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Asian American Film Festival in Chicago

Greetings from Chicago Tim Hugh, one man bandleader of the Chicago Asian American Film Festival This is Tim Hugh and his dog Helga in his kitchen in Chicago. Tim has run the only Asian American Indie Film Fest (i.e. no “imports”) for 12 of the 17 years that it’s been in existence. In this picture, he’s a one man bandleader- running it solo, something I can relate to as a solo musician. I’m in town to promote my film “Daylight Savings” which premiered at SXSW this year, and will be the opening night film this year. Joining me at the screening will be Michael Aki who plays my cousin in the film. I met Mike at this very festival in...

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Interview with Sooyoung Park on the Bitch Magnet reunion

I met Sooyoung Park way back in 1993. His band Seam had played with Poster Children and The Fluid at Bogart’s in Long Beach and needed a place to stay. I offered my place, and from then on I’d see him on following tours, after various lineup changes, and on odd visits to each other’s city. As a result, he made appearances in Giant Robot magazine more than a few times. But before the crushing indie guitar attack of Chicago-based Seam, Sooyoung was in the much rawer (yet still polished) Oberlin band Bitch Magnet. The trio of Sooyoung, Jon Fine, and Orestes Morfin hasn’t played since 1989 but is rehearsing for All Tomorrow’s Parties “Nightmare Before Christmas” in Minehead, UK...

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