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Catching Up: Santana, Taj Mahal and a déjà vu ‘Blue Christmas’

Posted by Ben Fong-Torres - on Tuesday, 27 December 2011

Catching Up: Santana, Taj Mahal and a déjà vu ‘Blue Christmas’
By Ben Fong-Torres It’s short shrift time. I have a life that’s ripe (and slightly wrinkled) for blogs and tweeting; for facebooking and updating. I’m just no good at it. My last column here on AsianConnections was about the memorial in late July for my sister Shirley. My last posting on the authors’ site, Redroom, was about a radio promo tour I did (20 stops, all on the phone in my home office) for my Eagles book. On my own home page, the last thing was about hanging with...

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Director Greg Pak's Robot Stories screens nationwide this month

Posted by AC Team on Friday, 13 February 2004

Charlotte Sometimes director Eric Byler Reviews Robot Stories

Winner of over 23 film festival awards, Robot Stories is science fiction from the heart, four stories in which utterly human characters struggle to connect in a world of robot babies and android office workers.

The stories include: My Robot Baby , in which a couple (Tamlyn Tomita and James Saito) must care for a robot baby before adopting a human child; The Robot Fixer , in which a mother (Wai Ching Ho, Best Actress, St. Louis Int'l Film Festival and Puchon Int'l Fantastic Film Festival ) tries to connect with her dying son by completing his toy robot collection; Machine Love , in which an office worker android (Greg Pak) learns that he, too, needs love; and Clay , in which an old sculptor (Sab Shimono) must choose between natural death and digital immortality.

Awards include the Special Jury Award for Emotional Truth from the Florida Film Festival ; Best Feature Film
from the Rhode Island Int'l Film Festival , the Sci Fi London Film Festival , the DC APA Film Festival , and the F Korean American Media Arts Festival ; and Audience Awards from the Fantastisk Film Festival in Sweden , the Boston Fantastic Film Festival and the Michigan Film Festival .

Charlotte Sometimes director Eric Byler Reviews Robot Stories

In film school we are warned against anthology films, the wisdom being that three or more separate segments are unlikely to add up to a cohesive whole. If cohesion is an indisputable criteria, Greg Paks Robot Stories has some hurdles to climb because it starts over again every twenty to thirty minutes. But the films anthology format allows Pak to explore a broader scope and evoke a deeper meaning than might otherwise have been possible.

Paks inventive vision of the not-so-distant future leaps through time in a sequence that mirrors the sequence of life-- a mothers love for her newborn child; a mothers love for her grown child; a young mans...

Enter to Win A Trip to the New Orleans Jazz Festival and DVD Classics from Universal!

Posted by AC Team on Wednesday, 11 February 2004

Enter to Win a Trip for 2 Couples to the famed New Orleans Jazz Festival and your own set of the cult classic "Imitation of Life" just released by Universal Studios Home Video.

Considered one of the most acclaimed films of its time, Universal Studios Home Video is celebrating the 70th anniversary of the timeless classic by featuring both the original 1934 and 1959 versions on one disc.

A favorite of many, this is the first time ever that you can own the original 1934 version.

"Imitation of Life" - brought to life the reality of racial misogyny and the hidden conflicts that for many in America during this era, the ability to pass as white presented the opportunity for a better life. Timeless and still relevant today, Universal's "Urban Suite" DVD set is being introduced to a whole new generation.

Enter to Win exciting prizes, including a vacation for two to the 35th
Annual New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.

TO ENTER:

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Winners will be announced April 5, 2004.
Complete sweepstakes rules are available by request at
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FOB Squad 1.02

Posted by AC Team on Tuesday, 16 September 2003

Wes and Joey dole out some education by visiting an aquarium.

FOB Squad

Posted by AC Team on Saturday, 09 August 2003

Wayne Chiang achieved his first 15 minutes of fame by winning the StarCraft Brood War World Championship in 1999. He parlayed his new-found fame to eventually meet his idol Eugene of S.E.S. that same year, appearing off-camera in the music video "Love." Wayne is currently a student at UCSD and spends his free time on FOB Squad , his comic strip on the lives and misadventures of two Asian dudes, Wes and Joey.

26th Asian American International Film Festival

Posted by Lia Chang on Monday, 23 June 2003

Asian CineVision in association with Asia Society
presents the 26th Asian American International Film Festival
June 20-29!

Celebrate the life of former Asian CineVision executive director Bill Gee at a memorial service on Sunday, June 22 at 1:30 at the Asia Society (725 Park Avenue).

In association with ACV, the Asian American Journalists Association-NY Chapter has established the BILL J. GEE AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN MEDIA ARTS JOURNALISM.

The $500 prize, to be awarded annually, will recognize excellence in writing by a professional journalist or critic that advances and illuminates the work of Asian Americans in the media arts. An independent panel of distinguished writers, journalists, scholars and artists will review recommendations from other professionals for nominees. The award honors the memory of Bill Gee, journalist and former Executive Director of Asian CineVision, who passed away in March 2003. Gee was the founding editor of CineVue, the critical media arts journal published by ACV, and a founding member of the Asian American Journalists Association-New York Chapter.

The Bill J. Gee Award for Excellence in Media Arts Journalism will be presented at the 27th Asian American International Film Festival in 2004.

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