What if you were wrongfully accused for a crime you did not commit, and you have exhausted every possible means to clear your name, but to no avail? This is the story that filmmakers Marty Syjunco and Michael Collins tell in their award-winning documentary, Give Up Tomorrow, based on the story of Paco Larrañaga.
A riveting tale (no matter whose “side” you find yourself on), Give Up Tomorrow is a gloriously produced film, bringing the relatively unknown story of Paco and the Chiong sisters to light. Receiving praise from numerous film festivals, including the Tribeca Film Festival in New York, Give Up Tomorrow is a must-see.
Get an insight into the makings behind the film in our interview with one of the film’s makers, Marty Syjuco.
Yul Kwon makes his return to television – in a big way – he’s the host for the new PBS series, AMERICA REVEALED.
AMERICA REVEALED takes viewers on a four-hour journey high above the American landscape to reveal the country as never seen before.
Technology expert and communications attorney Yul Kwon (winner of “Survivor: Cook Islands”) hosts this exciting new PBS series that travels through time, space and systems to reveal a nation of interdependent and intricately interwoven networks that feed and power the nation, produce millions of goods, transport people great distances and still come together to make America work. These networks all rely on vast, complex and precisely calibrated systems, yet most Americans have never had the chance to observe or understand them. Until now. (From PBS)
AMERICA REVEALED premieres tonight on PBS at 10pm.
For more info, please visit America Revealed.
It’s all about relaxation and enjoyment in this week’s happenings. Sit in the comfort of your own home and watch a documentary on TV. You can even stream it online and watch at your convenience! If not, go out with some friends or a loved one to a movie or a concert.
When: Friday, September 16
Where: New York and Los Angeles Movie Theaters
How: Buy tickets at your nearest theater
Restless, presented by Sony Pictures Classics, follows Annabel Cotton and Enoch Brae on their journey towards acceptance of themselves. Annabel, a beautiful terminal cancer patient, and Enoch, a business drop-out who lost his parents to an accident, meet at a funeral. Their unique experiences bring them closer together and they develop a love for each other. As they fight through pain, anger and loss while enjoying youth, playfulness and originality, the two outsiders play life by their own rules. But death eventually creeps on the young couple and Enoch helps Annabel face her last days. The film was directed by Gus Van Sant and written by Jason Lew. Our editor loved it, so definitely recommended!
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As a mechanical engineer and co-host of PBS Kids Go!’s series Design Squad Nation, Judy Lee is working hard to debunk notions that engineering is hard, nerdy and only for boys.
ISSUE: Spring 2011
DEPT: My Story
STORY: Judy Lee
My parents moved to the U.S. from Taiwan more than 40 years ago. My brother and I were born and raised in North Carolina and grew up in a world with two different cultures. My parents were amazing in that they embraced American culture while remaining rooted in Taiwanese traditions. While American things — eating hamburgers and fries, believing in Santa, and pulling for college sports — were a part of our lives, so were Taiwanese things — like my mom talking too loudly on the phone as if the person on the other line were actually in Taiwan, families fighting over who would be the lucky one to pay the bill, and parents showing off their kids’ SAT scores.