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Sunsets Plays in New York, Calder Shows in NY, and I Love Banana Magazine

Alexander Calder shows at the Whitney Museum and the exhibition demonstrates the eye for design and an original creative spirit. Mobiles and Stabiles may be too close together in this space, but we did get to see an art handler move the pieces. We carefully got close to the third piece that was nudged hence I shot the above photo unobstructed by people. I asked if Calder made notes to tell folks how and where to move the pieces and he said Calder did leave some notes but the Calder Foundation gave him some tips. That's Eugenia Yuan on the left.  I like how the security guards fit this piece nicely. I'll guess someone thought of that before but it...

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Class of 97 Sunsets at AAIFF Aug 4th and Panel Discussion Aug 5th

Sunsets the film hasn't shown since 2009 and now at it's 20th year since it was released, it's showing at the Asian American International Film Festival in New York City.  Surely unknown to most of you, I co-directed this feature film along with my cousin Michael Aki. Sunsets was part of the "Asian American New Wave" which was comprised of four feature films in 1997 including Shopping for Fangs (directed by Quentin Lee and Justin Lin), Yellow (directed by Chris Chan Lee), and Strawberry Fields (directed by Rea Tajiri).  Sunsets is showing at this festival along with the other three films and my cousin and co-director Michael Aki and I will be in attendance Aug 4th 9pm at Village East Cinema and...

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The Jew and The Lotus EPISODE 64: Indie Asian American Cinema and Banksy the Massive Attack Guy

Latest episode is up. We're at episode 64 and we talk about my old film Sunsets which will show at the Asian American Independent Film Festival in NYC In August 4th along with a panel discussion the following day. It's an homage to the Asian American cinema Class of 97 which featured Shopping for Fangs by Quentin Lee and Justin Lin, Sunsets by myself and Michael Aki, Strawberry Fields by Rea Tajiri, and Yellow by Chris Chan Lee. I do wonder who will show up. It's been 20 years since we made our films which might have been bigger than we all know.  http://www.thejewandthelotus.com/podcast/2017/6/25/episode-64

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Film Fest Photos

Film Festivals create photo ops and those make for weird photos. So here’s one of them that showed up in the Rafu Shimpo. I’m on the right not smiling. Yes, 1 shot, no smile, but I was having a decent time I think. Was I? There’s no mention of why we’re there, but we were and I guess Goh, cousin Mike (they star in Daylight Savings) and myself are Japanese American so here we are. It’s an honor regardless. They do mention the doc on photographer and friend, Mario Reyes along with other big points of the LAAPFF this year. Thanks Mikey Culross. (Rafu Shimpo – photo)      

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Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival: The Working Man, Goh Nakamura, Closing Night

The Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival just ended and now I’m wondering what to do. Sounds like a good time to share some pictures. Of course, my focus was on my pals from The Working Man enjoying a moment in the spotlight. I spotted my good friends Tadashi Suzuki (the star) and Wing Ko (co-director) before the shorts program began, and had a good time hanging out with them, saying hi to friends, and looking forward to their artful skate video’s hometown premiere.

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