June 25, 2018
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has extended invitations to 928 people, a record high number of invitations, more than last year's record of 774 new members.
The Academy's president in 2016 Cheryl Boone Isaacs made it clear that she would push for a more diverse membership after the #OscarsSoWhite controversy, and bringing three Asian children on stage posing as accountants without any speaking roles to be used as the butt of an insulting, stereotypical joke by host Chris Rock.
In 2016, Ed Diokno, AsAm contributing writer put the initial efforts into context: his full article is on this link and below)
“The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences invited 683 artists to become members of the organization which sponsors the Oscars. Forty-one percent of the invitees, or 272, are people of color. Seventy of those are Asian or Asian American.The move to diversify the Academy’s membership was not unexpected after the firestorm that overlooked actors of color for any acting nominations for two straight years.”
…“But really – the needle towards inclusiveness and diversity has barely moved. Prior to the invitations being sent out, only 8 percent of the Academy membership were minorities. Even if all the minority invitees accepted, there would only be 11 percent minority membership. Hardly enough to make a significant change in the Academy’s voting patterns. In order to meet the stated diversity goals, the Academy...
June 19, 2018
A new day has dawned at the Los Angeles Times, the 136-year-old newspaper has a new owner, Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong. Dr. Soon-Shiong is a biotech billionaire with a vision to revitalize the newspaper. He told the New York Times, "The newspaper is really important to bind the community." "It bound us in my world of South Africa, and it's really a voice for the people."
(Photo credit: Mel Melcon/Los Angeles Times)
Read about his interview to the New York Times "L.A. Times's New Owner Plans Big Moves. First Up, Relocating to the Suburbs."
Click here to the story about new owner Dr. Soon-Shiong by the Los Angeles Times writers Meg James and Andrea Chang. On Monday he announced that journalist Norman Pearlstine would become executive editor, a 50 year veteran in journalism, with an impressive career at Time Inc. magazines, the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg News and Forbes.
June 8, 2018
Its been a tough week. First Kate Spade. Then this morning the news of Anthony Bourdain.
I never knew them personally, but they touched my life and so many of my friends. There was something about our Kate Spade handbags that made us smile, and we watched Anthony Bourdain travel the world sharing his adventures in culture and cuisine.
Of the many tributes and articles, here is one by writer/filmmaker Kevin Pang, who met Anthony Bourdain several times. (for links to work, click to the main article) Click here to his article "What Anthony Bourdain gave us, and what he left us."
Another notable article "Preventable Tragedies" written by The New Yorker writer Andrew Soloman discusses the factors that may be contributing to our naton's increased suicide rate.
Soloman writes in his article,"we feel both our own anguish and the world's. There is a dearth of emphathy, even of kindness, in the national conversation, and those deficits turn ordinary neurosis into actionable despair."
Two important new documentaries on suicide are "The S Word" https://theswordmovie.com and the soon to be released "Do No Harm." "The S Word" is directed by Lisa Klein, and produced by Doug Blush who was also Supervising Editor. Filmmaker Robyn Symon, director of the soon to be relesed documentary Do No Harm DoNoHarmFilm.com about the suicide rate of doctors writes:
"The CDC published a survey showing suicide rates increased by 25% across the United States over nearly two...
May 1, 2018
Mark your calendars now!
Five must-see documentary films are screening on WORLD CHANNEL's America ReFramed. They will be available after their broadcasts for online streaming (see dates below).
Award-winning series co-creator Liz Cheng and her team have curated this stellar slate of films for May's AAPI Heritage Month. Cheng is WGBH's General Manager for Television which reaches local and national viewers, including series Local, USA, Doc World, and Stories from the Stage for WORLD Channel which reaches 152 stations in markets representing 63% of U.S. television households.
These are worthy of organizing your own screening parties. Screening schedule:
May 1, 2018 - Encore Broadcast on WORLD CHANNEL's America ReFramed at 8pm EST (East), and 9pm PST (West)
May 1 to May 15, 2020 - Online Streaming http://bit.ly/ARF_UnbrokenGlassThings happen to you when you're a kid, says filmmaker Dinesh Sabu, "and you make sense of it after." Sabu is ruminating on his parents' deaths, which came when he was 6 years old. Two decades later, worried that thishe has no memories of his mother and father, he turns a camera on his siblings, tryin afterg to understand their parent’s lives and tragic deaths. It's a journey that takes him to India, a country he barely knows, and it forces him to think about the mental illness that seeo run in his family
Things happen to you when you're a kid, says filmmaker Dinesh Sabu, "and you make sense of...
April 26, 2018
The 2018 Newport Beach Film Festival (April 26 - May 3) features great movies and some of the best galas on the planet - with more than 350 films to showcase this year - there is alot to party about!
Here are just a few highlights of this huge festival with a wide range of galas, seminars, and screenings from documentaries to narrative features. Check out the 240 page 2018 NBFF Flipbook. View the schedule for films from Action Sports, Dramas, Culinary, to Irish, European, Latino Showcases. The Pacific Rim Showcase features films from Australia, China, Korea, Japan, and the Philippines.
For the full schedule click here.
April 30, 2018 5:15pm
Triangle Cinemas- 1870 Harbor Boulevard
Costa Mesa, CA 92627 United States
Osamu Tomita, Japan's reigning king of ramen takes us deep into his world, revealing every single step of his obsessived approach to creating the perfect soup and noodles, and his relentless search for the highest quality ingredients. Five other noodle shops are highlighted in this film directed by Koki Shigeno.
ULAM: Main Dish Follow the rise of Filipino food via the award-winning chefs as they cross over to the center of the American table. This culinary movement is not only a remarkable achievement for American restaurateurs, but also as a validation of Filipino culture. The film confronts issues...