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UP IN THE CLOUDS to have International Premiere Screening at 2016 Cayfilm Cayman International Film Festival on July 3

Up in the Clouds
Up in the Clouds, a delightful animated short written and directed by Ed Moy, and featuring the voices of Katherine Park (Red Dress) and Raymond Ma (The Muppets, Horrible Bosses 2, and Lethal Weapon 4), is an Official Selection of the 2016 Cayfilm Cayman International Film Festival. Up in the Clouds will have its International Premiere screening during the Animated Film block Sunday, July 3, 2016, from 10:00am – 11:15am in the Ritz-Carlton Ballroom 1 at the Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

Up in the Clouds is an Asians on Film Festival Summer Quarter 2015 Winner for Best Animation.

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 

Katherine Sui Fun Cheung in pilot's gear kickstarting propeller c1930's. Photo courtesy of Dottie
Katherine Sui Fun Cheung in pilot’s gear kickstarting propeller c1930’s. Photo courtesy of Dottie Leschenko.

Produced by Ed Moy and Timothy Tau, the inspiration for Up in the Clouds is Chinese aviatrix Katherine Sui Fun Cheung, who became one of the first Chinese women pilots to earn a license to fly in the United States.

Cheung is honored with a plaque at LAX’s Flight Path as the first licensed Asian Aviatrix in the United States, recognized with a plaque at the San Diego Air & Space Museum, Disney’s Soarin’ over California and in the Smithsonian.

Up in the Clouds. Illustrated by Ruby Chen
Up in the Clouds. Illustrated by Ruby Chen

Up in the Clouds was originally conceived as black and white animatic style sketches illustrating Katherine’s story of falling in love with flying while learning to drive a car with her dad next to a dusty airfield in Los Angeles.

Up in the Clouds. Illustrated by Ruby Chen
Up in the Clouds. Illustrated by Ruby Chen

Ruby Chen’s hand drawn illustrations features 1920’s period cars and planes in a cartoon style meets modern anime caricature, which visual effects editor Chris Trinh animated with motion and movement.

Up in the Clouds. Illustrated by Ruby Chen
Up in the Clouds. Illustrated by Ruby Chen

Additional production credits include David Cu (sound and music editor), Nicole Echegoyen (graphic artist) and Birdie Sawyer (trailer video editor). Additional funding was provided by executive producer Tau for the color illustrations, and by Moy for the colorized cartoon.

Up in the Clouds. Illustrated by Ruby Chen
Up in the Clouds. Illustrated by Ruby Chen

Edmund Moy (director, producer, writer)
Ed Moy is an award-winning journalist. His series of feature news articles about the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training fundraising programs helped raise awareness for their mission while touching the lives of thousands of readers and earned him their National Print Media Award for Excellence in Journalism.

Moy is currently working on an Aviatrix documentary film and web series project about Chinese women aviators of the 1930s, which will screen at the 2016 Long Beach Indie International Film, Media, and Music Festival (August 31-September 4, 2016) in Long Beach, CA. He was also co-writer on director Timothy Tau’s award-winning short film Keye Luke about the life of pioneering Asian American actor Keye Luke. It won an Audience Award at the 2014 Hollyshorts Film Festival and was nominated for Best Short Film at the 2013 Dragon*Con Short Film Fest. http://www.aviatrixmovie.org

Katherine Park (daughter)
Born in Framingham Massachusetts, Katherine Park is an actor, alternative singer-songwriter, photographer, cosplay cover model, and teacher.  Like Katherine Sui Fun Chung, she grew up studying music at the conservatory level. She was lead vocalist for indie rock darlings The Jumblies before impressing San Francisco casting director Nina Henninger, and director Evan Cecil, who casted her as comic book heroine Giselle Grey in Image Comic’s comic book series Carbon Grey.  She has also appeared on HBO, Investigation Discovery, The Biography Channel, Hulu, My TV New England, and Amazon. Park performs at music festivals in San Francisco, including ULUV 2013, and the Annual Asian Heritage Street Celebration. She will portray the young Katherine Sui Fun Chung in the upcoming documentary film and web series: Aviatrix. www.katherinepark.com  @katherinepark

Raymond Ma (father)
Raymond Ma On House, M.D. Raymond Ma portrayed Nicole’s biological father Wu Zheng in the Season 5 episode “Birthmarks.”
Ma has had featured roles in Dharma & Greg, Old School, Starsky & Hutch, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, Boston Legal, Crash and The Muppets.  He will portray Katherine Sui Fun Cheung’s father Harry Cheung in the upcoming Aviatrix documentary film and web series.

David Cu (editor, sound editor)
David Cu is a  composer, sound designer, and editor for film, television, games, and more. He studied at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco for Music Production & Sound Design for Visual Media.

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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.

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

Ed Moy
Ed Moy

Congratulations to Ed Moy, an actor, an award-winning journalist and filmmaker, who has two films screening at the 2016 Sacramento Asian Pacific Film Festival on Friday, May 27, 2016 in the Comedy/Documentary block of films from 3:00pm -5:50pm.

Moy’s documentary short Aviatrix: The Katherine Sui Fun Cheung Story will premiere at the 2016 SAPFF in the Guild Theater, 2828 35th Street, Sacramento, CA 95817. Click here purchase a full festival pass or tickets.

aviatrixKatherine Sui Fun Cheung (1904-2003), was one of the nation’s first licensed Asian aviatrix and became a member of the “99 Club”, an exclusive club of women pilots that elected Amelia Earhart as president. Cheung was born in Enping, China and studied music at USC and LA Music Consevatory. After learning to fly, she participated in air shows and air races. But after an inexperienced pilot crashed her plane, she promised her dying father that she would give up flying. After World War II, she operated a flower shop with her husband. The Santa Monica Flying Museum honored her with a plaque in their Aviation Pioneer Hall of Fame and she is recognized with a plaque along LAX Flight Path Walk of Fame as the first Chinese Aviatrix to earn a license to fly.  http://www.aviatrixmovie.org

Moy’s Up in the Clouds, a delightful animated short he wrote and directed which was inspired by Katherine Sui Fun Cheung, and features the voices of Katherine Park (Red Dress) and Raymond Ma (The MuppetsHorrible Bosses 2, and Lethal Weapon 4), will screen first. Up in the Clouds is an Asians on Film Festival Summer Quarter 2015 Winner for Best Animation.

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Below is a Q & A with writer/producer Ed Moy.

Ninety-Nines Members Photo of Katherine Sui Fun Cheung with Ethel Sheehy courtesy of Dottie Leschenko.
Ninety-Nines Members Photo of Katherine Sui Fun Cheung with Ethel Sheehy courtesy of Dottie Leschenko.

Lia: Were Katherine Sui Fun Cheung’s accomplishments eclipsed by Amelia Earhart’s legend?
Ed: I would say that Amelia was obviously the most famous aviatrix of the 1930s. But what stands out about Katherine is she was a minority woman doing something that was seen as primarily a man’s sport at that time.

It should also be pointed out that Chinese women were still looked at as docile homemakers, who worked in the kitchen, raised kids, and took care of the house.

Katherine broke through all of those limiting traditional expectations during a period in history when gender equality and equal rights weren’t always given freely to minorities.

Daring young women such as Katherine and Bessie Coleman (the first female pilot of African American descent) were often seen as sideshow curiosities at air circuses and county fairs around the country.

In many ways, they are pioneers who deserve to be remembered for their roles in aviation history. Our goal is to share Katherine’s fun and adventurous story with a new generation that may not know about her accomplishments.

Katherine Sui Fun Cheung was not the only Chinese female to get her pilot license in the 1930s. There’s some confusion on who was the first though. The Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum recognizes Katherine as the first Asian American aviatrix but others point to Hazel Ying Lee.

Although both Hazel and Katherine were licensed in 1932, according to various newspaper articles from that time period, Katherine got her license in March of 1932, whereas Hazel completed her training and got her license in October of 1932.

A number of other Chinese females also earned pilots license during the 1930s including Leah Hing, Rose Lok, Lee Ya-Ching and Hilda Yen.

There were also several Chinese women that learned to fly but were not licensed in the early years of aviation, including Anna Low in 1918 and Frances E. Lee, who died tragically falling from a plane in 1920.

We will feature a segment with Aviation historians and academics talking about these women and their accomplishments in our documentary and web series.

Biplane Katherine Sui Fun Cheung and Walter Chan with biplane photo courtesy of Dottie Leschenko.
Biplane
Katherine Sui Fun Cheung and Walter Chan with biplane photo courtesy of Dottie Leschenko.

Lia: In 1932, one percent of American pilots were female. What were some of the issues involved with Cheung being a pilot?
Ed: Around 1931, Katherine sought training through the Chinese Aeronautical School, which at that time had begun teaching young Chinese American men to become pilots so they could aid in the fight against Japanese invaders in China.

According to family and various news articles, Katherine was not allowed to train with them at first because she was a woman.

But she refused to take no for an answer and eventually paid for lessons from civilian instructors.

Once she got her license Katherine did participate in the local Chinese Flying club with the other men.

She was the only female member, although there was another young woman who came from a well-to-do family that helped finance the club’s activities.

Later, Katherine was invited to join the 99s, an exclusive all-women flying club, whose members included Amelia Earhart.

