The doors are now open for filmmakers to submit their films to be considered for Short Notice’s third season. Short Notice is returning with a new awards format, including an Audience Award and a $5,000 Grand Jury Prize.
An hour-long television program on Mnet, Short Notice features today’s hottest Asian- American filmmakers and their short films while providing sneak peeks into the creative process.
This year’s Grand Jury will consist of renowned Asian-American celebrities, and established filmmakers/actors that will serve as in-house mentors for the future filmmakers. The Audience Award will be selected entirely by the viewers through an online poll.
Short Notice film submissions will be due on March 15, 2012. Season three will premiere on May 10, 2012 at the Visual Communications Film Festival in Los Angeles, California.
For more information on the submission process, visit Short Notice’s sites:
Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/shortnoticetv
YouTube – http://www.youtube.com/user/ShortNoticeTV
Many of us have heard those stories about New Mexico. No, not the ones about the $1 tacos, cheap beer, and authentic Horchata. I’m talking about the more cringe-worthy stories of young women, and even men, being abducted and taken captive and imprisoned by human trafficking.
To delve more into the darkness of human trafficking comes the film, Eden, starring 28-year-old Asian American actress Jaime Chung.
Eden was one of the eight films selected from 1,112 submissions to premier at the SXSW 2012 Film Festival. The Festival will take place March 9- 17th in Austin Texas.
Eden tells the story of a Korean American teenager, Hyun Jae, who ventured into a bar in New Mexico where a handsome man posing as a firefighter offered her a ride home. The story follows Jae’s abduction and imprisonment as a sex slave, and is inspired by the complex and harrowing true story of human trafficking survivor Chong Kim.
Chung, who plays Jae in the film, rose in stardom following her role on MTV’s The Real World: San Diego. Since then, Chung has starred in bigger films such as Sorority Row, The Hangover Part II, and Sucker Punch.
Being a recent postgrad myself and having moved back home since my plans for summer abroad fell through, I feel somewhat stuck.
Here I am, with an expensive degree, at home, hopelessly looking for a job that will see me through at least the summer. I can’t exactly move out because I don’t have any real funds to sustain me for long, but being at home has made me revert back to a weird “upgraded” (updated?) version of the self I was before I ran off to college on the other side of the continent. I’ve come from cooking my own dinners and cleaning my own bathroom to piling up my laundry for my mom to do while rotting my brain with episodes of Dexter, with intermittent breaks to go to the gym or meet up with friends. Then there are the showdowns I face with my mom as we struggle to one up each other as we argue about curfew, my social habits, or the quality of the clothes I’ve scavenged from thrift stores and sales racks.
It’s tough being in “adultolescence” with a Tiger Mom.
Which is the very conflict directors Vicky Shen and Zoe Bui and producer Eleonore Dailly tackle in their 90-minute film, Adultolescence.
Check out the official trailer for director Wayne Wang‘s (The Joy Luck Club) Snow Flower and the Secret Fan featuring Li Bing Bing (The Forbidden Kingdom), Gianna Jun (My Sassy Girl), and Hugh Jackman.
Indian-born beauty and former Audrey cover-girl Freida Pinto (Slumdog Millionaire) sheds her cute girl-next-door to show some serious acting chops in The Diving Bell and the Butterfly director Julian Schnabel’s latest political drama, Miral. Pinto plays an orphaned Palestinian girl growing up in the wake of Arab-Israeli war who finds herself drawn into the conflict.
The film explores how one woman’s defiant belief that education will pave the road to peace and will hit theaters Friday, March 25.
Check out Miral’s trailer below:
I don’t dread Valentine’s Day because it’s the only reason keeping Hallmark in business.
I don’t dread it because it’s another excuse for couples to parade their PDA around.
I don’t dread it because much like New Year’s Eve, this over-hyped holiday is downright boring. Spent either waiting in line for hours for a 9 o’ clock dinner reservation at an overpriced restaurant deemed “romantic” because they’ve dimmed the lights so low you can’t even see what you’re eating or exchanging the same ol’ gifts of chocolate, flowers and baubles. *Yawn.
And I am definitely not dreading it because I will be single on Valentine’s Day this year.
In fact, this is actually the first year where I cherish being single. I’ll admit, in the past, I’ve wanted to shake being single off me like it’s an angry bee but this year, I’ve learned to embrace the freedom that flying solo will entail.
Hence, I’ve concocted a bunch of great stuff for us single gals to do as we celebrate Singles Awareness Day or rather, Galentines!
Watch Obscure Foreign Films
Boys never seem to be good checking out truly great cinema- they always fall asleep or groan about it or what to make out with you through it. I’d check out these sexy South Korean films: Poetry by Lee Chang-dong or The Housemaid by Im Sang-soo by myself.
If you think about it, the person you will have the longest relationship with is…yourself. Why not make time for some self-reflection, journaling goals, ways to improve, memories?
Spend the season of love giving love to those who might not necessarily receive a lot. Volunteer at an elderly home, homeless shelter, non-profit organization. Do it by yourself because when you’re doing it alone, you’re not trying to impress anyone or prove how holy you are. You’re just doing it out of the goodness of your heart.
It’s time to bust out the pans and oven mitts and whip up some delicious sweets. You won’t have to worry about any sneaky muffin thieves who’ll creep into you kitchen while you’re not looking. I’d bake for ALL my loved ones, my mom, dad, sister and friends. Check out Sarah J. Gim’s mouthwatering site Tastespotting for more recipe ideas.
