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

The awards season is in full swing and this year, Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) documentary filmmakers represent a record number of 17 features and 5 short films that are now recognized as documentary awards contenders.  This weekend, A-DOC: Asian American Documentary Network – which works to increase the visibility and support of Asian Americans in the documentary field and the virtual cinema screening platform Open Your Eyes & Think MF (OYEATMF) are teaming up to highlight some of this year’s AAPI documentary awards contenders with interviews and fireside chats online through their respective You Tube channels. 

Starting at 10AM PST/1PM EST on Saturday January 30 and continuing through Monday, February 1, their respective online channels will feature virtual discussions/talkbacks with this year’s impressive group of AAPI filmmakers including Hao Wu, Ramona S. Diaz, Bao Nguyen, Richard Lui, Yung Chang, Ursula Liang, S. Leo Chiang, Diane Quon, Jiayan “Jenny” Shi, Carol Nguyen, Jeff Orlowski, Yi Chen, Elizabeth Lo, Annie Katsura Rollins, Joanna Vasquez Arong and more. 

Log in to their YouTube channels beginning at 10AM PT on January 30, 31 and February 1 for these conversations and celebrate the ASIAN AMERICAN DOC FILMMAKERS CONTENDERS 2021.

A-DOC            http://bit.ly/adoc-youtube
OYEATMF      
https://bit.ly/39u0iua

2021 FEATURE DOCUMENTARIES

DIRECTED AND/OR PRODUCED BY AAPI FILMMAKERS

  1. 76 DAYS
  2. A THOUSAND CUTS
  3. A WOMAN’S WORK: THE NFL’S CHEERLEADER PROBLEM
  4. ASWANG
  5. BE WATER
  6. BELLY OF THE BEAST
  7. CODED BIAS
  8. THE DONUT KING
  9. DOWN A DARK STAIRWELL
  10. FINDING YINGYING
  11. FIRST VOTE
  12. KID FROM CONEY ISLAND
  13. OUR TIME MACHINE
  14. SKY BLOSSOM
  15. THE SOCIAL DILEMMA
  16. STRAY
  17. THIS IS NOT A MOVIE

2021 SHORT DOCUMENTARIES

DIRECTED AND/OR PRODUCED BY AAPI FILMMAKERS

  1. CALL CENTER BLUES
  2. NO CRYING AT THE DINNER TABLE
  3. PANDEMIC19
  4. SING ME A LULLABY
  5. TO CALM THE PIG INSIDE

Masters at Work: Producers Nina Yang Bongiovi and Oscar nominated Diane Quon on The Art of Producing

Sky Blossom: Yung Chang with Director Richard Lui and Producer Alex Lo

Finding Yingying: Claire Aguilar interviews Jiayan “Jenny” Chi, Diane Quon and Brent E. Huffman

Masters at Work: Ramona S. Diaz (A Thousand Cuts) and Jeff Orlowski (The Social Dilemma)

Be Water/No Crying at the Dinner Table: Bao Nguyen and Carol Nguyen in conversation with Viet Tank Nguyen

Masters at Work: S. Leo Chiang (Summit Our Time Machine) and Hao Wu (76 Days)

Pandemic 19: Annie Katsura Rollins and Yung Chang in conversation with Richard Lui

 

The New Breed: Alice Gu (The Donut King), Yi Chen (First Vote), Jenny Shi (Finding Yingying) with Nanfu Wang 

To Calm the Pig Inside: Joanna Vasquez Arong with Ramona S. Diaz

 

The New Breed: Ursula Liang (Down a Dark Stairwell) and Yu Gu (A Woman’s Work: the NFL’s Cheerleader Problem)

 

Click here to watch Sing Me A Lullaby.

Feb. 1

6PM PST/9PM EST 

Watch Party- Finding Yingying followed by Q & A with filmmakers and Janet Yang

ABOUT:  A-DOC:ASIAN AMERICAN DOCUMENTARY NETWORK
A-Doc is a national network that works to increase the visibility and support of Asian Americans in the documentary field.  Asian American documentary filmmakers who have come together as one, multi-generational force to advocate for our vital presence in the field.  A-DOC is committed to sharing ideas and resources, providing mutual support and mentorship, and advocating for equity and diversity in the production and distribution of non-fiction storytelling.

