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I CAN I WILL I DID wins Audience Choice Award
August 15, 2017
We would like to once again recognize the recipients of the AAIFF40 awards! Congratulations to all the winning films and filmmakers!
We would like to take this time to thank more of our partners who helped us make AAIFF40 prosper! This one’s for one of our Public Support Sponsors, the New York State Council on the Arts, (NYSCA)! It was an honor to have an organization dedicated to preserving and expanding the rich and diverse cultural resources of New York alongside us for our 40th anniversary!
NBC Announces Semi-Finalists For 12th Annual NBCUniversal Short Film Festival
June 24, 2017
The NBCUniversal Short Film Festival has announced 16 original short films and webisodes as semi-finalists for its 12th annual event. The festival, which includes notable alumni Randall Park (Fresh Off The Boat) and Hasan Minhaj (The Daily Show), celebrates diverse stories while finding the next generation of storytellers.
This year, there were more than 4200 submissions, which doubled from 2016’s entries, making it the most in the festival’s history. The collection of shorts feature stories about people of ethnically diverse backgrounds, the LGBTQ community, women and people with disabilities. Out of the 16 semi-finalists, 10 were written or directed by women, setting a new record for female
representation at the festival. Additionally, half of the shorts selected feature Asian-American stories or writer-directors, which is also a first for the
festival. Karen Horne, SVP of Programming Talent Development & Inclusion, NBC Entertainment and Universal Television said in a statement, “this is proof of the wealth of stories about underrepresented people.
“I’m proud that our Short Film Festival along with our other NBC Talent Infusion Programs will continue to serve as a home to highlight those stories and their creators,” adds Horne.
NBC News: "Asian-American Filmmakers to Hollywood: Give Us a Platform to Create Without Compromise"
May 5, 2017
NBC Asian America sat down with four filmmakers — Jeff Chiba Stearns ("Mixed Match"), Nadine Truong ("I Can, I Will, I Did"), Robin Lung ("Finding Kukan"), and Tanuj Chopra ("Chee and T") — during the 33rd Los Angeles Asian Pacific American Film Festival to talk about the challenges they've faced when knocking on Hollywood's gates, what their biggest concerns are when "whitewashing" becomes the focus of films, and how audiences can encourage better representation in the media they consume.
Sunscreen Festival: "FESTIVAL AWARD WINNERS"
May 2, 2017
ST. PETERSBURG, FL – MAY 1, 2017, The Sunscreen Film Festival reveals today the award recipients at the 12th annual event. The festival announced the winners at the awards ceremony on Saturday evening. Sunscreen wrapped up last night with two sold out screenings of the Closing Night Film – Albion: The Enchanted Stallion by Director Castille Landon and starring Avery Arendes, Stephen Dorff, John Cleese, Jennifer Morrison and Debra Messing.
“We are thrilled to have presented this year’s stellar lineup to the St. Petersburg community. With the help of Sundance, Film Fatales, Ringling College, and many more, we were able to curate a program that premiered incredible films from around the world. A big congratulations to all our jury winners and filmmakers as we continue to support the art of making movies,” said Wey Lin, Senior Programmer, Sunscreen Film Festival.
The list of awards and winners are as follows:
GRAND JURY NARRATIVE FEATURE – “I Can I Will I Did” Directed by Nadine Truong
2017 ScreenCraft Screenwriters Residency Program in Jamaica Semifinalists Announced
May 31, 2017
Listed below are the semifinalists that remain in contention for the 4 full scholarships to the inaugural ScreenCraft Screenwriters Residency Program in Treasure Beach, Jamaica, presented by the Calabash Literary Festival and the Jamaica Film & Television Association (JAFTA). The program will provide four (4) screenwriters with free tuition to this six-day program in Jamaica, featuring mentorship with an all-star group of Hollywood professionals. Mentors include: Vanessa Ford from the Weinstein Company, screenwriters Peter Craig (THE TOWN, THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY), Geoffrey Fletcher (Oscar-winning writer of PRECIOUS), TV screenwriter and showrunner Zack Estrin (PRISON BREAK, new LOST IN SPACE on Netflix), Sony Pictures VP Eric Fineman and literary manager Hannah Ozer from Kaplan/Perrone Management.
