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2012 Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival

2012 Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival

The 2012 Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival (Reel Asian) will celebrate its 16th annual edition this year with more screenings, international guests and special events as it continues its expansion outside the downtown Toronto core to bring Richmond Hill residents a taste of the best in Asian cinema. Founded in 1997, Reel Asian began as a 3-day event established in response to meet the needs of an existing demand for Asian films in Toronto, and has since grown to a 10-day multi-city annual event attracting over 10,000 people. Reel Asian strives to develop programming that reflects the cultural diversity of Canada and increase public understanding and appreciation of the artistic, social and cultural contributions of those of Asian heritage through film. This year’s festival will take place November 6-11, 2012 in Toronto and November 16-17, 2012 in Richmond Hill to present 60 films and videos from 14 countries including Canada, China, France, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Kashmir, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand and the United States.

Highlights include:
• TORONTO OPENING NIGHT GALA: FIRST TIME (China/Hong Kong 2012, Canadian Premiere, director Han Yan
in attendance)
• CENTERPIECE PRESENTATION: PRISON DANCER (Canada 2012, Canadian Premiere, director Romeo Candido,
producer Ana Serrano and cast in attendance)
• TORONTO CLOSING NIGHT GALA: ARCHITECTURE 101 (South Korea 2012, Canadian Premiere, director Lee
Yong-joo in attendance)

INTERNATIONAL FEATURES: a selection of award-winning and noteworthy films including
• China – EGG AND STONE by Huang Ji, winner of Tiger Award at International Film Festival Rotterdam 2012
• Kashmir/USA – VALLEY OF SAINTS by Musa Syeed, winner of Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Feature Film Prize and
World Cinema Audience Award at Sundance Film Festival 2012
• China/Taiwan – HOMETOWN BOY by Yao Hung-I, winner of Best Documentary 2012 at Taipei Golden Horse
Award 2011 and Grand Prize for Best Director and Best Documentary at Taipei Film Festival
• Indonesia – THE MIRROR NEVER LIES by Kamila Andini, winner of Earth Grand Pris at Tokyo International Film
Festival 2011 and FIPRESCI Prize at Hong Kong International Film Festival 2012
• Taiwan – CHA CHA FOR TWINS by Yang Yi-Chien, winner of Best Narrative Feature and Best Screenplay at Taipei
Film Festival 2012
• Japan – THE WOODSMAN AND THE RAIN by Shuichi Okita, winner of Special Jury Price at Tokyo International
Film Festival 2011

• Canadian Premiere of PRISON DANCER (Canada 2012, director Romeo Candido, producer Ana Serrano and cast
in attendance)
• Toronto Premiere of THE FRUIT HUNTERS (Canada 2012, director Yung Chang, quest in attendance)
• North American Premiere of DAL PURI DIASPORA (Canada 2012, director Richard Fung in attendance)
• Canadian Spotlight on MICHAEL FUKUSHIMA: THE ART OF PRODUCING ART (Producer/Director Michael
Fukushima in attendance)
• Canadian shorts are included in: ONCE LOST, NOW FOUND, IT’S NOT WHAT YOU THINK, ESCAPE OF REALITY, HARD LOOK and UNSUNG HEROES (Various filmmakers in attendance)
Continuing to engage with pan-Asian experimental installations, Reel Asian presents two exciting off-screen projects, each with a unique focus on video art. Hosted at TPW R&D, Innis College, East Gallery and the Monarch Festival Hub.
• Other films of interest include Daylight Savings, Jake Shimabukuro : Life on Four Strings, and Seeking Asian Female

As part of their continuing initiative to reach new audiences beyond the downtown core, Reel Asian returns to the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts for its 2nd Annual Richmond Hill weekend film festival. They will be opening with the Canadian premiere of Floating City with Hong Kong veteran director Yim Ho in attendance and closing the uptown festival with Yung Chang’s highly anticipated documentary The Fruit Hunters.