ABOUT: OPEN YOUR EYES AND THINK MF – OYEATMF
Established in 2020 by film publicists David Magdael and Vince Johnson, OPEN YOUR EYES AND THINK MF supports films and filmmakers that may not fit within the current distribution and exhibition system. The goal is to provide access to films that are challenging and changing the landscape of truth telling and story creation. These include BIPOC, LGBTQ+ and other content creators who are on the margins.  OYEATMF provides exhibition opportunities, resources, and the creation of meaningful discussions for and by filmmakers who are challenging us to think.

Watch: 92nd Street Y Presents SKY BLOSSOM Screening and Virtual Talk with David Hyde Pierce, Montel Williams, Jean Tsien, Joe Mantegna, and Richard Lui, in Conversation with host Maria Teresa Kumar, featuring a special pre-recorded introduction from Speaker Nancy Pelosi

On January 11, 2021, 92nd Street Y hosted an exclusive screening and virtual talk about SKY BLOSSOM with executive producers—David Hyde Pierce, Montel Williams, Jean Tsien; actor Joe Mantegna and director Richard Lui (MSNBC anchor). Hosted by MSNBC Contributor/Columnist Maria Teresa Kumar (Voto Latino CEO). With special pre-recorded comments by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. 

Sky Blossom follows five students over three years, from Latino, Black, Asian, Native, and White American families in the military community. During a year of wide-reaching headlines of George Floyd, these families’ multicultural stories of homelessness, poverty, life and death, and more give us a look into what it means to be a Person of Color, a caregiver, a veteran, and more.

“Viewers often say they cry, but because they are so inspired by the courage the students in the film demonstrate,” director Lui says.

Learn why the Oscars qualified film has rare bipartisan support with Official Honorary Congressional Co-Chairs that include Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell coming together. Hear Pelosi, Pierce, Williams, Tsien, Mantegna, and Lui discuss the film and its personal significance for each of them—along with stories that didn’t make it into the film, the state of caregiving during the pandemic, and what we can do to support these young heroes.

Named by Variety as a Top Contender for the 2021 Awards Season, the feature documentary about caregivers was made by caregivers with 80 percent of the film team having a caregiving experience. The doc shines a light on students who have devoted their lives to taking care of family members with disabilities. These student heroes number over five million.

92Y needs your help. They are facing tremendous financial losses due to COVID-19. Your ticket purchase helps sustain their institution and supports the creation of new, online programming that will bring comfort and inspiration to the community. Please consider donating today at 92Y.org/HelpNow

Richard Lui’s Documentary Film ‘SKY BLOSSOM: Diaries of the Next Greatest Generation’

The documentary film SKY BLOSSOM: Diaries of the Next Greatest Generation will premiere on November 11th in salute of Veterans Day and National Family Caregivers Month, honoring the 24.5 million children and millennials who step forward as caregiving heroes to care for family members.

Led by award-winning MSNBC journalist Richard Lui in his directorial debut, SKY BLOSSOM: Diaries of the Next Greatest Generation follows five families across the U.S. whose children are helping to provide essential care services often seen only in hospitals for veteran family members at home. Named a “Top Documentary Feature Contender” by Variety Magazine, the documentary highlights how these young care heroes – cheerleaders, part-time workers and college students – are living double lives, quietly growing up as America’s next greatest generation.

On November 11th, SKY BLOSSOM: Diaries of the Next Greatest Generation will make its world premiere in Washington, DC at a first-ever drive-in cinema event at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. It will also be available to moviegoers at complementary screenings across the 50 states for one night only. A list of theaters can be found at www.skyblossom.com.

Richard Lui. Photo by Lia Chang

Sky Blossom: Diaries of the Next Greatest Generation, is a raw, candid look at the millions of teens and millennials caring for injured veterans and service members in homes across America. It’s also a highly personal documentary for the filmmaker, award-winning MSNBC news anchor Richard Lui. Lui’s own experience of caring for his disabled father inspired him to explore how military kids and teens cope with providing this kind of care for injured parents every day, and how they are struggling to find balance in their lives as a result of these injuries. The families featured in Sky Blossom share a new perspective of what it means to be a military family and the film reveals rare insights into the experiences of military children nationwide.

Richard Lui and 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 has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman. She stars in and served as Executive Producer for the short independent films Hide and Seek, Balancing Act, Rom-Com Gone Wrong, Belongingness and When the World was Young. She is also the Executive Producer for The CactusThe Language LessonThe Writer and Cream and 2 Shugahs.

 
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