Lia: How did you discover Katherine’s story?
Ed: My first exposure to an Asian Aviatrix was actually in 2007.

I read about Hazel Ying Lee’s story at a Chinese History museum in Honolulu’s Chinatown.

I later wrote a piece for Asiance Magazine and 13 Minutes Magazine about Hazel after talking to filmmaker Alan H. Rosenberg, who had made a documentary about Hazel, entitled “A Brief Flight: Hazel Ying Lee and the women that flew pursuit.”

But it wasn’t until 2012, that I heard about Katherine’s story after East West Players created a Theatre for Youth production called “Taking Flight” written by Judy Soo Hoo.

I had written the original script for a short film about actor Keye Luke, which filmmaker Timothy Tau later turned into his award-winning short film, which spanned the 1930s-1940s film era.

Having developed an interest in that 1930s time period, when I heard about the “Taking Flight” production, it piqued my interest in Katherine’s story.

But I did not follow up again until October 2013 when I was tossing around ideas for a project with actress Katherine Park, who I originally had cast to play the young Katherine Sui Fun Cheung in dramatization scenes for the documentary.

Those dramatization scenes were later shelved in favor of turning it into the animated short film Up in the Clouds.

Lia: In 2004, Lucy Liu attempted to pitch a Katherine Sui Fun Cheung project to HBO with the family. How will yours finally tell Cheung’s story?
Ed: At a charity luncheon in 2004, Lucy Liu did have a brief meeting with family members.

According to grandson Alan Wong who was in attendance, Lucy spoke with Katherine’s granddaughter Judy Wong about pitching Katherine’s story to HBO.

However, no project was ever funded and Lucy moved onto other projects. Judy unfortunately passed away last year from cancer.

This was not the first attempt by filmmakers to tell Katherine’s story. Chinese actresses Luo Yan and Josephine Chien also attempted to create projects.

Hazel Ying Lee documentary filmmaker Alan H. Rosenberg had also proposed making a film about Katherine and several other Asian Aviatrix of that same era.

Lia: What’s the goal of your documentary?
Ed: Our primary project goal is to share Katherine’s story in a fun and entertaining way.

Our half-hour documentary film version will premiere at the 2016 Sacramento Asian Pacific Film Festival, and a longer form web series in the works.

I also plan to add additional footage and interviews to create a one-hour television broadcast version to submit for PBS and/or online content providers, along with making a limited edition DVD with bonus material, as well as a companion photo book with biographical information.

The end goal is to reach out to schools and museums with the web series and DVD in hopes that new audiences will find Katherine’s story an informative, inspiring and entertaining piece of Asian American history.

Katherine was a visionary who pursued her dreams with a passion and we want to honor that with a project that reflects her legacy as a pioneering aviatrix.

About Up in the Clouds

Up in the Clouds. Illustrated by Ruby Chen
Up in the Clouds. Illustrated by Ruby Chen

Up in the Clouds was originally conceived as black and white animatic style sketches illustrating Katherine’s story of falling in love with flying while learning to drive a car with her dad next to a dusty airfield in Los Angeles.

Up in the Clouds. Illustrated by Ruby Chen
Up in the Clouds. Illustrated by Ruby Chen

Ruby Chen’s hand drawn illustrations features 1920’s period cars and planes in a cartoon style meets modern anime caricature, which visual effects editor Chris Trinh animated with motion and movement.

Up in the Clouds. Illustrated by Ruby Chen
Up in the Clouds. Illustrated by Ruby Chen

Additional production credits include David Cu (sound and music editor), Nicole Echegoyen (graphic artist) and Birdie Sawyer (trailer video editor). Additional funding was provided by executive producer Tau for the color illustrations, and by Moy for the colorized cartoon.

Up in the Clouds. Illustrated by Ruby Chen
Up in the Clouds. Illustrated by Ruby Chen

Edmund Moy (director, producer, writer)
Ed Moy is an award-winning journalist. His series of feature news articles about the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training fundraising programs helped raise awareness for their mission while touching the lives of thousands of readers and earned him their National Print Media Award for Excellence in Journalism.

In addition to working on the Aviatrix documentary film and web series project about Chinese women aviators of the 1930, Moy  was co-writer on director Timothy Tau’s award-winning short film Keye Luke about the life of pioneering Asian American actor Keye Luke. It won an Audience Award at the 2014 Hollyshorts Film Festival and was nominated for Best Short Film at the 2013 Dragon*Con Short Film Fest.

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The 2016 Sacramento Asian Pacific Film Festival runs May 27 – 28, 2016 at The Guild Theater, 2828 35th St, Sacramento, CA 95817, and will screen 30 films.  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.

FULL FESTIVAL PASS
Access all Screenings, both Festival days!
Fri 5/27 3PM – 10:30PM
Sat 5/28 11AM – 10:30PM

Full Festival Pass, Advance Price (ends 5/20)
General FFP: $40 ($50 after 5/20)
Students/Seniors FFP: $21 ($25 after 5/20)
Students may be requested to provide a valid student ID. Seniors are 62 years young and up.

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[at]SAPFF.org, or call (916) 776-6036.
2016 Sacramento Asian Pacific Film Festival Lineup, May 27-28; HIDE AND SEEK starring Lia Chang and Garth Kravits screens on May 28

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.

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

Lia Chang and Garth Kravits in HIDE AND SEEK.
Lia Chang and Garth Kravits in HIDE AND SEEK.

Lia Chang and Garth Kravits’ Hide and Seek is an official selection of the 2016 Sacramento Asian Pacific Film Festival, and will screen on Saturday, May 28, 2016 in the Drama/Foreign lineup of films from 12:45 PM ­ 4:55 PM.

Lia Chang and Garth Kravits at the 2016 Katra Film Series in New York on May 14, 2016.
Lia Chang and Garth Kravits at the 2016 Katra Film Series in New York on May 14, 2016.

Lia Chang  (Big Trouble In Little ChinaNew Jack CityKing of New York) stars in Hide and Seek, a film she co-produced and co-wrote with Garth Kravits (The Drowsy Chaperone, “The Blacklist,” “Nurse Jackie,” “Hostages” ), who is also featured in the film. Hide and Seek addresses the topic of media images that validate beauty in contemporary America. Hide and Seek was named among the top ten films of the 2015 Asian American Film Lab‘s 72 Hour Shootout -Two Faces – Filmmaking Competition, and Chang received a Best Actress nomination for her starring role. Kravits shared camera operator duties with Evan Daves, composed the original score with Tyler Kent, directed and edited the film.

Examiner.com: Q&A with ‘Hide and Seek’ filmmakers Lia Chang and Garth Kravits

Someone Else (72 min)
Break
Hide and Seek (4 min)
Frank and Kass (7 min)
The Sweetening (20 min)
Special Presentation: Persona Non Grata (139 min)

The 2016 Sacramento Asian Pacific Film Festival runs May 27 – 28, 2016 at The Guild Theater, 2828 35th St, Sacramento, CA 95817, and will screen 30 films.  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.

FULL FESTIVAL PASS
Access all Screenings, both Festival days!
Fri 5/27 3PM – 10:30PM
Sat 5/28 11AM – 10:30PM

Full Festival Pass, Advance Price (ends 5/20)
General FFP: $40 ($50 after 5/20)
Students/Seniors FFP: $21 ($25 after 5/20)
Students may be requested to provide a valid student ID. Seniors are 62 year young and up.

Check out the full lineup below.

FRIDAY: Comedy | Documentary | Open Submissions

3:00 – 5:50 PM

Frequency

USA / 2016 / Narrative, Sci-Fi / 12 min

Directed by Geoffrey Haack
Geoffrey Haack is a S.F.-based freelance photographer and art director. He began at Publicis & Hal Riney in 2011 as Art Director and left in 2014.

Synopsis: A lone traveller enters an uncharted world in search for life.

Up in the Clouds

USA / 2015 / Animation / 2 min

Directed by Ed Moy
Ed Moy is an actor, filmmaker and journalist. He is also the co-writer of the award-winning short film Keye Luke about the life of pioneering Asian American actor Keye Luke, who portrayed Master Po on the “Kung Fu” television series in the 1970s, as well as playing the role of Number One Son in the 1930s-40s Charlie Chan films and appearing as the first Kato in the Green Hornet film serials of the 1940s. His documentary about pioneering Chinese Aviatrix Katherine Sui Fun Cheung, is also screening at the festival.

Synopsis: A teenager falls in love with flying while learning to drive a car with her dad.

LA Dreamers

USA / 2016 / Documentary / 5 min

Directed by Dani Fortuny
Dani Fortuny studied at prestigious Spanish film school of ESCAC. Born in Barcelona, Dani has been involved in documentaries, music videos and commercials. With strong cinematographic style his projects has been all around the world.

Synopsis: Five Japanese girls meet in Los Angeles. They are far from home but they have same goal, chase the dream of becoming hip hop dancers.

