It was only last summer when theaters nationwide were hit with a phenomena #AsianTwitter had famously dubbed as #AsianAugust. With that, came the new era of Asian American cinema with the release of films such as Crazy Rich Asians, Searching and To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before.
This summer, another film to add to the list is writer and director Lulu Wang‘s second feature and Sundance darling that is The Farewell; based on a true story and, as its tagline says, based on an actual lie, the film tackles the difficult decision of concealing the grandmother’s impending passing from herself. What happens during this time? How does this family – based on Wang’s own – cope? You’ll have to see the movie this summer to find out.
asienne recently sat down with Lulu Wang to chat about: identity, beginnings, inspirations, her creative vision, The Farewell and what she’s got coming up next.
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In celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, NYC’s Katra Film Series is hosting a one day event this Saturday, May 18th in Brooklyn. The sidebar event is divided into two screening blocks featuring 10 films that center around AAPI stories (more details below). Continue reading “aapi women stories at katra film series in nyc”
Crazy Rich Asians‘ very own Auntie Felicity chatted with asienne about: her acting beginnings, her theatre background, having fun with the Crazy Rich cast, playing host and tour guide for the visiting cast members, eating authentic Asian food in Singapore on the daily, nighttime karaoke-ing and following one’s passion from an Asian perspective.
Here’s asienne’s interview with (another one of) your favorite auntie(s).
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What was your favorite part of Crazy Rich Asians? Was it the romance? The comedy? The Bible Study scene? If you’re familiar with Singaporean theatre, you might have known of her way before her Crazy Rich days. With her background predominantly being on-stage, Selena Tan is back on the big screen once again! & this time in a big way as she stars as Auntie Alix in Crazy Rich Asians.
Here’s asienne’s interview with (one of) your favorite auntie(s).
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If there’s a Filipina director making rounds in Hollywood right now–someone with both an acting and film background–it’s none other than West Palm Beach-born and USC grad, Maritte Go.
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