The 32nd Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival came and went by so quickly! Here are my highlights!
Getting inspired by Jodi Long’s Opening Night speech.
Laughing, crying, and smiling throughout The Tiger Hunter.
Stalking Tanuj Chopra.
Hating on Big Phony a few times throughout the festival.
Escorting Karin Anna Cheung to the unexpectedly funny The Unbidden.
Watching friends in films.
Catching up with some of my fave film festival peeps.
Forming a new dance crew with Jenny Yang and Anthony Ma.
Mistaking the dude in front of me for Patrick Epino (three dudes to my left).
And hosting fellow actress and Asian CineVision’s Festival Director, Judy Lei, who gets special thanks for hooking it up with Opening and Closing Nights. Good times, good times. Until next year, let’s create our own opportunities as Jodi Long would say! And maybe I’LL have a film in the fest next year! ;D
P.S. – A Sung Kang sighting is always a highlight.
This year marked my final edition of the music video program at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival. Thank you to all who came out to support, especially to all the regulars and Kollaboration! Many thanks to all the artists in attendance and to those who had encouraging words to share with me after the Q&A. I’m glad people enjoyed watching an hour of MVs that I curated for the big screen.
Q&A time with DuNo Tran, Paul J. Kim, Alex Vo, Ross Ching, Daniel “DPD” Park, Josh Kim, and some girl in a Jeremy Lin jersey.
As it is written in this year’s program, the lineup is up on YouTube:
Well, this program definitely evolved over the years. I mostly just wanted to showcase a range of stories told in unique ways while giving recognition to the talent out there. And I’ve been very blessed to have been able to work with some awesome people at Visual Communications, specifically, Abraham Ferrer who was really there to guide me from the beginning and Anderson Le who came in later to help me better shape the program. I dedicate the following video to Abe and Anderson. They were always trying to get me to include some Kpop… and this one ALMOST made it into this year’s program. LOL. You guys are fantastic, baby!
The good people at Audrey Magazine have not only allowed for me to hook it up with a 20% discount to Audrey’s Fashion Night Out 2011 (coupon code: PEACHIES), but they’ve also given me a pair of General Admission tickets ($100 value) to give to whomever I please! Well, you have to be over 21 years old and be able to make it to the event in Los Angeles to qualify. Sooo… let’s make this fun!
HELP ME WITH MY OUTFIT FOR THE EVENING!
Last year, I wore black (pictured on the very right). This year, I want to try to go outside of my comfort zone. BUT it must be something that I’ll be able to pick up at a local retailer, budget-friendly cuz’ I ain’t a baller here, and red carpet ready! I have NO fashion sense and I REALLY need help! Lol. So send me a link to a dress/outfit online or email/tweet me a photo and tell me where I can buy the outfit! If I don’t actually like any of the choices, I’ll pick the funniest one! Let’s do this by Sunday, September 11th. And maybe I’ll see you at the event? *cheers*
Yay-yuh. Angry Asian Man‘s 10 year anniversary party was super fun. It was crazy packed, too! There were so many people I wanted to catch up with, but it was just impossible with so many awesome people in one room! Anyway, around midnight, I got to introduce a very special project that Phil Yu’s wife aka angryplus1 asked me to help her with….
I’m actually quite proud of how this turned out and I’m really glad Phil enjoyed it!
P.S. – For those of you who were there and caught my joke about being mistaken for Ali Wong, here’s a photo of Ali that a bunch of my friends thought was of me. Haha. I can actually see the resemblance…
My website has been restored! I hadn’t been able to login to blog for the last month cuz’ someone had hacked my site in December. I just so happened to try today and it worked (obviously). Woohoo. I’m guessing my web hosting company was able to restore my site from a backup (I had put in a request, but hadn’t heard anything back from them). I almost thought I’d have to start completely anew… PHEW!!!
Anyway, there’s a lot of stuff I’ve been wanting to blog about… there are also a lot of video blogs I still need to edit! Can’t believe it’s already near the end of January. 2011!!! So much to do, so little time! Who else feels this way?
A lot. For life, for family, for friends, for food, for love. Even the bad stuff. With all the things that could make me sad in this world, I remember that everything physical is fleeting. In what seems to be a hopeless world, there is still hope. We live and learn. We stumble and fall. We get up. We grow. I’m thankful for every hurt and pain that I’ve ever gone through and am going through, but I am more thankful for what God is doing, how He has redeemed and will redeem, and for His unfailing love. He’s the one who’ll get us through the darkness. He’s the reason why I have joy in my life and He is the only one who is ALWAYS there. God Bless you all and Happy Thanksgiving~ my prayer for you is that you would know that there’s ALWAYS something to be thankful for… everyday. Just count all your blessings. Even the small ones. It starts with being faithful with very little :]
“Hope in a dark place.” This is a photo from my Bangkok trip earlier this year. I was in Nana, a red light district, to do some research on sex trafficking. Saw a lot of dark things while I was there. One morning while prayer walking, I spotted this heart on the sidewalk. Had to take a picture of it.
Was LXD x GLEE Live in Concert at the Gibson Amphitheatre last Friday night… and it was awesome.
Ok, I’m not a REAL Gleek, cuz’… I’d never watched a full episode of GLEE until the day of the concert. I decided I should probably get familiar with the show… so thank God for Hulu, I was able to watch 2 episodes before the show!
And yes, this was my FIRST real concert EVER. I mean, I’ve been to tons of live music events or intimate shows at small venues or even Kollaboration at the Orpheum, but this was my first large scale mainstream concert… and wow, I must go to more!!! I know, I know. I’m a late bloomer… and maybe just not that trendy…
*Drool*… LXD was sick. Can’t wait to see the webisodes…
The live GLEE numbers were amazing. I wish we were sitting closer:
Anyway, good times with good peeps. Mucho thanks to Solomon and Jill :]
It was also cool seeing Harry Shum, Jr. in action after meeting him at the LA Asian Pacific Film Fest! Omg, he can DANCE. I think I have a crush now… puahaha ;P
Gosh, I LOVE LOVE LOVE Jeannie Mai. I recently got to meet up w/ her in Thailand, but I’ll save that for another blog :] For now, here’s a vid from when Jeannie first put her prayer box up on Runyon Canyon:
Something I’m looking forward to when I get back to LA is to be able to hike again! So lacking that over here in Asia… and because of the rain in Taipei… I feel very lazy. Haha >_<
From our last hike together before I left for Asia. Jeannie and Eliot are crazy… they’re wearing weight vests…