Cinema Asian America: Filmmaker Akira Boch on ‘From 9066 to 9/11’

This month Cinema Asian America on XFINITY On Demand features Akira Boch’s powerful short documentary “From 9066 to 9/11,” a historical examination of civil liberties and race. Drawing linkages between the internment of Japanese Americans during WWII (done under the presidential Executive Order 9066), and the detentions of Arab and Muslim Americans after 9/11, the […]

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Cinema Asian America: Director Brittany Huckabee Talks About ‘The Mosque in Morgantown’

The tenth anniversary of 9/11 has compelled many Americans to reflect upon the past decade, to make sense of how the country has shifted so radically both politically and culturally. An on-going conversation which has engaged both the Muslim American community and population at large, is what American Islam looks like, in a time when […]

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Cinema Asian America: Five Questions for Jessica Yu and Jimmy Tsai of ‘Ping Pong Playa’

A hilarious, over-the-top comedy about the competitive world of ping pong, and a misfit’s journey through the realms of sprained wrists, slackerdom, hoop dreams, paddle realities and the call of family duty, “Ping Pong Playa” makes its XFINITY On Demand premiere this month in the Cinema Asian America folder. Directed by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Jessica […]

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Cinema Asian America: Jon Moritsugu on ‘Terminal USA’

This month Cinema Asian America on XFINITY On Demand is featuring the VOD-premiere of Jon Moritsugu’s 1993 underground cult-classic, ‘Terminal USA.’ Originally produced for public television, it shocked and blew away audiences with its riotous deconstruction of a Japanese-American family. The New York Daily News described it as “Father Knows Best” meets “Pink Flamingos,” and […]

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Cinema Asian America: Director Amyn Kaderali on ‘Kissing Cousins’

Los Angeles-based independent filmmaker Amyn Kaderali’s debut feature film, the romantic comedy “Kissing Cousins,” is available all through June on XFINITY On Demand. Amir (Samrat Chakrabarti) is a “relationship termination specialist,” who delivers bad news from one spouse/partner/boyfriend/girlfriend to another. At the same time, he also can’t seem to hold down a relationship of his […]

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Cinema Asian America: Joseph Matthew on His Film ‘Bombay Summer’

Set in contemporary Mumbai, Joseph Matthew’s “Bombay Summer” centers around a young, well-to-do couple, Geeta (Tannishtha Chatterjee), a designer and Jaidev (Samrat Chakrabarti), a writer. Nestled comfortably in their professional aspirations, the two begin to see their lives expanded – and complicated – when a friendship develops with Madan (Jatin Goswami), an aspiring artist caught […]

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Tribeca Film Festival: Zach Braff’s “High Cost of Living’ On Demand

Breaking into song for an episode of “Scrubs” was easy for Zach Braff. Learning to smoke for his latest movie, “The High Cost of Living”?  Not so much. “I never smoked cigarettes before and my character chain smokes,” Braff, 35, reveals.  “And I hate it in movies when people clearly look like they have never […]

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Cinema Asian America: Christopher Wong On His Film ‘Whatever It Takes’

The story of the Bronx Center for Science and Mathematics is one of intimate dramas, big dreams and aspirations, enormous highs and lows, and as told by Christopher Wong his documentary “Whatever It Takes,” it is a chronicle of how one small upstart school in New York has helped to shape the discussion of educational […]

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