I hate jogging with other people, no offense. I either run too slow and have to overwork my body to catch up (or let down my ego and beg them to slow down) or run slower as I wait for my lagging partner. Jogging by myself gives me time to think and meditate.
Throw a Game Night
Nothing says the more the merrier like game night where people of all types, singles and non-singles, are invited to show off their board game prowess. Just don’t be lame and make it a couples’ night or anything. My favorite games to dominate at–err, I mean, play–include Cranium and Taboo.
Day spas, tea parties, salsa dancing, there’s plenty of ways to celebrate your singledom. Most of us will only be single for a limited time in our lives. Make the most of it!
Looking for something to do this week? Audrey has got you covered with our roundup of the coolest events all over the U.S.
The Temper Trap
When: Saturday, Oct. 23 at 7:30p.m.
Venue: Club Nokia
800 West Olympic Boulevard
Los Angeles, California 90015
Description: If you haven’t seen 500 Days of Summer, then you should still watch The Temper Trap perform live. Tickets are only $21.50, and just think about it, this alternative melodramatic pop band traveled all the day down under to meet you.
China Lite? How the West supports one party rule in Vietnam
When: Tuesday, Oct. 26 from 12:30pm to 1:45pm
Venue: Lindner Commons
The Elliott School of International Affairs
1957 E Street, NW, 6th Floor
Description: BBC senior broadcast journalist Bill Hayton and author of Vietnam: Rising Dragon discusses his book. It’s free admission, so RSVP by 12 p.m. on Oct. 25, here (https://secure.acceptiva.com/?cst=c53ec6)
EPITAPH (2007, Jung Brothers)
When: Thursday, Oct. 28, 7:30pm
Venue: Korean Cultural Center, Los Angeles, CA
Description: Snuggle up with a date and check out this horror flick where in a modern hospital in 1941, doctors witness weird events and learn DEATH is the sole healer.
*Screening is free and English subtitle is provided.
Old Town Haunt
When: Friday, October 01, 2010 to Sunday, October 31, 2010
Venue: 20 N. Raymond Avenue
Get your scare on at Pasadena’s award winning, scariest haunted house.
The Little Ones, The Henry Clay People, Andy Clockwise, We Barbarians, The Monolators, The Dig, Downtown/Union, Red Cortez (acoustic), Manhattan Murder Mystery (acoustic), Marvelous Toy (acoustic), The Steelwells (acoustic), Olin And The Moon (acoustic), The Hectors (acoustic)
When: Friday, Oct. 29 at 7 p.m.
Venue: The Echo (18+)
1822 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, California 90026
Description: Crystal Castles “Lovers Who Uncover” really took The Little Ones’ remixed single off the charts. This indie band has some of the sweetest and most nostalgic-inducing music makers. Tickets run from $10-12, which is basically a steal for all the other bands performing with them.
Journeys Abroad, Journeys Within: A Korean Adoption Film Festival
When: Friday, Oct 29 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Venue: University of Massachusetts Boston, Boston, MA
Boston Korean Adoptees, Inc. proudly presents Journeys Abroad,
Description: Journeys Within: A Korean Adoption Film Festival, presented with the assistance of the Korean Ministry of Health & Welfare and the Asian American Studies Program at UMass Boston. The festival will feature the following films: “First Person Plural”, “Going Home”, ”Resilience”, and “In the Matter of Cha Jung Hee”. Directors Deann, Borshay Liem and Tammy Chu will also be in attendance for Q&A sessions following their films. Price: $15
When: Saturday, Oct. 30 from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Venue: Cal State Fullerton
800 N. State College Blvd.
Fullerton, CA 92831
(310) 999-9348 (Alvin Reyes)
This is a big one, the tweets have just come in and it says that 40 schools registered with an expected 6,000 atendees! Run by CSUF’s PASA Kaibigan, Friendship Games is all about friendly-competition through picnic games, entertainment and networking. Oh, and did I forget to mention the cultural food? Leave your picnic baskets at home, but don’t forget your good sportsmanship for this Filipino event.
List compiled by Katrina and Rachel. Got events you want Audrey to share with our readers? Email us at email@example.com
If you missed out on last week’s screenings of Asian/AA films at Tribeca, you’re still in luck. Several films are playing throughout the rest of this week until the festival’s close on May 2. Here’s part two of what to watch.
Dream Home, April 27, Feature Narrative
Slasher film about real estate? Yup. Audrey It Girl Josie Ho stars as an upwardly mobile professional in Hong Kong dead set on buying the house of her dreams, even if that means driving would-be buyers away with a few well-placed murders. Continue Reading »
When the only choices at the box office are a hot tub that takes you back to the ‘80s and a Greek tragedy (poor Beebo!) on CGI steroids, thank god for film festivals. The urban film festival for the masses that is Tribeca kicks off today, and while you may wonder, what the heck does Tribeca have to do with an AA pub like ours? Tribeca is host to several Asian and Asian American films, not to mention the festival’s director of programming has been David Kwok, who’s been in that role since the festival was founded in 2002.
India is having something of a moment these days. Ever since a little-known movie called Slumdog Millionaire exceeded everyone’s expectations by walking away with an Oscar for best picture, all things Indian have been spotted all over, from home decor all the way to music (cue hottie Jay Sean).
In the meantime, the organizers of the Indian Film Festival Los Angeles (IFFLA) have quietly been putting on what is arguably the largest showcase of Indian films on the West Coast. This year’s festival, held at Hollywood’s ArcLight Cinemas as always, includes an eclectic mix of films from Indian and Indian American filmmakers, with participation from other cultures in between.