Daily Archives: July 23, 2009

Official Bruce Lee site launched

Shannon Lee, daughter of Bruce Lee, has launched the first official Bruce Lee website. The site looks great with videos clips, information on the licensing business, official merchandise, quotes, pictures, and more. They even have a myspace, facebook , and twitter accounts. Also on the site clips from How Bruce Lee Changed the World on History Channel, even the Nokia N96 ads (remember Bruce Lee lights matches with nunchucks and playing ping pong with nunchucks. The site launched about the 36th anniversary of his death on July 20, 1973. Check out the Official Bruce Lee site here.

See Shannon Lee give an introduction to BruceLee.com

iGoogle Comic Themes

If you can’t be at the 2009 San Diego Comic-con, you can be there in spirit by customizing your iGoogle page. Here’s a bunch of cool Asian American artist designs you can pick from:

Gene Luen YangAmerican Born Chinese

Asian-American Jin Wang just doesn’t fit in at school. Why should he be himself if he can become somebody else? See more of Gene Luen Yang’s work here

Derek Kirk Kim – The Eternal Smile

Written by Gene Luen Yang and drawn by Derek Kirk Kim, the stories in The Eternal Smile explore the lines between fantasy and reality, telling tales about how lives are affected by the realities people choose to believe in. See more of Derek Kirk Kim’s work here.

Lark Pien

The stories and art of Lark Pien champion the spirit of curiosity and innovation. Sometimes playful, sometimes precarious, her work invites all blithe readers seeking the eternal daydream. Learn more about Lark Pien here.

Hellen Jo

San Francisco cartoonist and illustrator Hellen Jo is the creator of such comics as teen horror-romance, Paralysis, girl pulp fiction Blister, and most recently, coming of age series, Jin & Jam. Her comics and illustrations highlight the joys and sorrows of the American teenage experience. Learn more about Hellen Jo here.

Other artists of interest include Daisuke Igarashi, Rumiko Takahashi, TOKYOPOP Kawaii, TOKYOPOP Kakoii, and Shojo Beat. See all the themes here.

Here’s how to change your iGoogle theme

2009 Asian American International Film Festival

Hey NYC, the Asian American International Film Festival (AAIFF) kicks off today. (See our previous posts on the shorts line up and our recommendations.) The festival will run from July 23 through 26 at Clearview’s Chelsea Cinemas, the Visual Arts Theater and the Museum of Chinese in America. Not only will films be shown, they have also announced a number of non-screening events, including workshops, panels and parties, to be held throughout the Festival in addition to feature and short film screenings.

This year’s Work-in-Progress workshop, which leads filmmakers toward the final stages of a film production, will present a new documentary on Anna May Wong, the first Chinese American actress to reach critical acclaim in Hollywood. New this year is a workshop on Red One cameras, a new tool in digital recording that makes filmmaking technology substantially more accessible and affordable to the general public. (The Lumina Series was shot with Red cameras.)

Carrying on in its mission to engage emerging Asian and Asian American filmmakers, AAIFF will host one of its staple events: a one-on-one conversation with a well known filmmaker. In the spotlight at this year’s Festival is Ivy Ho, Hong Kong screenwriter and director of AAIFF’s Opening Night Presentation, “Claustrophobia”. This event provides a great opportunity for audience to engage in a more intimate dialogue with the writer. AAIFF is also proud to present a staged reading of its ninth Screenplay Competition winner. “The Emperor Has Arrived”, written by Jay Paramsothy and Catherine Torphy, is a fish-out-of-water tale of a young Indian American architect who must fly from New York to Malaysia to perform traditional Hindu rituals for his recently deceased father.

In addition to the informational panels and workshops, parties will be hosted on every night of the Festival. Unique among these events is AAIFF SoundMiX, a party and entertainment event that will feature music videos as well as live performances by local artists Big Phony and P.I.C.

Here’s some details on the events:

*Work-in-Progress Workshop*

Anna May Wong: In Her Own Words dir. Yunah Hong

Time: Friday, July 24, at 7:00 p.m.

Location: Tribeca Cinemas

*Red One Workshop*

Time: Saturday, July 25, at 1:00 p.m.

Location: Museum of Chinese in America

*One-on-One with Ivy Ho*

Time: Saturday, July 25, at 3:00p.m.

Location: Museum of Chinese in America

*Copyright, Independent Media, and the Internet—New Tools and Controversies*

Time: Sunday, July 26, at 3:30p.m.

Location: Museum of Chinese in America

*Screenplay Reading*

The Emperor Has Arrived written by Jay Paramsothy and Catherine Torphy

Time: Sunday, July 26, at 1:00p.m.

Location: Museum of Chinese in America

*Opening Night Gala*

Time: Thursday, July 23, at 9:00p.m.

Location: BLVD, 199 Bowery

Time: Friday, July 24, at 10:00p.m.

Location: Slate, 54 West 21st Street

*Centerpiece Reception*

Time: Saturday, July 25, at 9:00p.m.

Location: 310 Lounge, 310 Bowery

Closing Night Gala

Time: Sunday, 26, at 9:00p.m.

Location: Velour, 297 Tenth Aveune

2009 Asian American International Film Festival Trailer