IndieWire: "Film Festival Roundup: Sunscreen Unveils Main Slate, Montclair Announces Special Screenings, Dallas Names Honorees and More"
March 30, 2017
– EXCLUSIVE: The 12th Annual Sunscreen Film Festival announced its official selections for the 2017 event featuring films with Alec Baldwin, Dylan McDermott, John Cleese, Daphne Zuniga and more. Opening night will feature Michael Mailer’s newest film, “Blind,” a romantic-drama, starring Alec Baldwin, Demi Moore and Dylan McDermott. Closing night will wrap up the festival with “Albion: The Enchanted Stallion,” a family fantasy adventure, starring John Cleese, Debra Messing, Jennifer Morrison and Stephen Dorff.
Retrospective Screenings will include Daphne Zuniga appearance at the festival honoring the 30th anniversary of “Spaceballs.” Also in this category will be “The Greatest Show on Earth,” from 1952 directed by Cecile B. DeMille, which won the Oscar for Best Pictures and Best Writing in 1953. The screening will honor the closing of the Ringling Bros. circus after 146 years.
CL TAMPA BAY/Creative Loafing: "Bullying is not just kids": Orange is the New Black’s Selenis Leyva on her new film, showing Saturday at Sunscreen
April 26, 2017
There's a lot going on in director Nadine Truong's film, I Can I Will I Did.
As its title suggests, the primary theme is overcoming adversity through discipline and self-determination — the primary vehicle for which is study of Taekwondo as taught by Greenwich, Connecticut-based grandmaster Ik Jo Kang, who stars as himself in the film.
The impact of bullying — a major topic of interest in our current political climate —serves as a major plot driver. So, too, is the current state of the foster care system, in which young people face an uncertain future as they near the point where they age out of the system.
HuffPost: "Artistic Director Anderson Le on The 33rd Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival"
May 5, 2017
A Q&A with Anderson Le, Festival Artistic Director, about THE 33RD LOS ANGELES ASIAN PACIFIC FILM FESTIVAL presented APRIL 27 - MAY 4TH, 2017 in LOS ANGELES at select cinemas, and from MAY 5 - 11 in ORANGE COUNTY at the CGV Cinemas in Buena Park.
In LAAPFF’s 33rd film festival of thought-provoking and inspiring programming, are there works of note set in Los Angeles/Orange County or involving/featuring LA/OC artists?
There are too many to name, because many of our filmmakers represented in the LA Asian Pacific Film Festival are local and of Asian descent and many of them grew up in the Los Angeles and OC areas. We have actors like Anthony Ma in the web series BEFORE I GOT FAMOUS and countless other short films, 120 in all represented this year!
VARIETY: ‘Switched at Birth’ Star Vanessa Marano On ‘Senior Project’ (EXCLUSIVE)
September 23, 2013
Shooting starting this week in Los Angeles
Vanessa Marano, star of ABC Family’s “Switched at Birth,” has come on board to topline high school comedy ensemble “Senior Project,” which begins shooting this week in Los Angeles.
The film is produced by Fabienne Wen and co-produced by her daughter Ellie Wen ( “White Frog”) through their new banner Itsy Bitsy Productions. Stephane Gauger and Yaron Kaplan are also producing.
Nadine Truong (“Someone I Used to Know”) is directing.
DEADLINE: Logan Marshall-Green Joins ‘Madame Bovary’; ‘Senior Project’ Adds Sterling Beaumon
September 30, 2013
Sterling Beaumon (Red Widow, The Pretty One) has been cast in indie comedy Senior Project, directed by Nadine Truong. Beaumon joins Venessa Marano in the pic, which is produced by Fabienne Wen from a script by 16-year-old Jeremy Lin, who was discovered through a writers workshop in Hong Kong. Ellie Wen, Stephane Gauger (Saigon Electric), and Yaron Kaplan are also producing. Filming starts this week in LA. Beaumon is repped by APA and Vanguard Management.