The Detached

USA / 2014 / Experimental / 13 min

Directed by Tatsu Aoki
Tatsu Aoki (director and filmmaker) is a prolific artist, a filmmaker, composer, musician, educator, and a consummate bassist and shamisen lute player. Based in Chicago, Aoki works in a wide range of musical genres, ranging from traditional Japanese music, jazz, experimental, and creative music and producing experimental films. He is now adjunct associate professor in the Film, Video, and New Media Department, teaching film production and history. He has produced more than 30 experimental films and is one of the most in-demand performers of bass, shamisen, and taiko, appearing in over 90 recording projects. http://tatsuaoki.com/

Synopsis: Director / filmmaker Tatsu Aoki’s collaboration with producer / choreographer Lenora Lee was filmed on Angel Island. It features Lenora Lee Dance performing in the East Garrison hospital, which was used as a US military processing station from 1900 to 1941.

Avenue X

USA / 2014 / Drama / 21 min

Directed by Benjamin To
Benjamin To is a Southern California based writer, director, and producer who founded The BAND WITH NO NAME Film Company. His work has been featured in numerous publications, such as The Huffington Post, NBC News, and the Los Angeles Times, for creating artistic discussions about race relations, diversity in media, and gender equality. Benjamin recently received his Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from the California State University, Fullerton. He continues to create content that raises awareness and sparks dialogue about the Asian American experience, as well as other communities of color, to provide a platform for their voices to be heard.

Synopsis: Avenue X, a gritty film noir which features a cast entirely of color, follows a battle-worn detective in search of a missing child from his past during the harsh times of 1940s Los Angeles.

Small Potatoes

USA / 2016 / Drama / 6 min

Directed by Elaine Wong
Born in Hong Kong and immigrated to San Francisco when she was in high school, Elaine graduated from UC Irvine in 2010, and held a Bachelor of Art degree in Literary Journalism. A 2nd year MFA candidate in Film and Television Production at USC, Elaine has worked with Scott Hamilton Kennedy, an Academy Award nominated documentary filmmaker, and now works in project development with Janet Yang, a prominent China-Hollywood Producer. Before she developed an interest in filmmaking, Elaine worked as a reporter at Sing Tao Daily. She is also a USC Annenberg California Endowment Health Journalism Fellow. As a writer director, Wong enjoys telling coming-of-age, romance, and Asian American experience stories.

Synopsis: Trista, a young ABC girl, has to come to terms with her own identity when Faye, her newcomer cousin from China, comes to live with her in America.

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Aviatrix: The Katherine Sui Fun Cheung Story

USA / 2015 / Animation, Documentary / 35 min

Directed by Ed Moy
Ed Moy is an award-winning journalist. He was recipient of the Leukemia & Lymphoma National Print Media Award in 2000. His animated short film Up in the Clouds premiered at the Catalina Film Festival and has screened at numerous film festivals. He covers Asian Pacific Entertainment on Examiner.com

Synopsis: Documentary about pioneering Asian Aviatrix Katherine Sui Fun Cheung, a Chinese immigrant who defied racial and gender bias to become a daredevil stunt pilot during the Golden Age of Aviation in the 1930s.

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Chinese Couplets

USA / 2015 / Documentary / 57 min

Directed by Felicia Lowe
Felicia Lowe is an award winning independent television producer, director, and writer with more than 35 years of production experience. “Chinese Couplets” is her latest work. Lowe received an EMMY for Best Cultural Documentary for “Chinatown.” “Carved in Silence,” a documentary about Angel Island Immigration Station has become a classic in educational circles and “China: Land of My Father,” a personal journey to China in 1979 to meet her paternal grandmother have garnered numerous awards and have been broadcast on PBS. Lowe was one of the first Asian broadcast journalist at KGO-TV. She has also taught film at SFSU and Stanford University and was a leader in the preservation of Angel Island Immigration Station.

Synopsis: “Chinese Couplets” is an intimate family story that reveals the impact of the Chinese Exclusion Acts on one family, over two centuries in three countries, on four generations of women. 

FRIDAY: Comedy | Documentary | Open Submissions

6:00 – 10:30 PM

Irene Tu

Comedy Set / 10 min

Irene Tu is a stand-up comedian, writer, and actor. She was named one of the “Bay Area’s 11 Best Standup Comedians” in 2016 by the SFist and has been featured in numerous comedy festivals including SF Sketchfest, Limestone Comedy Festival, and Crom Comedy Festival. Irene hosts several popular shows in the Bay Area including Laugh Function, Man Haters, and Hysteria. She is also a co-producer of The Mission Position in San Francisco. You can follow her on Twitter @irene_tu or vist her website: www.irenetu.com

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I Hate the Color Red

USA / 2015 / Drama, Comedy, LGBTQ / 19 min

Directed by Jazmin Jamias
Jazmin Jamias recently graduated from SFSU with a degree in Cinema with an emphasis in fictional filmmaking. Her last film, a short documentary entitled, The Altered Lives of LaVonne Salleé won two audience awards and two documentary awards and is currently part of the “Frameline Voices” program. She is interested in telling stories from a Filipino-American perspective. She is currently writing her next untitled project. She lives and works in the Bay Area.

Synopsis: A comedy about a sister and brother who inherit a video store who soon realize that because of “red boxes” and “red envelopes” that their store will soon become obsolete. They both deal with the demise of the store in their own way.

Sam Choy’s Poke to the Max

USA / 2016 / Documentary / 40 min

Directed by Terrence Santos
A Seattle based independent filmmaker, Terrence has collaborated on multiple projects including Narrative, Commercial and especially Documentary work. He was honored to find himself as a co-producer and cinematographer of the 2013 best of SIFF documentary THE OTHERSIDE. This project documented the rising hip hop music industry in the Seattle area from 2009-2011. Amongst those included in the film were the Blue Scholars, The Physics and Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. Terrence also held the position of Director of Content Development and Video Production for the University of Washington Athletics Marketing Department. This combined work experience has allowed him to further explore and raise his standards as a filmmaker

Synopsis: Godfather of Poké, Chef Sam Choy, was a major factor in Poké’s rise in popularity and now his Hawaiian food trucks have arrived in Seattle. Chef Choy shares how Poké is a true taste of Hawaii and how this distinctly Hawaiian dish has spread the Spirit of Aloha from the islands to around the world.

Rendezvous

USA / 2015 / Drama, Comedy / 14 min

Directed by Linder Pak; Christian Oh
Linder Pak is a writer and producer from the DMV. Her creative aspirations started in music, when she went to the Catholic University of America to study voice performance. She later realized that her love was not in music, but rather in storytelling. That’s when she turned her focus to screenwriting. Her feature-length script, Wedding Fever, has won an award for Best Screenplay for Romantic Comedy at the NOVA Film Festival, and placed third in the Cash Pot Screenplays. Her first film, Rendezvous, has been accepted to several film festivals. She also penned the webcomic, Dramatic Neutral. Linder is gearing up for another short film called, Pipe Dream, produced under her company, Cranky Peanut Productions.

Synopsis: A bumbling, middle-aged man goes on a dinner date with a woman half his age, but cultural misunderstandings keep him from connecting with her.

Right of Passage

USA / 2014 / Documentary / 98 min

Directed by Janice D. Tanaka
A producer, director and television execwith 30 years of experience in film and TV, Tanaka brings a wide range of experience to her work including recent productions “Right of Passage,” “REBEL WITH A CAUSE: The Life of Aiko Herzig Yoshinaga and “Act of Faith” the story of a Baptist minister in Seattle who dedicated his life to serving Japanese Americans. Tanaka continues to work as a script evaluator and producer of videos for clients such as the Japanese American National Museum.

Synopsis: American concentration camps. 120,000 victims, mostly US Citizens. their dramatic 45-year quest for justice.

Painted Nails

USA / 2015 / Documentary / 57 min

Directed by Erica Jordan and Dianne Griffin
Erica Jordan (co-producer) is an award-winning independent filmmaker whose documentary In Plain Sight premiered at 2014 Mill Valley Film Festival and won the 2016 Impact Docs Award. Jordan’s feature film Walls of Sand won Honorable Mention at Slamdance Film Festival and In the Wake, was selected by Film Threat as one of the best independent feature films of 2001. Dianne Griffin’s (co-producer) feature documentary White Hotel premiered at at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City and the Film Society of Lincoln Center and was distributed worldwide by Jane Balfour Films LTD, London, England. Griffin enters unfamiliar territory, creating intimate connections and telling stories of dignity, suffering and compassion, which move us to act.

Synopsis: This timely film follows a Vietnamese immigrant’s life-changing journey from her vibrant nail salon to the steps of Congress, becoming the first person to testify for safe cosmetics in over 30 years.

SATURDAY: The Best of AOF

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11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

To Die or To Dream

USA / 2015 / Drama / 3 min

Directed by Peilin Kuo
Peilin Kuo is an award-winning writer/director born in Taiwan and based in New York. After graduating with a drama degree from her homeland, she worked for a production company in Taipei which made music videos, commercials, and television programs. She relocated to New York in 2002 and started to pursue her career as an independent filmmaker. Since 2004, Peilin has been making short films that have been screened in film festivals and winning awards. Peilin’s upcoming film “A Thousand Deaths” is a feature length biopic of legendary Asian American actress Anna May Wong (1905-1961).

Synopsis: Chinese American actress, Anna May Wong, is caught in a dark alternate celluloid reality. She relives her cinematic past over and over while deciding how she wants to be portrayed as an actress.

