When High School Musical 2 first came out, I vividly remember the moment I found out that Vanessa Hudgens was half-Filipino and ran up to my mother, almost beaming. It was the first moment I saw someone who looked exactly like me in popular American culture.
This new, animated short film boasts two very big things: a stellar cast (featuring the likes of John Legend, Constance Wu, Liza Koshy but also Oprah!) and it’s also the first VR film to feature an indigenous world view. This film is none other than Crow: The Legend which was released just last month. asienne recently spoke with Maureen Fan, head of indie production company–and the studio behind Crow–Baobab Studios about: the legend behind the short film, the animation process, and snagging their stellar cast! Continue reading “asian studio head features native american legend in new short film”
A new film in the horizon is bravely asking the question: how would a Filipino family tackle the difficult conversation around #MeToo especially if it happened to someone within the family? In her new film, actress Tess Paras (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Grimm) tells the tale of a Filipina woman who has to explain to her Filipino immigrant parents the aftermath of her experience. In this interview, she talks about the #MeToo movement from a Filipina perspective and how a Filipino family handles the conversation. Paras stars in and directs the short The Patients which just recently reached their crowdfunding goal.
October 25, 2018, Los Angeles City Hall: FilAmGameChanger Honorary and Filipina Actress G Tongi pictured below with host, Maria Karmina Landicho (Myx) and fellow honoraries, AJ Rafael (singer/songwriter), Ricky Nierva (production designer at Pixar) and PJ Butta (93.5 KDAY host and DJ).
One Fil-Am icon is speaking about mental health and its intricate intersectionalities from culture to sexuality in this candid Q and A where it gets real. This is asienne‘s e-mail conversation with Rachel Leyco:
This is one British Asian’s POV after seeing Crazy Rich Asians the beginning of October. She’s late to the game but in her defense, the London premiere wasn’t until early September. This is a throwback to Crazy Rich from a British Asian perspective.
Looking for a thrill this Halloween weekend? Here’s something to watch (out for): At Your Own Risk. Read more below from this film review written by Syracuse film studies graduate, Cher Joy (cheracuse).