March 7, 2004 |
AsianAmericanFilm.com is a forum for filmmakers and fans dedicated to a distinct genre that's neither quite Asian nor American. Scanning the film news, analysis and filmmaking resources, visitors quickly see that the site's scope jumps well beyond Wayne Wang's "The Joy Luck Club" to help spread the word on the work of independent Asian American filmmakers like Justin Lin ("Better Luck Tomorrow") and Eric Byler ("Charlotte Sometimes").
April 14, 2000 |
As you might expect from a play that takes its title from a Rolling Stones song, Philip W. Chung's "laughter joy & loneliness & sex & sex & sex & sex" at Los Angeles Theatre Center's Theatre 4 includes sex and drugs. But despite the oldies blaring in the background, this Lodestone Theatre Ensemble production doesn't rock.
August 15, 1996 |
Like most programs of small-scale independent films, "Suburban Shorts"--screening at the Huntington Beach Art Center on Friday--veers from the exciting and provocative to the merely ho-hum in its search for insight. The nine little movies, a mix of fiction and documentary with only two longer than 20 minutes, were compiled by the center and American Cinematheque in Los Angeles with an eye toward "exposing the suburban experience."
February 1, 2008 |
The opening scenes of Ilya Chaiken's "Liberty Kid" would seem unremarkably quotidian were it not for the caption that precedes them: "September 2001." As would-be visionary Derrick (Al Thompson) and small-time hustler Tico (Kareem Savinon) work their menial jobs mere yards from the Statue of Liberty, you can feel the clock running out on their ordinary lives. Chaiken lacks the funds (and possibly the interest) for a reconstruction of the Sept. 11 attacks.
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May 29, 2003 |
Linda Mabalot, an activist and filmmaker who founded the Asian Pacific Film and Video Festival and nurtured the careers of Asian American directors as the longtime head of Visual Communications, a nonprofit media production and advocacy group, has died. She was 49. Mabalot, who died May 19 at West Hills Medical Center, had cancer.
May 11, 2006 |
VC FILMFEST 2006: The Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival concludes with the local premiere of "Americanese," writer-director Eric Byler's insightful drama about a couple's inability to fully move on after breaking up. Based on Shawn Wong's 1995 novel "American Knees," the film covers territory often elided in more conventional relationship tales. Raymond Ding (Chris Tashima) is a morose but likable Chinese American professor in his early 40s, possessed by a serious case of anhedonia.