Mango Sticky Rice

USA / 2016 / Comedy, Musical / 15 min

Directed by Mallorie Ortega
Mallorie Ortega is a director, production designer, and food lover. More often than not, she will break out into song or make up a tune to her everyday living. She will be graduating from the USC School of Cinematic Arts earning her MFA in Film and TV Production. She enjoys designing highly imaginative worlds like scary basements, futuristic humanoid robots, and lightbulb growing trees. Most recently, she production designed a short film called When Pigs Fly, starring Glenn Howerton from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and Fargo. Mallorie has been awarded Best Comedy, Best Ensemble, and Best Director at the Asians on Film Festival 2016. She was the only female to be nominated for Best Director at the First Look Film Festival 2016.

Synopsis: Katie, a food lover and very comfortable with her single life, is pressured by her friends and family to try online dating. Chris, a waiter at her favorite restaurant, doesn’t have the courage to talk to her, and watches her meet ups on the sidelines.

Locksmiths

USA / 2015 / Drama, Thriller / 15 min

Directed by James Kwon Lee
James is an LA-based writer-director who was born in England, lived in South Korea, and moved around the US, residing in 12 different cities across three continents. He graduated Duke University with a degree in biology. James has an MFA at USC Film School. He won the Thomas B. Bush Award for excellence in Cinematography and the Entertainment Partners Award for excellence in Producing. In 2015, former NatGeo CEO Howard Owens hired James to be a development producer at Propagate Content. James has since directed award winning shorts, commercials, and special projects, including an action previs sequence for an upcoming Kevin Hart and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson film.

Synopsis: Two robbers, posing as locksmiths, unknowingly break into the home of a killer who is in the middle of hiding his latest victim. The inevitable encounter leads to a series of terrifying incidents that culminates in a heart-rending reveal of the killer’s motive.

D.Asian

USA / 2015 / Comedy, LGBTQ / 10 min

Directed by Sarah Smith
Sarah Smith is a filmmaker and reality producer based in Los Angeles. She’s written for The Young & The Restless where she and her team won a WGA award for outstanding scripted daytime drama in 2013. She was also a writers’ assistant for the Emmy winning writing team of As the World Turns (2002, 2004, 2005), where she was invited to participate in the 2004 and 2005 Procter and Gamble writers’ workshop. In addition to her writing and producing work, Sarah edited the feature films Saint Janet and Armless, (an official selection to the NEXT category of the 2010 Sundance Film Festival). Sarah is a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.

Synopsis: D.Asian is the story of a child seeking to clarify who he is in relation to those he identifies with most. It’s a timeless tale of that period in our lives when we crave the acceptance of our peers but regardless take a stand and for the first time say “no, THIS is who I am.”

Mooncake

France, Switzerland / 2014 / Drama, Foreign / 19 min

Directed by François Yang
François Yang is a Swiss-French director born in Fribourg (Switzerland), of Chinese descent. He graduated from ECAL (University of Art and Design, Lausanne), cinema department in 2003, and completed his education at la Fémis (French national film school) He directed several documentaries and award winning fictions exploring both cross-cultural and cross generational themes.

Synopsis: Alex is reluctant to celebrate the moon festival with his family, and would rather spend the evening with his French girlfriend. His heart is torn, however, when he rekindles his friendship with a childhood family friend.

Metamorphosis

USA / 2015 / Drama, Horror, Thriller / 10 min

Directed by Elaine Xia
Elaine Xia was born in Hong Kong but raised in mainland China. She is influenced by the two vastly different cultures and has always dreamed of traveling in time back to the 90’s Hong Kong. With her first independent short, “Metamorphosis”, she has achieved that dream. After graduating from high school, she entered New York Film Academy in Los Angeles in 2010 to study filmmaking. After working as an editor for several years, she decided to combine her interests in a new way. Inspired by her mother’s strength, Elaine has dedicated herself to creating horror and dramatic movies that showcase the darker sides of humanity, finding the beauty within in the process.

Synopsis: A woman in 1990s Hong Kong accidentally kills her alcoholic husband in self-defense, and finds a unique way to dispose of the evidence.

Finding Cleveland

USA / 2015 / Documentary / 10 min

Directed by Larissa Lam
Larissa is an award winning singer/songwriter born and raised in LA. Her single “I Feel Alive” won the 2015 Hollywood Music in Media Award and Akademia Music Award for Best Dance Song. She was named November 2015 Best Vocalist of the Month by SingerUniverse Magazine. After over a decade of starring in music videos, acting, and TV hosting, Larissa makes her directorial debut in this award winning documentary.

Synopsis: Finding Cleveland is a documentary short film that follows Charles Chiu and his family on an emotional journey as they take a trip to Cleveland, Mississippi to visit the gravesite of Charles’ father, KC Lou. In less than 48 hours, Charles has many surprising encounters with the local townspeople, who help fill in some blanks about the father he never knew. He also learns of the Chinese Exclusion Act, a discriminatory law against Chinese immigrants and the struggles his father faced in a pre-civil rights era.

SATURDAY: Drama

12:45 – 4:55 PM

Asian Representation In Film and Media

Industry Panel / 50 min

Join hosts Stephen Chun and Christina Lee with special guests Peter Kwong (Big Trouble In Little China), Hudson Yang (Fresh Off The Boat), Albert Tsai (Dr. Ken), Joz Wang (8Asians.com), and Baldwin Chiu (Finding Cleveland) for an open discussion on Asian representation in film, TV, and mainstream media.

Someone Else

USA / 2015 / Drama / 72 min

Directed by Nelson Kim
Nelson Kim received his MFA in Film from Columbia University. His short films have screened at Urbanworld, Anthology Film Archives, Palm Springs Shortfest, Asia Society, CAAMFest, and the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival. His feature screenplay CONFIDENCE MAN was a semi-finalist for the Netflix/Film Independent Find Your Voice Competition and a quarter-finalist for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Nicholl Fellowship. In addition to his work as a filmmaker, Kim is also a film critic, journalist, and teacher. He writes articles and reviews for Hammer To Nail, Senses of Cinema, and other websites, and teaches film as an adjunct professor at Columbia and Fordham. SOMEONE ELSE is his first feature film.

Synopsis: A shy young Korean American law student, hungry for a more vivid, risk-taking existence, visits his playboy cousin in New York City. In his quest to emulate his cousin, the law student sheds his old identity and journeys into the dark side of his own nature.

Hide and Seek

USA / 2015 / Drama / 4 min

Directed by Garth Kravits
Garth Kravits is a Broadway actor, singer, musician and composer and award winning filmmaker. On television, Kravits has guest starred on 30 Rock, The Blacklist, Nurse Jackie, Hostages, Tin Man and The Carrie Diaries and played opposite Keanu Reeves in the feature film Sweet November.

Synopsis: Hide and Seek is a short film that speaks to the societal challenge that women, and especially women of color, endure every day. To look in the mirror and to hope to see a face other than your own. One that is closer to what magazines, television and movies define as beautiful or even normal.

Frank and Kass

USA / 2015 / Drama / 7 min

Directed by Norbert Shieh
Norbert Shieh is a Taiwanese-American filmmaker exploring new perspectives on the everyday through delicate and formal observations. Based in Los Angeles, his films and collaborations as a cinematographer have screened internationally in festivals and venues, including Sundance, Rotterdam, New York Film Festival, Ann Arbor, LA Asian Pacific Film Festival, CAAMFest and LACMA. Shieh is recipient of a 2012 Creative Capital Film/Video grant was a 2015 Visual Communication’s Armed With a Camera fellow. He holds both a BA in Visual Arts from UCSD and a MFA in Film/Video from CalArts.

Synopsis: Frank treks back home to his parents after recently being laid off with his young daughter Kass in tow. With their lives packed in a pickup truck, they drive across the California desert, hoping to make it to their destination in one piece.

The Sweetening

USA / 2015 / Drama, Sci-Fi / 20 min

Directed by Grace Rowe
After graduating UCLA studying Theater and Film, Grace started making films after adapting her one-woman show into an award-winning feature screenplay, “American Seoul.” She wrote, produced, and starred in the short film version which played at over a dozen film festivals worldwide. Grace then went on to write, star in, produce and edit the award-winning feature film, “I Am That Girl,” under her production company, Idylwild Pictures. “The Sweetening” is her directorial debut and is based off a feature film script she also wrote and is currently developing as a series. As an actress, you can see her on such hit t.v. series as “Black-ish,” “Modern Family,” “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” and “Grey’s Anatomy.”

Synopsis: A lonely and isolated woman falls for an avatar in a virtual reality program and it completely upends her life.

Persona Non Grata

Japan / 2015 / Drama / 139 min

Directed by Cellin Gluck
Cellin Gluck is a director known for Persona Non Grata (2015), Oba The Last Samurai (2011), Sideways – aka Saidoweizu (2009) and Lorelei (2005). As an assistant director/production manager he is known for Godzilla (2014), Memoirs of a Geisha (2005), Transformers (2007), Remember the Titans (2000) and Contact (1997) among others. Born and spending his ‘formative years’ in Japan and Iran, he believes his multi-cultural upbringing and his own diverse ‘composition’ provides an innate sensibility for things both Eastern and Western, allowing him to bridge cultures visually, viscerally and artistically as well as emotionally.

Synopsis: Against his country’s orders, Japanese diplomat Chiune Sugihara issues visas to refugees, saving over 6,000 Jewish lives at the outbreak of World War II.

