The AFI thesis film “Samnang” is a donut shop love story set in Long Beach, California. SAMNANG is a recent Cambodian immigrant who works nights at a donut shop. He’s a solitary man who has found comfort in his new country by building a life of routine. But when his boss, NGOUN, orders him to train a new worker – his sister, VANNY, a spunky, single mom, he begins to discover that life could be a bit sweeter with another baker in the kitchen.
“Samnang” is inspired by writer Vanara Taing’s childhood memories of watching her family work to build a life in the United States through making donuts.
Inspired by lighting-fast duels-to-the-death in Samurai classics such as Sanjuro, the idea for The Old Samurai began with a simple question: What if you could capture the split second between first draw and final blow? For director Benjamin Wong that seed of an idea blossomed into a story about reconciliation, loss, and love, in a film that plays homage to Samurai films both classic and recent. Armed with a 1000 frame-per-second camera, a rain machine, and some amazing locations, The Old Samurai was filmed over three days. Told purely through visuals and a score, The Old Samurai invites you to actively watch and interpret the film through your own eyes. Here’ more about the film:
After a lifetime of war, an old samurai is challenged to an epic showdown with a young ambitious samurai, his worthiest adversary yet. Battle is imminent, but the past could prove to be the old samurai’s undoing.
Singer V8 released a studio version of his single “Rescue Me”. He shares his sorrow for neglecting his other half in a relationship. Coming to terms that he did wrong, he wants nothing more than to go back and take away the pain that he caused. However, he still needs someone to rescue him from his tumultuous emotions.
In the short film “China Doll”, a young woman struggles with the end of a marriage that made her feel objectified. Feeling betrayed, she recounts her journey through her marriage as a chinadoll. Hurt and angry, she comes to the realization that she must kill off the part of her that gets trampled on, in this harsh world.
Born and raised in San Francisco, J-Styles is an Asian American rapper/MC that’s breaking the music scene and stereotypes with his hip-hop/ electro-pop style of music and inspirational rhymes. J-Styles found his calling to music while singing on his church’s praise team and realized his passion wasn’t just singing but also spitting rhymes. “There’s not a day I don’t listen to music, I listen to so much I decided to make my own.” Wanted to see more Asians doing main stream music, so rather than complaining he stepped up to the game and recorded his debut mini-album “Who I am” a collection of songs about relationships and life’s motivation. As an Asian American MC, he saw a very under-represented market, but he also saw it as an opportunity and mission to represent his community. “It doesn’t matter if I get famous for being a musician, just as long as I get to do what I love…. which is making music, performing, and changing how America view Asians as musicians is all that matters to me.”
It’s you I miss off the Who Am I album by J-Styles
By now, you’ve probably seen the “Drive Thru Invisible Driver Prank” by Magic of Rahat. When Ellen saw his drive-thru prank video, she knew she had to have him on the show. Now he’s at it again with Ellen’s camera crew. See what happened, and don’t miss his grand entrance!