We'd like to invite you all to the world premiere and free/donation screening of A Long March by TS Botkin at the LA Asian Pacific Film Festival on Tuesday, May 10, 4pm (PDT) at the Tateuchi Democracy Forum, Little Tokyo (100 N Central Ave, Los Angeles, 90012).
Filmmaker TS Botkin, producers Amanda Upson and Benito Bautista, and composer Michael Dadap will be present at the screening, so we'd really love to see you there in LA and hang out afterwards!
There will be an after party with the film team at the FAR BAR (347 East 1st Street, LA 90012) with comp drinks (drink tickets are 1 per person) and light bites when you sign up with your email at the door.
Film and Ticket Info:
Three Filipino-American veterans trace their paths from war to erasure by the U.S. Government, marching from an obscured history to the Federal courts, right up to the steps of Congress in search of promises denied.
Reserve your film tickets here: https://festival.vcmedia.org/2022/movies/a-long-march/
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You don't want to miss this important film about the untold history of Filipino veterans of World War II. Please forward/share this email or the attached flyer invite, and invite your family and friends to watch.
"A Long March" and TS Botkin are nominated for Best Documentary and Best First Time Director at KPBS' G.I. Film Festival this year. If you're in San Diego this May, catch the San Diego premiere of A Long March at the GI Film Festival on May 18, 2022.
Let's get the party started babaaaay!
Watch and share the trailer for EASTER SUNDAY starring stand-up comedy sensation Jo Koy (Jo Koy: In His Elements, Jo Koy: Comin’ in Hot), in this love letter to his Filipino-American community.
#EasterSundayMovie is only in theaters August 5.
Stand-up comedy sensation Jo Koy (Jo Koy: In His Elements, Jo Koy: Comin’ in Hot) stars as a man returning home for an Easter celebration with his riotous, bickering, eating, drinking, laughing, loving family, in this love letter to his Filipino-American community.
Easter Sunday features an all-star comedic cast that includes Jimmy O. Yang (Silicon Valley series), Tia Carrere (True Lies, Wayne’s World films), Brandon Wardell (Curb Your Enthusiasm series), Tony nominee Eva Noblezada (Broadway’s Hadestown), Lydia Gaston (Broadway’s The King and I), Asif Ali (WandaVision), Rodney To (Parks and Recreation series), Eugene Cordero (The Good Place series), Jay Chandrasekhar (I Love You, Man), Tiffany Haddish (Girls Trip) and Lou Diamond Phillips (Courage Under Fire).
Easter Sunday, from DreamWorks Pictures, is directed by Jay Chandrasekhar (Super Troopers, The Dukes of Hazzard, I Love You, Man), from a script by Ken Cheng (Sin City Saints series) and Kate Angelo based on a story by Ken Cheng.
The film is produced by Rideback’s blockbuster producers Dan Lin (The Lego Movie franchise, It franchise) and Jonathan Eirich (Aladdin, The Two Popes), and is executive produced by Nick Reynolds, Joe Meloche, Jo Koy, Jessica Gao, Jimmy O. Yang, Ken Cheng and Seth William Meier.
The film will be distributed by Universal Pictures domestically. Amblin Partners and Universal will share international distribution rights.
Cast: Jo Koy, Jimmy O. Yang, Tia Carrere, Brandon Wardell, Eva Noblezada, Lydia Gaston, Asif Ali, Rodney To, Eugene Cordero, Jay Chandrasekhar, Tiffany Haddish and Lou Diamond Phillips
Director: Jay Chandrasekhar
Screenplay by: Ken Cheng and Kate Angelo, based on a story by Ken Cheng
Producers: Dan Lin, Jonathan Eirich
Executive Producers: Nick Reynolds, Joe Meloche, Jo Koy, Jessica Gao, Jimmy O. Yang, Ken Cheng and Seth William Meier
Marketing materials provided by: Tremendous Communications
Close to sixty years ago, the first Filipino American artist to have won a Grammy was Larry Ramos with The New Christy Minstrels for Best Performance In A Chorus in 1963. It was for their 1962 debut album, 'Presenting The New Christy Minstrels.'