SATURDAY: Documentary

6:00 – 7:50 PM

Racial Facial

USA / 2016 / Documentary / 9 min

Directed by Jeff Adachi
Jeff Adachi is the writer, director and co-producer of “Racial Facial.” He has been a social justice advocate and filmmaker, writing and directing two PBS award winning films, “The Slanted Screen: Asian Men in Film & Television” and “You Don’t Know Jack Soo”.  Between 1995-1999, Jeff produced the Asian American Arts Foundation’s Golden Ring Awards. Jeff also serves as the elected Public Defender of San Francisco. His office provides legal representation to over 20,000 people each year, mostly of color. Through his legal work and activism, Jeff has always been a strong advocate for the civil rights of all Americans.

Synopsis: America Needs a Racial Facial is a short, 8minute film about race in America. It provides a blur of fascinating images and video – historical and contemporary – depicting both the division and blending that has characterized the history and treatment of people of color in this country.

Breathin’: the Eddy Zheng Story

USA / 2016 / Documentary / 61 min

Directed by Ben Wang
Ben Wang (Director/Producer) is a documentary filmmaker whose previous films include AOKI (Co-Directed with Mike Cheng, 2009 feature documentary film, which screened at SF Int’l Asian American Film Festival, Black Panther Party Film Festival, Chicago Asian American Showcase, LA Asian Pacific Film Festival, DC Asian Pacific American Film Festival, Vancouver Asian Film Festival, and Boston Asian American Film Festival) and MAMORI (Director, 2013 short documentary film that screened at CAAMFest). Wang also co-edited “Other: an API Prisoners’ Anthology,” the first anthology of writings and artwork featuring API prisoners.

Synopsis: Arrested at 16 and tried as an adult for kidnapping and robbery, Eddy Zheng served over 20 years in prison. Ben Wang’s BREATHIN’: THE EDDY ZHENG STORY paints an intimate portrait of Eddy — the prisoner, the immigrant, the son, the activist — on his journey to freedom, rehabilitation and redemption.

My America…Or Honk if You Love Buddha

USA / 1997 / Documentary / 35 min

Directed by Renee Tajima-Peña
Renee Tajima-Peña is an Academy Award-nominated filmmaker whose directing credits include the nationally televised documentaries, Calavera Highway (PBS), “The Mexico Story” of The New Americans series (PBS), My Journey Home (PBS), Labor Women (PBS), My America…or Honk if You Love Buddha (PBS), The Last Beat Movie (Sundance Channel), The Best Hotel on Skid Row (HBO), and Who Killed Vincent Chin? (PBS). Her films have premiered at festivals around the world including Cannes, San Francisco, Sundance, Toronto, and the Whitney Biennial. Tajima-Peña is a USA Broad Fellow in media arts, and a professor and graduate director of the social documentation program at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Synopsis: In a rollicking ride across the changing terrain of American culture, Tajima-Peña recalls her childhood, back in the days when her vacationing family crossed five state lines without ever seeing another Asian face, and hits the road again to explore just how much the racial and cultural landscape of America has changed. Driving coast-to-coast, she seeks out what it means to be Asian American in our rapidly-changing society and comes across an ecclectic group of offbeat and distinctive people.

SATURDAY: LGBTQ

8:00 – 10:30 PM

Queer Vietnameseness

USA / 2015 / Documentary, LGBTQ / 51 min

Directed by Quyên Nguyen-Le
Quyên Nguyen-Le is a queer Vietnamese-American writer and filmmaker from Los Angeles. Recently, Quyên directed a film for James Franco’s The Labyrinth anthology and is a recipient of the LA Asian Pacific Film Festival’s 2016 directing fellowship for emerging media artists. Their first documentary, “Queer Vietnameseness” is a deeply personal project that began as a love poem.

Synopsis: “Queer Vietnameseness” follows the lives of three queer 2nd generation Vietnamese American women whose lives tell quintessential stories about the Vietnamese community in the U.S. challenging several dominant tropes in the mainstream Vietnamese refugee experience.

Front Cover

USA / 2015 / Comedy, Drama, LGBTQ, Romance / 87 min

Directed by Ray Yeung
Ray Yeung’s first feature film, CUT SLEEVE BOYS premiered at the Rotterdam International Film Festival and won Best Feature at the Outfest Fusion Festival in Los Angeles. He has written and directed eight short films, including YELLOW FEVER, which won Best Short at the Madrid Lesbian and Gay Film Festival. A BRIDGE TO THE PAST was commissioned by the London Arts Council and recently PAPER WRAP FIRE won Best Short at the New Hampshire Film Festival. Ray has directed two plays, BANANA SKIN and THE THIRD SEX, which were staged in London and Hong Kong. As director and art director for Television commercials, he has worked for clients including 7 Eleven, Coca Cola, MacDonalds and HSBC.

Synopsis: A mature, nuanced drama that explores the relationship between two Asian men as they battle the cultural norms that keep them from living an honest, authentic life.

ABOUT SAPFF

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

Facebook: www.facebook.com/AsianPacificFilmFest
Twitter: @SAPFF, www.twitter.com/sapff
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YouTube: Sacramento Asian Pacific Film Festival, www.youtube.com/AsianPacificFilmFest
Flickr: sacramentoasianpacificfilmfest, www.flickr.com/photos/sapff

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[at]SAPFF.org, or call (916) 776-6036.

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.

Lia Chang and Garth Kravits’ HIDE AND SEEK Screens in 11th Annual DisOrient Asian American Film Festival of Oregon on May 1; Complete Lineup

Hide and Seek Postcard red

My Bev’s Girl Films partner Garth Kravits and I are delighted to have our short film, Hide and Seek as an official selection of the 11th Annual DisOrient Asian American Film Festival in Eugene, OR., which screens in the Sunday Shorts Program: Conflict, on May 1, 2016 at Bijou Art Cinemas, 492 E 13th Ave, Eugene, OR 97401.
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Click To Get Your FREE Pass

Hide and Seek is a short film that speaks to the societal challenge that women, and especially women of color, endure every day. To look in the mirror and to hope to see a face other than your own. One that is closer to what magazines, television and movies define as beautiful or even normal. What face do you see when you look in the mirror?

Examiner.com: Q&A with ‘Hide and Seek’ director Garth Kravits and Actress Lia Chang

In addition to Hide and Seek, the Sunday Shorts Program: Conflict Lineup includes Distance BetweenChristmas in AmericaFishbone, Frank and Kass, I Hate the Color Red, Too Fast,  Carnal OrientSpaceship and The Waltz.

DisOrient,  a social justice film festival committed to the honest portrayals of the diversity of Asian and Pacific Islander American experiences, will screen a curated collection of 14 feature films, 17 short films, and 2 music videos at Bijou Art Cinemas and Bijou Metro, Eugene, OR, from April 29-May 1, 2016. Over 25 filmmakers and actors will be in attendance for post-screening Q&A’s.

Check out the complete schedule below.

500FRIDAY, April 29, 2016

BIJOU ART CINEMAS

Welcome and Opening Remarks
Bijou Art Cinemas
6:00 – 6:15 PM

up in the cloudsTYRUS and Up in the Clouds
$15 – CLICK TO BUY NOW

Bijou Art Cinemas
6:15 – 8:05 PM
Q&A

Tyrus Wong
Tyrus Wong
JORDAN SCHNITZER
MUSEUM OF ART

Opening Night Reception
Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art
8:30 – 11:30 PM

SATURDAY, April 30, 2016

 BIJOU ART CINEMAS

Saturday Shorts Program
$6 – CLICK TO BUY NOW

Bijou Art Cinemas
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

  1. Sakura Sakura: 4 min
  2. American Hero: Shiro Kashino: 20 min
  3. Drone: 4
  4. Resilient: 29 min
  5. Meet Me At A Funeral: 11 min
  6. Moment: 4 min
  7. Goodbye: 9 min

Painted Nails
$6 – CLICK TO BUY NOW

Bijou Art Cinemas
12:20 PM – 1:40 PM

Breathin’: The Eddy Zheng Story
$6 – CLICK TO BUY NOW

Bijou Art Cinemas
2:00 PM – 3:20 PM

Someone Else
$8 – CLICK TO BUY NOW

Bijou Art Cinemas
3:40 PM – 5:12 PM

Persona Non Grata
$10 – CLICK TO BUY NOW

Bijou Art Cinemas
5:32 PM – 8:22 PM

Pali Road
$10 – CLICK TO BUY NOW

Bijou Art Cinemas
8:42 PM – 10:32 PM

BROADWAY METRO

Right Footed
$6 – CLICK TO BUY NOW

Broadway Metro
11:45 AM – 1:02 PM

9-Man
$6 – CLICK TO BUY NOW

Broadway Metro
1:22-2:52

Cantonese Rice
$6 – CLICK TO BUY NOW

Broadway Metro
3:12 – 4:02

Live From UB
$6 – CLICK TO BUY NOW

Broadway Metro
4:22-5:42 PM

SUNDAY, May 1, 2016

 BIJOU ART CINEMAS

Sunday Shorts Program: Conflict
Click To Get Your FREE Pass
Bijou Art Cinemas
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

  1. Distance Between: 9 Min
  2. Christmas in America: 9 Min
  3. Fishbone: 9 Min
  4. Frank and Kass: 7 Min
  5. I Hate the Color Red: 19 Min
  6. Too Fast: 3 Min
  7. Carnal Orient: 9 Min
  8. Hide and Seek: 4 Min
  9. Spaceship: 7 Min
  10. The Waltz***: 11 Min

To Climb A Gold Mountain
$6 – CLICK TO BUY NOW
Bijou Art Cinemas
1:20 PM – 2:55 PM

Harvey leads his team in the haka, a traditional warrior dance..
Harvey leads his team in the haka, a traditional warrior dance.

