by Neelanjana Banerjee Filmmaker Grace Lee’s documentary and narrative films investigate how one’s identity and ideas influences the world around them. Whether it is her acclaimed first feature-length film “The Grace Lee Project,” which investigates the lives of other people named Grace Lee, or even a mockumentary called “American Zombie,” which imagined a world in […]
by Neelanjana Banerjee After two straight weeks of GOP and Democratic convention mania, there are few moments that seem to really have resonated virally with the public. One that stands out is at the DNC—the heart-breaking and direct speech by Khizr Khan, father of Captain Humayun Khan, who died in Iraq in 2004 trying to protect his men […]
Making its world premiere this week at San Francisco’s CAAMFest is the latest documentary “Off the Menu,” from Los Angeles-based filmmaker Grace Lee, the director of “The Grace Lee Project” and “American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs.” Lee’s hour-long piece is an inquiry into how to define “Asian America” – through that thing that is […]
By Chi-hui Yang This month, Cinema Asian America on XFINITY On Demand is pleased to partner with Sundance Artist Services to present the award-winning documentary “American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs.” Directed by Los Angeles-based filmmaker Grace Lee (same name, different “Grace Lee”), this fascinating portrait explores the life of one of the 20th […]
By Dino-Ray Ramos From Emmy award-winning directors to iconic actors to unconventional game show champions, 2014 was a good year for Asian Americans in entertainment. Each year, the APA community take strides in getting into the spotlight for great work. Over the years, we’ve seen trailblazers like Pat Morita and Margaret Cho kick down doors […]
This July, amidst a bevy of anticipated new releases, Cinema Asian America also shines a spotlight on Korean American films and offers a showcase of recent films which capture the stories – and talents – of this community, from classic films starring Sandra Oh and Margaret Cho to award-winning, personal documentaries.