July 1, 2019
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, best known as the organization behind the Oscars is continuing its push during the past few years toward a more diverse, inclusive and global membership.
This is a promising trend toward a more inclusive membership, ever since the 2016 Oscars presentation which sparked outrage, when young Asian American children were brought onto the world stage during its awards program to use as part of a stereotypical racial joke.
AMPAS' 2019 invitations are going out to 842 new members from 59 countries, 50% are female, and 20% are people of color.
Here are just a few of the 842 invitees for the AMPAS Class of 2019:
Gemma Chan – Crazy Rich Asians, Mary Queen of Scots
Rosalind Chao – I Am Sam, The Joy Luck Club
Hong Kyung-pyo – Burning, Run Off
Akira Sako – Ajin: Demi-Human, Shippu Rondo
Zero Chou – Ching’s Way Homes, Spider Lilies
Jonathan M. Chu – Crazy Rich Asians, Now You See Me 2
Jimmy Chin – Free Solo, Meru
Hong Hyung-sook – The Border City 2, Reclaiming Our Names
Chiemi Karasawa – Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me, Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction
Su Kim – Midnight Traveler, Hale County This Morning, This Evening
Miao Wang – Maineland, Beijing TaxiHao Wu – People’s Republic of Desire, The Road to Fame
Stephanie Wang-Breal – Blowin’ Up, Tough Love
M. Watanabe Milmore – Metallica: Some Kind of Monster,...
December 5, 2018
The Courage Under Fire Award from the International Documentary Association honors documentary filmmaker Stephen Maing, at the IDA's annual awards, December 8 in Los Angeles.
Maing is honored for his explosive documentary exposing the New York police department's racially discriminatory policing practices.
A class action suit by twelve minority whistleblower officers revealed the NYPD's practice of pressuring minority officers to issue predetermined numbers of arrests and summonses per month, often in communities of color it classified as 'high crime.'
Stephen Maing is an Emmy-nominated, Brooklyn-based filmmaker. His 2012 feature documentary, High Tech, Low Life, chronicled the gripping story of two of China's first dissident citizen-journalists fighting state-monitored censorship, and was broadcast nationally on PBS.
His short film The Surrender, produced with Academy Award winner Laura Poitras, documented State Department intelligence analyst Stephen Kim's harsh prosecution under the Espionage Act, and was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Short Documentary.
He has directed numerous films for Time Magazine, The Nation, The New York Times, The Intercept, PBS and Field of Vision; his New York Times Op-Docs documentary, Hers to Lose, was awarded a World Press Photo Award for Long Features.
Maing is a Sundance Institute Fellow, a John Jay/Harry Frank Guggenheim Reporting Fellow, and an IDA Enterprise Documentary Fund grantee. His most recent film, Crime + Punishment, was filmed over four years and received a Special Jury Award for Social Impact Filmmaking at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival.
Unveiled at town hall honoring 50th anniversary of Chinese for Affirmative Action
San Francisco Bay Area newscasters, editors, reporters, producers, podcasters, filmmakers and pioneer internet content creators came together to mark the emergence of Asian American journalists in mainstream news media where there none before 50 years ago.
Updates! September 3, 2018
Its now the closing hour of the Labor Day weekend and Congratulations to "Crazy Rich Asians" crossing the $100 Million mark!
As of today, the movie is estimated to bring in $117 million for the North American box office making directoro Jon M. Chu's film the most successful Hollywood studio romantic comedy in nearly a decade.
Keep buying tickets, keep going to see movies with diverse casts!
"Searching," starring John Cho is also a great movie! "Searching" is another must-see movie!
Headline: Go See This Opening Weekend! CRAZY RICH ASIANS - August 15-19, 2018
August 14, 2018
Congratulations to the cast and creators of Crazy Rich Asians!
It’s been 25 years since the last movie by a major Hollywood studio to feature predominantly Asian Americans in leading roles, since The Joy Luck Club. #TheJoyLuckClub
Make your ticket count! See Crazy Rich Asians now during opening weekend August 15 - August 19. Opening weekend box office ticket sales are critical barometers on how Hollywood studios will rank the financial success of this movie, as well as greenlighting future films with Asian Americans in lead roles.
Read the extensive Sunday, August 12 coverage by Los Angeles Times film reporter Jen Yamato, profiling fourteen members of Crazy Rich Asians cast and creators - click here. https://lat.ms/2MAARsN @LATimes
Crazy Rich Asians is a milestone for Asian American representation in a Hollywood movie. Alot is riding on the success of Crazy Rich Asians to help open doors for more Hollywood movies with diverse stories featuring Asian Americans in leading roles. Jen Yamato writes that despite 'increased calls for industry change in recent years, significant progress has not hit the big screen. According to an Annenberg study of the top 100 films of 2017 only 4.8% of movies featured a character...