In 1967, he joined The Association.
On Sunday, April 3rd 2022, five Filipino American artists - Olivia Rodrigo, H.E.R., Saweetie, Bruno Mars (of Silk Sonic) and Elle King (in a duet with Miranda Lambert) had 22 Grammy nominations between them - but three of them conquered the 64th annual Grammy Awards in Las Vegas, Nevada scoring three of the four major awards.
Olivia Rodrigo won three of her seven Grammy nominations for her debut album, 'Sour.' They were Best Pop Vocal Album ('Sour'), Best Pop Solo Performance ('drivers license') and Best New Artist.
Rodrigo's win for Best New Artist puts her in esteemed company including Carly Simon, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Tom Jones, Billie Eilish and the Beatles.
H.E.R. won a Grammy for Best Traditional R&B Performance for 'Fight For You.' It was written for the 2021 film, "Judas and the Black Messiah."
It won the Oscar for Best Original Song at the 93rd ceremony of the 2021 Academy Awards.
The throwback R&B act Silk Sonic — led by the duo of Anderson .Paak and Bruno Mars — won four Grammys: Record Of The Year, Song Of The Year, Best R&B Performance (in a tie with Jazmine Sullivan) and Best R&B Song Of The Year. All for 'Leave The Door Open.'
Congratulations to all Grammy nominees and winners! And, to Filipino Representation!
A special guest panelist of the 6th Filipino Hollywood Actors Panel we presented in June 2019 at the Secret Rose Theatre, congratulations to actor Jason Rogel for becoming a series regular in the ABC Filipino American comedy pilot, "Josep" starring Jo Koy.
He joins previously announced cast members Mia Katigbak, Rory O’Malley, Kaden Alejandro, Tess Paras ("Crazy Ex-Girlfriend") and Kimee Balmilero ("Hawai'i Five-0," "Magnum P.I.").
The pilot episode wrapped March 24.
Congratulations to our President Emeritus (2018 - 2019), Craig O. Wilson! Crossing our fingers and pushing out the positive vibes for you!
"Reggie Lee ("All Rise") will team with "Yellow Rose" and "Lingua Franca" co-producer Jeremiah Abraham and ABS-CBN for "Concepción," a drama series in the works from creator Craig Obligación Wilson.
Olivia Rodrigo, Bella Poarch and Hailee Steinfeld in Variety’s ‘Power of Young Hollywood Impact List' Issue 2021
Singer-songwriter OLIVIA RODRIGO graces one of the magazine covers of Variety's Power of Young Hollywood issue. The other two cover issues include Lil Nas X and Thomas Doherty.
One of the leading business entertainment industry trade magazines, Variety highlights talent from today’s 25-and-under set making an impact in the entertainment industry.
Rodrigo's record-shattering debut single, "drivers license" and album, "Sour" (written by Rodrigo and producer Dan Nigro, recorded in isolation during the COVID-19 lockdown) landed her on the list.
Of the fifty-three young listmakers chosen by Variety, two other Filipina American entertainers are featured as well.
Positioned at #32, content creator and singer BELLA POARCH (24) created the most-liked TikTok video in 2020 and is the most followed woman of color on the app with 77 million-plus followers. She signed a deal with Warner Records ahead of her debut single “Build a Bitch,” the music video for which earned 75 million views in its first week alone. It became the biggest debut ever for a new artist on YouTube and led to a Billboard Hot 100 ranking. Poarch’s online presence made her a target for trolls who left comments encouraging suicide. “I felt like I was back in school being bullied,” says Poarch, “but after a certain point I realized none of it matters.”
