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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.

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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.

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

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.

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

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On Friday, May 27th, the Crest Theatre is celebrating the 30th Anniversary of John Carpenter’s Big Trouble in Little China (on 35mm)  with a screening at 7:30pm featuring special guest Peter Kwong, who starred as Rain in the film.  Crest Theatre is located at 1013 K Street
Sacramento, CA, 95814.  Tickets are $8.00 – $10.00. Click here for more information and tickets.

Peter Kwong shows off Rain's sword at Son of Monsterpalooza in Burbank on September 19, 2015.
Peter Kwong shows off Rain’s sword at Son of Monsterpalooza in Burbank on September 19, 2015.

Peter Kwong is a veteran of film, television and stage, best known for his roles as Rain in Big Trouble in Little China and as Tommy Tong in Eddie Murphy’s Golden Child. He just finished filming Cooties, starring Elijah Wood, and has appeared in more than 100 film and television roles.

“After about thirty years, this film has taken an incredible journey,” shared Kwong during a reunion screen of Big Trouble in Little China in Los Angeles last year.

Photos: Traveling through the mouth of the Dragon with BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA’s James Hong, Peter Kwong, Lia Chang, Gerald Okamura, George Cheung, Al Leong, Jeff Imada, James Lew, Gary Goldman, Eric Lee

“Lately, they’ve come out with a comic book, some more action figures. There’s a lot of activity that has been going on recently. What the fans would like to know about the film, there are a lot of secrets of what went on behind the scenes to make this film. This film had a lot of impact because it came out right after Year of the Dragon. We of the crew and the cast had to do a lot of work on it in order for us to fight the protests that were going on at that time. Not only did it represent fun and games, but it represented a critical point of where the community met Hollywood. John Carpenter was really amazing because he really reached out to cast and crew. He really asked for all of us to put in our imput. What was nice about it for example, the long hair. I’ve always fantasized about wanting to have that character because of the old Chinese movies, the old sword fighting movies. I was the only one of the three Storms that wasn’t from Hong Kong. They knew I was in trouble. I had to sit in three hours of makeup everyday just to get in and out of the $3000 wig.”

Kwong’s other favorite films include roles in The Presidio, Angel Town, Never Too Young To Die, Gleaming The Cube, Steel Justice, Theodore Rex with Whoopie Goldberg, Row Your Boat with Jon Bon Jovi and Bai Ling, and Pearl S. Buck’s historic epic The Living Reed as the King of Korea. On television you may have seen him in “Sullivan & Son,” “Malcolm and Eddie,” “Sisters,” “The Wayan Brothers,” “Daddy Dearest,” “Renegade,” ” Top Cops,” “Full House,” “Doctor, Doctor”. On stage, Kwong portrayed the lead role as Dr. Haing S. Ngor in The Survivor: A Cambodian Odyssey by Jon Lipsky at the Actors Theatre of Louisville/Humana Festival, and stretched his musical theater skills in Mame with the late Juliet Prowse.

In addition to his thriving acting career, Kwong recently served on the Board of Governors of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for two terms and served on The Board of Directors of SAG-AFTRA, chairman of the Committee for Racial Equality of Actors Equity Association, and the Vice-Chairs of the Ethnic Equal Opportunities and the Young Performers Committees of the Screen Actors Guild. He is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences & Television Academy. He has also served with the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Heritage Week. He has emceed events for Visual Communications, The Lotus Festival, Asian Business League, and the Los Angeles Miss Chinatown Pageant four times and had the privilege to go to Namibia, Africa to judge the Miss Universe Pageant.Kwong’s talents have won him an honorary membership in the Los Angeles Mime Guild. He is featured dancing on numerous music videos, including Ed Sheeran’s Sing.

He studied Northern Shaolin Kung-fu which has allowed him to do many of his own stunts and eventually branch off to more meditative disciplines such as Tai Chi Chuan and Chi Kung Meditation. He currently teaches Tai Chi Chuan.

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

Photos: Inside HorrorHound and Son of Monsterpalooza with ‘Big Trouble in Little China’ stars Peter Kwong, James Hong and James Pax 

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.