Tad Nakamura and “Pilgrimage” profiled at CNN via AsianAmericanFilm.com

Live from the Sundance Film Festival, Tad Nakamura gets profiled by CNN for his documentary “Pilgrimage.” Click here to view…

NY Times reviews The Air I Breathe

Not a great review, but he sounds like an asshole. I’m looking forward to seeing it, myself when it opens in the Bay Area

Half-Life: Jennifer Phang’s debut at Sundance

Reminds me a bit of Tony Ayres, The Home Song Stories.

APA Directors Hit Sundance via Hyphen Blog

20 Questions with Big Phony (or more like 18) via boston progress radio

Bobby Choy, AKA Big Phony, is a singer-songwriter based in Los Angeles. Originally from Queens, NY, this shy, mild-mannered musician is the mastermind behind the trash bag image, which is typical of his dislike of being judged by his cover.

Faded Reflection: Lance Hahn, 1967-2007 - PopMatters

Eric Byler on his new film, “TRE” via Eric Byler - MySpace Blog

In a sense, ‘Tre’ reasserts the right of ethnic artists to tell stories about our communities without focusing on the issue of race… without political agenda. You might say that claiming this right is an artistic agenda with political implications.

This might be my favorite Byler film to date. That said, uh, not a date movie.

SFIAAFF presents the Southwest Airlines I Luv Film Contest

ed lin’s this is a bust via angry asian man

His first book was Waylaid, about the horny 12-year-old son of Taiwanese immigrant parents who own a rundown motel on the New Jersey coast (an inspiration for Michael Kang’s awesome movie The Motel)

Scrabbel’s “Emily, I” video featured on Youtube!

Check out the video! Artwork and costumes by Nathalie Roland. Also check out a higher quality version on scrabbel.org.

Tadashi Nakamura’s latest documentary short, Pilgrimage, to screen at Sundance

Appreciation: Kai via boston progress radio

Thao Nguyen on Apex Express, 1/10

Thursdays 7PM-8PM, KPFA 94.1 FM, KFCF Fresno, www.kpfa.org for on-line listening

Her new album comes out January 29th on Kill Rock Stars. Check her out live at Cafe Du Nord on Saturday, 1/12

Swindle Magazine interviews Barry McGee / TWIST

Asia Pacific Arts Best of 2007: YouTube via Asia Pacific Arts

There is the love, Goh Nakamura.

Asia Pacific Arts Best of 2007: Wordsmiths via Asia Pacific Arts

Beau Sia.

Asia Pacific Arts Best of 2007: Asian American Films via Asia Pacific Arts

Asia Pacific Arts Best of 2007: Music via Asia Pacific Arts

Asian American Now Exhibit in LA

Hollywood Fucks it Up Again

Track List to Goh Nakamura’s New Album via The Hangman Journals

new harold and kumar theatrical trailer via angry asian man

awesome.

“tokyo rose” movie in the works via angry asian man

thao nguyen’s we brave bee stings and all via angry asian man

“nature of water” at nucleus via angry asian man

you want sexual content? come and get it. via angry asian man

coming soon: the resistance via angry asian man

grek pak, amadeus cho, and incredible hercules via angry asian man

Review: Seriously, Seriously via Ninja Pants

New Blue Scholars Track via Ninja Pants

Awesome track.

Hiatus via Ninja Pants

If I were to start a music review site, this is how I’d do it. Unfortunately, the theme of managing time and priorities is all too familiar.

Annie Koh, PB&J Host Parties With Social Conscience

Former Locus Arts Director, and SF-based APA arts activist Annie Koh continues her work of combining arts and social justice issues overseas in Korea: PB&J Host Parties With Social Conscience. Go, Annie!

Last weekend for Jeannie Barroga’s “Walls”, produced by AATC

Come check out the last weekend of AATC’s production of “Walls”, by NEA award-winning playwright Jeannie Barroga. From AATC: “‘In 1981 a young student, Maya Lin, wins a nation-wide contest to design the U.S. Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial – and begins an explosive journey that this country travels towards its own healing.” Buy tickets online, and enter the code “FRIEND” to get $15 general admission tickets on any date.