You can get tickets to the 2012 Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival here.

2012 Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival Promo Trailer

2012 Kollaboration Toronto

2012 Kollaboration Toronto

Kollaboration Toronto 2012 features the very best local Asian Canadian talent in singing, dancing, and other performing arts! This show will feature some stunning guest performers, six (6) groups of very talented finalists and more! Here’s who you can expect to be there:

Silvia and Jerome (Acoustic duo)
Team Sexy (Dance crew)
Young (Beatboxer)
Maybe Refuge (Rock band)
Intentional Accidental (Acapella Group)
Thoroughbred State (Hip hop/Rap group)

Joseph Vincent
Dumbfoundead and DJ Zo
I Rock With The One
and more TBA

Sylvia “Beautycakez” Ta
Terry “KRNFX” Im

Paul “PK” Kim
Aastha Lal

It all goes down on Saturday, September 15th, 2012 at the Toronto Centre for the Arts, 5040 Yonge Street, Toronto, Ontario M2N 6R8. Doors open at 7PM SHARP. Get Tickets here.

2012 Kollaboration Toronto Promo

2012 YTF Legacy Fall Tour

2012 YTF Legacy Fall Tour

YTF Legacy will be launching its 2012 Fall Tour in early October in the following cities: Toronto, Montreal, Chicago, Atlanta, New York, and Minneapolis. YTF is comprised of the biggest celebrity entertainers from YouTube and the social networking world. Led by Ryan Higa (aka “NigaHiga”), one of YouTube’s biggest personalities, these new media stars have developed a live concert that takes elements from their successful online channels and creates a unique entertainment experience for fans. YTF also features Victor King (Quest Crew member, winner of MTV’s America’s Best Dance Crew); Chester See (musician/songwriter, former host of Disney Channel’s Disney 365); Dominic Sandoval (aka “D-Trix“, judge on America’s Best Dance Crew, finalist on ABC’s So You Think You Can Dance); Andrew Garcia (singer/performer, American Idol semi-finalist); and JR Aquino (singer/songwriter, American Idol semi-finalist). Here’s the schedule from October 5 – 14, 2012:

Friday, October 5, 2012
The Danforth Music Hall Theatre
147 Danforth Ave., Toronto, ON M4K 1N2
Doors open at 7pm
Show starts at 8pm
Assigned seating
Online Tickets here

Saturday, October 6, 2012
Olympia De Montréal
1004 St-Catherine Est
Montreal , Québec, H2L 2G2, Canada
Doors open at 6pm
Show starts at 7pm
Assigned seating
Online Tickets here

Sunday, October 7, 2012
Park West
322 W. Armitage Avenue
Chicago, IL 60614
Doors open at 5pm
Show starts at 6pm
Assigned seating
Online Tickets here

Friday, October 12, 2012
Center Stage Theatre
1374 W Peachtree St. NW
Atlanta, GA 30309
Doors open at 6pm
Show starts at 7pm
Assigned seating
Online Tickets here

New York
Saturday, October 13, 2012
Manhattan Center Grand Ballroom
311 West 34th Street
New York, NY 10001
Doors open at 6pm
Show starts at 7pm
Assigned seating
Online Tickets here

Sunday, October 14, 2012
Ted Mann Concert Hall
2128 Fourth Street South
Minneapolis MN 55455
Doors open at 6pm
Show starts at 7pm
Assigned seating
Online Tickets here

Before you ask “where is KevJumba?”, here’s the statement on the YTF website:

As many of you know, Kev is currently focusing on other professional interests, and as a result will no longer be collaborating as an active member of YTF. Kev is an amazing talent and dear friend, and will always be a part of the YTF brotherhood. We’ll miss you Kev!

2012 YTF Legacy Fall Tour

YTF was conceived as a way to collaborate artistically and interact with fans in an intimate, exciting way never before experienced. YTF’s mission is to not only entertain, but share the group’s personal message of empowerment. The philosophy behind YTF – Yesterday, Today, Forever – is that success and happiness in life start with individual choice: Yesterday is in the past. Today you have a choice. Forever is up to you.

