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Class of 97: Asian American New Wave Panel at AAIFF

Evidently the Class of 97 Panel: The Asian American New Wave panel happened because of an article penned by Peter X Feng called "The State of Asian American Cinema." It was published in Cineaste Magazine CINEASTE, 24(4), 1999, pp. 20-24). It's not readable online unfortunately, but it was republished in the catalog for this film festival (AAIFF 2017). I hardly remember the article today, but I'd like to give Feng a much belated thanks for writing it and being a big part of why this panel happened. Wherever you may be, I wish you were there with us on Saturday. Thanks to John Woo as well who’s been part of the fest for a while and who was instrumental in bringing us together. The talk...

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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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Welcome to the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival 2014

Tomorrow night, Visual Communications will kick off its 30th annual Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival. That’s a real milestone and I’m happy to volunteer as one of the programming committee for my second year. So I’ll get to attend the gala opening screening of To Be Takei (I hope I see some Starfleet members) and then get ready to watch some import, indie, and arty movies… On Friday night, I have the pleasure of introducing Lisa Takeba’s The Pinkie. Combining crime, gore, and other genres that I love, it’s as colorful as it is energetic. It’s going to be a kick to watch on a big screen with a hopefully boisterous audience. Yes, Lisa will be in attendance for...

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Welcome to the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival 2014

Tomorrow night, Visual Communications will kick off its 30th annual Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival. That’s a real milestone and I’m happy to volunteer as one of the programming committee for my second year. So I’ll get to attend the gala opening screening of To Be Takei (I hope I see some Starfleet members) and then get ready to watch some import, indie, and arty movies… On Friday night, I have the pleasure of introducing Lisa Takeba’s The Pinkie. Combining crime, gore, and other genres that I love, it’s as colorful as it is energetic. It’s going to be a kick to watch on a big screen with a hopefully boisterous audience. Yes, Lisa will be in attendance for...

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