In Football We Trust
$8 – CLICK TO BUY NOW 

Bijou Art Cinemas
3:15 PM – 5:05 PM

It Runs in the Family/ Pamanhikan
$8 – CLICK TO BUY NOW 

Bijou Art Cinemas
5:25 PM – 7:05 PM

Comfort 103 –
$10 – CLICK TO BUY NOW

Bijou Art Cinemas
7:25 PM – 9:35 PM

Closing Night Reception – FREE 
10:00 PM – 11:30 PM

Check www.disorientfilm.org for updates and schedule TBA. Purchase All Access VIP Passes for $75 in advance on www.brownpapertickets.com, or $80 at the door. The Opening Night Reception is at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art with a live musical performance by Portland band- The Slants, that is included with tickets to “TYRUS” or VIP Passes. Front man Simon Tam will also speak on “How Being Asian Got Me Into Trouble.” General tickets ($15) to the Opening Night show will be sold at the door at 8:45 pm. Admission to the Sunday Night Awards Gala at LZ Chinese Dish will be included with VIP Passes or ticket stub for “Comfort. Individual film tickets will be sold on-line starting in April or at the door until sold out. There is a Free Sunday Shorts program.

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

Lia Chang is an award-winning filmmaker, a Best Actress nominee, a photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek, which will screen at the Disorient Film Festival in Eugene Oregon in April. She is profiled in Examiner.comJade Magazine and Playbill.com.

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

All text, graphics, articles & photographs: © 2000-2016 Lia Chang Multimedia. All rights reserved. All materials contained on this site are protected by United States copyright law and may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, displayed, published or broadcast without the prior written permission of Lia Chang. You may not alter or remove any trademark, copyright or other notice from copies of the content. For permission, please contact Lia at lia@liachangphotography.com

Sneak Peek at the Featured Films and Lineup for the 11th Annual DisOrient Asian American Film Festival of Oregon, April 29 – May 1

My Bev’s Girl Films partner Garth Kravits and I are delighted to have our short film, Hide and Seek as an official selection of the 11th Annual DisOrient Asian American Film Festival in Eugene, OR.

Hide and Seek Postcard

Examiner.com: Q&A with ‘Hide and Seek’ director Garth Kravits and Actress Lia Chang

disorientDisOrient,  a social justice film festival committed to the honest portrayals of the diversity of Asian and Pacific Islander American experiences, will screen a curated collection of 14 feature films, 17 short films, and 2 music videos at Bijou Art Cinemas and Bijou Metro, Eugene, OR, from April 29-May 1, 2016. Over 25 filmmakers and actors will be in attendance for post-screening Q&A’s.

Tyrus Wong
Tyrus Wong

The festival starts on Friday, April 29th at 6:00 pm with the Opening Night Film, Pamela Tom’s TYRUS, which presents the life and career of 105+ year old Chinese American artist, Tyrus Wong, from his immigration to the U.S. as a child to his artistic contributions to animation and classic American cinema, preceded by Ed Moy’s award-winning animated short, Up in the Clouds.

up in the cloudsTom and Moy will be in attendance for the Q & A.

© 2015 "SUGIHARA CHIUNE" SEISAKU IINKAI
© 2015 “SUGIHARA CHIUNE” SEISAKU IINKAI

DisOrient’s Centerpiece Film, the epic and spectacular feature narrative Persona Non Grata – The Chiune Sugihara Story, produced by Cine Bazar will screen on Saturday, April 30th.  Director Cellin Gluck is planning to attend for a highly anticipated Q&A after the film, which is based on the true historical accounts about a Japanese diplomat who, during World War II, faced a moral dilemma that affected the lives of thousands of European Jews in Lithuania.

Harvey leads his team in the haka, a traditional warrior dance..
Harvey leads his team in the haka, a traditional warrior dance.

A must see is the documentary In Football We Trust, which made its world premiere at Sundance and permits a rare and intimate access to the families of 4 Pacific Islander football players who have hopes of making it into the NFL.

12640395_751576961653247_5373255653134646795_oDisOrient closes with Comfort, accompanied by Director William Lu and lead actor, Julie Zahn. Lu’s feature film debut brings Cameron (Chris Dinh) and Jasmine (Julie Zahn) together as they explore the after-hours food scene in LA while Cameron hides his dreams away in the darkness of the night.

Below is the complete lineup of films:

  • Up In The Clouds
  • TYRUS
  • Sakura Sakura
  • An American Hero:Shiro Kashino
  • Drone
  • Resilient
  • Moment
  • Meet Me At A Funeral
  • Goodbye
  • Right Footed
  • Someone Else
  • In Football We Trust
  • Persona Non Grata –The Chiune Sugihara Story
  • Cantonese Rice
  • To Climb A Gold Mountain
  • Painted Nails
  • Pali Road
  • Live From UB
  • Distance Between
  • Christmas In America
  • Frank and Kass
  • Too Fast
  • Fishbone
  • The Waltz
  • I Hate the Color Red
  • Carnal Orient
  • Hide and Seek
  • Spaceship
  • It Runs In the Family
  • Pamanhikan
  • 9-Man
  • Breathin’: The Eddy Zheng Story
  • Comfort

Check www.disorientfilm.org for updates and schedule TBA. Purchase All Access VIP Passes for $75 in advance on www.brownpapertickets.com, or $80 at the door. The Opening Night Reception is at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art with a live musical performance by Portland band- The Slants, that is included with tickets to “TYRUS” or VIP Passes. Front man Simon Tam will also speak on “How Being Asian Got Me Into Trouble.” General tickets ($15) to the Opening Night show will be sold at the door at 8:45 pm. Admission to the Sunday Night Awards Gala at LZ Chinese Dish will be included with VIP Passes or ticket stub for “Comfort. Individual film tickets will be sold on-line starting in April or at the door until sold out. There is a Free Sunday Shorts program.

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

Lia Chang is an award-winning filmmaker, a Best Actress nominee, a photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek, which will screen at the Disorient Film Festival in Eugene Oregon in April. She is profiled in Examiner.comJade Magazine and Playbill.com.

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

All text, graphics, articles & photographs: © 2000-2016 Lia Chang Multimedia. All rights reserved. All materials contained on this site are protected by United States copyright law and may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, displayed, published or broadcast without the prior written permission of Lia Chang. You may not alter or remove any trademark, copyright or other notice from copies of the content. For permission, please contact Lia at lia@liachangphotography.com

2016 Asians on Film Festival Complete Lineup, Mar. 10 – 13

12112298_951145264959172_4144412274567610618_nThe 2016 Asians on Film Festival runs from Thursday March 10th- Sunday, March 13th at the Japanese American National Museum in Little Tokyo, 100 North Central Avenue, LA.

Full Lineup

Thursday, March 10th

Japanese American National Museum

100 N Central Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012

tickets

5:00PM

Opening night red carpet

7:00PM 

Rain Lotus (Joe Chang) (7 min)

Family Gathering (David Au) (21 min)

More Than One (Takahisa Shiraishi) (20 min)

The Smiling Man (AJ Briones) (7 min)

Visiting Mum (Cassandra Nguyen) (21 min)

Eternity (James Boss) (24 min)

9:00PM 

Waiting (Will Kim) (2 min)

The Breakdown on Highway 7 (Jaswant Shrestha) (16 min)

Power Play (Hillary Hamilton) (4 min)

Do Date (Marc Lee & Marcial Chavez) (11 min)

Off the Record (Lijie Feng) (16 min)

The Controller (Bryce Marrero) (18 min)

Jackie Boy (Musashi Alexander) (22 min)

Friday, March 11th

4:00PM 

One Minute To Leave (Brian Sounalath) (4 min)

Maple’s Tree (Rachel Leyco) (20 min)

Alice’s Mirror (Benoit Lelieve) (18 min)

The Spring in My Life (Yeon Yun Cho) (20 min)

My Best Friend, Ben (Henry Alberto) (33 min)

6:00PM

The Roar – Monish Gangwani (Monish Gangwani) (15 min)

The Dead Planet (Michael Morris) (13 min)

Vigilance (Brenton Fosner) (10 min)

The Flip (Chung Fan Lam) (22 min)

In Search of American Inshallah (Danish Renzu) (25 min)

8:00PM 

Spaceship – Dan aka Dan featuring Sam Kang (Rommel Andaya) (7 min)

Virtual Hitman (Kristina Esposito) (14 min)

Hopeless Romantic (Oleksil Babenko) (10 min)

Kin (Deborah Kim & Jacobi Hollingshed) (20 min)

The Girl Who Couldn’t Get High (Andrew Olsen) (3 min)

