Wong Fu PRoductions latest short “Two After Noon” is about first impressions. It’s about two people that spend two hours together at two o’clock. What could happen? How would you spend an unexpected pocket of time with a stranger?
Two After Noon revolves around the idea that two people can be thrown together, be attracted to one another, and connect on a meaningful level– but still not end up together. That may sound like a tragic notion at first, but that’s only if you interpret it as an ending. There are no real beginnings and endings; instead, everything is continuous and ongoing. There are so many things in our lives that are indefinite. Finding love and companionship certainly fit into that category.
Sometimes you meet someone that seems, for a lack of better words, perfect. But then, for one reason or another, you don’t get to see that relationship all the way through. Instead, what that relationship could have been, is totally left in the dark. All you can hold onto is the indescribable feeling while it existed. But just because the relationship did not develop into something more, does that make it any less meaningful?
Written, directed, and performed by incarcerated youth at the Hawaii Youth Correctional Facility (HYCF), BORN FO BANG tells the personal story of an HYCF youth, who also plays the main character. When a book smart Hawaiian teenager refuses to beat up a Haole, his domineering older brother threatens to excommunicate him from the gang – and his family.
BORN FO BANG was filmed on-site at HYCF, with each role played by the young men incarcerated there (except for the two adult characters); as well as the crew responsibilities. The short film premiered at the Hawaii State Capital Auditorium in September 2011, hosted by Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie. The film is a Programmers’ Pick at 2012 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival (LAAPFF), and recently received the Best Narrative Short Film award at the Urban Media Filmmakers Film Festival.
Director Jonathan Yi is at it again for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. For the past few years, he’s brought special interviews from an Asian American perspective to HBO. His East of Main Street series has featured the likes of Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai, chef Anita Lo, apl.de.ap of the Black Eyed Peas, and skateboarder Willy Santos. For 2012, he interviews a much younger generation in “East of Main Street: Small Talk”. Find out what it’s like to be Asian American from the perspective of children in this fresh and funny special. 37 kids of all different ages talk about race, what it’s like to be an Asian American, and what that means to their lives.
Harry Shum Jr. becomes a violent gunslinger in the short film “Already Gone”. The intense 3 minute short take place in a warehouse where criminals steal from other criminals. Here’s more about the short”
Already Gone is a feature-length thriller about a young criminal, Jude Mulvey played by Shawn Ashmore (X-Men), who suffers from Cystic Fibrosis —A terminal condition he’s been afflicted with since birth. His criminal lifestyle is an expression of rage and an attempt to take control of his mortality. Wanting to die anywhere other than a hospital bed has made him a truly fearless (and effective) criminal. Jude and his partner Scott Lee played by Harry Shum (Glee) lead their small crew into drug dens and mob hangouts, successfully robbing other criminals as a staple to his survival. It’s a pretty effective use of Jude’s talents, until he crosses the wrong mobster
The goal of this short was to drop the viewer into the world of the feature film and tell an incomplete story in order to make the viewer want to see more. Time is ticking. There is no time for standoffs.
Rapper Alexander Jung release his 13 track album “Bedroom Project”. His debut project features Braille, Lyricks, Misfit, and more! It’s a blend of dreams and nightmares sprinkled with struggles in his faith in God throughout his life. His music offers and outlet for him to express the biographical elements that abound in the album.Here’s the track listing:
2 Run Away Train feat. Kay Lim
3 DRMR feat. Lyricks & Misfit
4 Sad Blues, Mean Reds
5 Dreaming in the Jungle
6 Roses & Violets
8 Mother’s Day
10 3:33 feat. Braille & Rivulet
11 Mahal feat. Isaach
13 Graffiti Music
Set during a late summer’s evening, Café Elevé tells of a former ballerina who has sacrificed her passion in order to support her family. Upon finding an item left behind by a customer, she rediscovers the freedom she once felt and a connection to a person whom she’s never met.
The film is directed by Kelly Li and stars Julie Zhan and Robert Daligdig.