I’ve known Evan Jackson Leong for over a decade since the grassroots marketing days of Better Luck Tomorrow. As long as I’ve known him, he has always had a greater vision for the Asian American community and has always pushed the envelope to make things happen.
Snakehead has always been Evan’s baby. Way before Linsanity or even 1040 (two documentary projects which I served as Assistant Editor). He wrote this script way back with the intention of making it his narrative feature film debut and now that time has finally come.
As Evan says, every single project he has ever worked on has been “for the community and by the community.” Absolutely true. I have firsthand experience and will vouch for him for life. He is truly someone who is passionate about getting our stories out there and despite any limitations, he will always find a way to do it with excellence.
That’s what film composer/self-proclaimed geek George Shaw and filmmaker Jeffrey Gee Chin are looking to further explore. As a passion project, they self-funded a first episode of this idea, now they’re hoping to get some crowdfunding support to produce the next episode, “The Empire’s New Groove.” Can you help make their “geekdom” a reality? They only have 2 more days left! A donation of $1 or more will enter you in a raffle to win an original sketch of Psylocke by Marvel/DC artist Jim Lee. A donation of $10 or more will enter you in a raffle to win an autographed Stan Lee Funko Pop figure!
These are my peeps and they are doing GREAT things. Their slogan: Doing Good is Contagious. What they do: make films for good causes. Please support them if you can! They are trying to raise $40,000 by December 31st so that they can continue doing what they do as a nonprofit. If you cannot donate financially, please keep them in your prayers and/or spread the word! They are seriously shining a light in dark places (like here).
10 years ago, I had the privilege of being part of Visual Communications’ Armed With a Camera 2005. Through this program, I met so many talented individuals, got plugged in with the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, and jump started my career even before I had graduated from school. I got to make a 5-minute short film with the help of mentors and peers. This short went on to screen at festivals across the nation and was greenlit for broadcast on Current TV. Eventually, it would be the first thing I ever uploaded onto YouTube. I am forever thankful to the experience I had with AWC, the mentorship that was given, and the connections that I made. As someone who was unsure of what she wanted to do career-wise, AWC gave me the confidence and resources to pursue a career in film.
10 years later, I’ve learned that funding for this program has dropped.
Would you please support fundraising efforts to continue this program, so that young emerging Asian Pacific American storytellers can have an opportunity to plug in with a great community, hone their craft, and have this platform to share their stories?
P.S. – I actually heard about AWC through 2003 alumnus, Evan Jackson Leong, who has gone on to do bigger and better things including LINSANITY. Through the years, I’ve been able to meet and work with several AWC alumni on various projects and it always feels like homecoming at the LA Asian Pacific Film Festival. It’s kind of a cool little network!
In all seriousness though, Chris Dinh is awesome and so is Viet Nguyen. I’ve had the pleasure of working with both of these ninjas and they are just mad talented. The two of them have been stewing on this project for awhile now and you’ll see that they have a very particular sense of humor. If you can help them make this film, please donate and/or spread the word! These next few hours will determine life or death for CRUSH THE SKULL as they will only be funded if they reach their goal of $75,000.
Auditions will be held Tuesday, April 22 (sometime midday, more than likely between 10AM – 4PM). Director will send sides for the actress to prepare once an audition date and time are confirmed. Email headshots and resumes to firstname.lastname@example.org
AZAMI / 8-12
The eldest sister. Strong-willed, independent, a critical thinker. Bosses her other sisters around with a righteous indignation. A take-charge, big personality, prone to temper tantrums, but still maintains being adorable. She makes herself seen and heard in a big way. She always gets what she wants but, in her heart, cares most about looking after her little sisters.
LEILANI / 6-10
The middle sister. Sweet-natured, caring, and full of hope and empathy. She’s the girl who stops to smell the roses and delights in girly things. Her biggest concern is making sure everything is fair and is generally level-headed besides throwing the occasional moody fit. She’s a nurturer and a giver and likes to make everyone around her feel as happy as she does.
ZAHARA / 3-7
The youngest sister. Offbeat, artistic, and little weird, but totally cute. She loves to play in the mud and paint with her fingers and notices the strange and beautiful things in life. She’s a little star and princess, constantly entertaining others with her adorable antics and is very hard to keep still. She’s brimming with personality and humor and loves being the center of attention.
This is only for copy/credit but the upside is massive online exposure. The BuzzFeed audience is in the millions and each video, guaranteed, receives hundreds of thousands of views.
Just cuz’ I got them small Asian boobs doesn’t mean I can’t get breast cancer.
Praying none of us ever have to deal with any type of cancer, but it was recently brought to my attention that there is a lack of awareness and education regarding breast cancer in Asian women. So now there’s a new initiative to change that. Yes. Let’s keep the boobies in check.
Technically, Nina Polvanich Louie has less than 2 months to find a donor and there is still a lack of registered Asian bone marrow donors out there. If you’re Asian and you’re not registered, please consider becoming a donor. You could save a life!
Register online. They’ll send you a home typing kit which you will need to send back with your cheek swab samples. Make sure you label the kit with “VINIYA” in the promo code section to help expedite the process.
The Linsanity movie team is looking for passionate, hard-working interns to help us release our film in theaters. Linsanity is a documentary about the NBA point guard, Jeremy Lin, who had a miraculous breakout season in February 2013 that caught the world by storm. We are looking for interns to help us develop and execute a marketing strategy that spans both domestically and overseas. We will be organizing street teams across the U.S., creating buzz across social media, activating special interest groups, and making an impact in Hollywood never seen before through these communities. You will gain valuable experience as well as be a part of shaping the marketing plan of a landmark event and a landmark film. Do you want to be a part of the action?
* Creative marketing wizards
* Extremely detail-oriented
* Familiar with social media and content (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube)
* Experience doing data analysis a plus
* Experience doing web/graphics/video a plus
* Passionate about Jeremy Lin’s story!
* Location: LA, NY, SF Bay Area
* Time: Summer/Fall 2013
* Compensation: unpaid, we will support school credit