Rattlefly (Min Ding) (20 min)

You Can’t Hear Me. You Can’t See Me. (Andrew Suleiman) (14 min)

10:00PM

R I S E (Steve Nguyen & Choz Belen) (3 min)

Tortoise (Noviandra Santosa) (6 min)

Eyes of Fate (Andrew Yi) (12 min)

Lover and the Fighter (Joseph Le) (5 min)

Passage (Lorenz Hideyoshi Ruwwe) (16 min)

American Hikikomori (Landis Stokes) (20 min)

When Mom Visits (Chiung-wen Chang) (18 min)

Saturday, March 12th

4:00PM

Where’d You Go (Invisible People) – Model Minority (Angela Yu) (6 min)

Sapphire Strange (Justin Caien Chenn) (8 min)

Meet Me at a Funeral (Kerry Mondragon) (11 min)

Apart (Xin Huang) (13 min)

The Destined King (Kiyun Sung) (12 min)

Sweet Sixteen (Yung-Jen Yang) (8 min)

Playdate (Andrea Bang) (14 min)

A Children’s Song (Shayna Cohen) (27 min)

6:00PM 

Up In the Clouds (Ed Moy) (3 min)

Up in the Clouds

Ed Moy’s Animated Short UP IN THE CLOUDS, starring Katherine Park and Raymond Ma, has East Coast premiere screening at PAAFF15

Anastasia (Sam Li) (13 min)

Split End (Edward Shieh) (6 min)

Time Capsule (Trinity Shi) (4 min)

The Meat (Roy Kim) (6 min)

BRITNEY-holics Anonymous: A SPEAR-itual Awakening (Jerell Rosales) (10 min)

Metamorphosis (Elaine Xia) (15 min)

Karma (Sixing Su & Majun Chen) (18 min)

100 Rupees (Prashanth Raj) (20 min)

8:00PM 

Aurora – Kenson Lee (Kenson Lee) (6 min)

Straight Up (Steven Yee & Gerry Maravilla) (9 min)

Hada (Tony Morales) (9 min)

Finding You (Grant Chang) (7 min)

Against Blood (Cassidy Lackos) (13 min)

Rope (Yeney Amaro) (9 min)

Anne Darling (Norman Yeung) (16 min)

Mom For Sale. Mint Condition (Rajesh Naroth) (6 min)

East of Hollywood (Chris Caccioppoli) (28 min)

10:00PM

I Can’t Be Your Superman – Skylar Spence (Maegan Houang) (4 min)

Cash Back (Yifan Xiao) (12 min)

The Pride (Qiucgen Cao) (18 min)

Dirty Sock (Rommel Andaya) (6 min)

Anna (Spiros Charalambous) (22 min)

Longing (Nadav Mishall) (20 min)

Sunday, March 13th

2:30PM 

Xuong Duoi (Down Under) (Matthew Victor Pastor) (7 min)

Dream of Emerald Hill (Daniel York) (10 min)

Jinju (Crystal Jin Kim) (10 min)

Planet X (Rohit Gill) (7 min)

Good Boy (Blake Hodges) (6 min)

Twin Lotus (Bruce Sze Han Chen) (15 min)

Method (Steven Yee) (9 min)

Pawnshop Symphony (Kvon Chen) (7 min)

The Loyalist (Minji Kang) (19 min)

4:30PM

Bayanihan: The Spirit of Community (Ricky Fosheim) (27 min)

Black (Nadia Burgess) (6 min)

The Glass Man (We Ra) (21 min)

Dirty War (Linpu Gao) (11 min)

Finding Cleveland (Larissa Lam) (13 min)

Father (Tresa Ponnor) (10 min)

6:30PM

Turn It Up – CHOPS, Tiger JK & Yoon Mi-rae (Steve Nguyen) (4 min)

My Life as a Sock (Julie Ow) (10 min)

A Decision (Xu Zhang) (6 min)

The Dragon’s Blade (Viet Huynh) (7 min)

Behind the Scenes with Chad and Sam (Sam Li & Chad Maxwell) (23 min)

Mt. Molehill (Jesse Stewart) (17 min)

Mooncake (Francois Yang) (19 min)

8:30PM

Run Crab Run (Wei Lu) (6 min)

Battle of Wills (David No) (9 Min)

Crimson Defenders vs. the Slightly Racist Family (Simu Liu) (8 min)

Coming Home (Steven Liang) (14 min)

To Die or to Dream (Peilin Kuo) (3 min)

Touch (Lulu Wang) (15 min)

D.Asian (Sarah Smith) (10 min)

Locksmiths (James Kwon Lee) (16 min)

Mango Sticky Rice (Mallorie Ortega) (15 min)

10:30PM

AWARDS CEREMONY

11:00PM

Close Night After Party @ Far Bar Little Tokyo (Free Event)

Asians on Film is a 501 (C)3 non-profit devoted to arts & entertainment with a primary focus in providing recognition to the talent of Asian/Pacific Islanders who are minorities in the film industry either as talent, filmmakers and/or those who work in other aspects of filmmaking.

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

Lia Chang is an award-winning filmmaker, a Best Actress nominee, a photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek, which will screen at The Women’s Film Festival 2016 in Philadelphia on March 13th and the Disorient Film Festival in Eugene Oregon in April. She is profiled in Examiner.comJade Magazine and Playbill.com.

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

All text, graphics, articles & photographs: © 2000-2016 Lia Chang Multimedia. All rights reserved. All materials contained on this site are protected by United States copyright law and may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, displayed, published or broadcast without the prior written permission of Lia Chang. You may not alter or remove any trademark, copyright or other notice from copies of the content. For permission, please contact Lia at lia@liachangphotography.com

Ed Moy’s Award-Winning Animated Short UP IN THE CLOUDS Screens at 2016 Asians on Film Festival on Mar. 12

up in the clouds
Up in the Clouds, a delightful animated short written and directed by Ed Moy, and featuring the voices of Katherine Park (Red Dress) and Raymond Ma (The Muppets, Horrible Bosses 2, and Lethal Weapon 4), is an Official Selection of the 2016 Asians on Film Festival, and will screen as on Saturday,  March 12, 2016, in the SPLIT shorts program at 6:00PM at the Japanese American National Museum,  100 N. Central Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012.  Buy tickets online.

Up in the Clouds is an Asians on Film Festival Summer Quarter 2015 Winner for Best Animation.

Katherine Sui Fun Cheung in pilot's gear kickstarting propeller c1930's. Photo courtesy of Dottie
Katherine Sui Fun Cheung in pilot’s gear kickstarting propeller c1930’s. Photo courtesy of Dottie Leschenko.

Produced by Ed Moy and Timothy Tau, the inspiration for Up in the Clouds is Chinese aviatrix Katherine Sui Fun Cheung, who became one of the first Chinese women pilots to earn a license to fly in the United States.

Cheung is honored with a plaque at LAX’s Flight Path as the first licensed Asian Aviatrix in the United States, recognized with a plaque at the San Diego Air & Space Museum, Disney’s Soarin’ over California and in the Smithsonian.

Up in the Clouds. Illustrated by Ruby Chen
Up in the Clouds. Illustrated by Ruby Chen

Up in the Clouds was originally conceived as black and white animatic style sketches illustrating Katherine’s story of falling in love with flying while learning to drive a car with her dad next to a dusty airfield in Los Angeles.

Up in the Clouds. Illustrated by Ruby Chen
Up in the Clouds. Illustrated by Ruby Chen

Ruby Chen’s hand drawn illustrations features 1920’s period cars and planes in a cartoon style meets modern anime caricature, which visual effects editor Chris Trinh animated with motion and movement.

Up in the Clouds. Illustrated by Ruby Chen
Up in the Clouds. Illustrated by Ruby Chen

Additional production credits include David Cu (sound and music editor), Nicole Echegoyen (graphic artist) and Birdie Sawyer (trailer video editor). Additional funding was provided by executive producer Tau for the color illustrations, and by Moy for the colorized cartoon.

Up in the Clouds. Illustrated by Ruby Chen
Up in the Clouds. Illustrated by Ruby Chen

Edmund Moy (director, producer, writer)
Ed Moy is an award-winning journalist. His series of feature news articles about the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training fundraising programs helped raise awareness for their mission while touching the lives of thousands of readers and earned him their National Print Media Award for Excellence in Journalism.

Moy is currently working on an Aviatrix documentary film and web series project about Chinese women aviators of the 1930s. He was also co-writer on director Timothy Tau’s award-winning short film Keye Luke about the life of pioneering Asian American actor Keye Luke. It won an Audience Award at the 2014 Hollyshorts Film Festival and was nominated for Best Short Film at the 2013 Dragon*Con Short Film Fest. http://www.aviatrixmovie.org

Katherine Park (daughter)
Born in Framingham Massachusetts, Katherine Park is an actor, alternative singer-songwriter, photographer, cosplay cover model, and teacher.  Like Katherine Sui Fun Chung, she grew up studying music at the conservatory level. She was lead vocalist for indie rock darlings The Jumblies before impressing San Francisco casting director Nina Henninger, and director Evan Cecil, who casted her as comic book heroine Giselle Grey in Image Comic’s comic book series Carbon Grey.  She has also appeared on HBO, Investigation Discovery, The Biography Channel, Hulu, My TV New England, and Amazon. Park performs at music festivals in San Francisco, including ULUV 2013, and the Annual Asian Heritage Street Celebration. She will portray the young Katherine Sui Fun Chung in the upcoming documentary film and web series: Aviatrix. www.katherinepark.com  @katherinepark

Raymond Ma (father)
Raymond Ma On House, M.D. Raymond Ma portrayed Nicole’s biological father Wu Zheng in the Season 5 episode “Birthmarks.”
Ma has had featured roles in Dharma & Greg, Old School, Starsky & Hutch, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, Boston Legal, Crash and The Muppets.  He will portray Katherine Sui Fun Cheung’s father Harry Cheung in the upcoming Aviatrix documentary film and web series.