Hyphen: The Music Issue Release Party

Our good friends over at Hyphen are celebrating the release of their 10th issue, The Music Issue, this Friday (11/17). The party features a lot of great MCs, bands, musicians, including one of our faves, » Nov 15, 2006 | Add a comment

Wayne Wang Returns to Asian American Themes

From AsianAmericanFilm.com: filmmaker Wayne Wang is returning to Asian American themes with “A Thousand Years of Good Prayers”, an adaptation of a novel by Yiyun Li.

New stuff from Poketo and I Think We Better Split Up

Our friends over at Poketo announced some new wallets. Check out their blog for updates, as well as an upcoming show at Receiver Gallery, titled “I Think We Better Split Up”.

Mora Mi-Ok Stephens: Our Next Justin Lin?

AsianWeek’s Philip W. Chung profiles filmmaker Mora Mi-Ok Stephens, director of Conventioneers, which screened at last year’s SFIAAFF and won an Independent Spirit Award for best film made w/under $500k.

Interview with Rich Wong, Director of ‘Colma: The Musical’

From the Nichi Bei Times: An Interview with Rich Wong, Director of ‘Colma: The Musical’. If any of you happen to be in Toronto, you can catch the film at the Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival. Learn more about Colma on their website.

Chang-Rae Lee Interview

The Brown Daily Herald interviews author Chang-rae Lee.

Single Asian Female Comic by Ethan Lee

Berkeley grad, Ethan Lee, is profiled by Asian Week for his comic Single Asian Female.

Gene Yang’s American Born Chinese a finalist for a National Book Award

Best wishes to Gene Yang, a finalist for a National Book Award in the young people’s literature category for his graphic novel “American Born Chinese”. The awards are being presented tonight in NYC. More about Gene here.

Yo La Tengo Digs Scrabbel

Scrabbel makes it onto Yo La Tengo’s Favorite Songs of the Past Year.

Red Doors Tonight at the Clay Theatre

Jeff Yang compares and contrasts Jet Li’s FEARLESS with Georgia Lee’s RED DOORS. RED DOORS is showing this weekend w/special guest producer-actress Mia Riverton at the 7 and 9:10pm shows on Friday (tonight).

An Asian-American Playwright Turns a New Page - New York Times

The NY Times profiles playwright Julia Cho.

One Way or Another: Asian American Art Now

The NY Times reviews the Asia Society’s One Way or Another: Asian American Art Now show in NYC, featuring artists: Michael Arcega, Xavier Cha, Patty Chang, Binh Danh, Mari Eastman, Ala Ebtekar, Chitra Ganesh, Glenn Kaino, Geraldine Lau, Jiha Moon, Laurel Nakadate, Kaz Oshiro, Anna Sew Hoy, Jean Shin, Indigo Som, Mika Tajima, Saira Wasim.

Adrian Tomine Strikes an (Optic) Nerve

Here’s a great interview with Adrian Tomine, as he talks about his most recent work featuring character Ben Tanaka, “a Japanese American protagonist who maneuvers his way through failed romantic encounters with Caucasian women”.

The Invisible Cities at The Bay Bridged podcast

Han, Sadie, and Goh of The Invisible Cities stop in to talk with The Bay Bridged about lemurs and monkeys. Really. Listen to the podcast. Also, check them out live as they play a benefit for Playing in Fog.

Bebot = Hot Chick

Director Patricio Ginelsa recently released two videos for the Black Eyed Peas song “Bebot“: a period piece set in 1936, titled Generation 1, and a modern day version aptly titled Generation 2.

The video sparked an Open letter to Apl.de.Ap, Patricio Ginelsa/KidHeroes, and Xylophone Films to protest the portrayal of Filipinas in the video (yes, the hooch factor was high). That being said, there’s also a lot to like about Ginelsa’s approach, which includes spotlighting Little Manila, and providing cameos for many indie Filipino American artists.

So, how do you balance efforts to break into the mainstream w/pleasing the community? Check out the discussion: elpeezee’s LJ, summary of discussions, Patricio’s MySpace, Xylophone Films BB, The Wily Filipino.

Here’s some backstory to the videos, via MTV.

APAture 8 on APEX EXPRESS

KSW’s APAture 8 opens September 9/19. Listen to APEX EXPRESS tonight (Thursdays 7PM-8PM, KPFA 94.1 FM, KFCF Fresno, www.kpfa.org) for a preview of the showcase, featuring Samantha Chanse and Nirmala Nataraj. Buy your tickets online!

Poketo: Carry Art - New York Times

NYTimes covers POKETO! Congrats to Ted and Angie, who are now in LA.