Positioned at #41, actor and musician HAILEE STEINFELD (24) shot to fame with an Oscar nomination for ”True Grit” and hasn’t slowed since. Returning to this list, her current projects include the Disney Plus series ”Hawkeye” and the third season of the Apple TV Plus series ”Dickinson” in which she acts and executive produces. Known for playing roles that embody strong female characters, Steinfeld appreciates ”playing girls who are strong and witty and skilled, but have to work for all of that, which, at the end of the day, is relatable.” Recently, she’s branched into other business ventures and created a capsule collection with Frankies Bikinis and co-founded the eyewear brand Prive Revaux.
To see the entire list:
Creative Asian Americans including individuals of Filipino descent won Oscar statuettes at Sunday's televised 93rd Academy Awards ceremony, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) which honored the best films of 2020 and early 2021.
It was the first time the 93rd Academy Awards was held virtually and in-person due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
H.E.R. won the Academy Award for Best Original Song, "Fight For You" for the motion picture, "Judas and the Black Messiah." She wrote the song with D'Mile and Tiara Thomas.
She is the first Filipina American woman to win an Academy Award. She is also the second Black woman to win this award, the first being Irene Cara for "Flashdance" in 1983.
Songwriter Robert Lopez, known for his songs on Disney’s “Frozen”, was the first Filipino man to win an Academy Award back in 2014.
Trevor Jimenez (story supervisor, and an Oscar nominated filmmaker himself for the 2019 animated short film, "Weekends") and the entire cast and crew of Pixar's "Soul" won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.
The rest of the AAPI Academy Award winners are:
"Nomadland" for Best Picture
- Directed by Chloé Zhao.
Chloé Zhao for Best Director ("Nomadland")
- She is the first Asian American woman, first Chinese woman and second woman to win an Oscar in this category
- Kathryn Bigelow was the first female director to win an Oscar in 2010 for her 2008 film “The Hurt Locker."
Youn Yuh-jung for Best Supporting Actress ("Minari")
- She is the second Asian woman to win an acting Oscar since Japanese American actress and singer Miyoshi Umeki won for "Sayonara" in 1958.
- She is the first Korean (South Korean) actress to win an Oscar.
NOTE: Steven Yeun (“Minari”) became the first Asian American actor to be nominated for Best Actor. Riz Ahmed (“Sound of Metal”) is the first Muslim to be nominated for Best Actor. It's the first time that there were two Best Actor candidates of Asian heritage.
- Anthony Hopkins took home the Oscar for Best Actor ("The Father").
Congratulations to all the winners and nominees of the 93rd Academy Awards!
Congratulations to editor Michelle Tesoro, ACE for her and her team receiving the Best Edited Limited Series or Motion Picture for Television Award for "The Queen's Gambit" at the 2021 American Cinema Editors (USA) Eddie Awards.
Below she walks us through her various Avid Media Composer timelines and settings to explain her editorial process for the hit Netflix series.
Congratulations to television writer Leann Bowen and the writing team for earning two Writers Guild Award nominations for Comedy Series and New Series for AppleTV+'s Ted Lasso...
Congratulations to television writer Mark Kramer and the writing team for earning a Writers Guild Award nomination for Comedy/Variety Talk Series for HBO's Last Week Tonight With John Oliver...
And, congratulations to Eric S. Garcia (with Leo Chu and Julia Miranda) for earning a Writers Guild Award nomination for Children's Episodic, Long Form and Specials of the Netflix Alexa & Katie episode, 'Speaking of Cancer'.
The 73rd Writers Guild Awards are set for March 21, 2021 with film screenplay nominees to be announced on February 16.
Congratulations to Jon Jon Briones and the Cast & Crew of Ratched (Netflix) for earning three Golden Globe nominations including Best Television Series, Drama.
The 78th Golden Globe Awards will air Sunday, February 28, 2021 on NBC. Check your local listings.
Edwin Santos began blogging in 1995 when he was hired as Editor for the award-winning fansite, The Towne Cryer News on Renée Zellweger. He wrote about the entertainment business and film reviews of Zellweger's films until 2000.