David Cu (editor, sound editor)
David Cu is a  composer, sound designer, and editor for film, television, games, and more. He studied at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco for Music Production & Sound Design for Visual Media.

Up in the Clouds has screened at the 2015 Catalina Film Festival,  2015 San Jose International Short Film Festival, 2015 Miami Independent Film Festival, 2015 Hollyshorts – 
Monthly Screening Series and 2015 Asians On Film – Best Animation Summer Quarter.

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

Lia Chang is an award-winning filmmaker, a Best Actress nominee, a photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek, which will screen at The Women’s Film Festival 2016 in Philadelphia on March 13th and the Disorient Film Festival in Eugene Oregon in April. She is profiled in Examiner.comJade Magazine and Playbill.com.

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

All text, graphics, articles & photographs: © 2000-2016 Lia Chang Multimedia. All rights reserved. All materials contained on this site are protected by United States copyright law and may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, displayed, published or broadcast without the prior written permission of Lia Chang. You may not alter or remove any trademark, copyright or other notice from copies of the content. For permission, please contact Lia at lia@liachangphotography.com

Ed Moy’s Animated Short UP IN THE CLOUDS has East Coast premiere screening at PAAFF15 on Nov. 20

Up in the Clouds Poster
Up in the Clouds, a delightful animated short written and directed by Ed Moy, and featuring the voices of Katherine Park (Red Dress) and Raymond Ma (The Muppets, Horrible Bosses 2, and Lethal Weapon 4), will have its East Coast premiere screening as an Official Selection of The 2015 Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival (PAAFF15) on Friday, November 20th at 5:00pm,  in the Animation Shorts Program at Asian Arts Initiative, 1219 Vine Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107. Click here to RSVP.

Katherine Sui Fun Cheung in pilot's gear kickstarting propeller c1930's. Photo courtesy of Dottie
Katherine Sui Fun Cheung in pilot’s gear kickstarting propeller c1930’s. Photo courtesy of Dottie Leschenko.

Produced by Ed Moy and Timothy Tau, the inspiration for Up in the Clouds is Chinese aviatrix Katherine Sui Fun Cheung, who became one of the first Chinese women pilots to earn a license to fly in the United States.

Cheung is honored with a plaque at LAX’s Flight Path as the first licensed Asian Aviatrix in the United States, recognized with a plaque at the San Diego Air & Space Museum, Disney’s Soarin’ over California and in the Smithsonian.

Up in the Clouds. Illustrated by Ruby Chen
Up in the Clouds. Illustrated by Ruby Chen

Up in the Clouds was originally conceived as black and white animatic style sketches illustrating Katherine’s story of falling in love with flying while learning to drive a car with her dad next to a dusty airfield in Los Angeles.

Up in the Clouds. Illustrated by Ruby Chen
Up in the Clouds. Illustrated by Ruby Chen

Ruby Chen’s hand drawn illustrations features 1920’s period cars and planes in a cartoon style meets modern anime caricature, which visual effects editor Chris Trinh animated with motion and movement.

Up in the Clouds. Illustrated by Ruby Chen
Up in the Clouds. Illustrated by Ruby Chen

Additional production credits include David Cu (sound and music editor), Nicole Echegoyen (graphic artist) and Birdie Sawyer (trailer video editor). Additional funding was provided by executive producer Tau for the color illustrations, and by Moy for the colorized cartoon.

Up in the Clouds. Illustrated by Ruby Chen
Up in the Clouds. Illustrated by Ruby Chen

Edmund Moy (director, producer, writer)
Ed Moy is an award-winning journalist. His series of feature news articles about the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training fundraising programs helped raise awareness for their mission while touching the lives of thousands of readers and earned him their National Print Media Award for Excellence in Journalism.

Moy is currently working on an Aviatrix documentary film and web series project about Chinese women aviators of the 1930s. He was also co-writer on director Timothy Tau’s award-winning short film Keye Luke about the life of pioneering Asian American actor Keye Luke. It won an Audience Award at the 2014 Hollyshorts Film Festival and was nominated for Best Short Film at the 2013 Dragon*Con Short Film Fest. http://www.aviatrixmovie.org

Katherine Park (daughter)
Born in Framingham Massachusetts, Katherine Park is an actor, alternative singer-songwriter, photographer, cosplay cover model, and teacher.  Like Katherine Sui Fun Chung, she grew up studying music at the conservatory level. She was lead vocalist for indie rock darlings The Jumblies before impressing San Francisco casting director Nina Henninger, and director Evan Cecil, who casted her as comic book heroine Giselle Grey in Image Comic’s comic book series Carbon Grey.  She has also appeared on HBO, Investigation Discovery, The Biography Channel, Hulu, My TV New England, and Amazon. Park performs at music festivals in San Francisco, including ULUV 2013, and the Annual Asian Heritage Street Celebration. She will portray the young Katherine Sui Fun Chung in the upcoming documentary film and web series: Aviatrix. www.katherinepark.com  @katherinepark

Raymond Ma (father)
Raymond Ma On House, M.D. Raymond Ma portrayed Nicole’s biological father Wu Zheng in the Season 5 episode “Birthmarks.”
Ma has had featured roles in Dharma & Greg, Old School, Starsky & Hutch, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, Boston Legal, Crash and The Muppets.  He will portray Katherine Sui Fun Cheung’s father Harry Cheung in the upcoming Aviatrix documentary film and web series.

David Cu (editor, sound editor)
David Cu is a  composer, sound designer, and editor for film, television, games, and more. He studied at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco for Music Production & Sound Design for Visual Media.

Katherine Park and Ed Moy on the red carpet at the 2015 San Jose International Short Film Festival on October 23, 2015. Photo courtesy of Ed Moy
Katherine Park and Ed Moy on the red carpet at the 2015 San Jose International Short Film Festival on October 23, 2015. Photo courtesy of Ed Moy

Up in the Clouds has screened at the 2015 Catalina Film Festival,  2015 San Jose International Short Film Festival, 2015 Miami Independent Film Festival, 2015 Hollyshorts – 
Monthly Screening Series and 2015 Asians On Film – Best Animation Summer Quarter.

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This FREE shorts program at #PAAFF15 offers a diverse selection of animated shorts that stretch the limits of the imagination. Animaton styles include CGI, watercolor, ink, and claymation.

Full Slate:
Eggs | Tomofumi Inoue
Zodiac Run | Gabriel Silva
Think Ink | Wally Chung
Up in the Clouds | Ed Moy
Waiting | Will Kim
Junk Girl | Mohammed Zare
Click here for more information.
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ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
The Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival (PAAFF) is the first and only event of its kind in Philadelphia, bringing in audience members from all over the region and Asian American filmmakers, actors, and leaders, from around the world. The festival also hosts numerous screenings year-round independently and in partnership with regional arts and community organizations.

PAAFF’s parent organization, Philadelphia Asian American Film & Filmmakers, is a nonprofit organization founded in 2008 to showcase films by and about Asian Americans and Pacific Islander Americans for the city of Philadelphia and Greater Philadelphia region. Their mission is to present captivating programs that engage, inspire, and connect our community both to one another and the non-Asian mainstream.

Lia Chang
Lia Chang

Lia Chang is an award-winning filmmaker, a Best Actress nominee, a photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek, which will screen at the Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival on November 21st. She is profiled in Examiner.com, FebOne1960.com BlogJade Magazine and Playbill.com.

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Greg Watanabe makes Broadway Debut as Mike Masaoka in ‘Allegiance’ 
AsAmNews.com: Q & A with Arthur Dong, Award-winning Filmmaker and Author, Gay Icon, Distinguished Professor of Film
Film Lab Screening of ‪#‎72HrSO‬ Films at Time Warner Theater & Panel Discussion of Mass Media Constructions of Beauty 
AsAmNews.com: Creating an Asian American presence on Wikipedia, one WikiAPA Edit-a-thon at a time 
AsAmNews.com: The King and I’s Special Performance Benefits The Actors Fund 
Playbill.com: Hugs, Laughs and Photobombs By Tony Winners! Go Backstage at the Special Actors Fund Performance of The King and I
Broadwayworld.com: Photo Flash: Phylicia Rashad, Andre De Shields & More Original Cast Members from THE WIZ Reunite in Central Park! 
BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA Cast Reunion featured in BLACK BELT MAGAZINE August/September 2015
Drumhead Magazine: Living Colour Drummer Will Calhoun, Photos by Lia Chang 
AsAmNews.com: AAPI Heritage Month: My Grandmother’s Detention on Angel Island 
Crafting a Career

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

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

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