, starring Chris Tashima, Kyler Sakamoto, Kalama Epstein, Dann Seki, Autumn Ogawa, Will Kahele and Mina Kohara, is based on the bestselling novel of the same title by Graham Salisbury, and details the life of Tomi––a Japanese American boy whose family was sent to the internment camp during World War II.
George Takei is well known by fans for his role in Star Trek, along with the decades of advocacy work within the Asian American and LGBT community. His starring role in the Broadway musical Allegiance, opposite Tony winner Lea Salonga, Telly Leung and Michael K. Lee, is his latest professional endeavor. Guests will also be invited to join the Film Lab for the post-screening reception and will have the opportunity to share food and drink with the cast and Mr. Takei himself.
“Film Lab is delighted to have Mr. Takei as our special guest. There are many similarities between Allegiance and the film, Under The Blood Red Sun, which is why we believe this year’s event is special,” notes Nick Sakai, the event organizer and Film Lab’s Industry Spotlight Coordinator. Film Lab’s President, actor Jennifer Betit Yen adds, “We encourage everyone to come and mingle with the cast and Mr. Takei while supporting the gender and ethnic diversity in American film and television programming.”
Tickets for the event are currently on sale ranging from $40 for SAG-AFTRA members to $200 for VIP tickets with free entry for media. VIP ticket holders will receive a private meet and greet with George Takei and Chris Tashima (star of Under The Blood Red Sun), priority seating at the screening, and guaranteed table seats at the post-screening reception. Seats are limited for the event. To purchase tickets for the event visit:http://www.eventbrite.com/e/film-lab-holiday-galanyc-prem….
In addition to what is included for regular tickets, VIP ticket holders will enjoy a pre screening meet & greet with George Takei and Chris Tashima (star of Under The Blood Red Sun), priority seating at the screening and guaranteed table seats at the post screening reception. $200 ONLY 50 seats available so please reserve ASAP.
Pre-screening red carpet, screening with Q&A and the post screening reception with food/drink (wine, beer and non-alcoholic beverages). Possible face time with George Takei and Chris Tashima at the post screening reception. $100.
Starving Artist tickets
Same benefits as Regular Tickets for those who have donate time and talent to the Film Lab community and who have established financial hardship. Subject to verification. $60 Discount code required. **Please be sure to obtain advance verification from Nick Sakai before ordering this ticket type. Thank you.**
SAG-AFTRA members: Same benefits as Regular Tickets. Max 3 tickets per person and the purchaser must check in with paid-up SAG-AFTRA card along with the picture ID. Guests can be non-members but must accompany the purchaser at check in. $40
All tickets sales will go towards diversity in media initiatives. These much needed donations will go towards providing free or low-cost programming that includes screenwriting workshops, panels, seminars and screenings and are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.
About the Organization:
Founded in 1998, The Film Lab is a not-for-profit corporation with members across the globe consisting of diverse filmmakers, directors, producers, writers, editors, actors, and crew members. The organization provides monthly programs to support gender and ethnic diversity in film and television. The Film Lab, a 501(c)(3) charity, works to promote education and support ethnic and gender diversity in films and television through a series of programs and events that include Unfinished Works, a program for writers; Industry Spotlight, a program for filmmakers; Connections, a networking arm that encompasses the Film Lab’s famous 72-Hour Shootout filmmaking competition and the Lab’s Annual Holiday Gala; and AAFL TV, the Lab’s production arm. The Film Lab is currently in pre production on psychological drama involving elder abuse. Read more at www.TheOppositeofaFairyTale.com.
The AsAmFilmLab is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the support and promotion of gender and ethnic diversity in film and television. We are committed to challenging our membership to continually strive to be better through education, outreach and networking.
Tim Savage’s Under the Blood Red Sun starring Kyler Sakamoto, Kalama Epstein, Dann Seki, Autumn Ogawa, Wil Kahele, Chris Tashima and Mina Kohara, will have its LA Premiere at The International Family Film Festival on Saturday, November 7, 2015 from 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM (PST) at Raleigh Studios Hollywood, 5300 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90038. Click here for tickets and here for more information.
Synopsis: A 13 yr old Japanese boy faces monumental adversity in 1941 Hawaii, when the Japanese bomb Pearl Harbor. Under the Blood-Red Sun is the film adaptation of Graham Salisbury’s award-winning novel of the same name, which is required reading in many middle and high schools across the United States. It is set in 1941 and is the story of a 13 yr old Japanese boy, Tomi Nakaji, his family and his best friend (a caucasian boy) at the time of the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Tomi’s idyllic world in paradise is forever changed when Japan launches a surprise attack against the US and all Japanese Americans are suddenly seen as enemies of the state. Tomi’s father, a fisherman, is immediately taken prisoner in an internment camp and his partner and friend is shot and killed. It’s a story of courage, honor, strength, friendship and loyalty against seemingly insurmountable odds.
Producers: Dana Satler Hankins
Director(s): Tim Savage
Screenplay: Graham Salisbury
Cinematography: Shawn Hiatt
Editor: Robert A Bates
Music: Chris Sanders
Running Time: 100 minutes
The International Family Film Festival (IFFF) is the first and longest running family film festival in the United States. The vision: IFFF builds a peaceful global family through the discovery and sharing of quality stories by emerging artists and production companies. This year the IFFF presents its 20th annual festival at the historic Raleigh Studios in the heart of Hollywood, California. Open to the general public, the IFFF is a film market attended by professionnal filmmakers and scriptwriters, distributors, producers, directors, actors, production heads and film financiers. During the day on Saturday, November 7th (9 am – 6 pm), the festival is dedicated to youth activities (YouthFest!), including film screenings, a film & scriptwriting competition, industry related workshops and other topics of interest related to youth working in the film, tv and entertainment industries.