Monthly Archives: May 2008

3rd Annual Talent One Media Film Festival

Talent One Media is proud to announce the 3rd Annual T.O.M. Film Festival set to begin at 5:30pm on Saturday, May 31st, 2008 at the Aratani Japan America Theatre in Little Tokyo, in Downtown Los Angeles, CA. The event will is Free Admission and open to the public.

This special 1-day event will premiere 10 original short films, feature live outdoor music from Slum Peasants and Elements of The Outer Realm, and will also feature an Awareness Resource area for partnering organizations. Film goers will not only enjoy Free admission for the festival, but they’ll have the opportunity to find out more about local and global initiatives to fight and end modern day slavery.

Talent One Media, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, was created in 2005 by passionate filmmakers, artists, musicians, and community leaders whose goal is to positively impact and influence the world around them. The organization focuses on creating an environment for artists to use their talents for a greater cause and purpose. Through out the year, Talent One Media is committed to assisting and encouraging filmmakers and artists to take their skills and crafts to the next level and is able to achieve this through various resources and networks.

Watch the trailer for the Talent One Media Film Festival

Wing Luke Asian Museum Grand Opening

It was five years in the making, but it’s now ready. The Wing Luke Asian Museum’s opens its doors to a new expanded home at 719 South King St. in Seattle’s Chinatown-International District. From its new 60,000-square-foot home, the Wing Luke Asian Museum will expand its role as an economic and community resource for a distinctly diverse neighborhood, as one of Seattle’s historic and creative treasures, and as a cultural institution of national significance. Featuring: Honoring Our Journey, Community Portrait Galleries, Special Exhibition Gallery, George Tsutakawa Art Gallery, East and West Lightwells, Historic Immersion Exhibits, Tateuchi Story Theatre, Governor Gary Locke Library and Community Heritage Center, KidPLACE, Frank Fujii Youth Space, Learning Studios, The Marketplace, Community Hall, and much more. The event is free and open to the public. Timed tickets will be issued the day of celebration.

A national model for community-based exhibition process, upcoming special exhibits include the Native Hawaiian Community in the Pacific Northwest (Special Exhibition Gallery, October 2008); Voter Registration (New Dialogue Initiative, August 2008); Dance (KidPLACE, August 2008), and Mixed Race/Ethnicity (Community Portrait Gallery, September 2008). The “George Tsutakawa: The Making of a Fountain,” an exhibition featuring the fountains, paintings, models, and sculptures of the pioneer artist, will be on display in the art gallery bearing his name when the museum opens.

Community Grand Opening

Saturday, May 31, 2008 — 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Ribbon cutting and multicultural drumming performance at 10 a.m.

Sunday, June 1, 2008 — 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Cultural ceremony and lion and dragon dances at 11:30 a.m.

Watch the Wing Luke Asian Museum campaign video

Sharon Stone apologizes for Quake Karma Comments

CNN’s Jack Cafferty made controversial comments about China about a month ago. Now it’s Sharon Stone turn. Here’s what she said at an interview at Cannes:

Well you know it was very interesting because at first, you know, I am not happy about the ways the Chinese were treating the Tibetans because I don’t think anyone should be unkind to anyone else. And so I have been very concerned about how to think and what to do about that because I don’t like that.

And I had been this, you know, concerned about, oh how should we deal with the Olympics because they are not being nice to the Dalai Lama, who is a good friend of mine.

And all these earthquake and stuff happened and I thought: IS THAT KARMA? When you are not nice that bad things happen to you.

And then I got a letter, from the Tibetan Foundations that they want to go and be helpful. And that made me cry. And they ask me if I would write a quote about that and I said I would. And it was a big lesson to me, that some times you have to learn to put your head down and be of service even to people who are not nice to you. And that’s a big lesson for me.

Yesterday, Sharon Stone issued the following statement:

Due to my inappropriate words and acts during the interview, I feel deeply sorry and sad about hurting Chinese people. I am willing to take part in the relief work of China’s earthquake, and wholly devote myself to helping affected Chinese people.

But it’s a little too late. Sharon Stone films will be banned at UME Cineplex, one of the largest movie chains in China. (What was Sharon Stone’s last film anyway?) Also French fashion house Christian Dior dropped Sharon Stone from its Chinese ads.


Sharon Stone’s comments about China at Cannes:

8th Annual Slant Film Festival in Houston

This weekend only experience the 8th Annual Slant Film Festival. For the 8th year, Aurora Picture Show presents Slant, an eclectic showcase of the best in emerging Asian American cinema. The festival runs for 3 days this year. Catch all the action at:

Aurora Picture Show

800 Aurora Street

Houston, TX

Opening Night Films – Shorts – May 30 @ 8pm

What do missed connections, using bananas as weapons, and a little girl´s persistence in selling cookies have in common? Nothing, until we brought them together for Slant! This program of experimental and narrative films weaves together the humorous and the poetic. Some films tackle stereotypes, while others travel through memory and longing.

Getting to Nobu – May 31 @ 8pm

Join Slant veteran and our favorite TV personality, Nobu Adilman, for a special show-and-tell screening of his short films and television shows. Nobu is the co-producer of Food Network Canada’s Food Jammers and Invention Nation. His career has included writing for network television (Emily of New Moon, Cold Squad), acting (Trailer Park Boys, Parsley Days), hosting CBC’s Smart Ask! for two years, guest hosting CBC’s late night program, ZeD, and pop culture reporting on CBC Newsworld’s Play.

Documentary Showcase – June 1 @ 8pm

In this program of documentaries, family members hold on to each other and their memories even when outside forces try to tear them apart.

Here’s what you can expect from Slant 8. Watch the teaser for Slant Volume 1 DVD – Asian American Short Films

Hollywood Chinese is coming to LA and NYC

Los Angeles and New York City close out APA Heritage month with Hollywood Chinese . This is a great movie covering the history and struggles of Chinese actors and actresses in Hollywood. Not only do you learn a lot from the film, but you also hear first hand from successful Chinese and Chinese American entertainers.

NYC, you’ve got another shot at seeing Hollywood Chinese. We told you about it the first time around. Hollywood Chinese in NYC. Now you’ve got a second chance. Look for the movie to screen at the ImaginAsian Theater.

LA, you get to see director Aurthur Dong in person. He will be at two screeenings. Laemmle’s Music Hall in Los Angeles/Beverly Hills on May 30 @ 7:40pm screening. Laemmle One Colorado in Pasadena on May 31 @ 7:40pm screening.

Watch a clip of director Justin Lin in the film Hollywood Chinese.

6th Annual Asianweek Comedy Night

The 6th Annual AsianweekComedy Night 2008 takes place on Friday, May 30 with two different shows at 7 – 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. – 12 midnight. The venue is The Purple Onion (140 Columbus Ave., San Francisco, Calif.), which has the world-renowned reputation as one America’s birthplace of stand-up comedy. This year, AsianWeek is proud to return to this storied venue and again feature already established and up-and-coming Asian American comics during the Asian Pacific Islander American Heritage month celebrations. Comics on board include Tessie Chua, Leah Eva, Nitin Kant, Dhaya Lakshminarayanan, Edwin Li, Duat Mai, and Joe Nguyen. Space limited, R.S.V.P. at

Attendees of Comedy Night will receive free admission to the after-party at Suite 181(181 Eddy St., San Francisco, Calif.)

Here a taste of what to expect from Nitin Kant:

Comic Joe Nguyen pokes fun at himself as a Vietamese Jew