By Liza Solberg “The Comast Narrative Competiton at CAAM Fest highlights the diversity and ingenuity of modern cinema and recognizes excellence in narrative filmmaking.” —CAAM Fest 2017 Program Guide This year’s nominated films explore the universal search for identity through rights of passage, friendship, history and community. Here are the nominated films. “CARDINAL X“ Set in the […]
The Grammy nominations were announced last Friday, and a number of Asian and Asian American musicians were among the honorees, including: Best Urban Contemporary Album: “Sail Out,” Jhené Aiko Best Dance Recording: “Faded,” Zhu Best World Music Album: “Traces Of You,” Anoushka Sharma Best World Music Album: “Our World in Song,” Wu Man, Luis Conte & Daniel Ho […]
This month, Cinema Asian America on XFINITY On Demand presents the feature narrative debut from Los Angeles-based filmmaker Suju Vijayan, “The Playback Singer.” A family drama where all members come of age, regardless of their age, “Playback” tells the story of an aimless, would-be jungle-gym architect Ray (Ross Partridge) who finds his existence disrupted – […]
Hope everyone has recovered from food coma brought on by a festive Thanksgiving holiday! The big news last weekend was that Sony was the target of a cyber attack that is rumored to be the work of North Korean hackers teaching the big studio a lesson for their involvement with the upcoming Seth Rogan/James Franco […]
It makes sense that Joan Chen, the renowned actress and filmmaker who has been working in both the Hollywood and Chinese film industries since she was 14 years old, is especially curious about what young Americans think about China these days. So curious that she’s the head contest judge of the 1990 Institute’s newest education […]
By Dino-Ray Ramos After six weeks on air, ABC announced the cancellation of “Selfie,” the romantic comedy starring John Cho and Karen Gillan. In the show, Gillan plays Eliza, an Insta-monster who thrives on her social media fame. When an embarrassing video of her goes viral, her Facebook/Twitter/Snapchat reputation is compromised. She then decides she […]
By Ada Tseng The actor and martial artist Li Lianjie, known internationally as Jet Li, was already a national wushu champion as a teenager in China before he made his film debut at age 19 in 1982′s “Shaolin Temple.” In the next three decades, he would make over 40 films in both the US and […]
By Ada Tseng The big news last week was that “Selfie,” starring John Cho and Karen Gillan was canceled by ABC. Oddly, the show that polarized audiences — the name itself was a source of disagreement — was just starting to hit its stride, and it seems like the most love it’s gotten so far […]
Chris Cosentino, chef at Porcellino and founder of Salumeria Boccalone, shares his views, inside tips and other thoughts about Asian-influenced cooking.
We lead off this month’s new releases with the long-awaited 20th film from director Wayne Wang (“The Joy Luck Club”, “Last Holiday”), and his first documentary, “Soul of a Banquet,” an intimate portrait of chef Cecilia Chang.