With this message, YTF has created a live show featuring singing, dancing and comedy and a hip, wholesome and positive vibe. The entire YTF crew – Ryan, Victor, Chester, D-Trix, Andrew and JR – welcomes you to share in their dreams, and enjoy the show!

2011 Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival

2011 Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival

The 2011 Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival commemorates its 15th anniversary with a series of new initiatives to recognize the organization’s 15-year history, including free screenings, larger venues to accommodate growing audiences, a multi-venue media art installation, special guest filmmakers from across Asia and the world, and a major expansion into Richmond Hill. From November 8-13 (Toronto) and November 18-19 (Richmond Hill), the festival will present more than 55 films and videos from over 12 countries, including Taiwan, South Korea, Japan, China, Hong Kong, Vietnam, the United States and Canada.

This year marks 15 years of celebrating the incredible diversity of the communities of Toronto. As the city’s Asian population has grown, Reel Asian has experienced increasing demand for its multi-cultural and diverse offerings, and has expanded its reach beyond downtown Toronto to Richmond Hill, Markham, and Scarborough, reaching new audiences in their own neighborhoods.

• OPENING NIGHT GALA: LOVER’S DISCOURSE (Hong Kong 2010, Canadian premiere, director Derek Tsang in attendance)
• CENTREPIECE PRESENTATION: JUMP ASHIN! (Taiwan 2011, Canadian premiere, director Lin Yu-hsien in attendance)
• CLOSING NIGHT GALA: BUDDHA MOUNTAIN (China 2010, Toronto premiere, guest in attendance)

Other films of note include Saigon Electric, Surrogate Valentine, Fullmetal Alchemist movie: THE SACRED STAR OF MILOS, and Pearls of the Far East.

Reel Asian also embarks on its largest venture to date – a weekend film festival at the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts from November 18 to 19. After several successful presentations at the centre, Reel Asian is eager to bring the festival to the Town of Richmond Hill, a major supporter of the festival and independent film. As part of our initiative to reach new audiences beyond the downtown core, Reel Asian recently presented films such as Last Train Home (Lixin Fan) and Merry Go Round (Clement Cheng) to over one thousand excited audience members in the 905 area.

2011 Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival

Kim’s Convenience play

Kim's Convenience play

Toronto reader, check out the play “Kim’s Convenience”. It’s also the winner of the 2011 Toronto Fringe New Play Contest. Here’s a synopsis:

Mr. Kim is the proud owner of Kim’s Convenience, a local store in Regent Park, downtown Toronto. He lives in a small 3 bedroom apartment above the store with his faithful wife and their 30 year old daughter. He’s always dreamed that one day he would pass the store to one of his children but today he was given a generous offer for the store.

From hilarious to poignant, Kim’s Convenience tells the comedic story of a Korean family in Toronto struggling with the future of their convenience store amidst the echoes of their bitter past. Loosely based on the prodigal son story, it is a play about debts and reconciliation.

You can catch Kim’s Convenience as part of the 2011 Toronto Fringe Festival this week and next. Get more info on tickets here.

Kim’s Convenience play

Kollaboration Toronto 2011 Finalists

Kollaboration Toronto 2011 Finalists

2011 Kollaboration Toronto has released their list of finalists competing at their March 12, 2011 event. The competition includes:

AJ Libramonte
Ally Chan & Kevin Lam
Patrick Simeon
I Rock With The One
Piano With A Beat

Also special guests include:
Boombox Saints
Clara C
J. Reyez (Toronto’s very own and previous kollab performer)
Esly (winner of KollabTO 2010)
KrNfx (world champ beatboxer)

Asian Canadians represent at Kollaboration Toronto and good luck to all the contestants.

Kollaboration Toronto 2011 Finalists