Job Opportunity

My friend Jane sent me this. If you want to get into the film industry, this could be a good start.

From Jane:


Vacancy:     Marketing and Publicity Manager
Employer:     Glass Half Full Pictures
Location:     New York City
Duration:     Through Film Festival run, starts Immediately

Payment is on a lo/no/deferred basis.
Glass Half Full Pictures is seeking a dynamic, driven, forward-thinking individual with knowledge and/or passionate interest in film marketing and publicity to commit their time, energy and expertise to help launch and sustain a short narrative with an award winning script in national and international film festival circuits.

Interested individuals must be able to multi-task, pitch and network and communicate with ease and flexibility. Excellent writing skills are a must (will prepare press releases, press packets and stills).

Relatable experience or training in the following areas preferred: Marketing, PR, Business, Advertising, Media Planning agencies, Communications, Journalism, Public Speaking, Writing, Journalism, Film History, Film Production.

Apply to: Jane Valentine


I Left My Heart In San Francisco

And if you are in the Bay Area this weekend, come check me out speaking at this Stanford sponsored conference.

Listen to the Silence 2008
12th Annual Asian American Issues Conference

The day begins with an introduction from our prestigious keynote speaker, then continues with various workshops
hosted by student organizations and other professionals. During lunch
there will be an opportunity to network with the speakers attending the
conference as well as a research forum on various Asian American
Issues. After dinner, the conference concludes with a concert in which various Asian American artists will perform. All meals are provided and housing is available for those who request it! Everything is FREE!

Want to help out with LTS, but don’t have a lot of time? That’s fine! Sign up to be a volunteer! Contact Sherry:, or Stephanie:

Please help spread the word about LTS by forwarding this information
out to any organizations or individuals that may be interested, and
encouraging your friends to take part! Your help is much appreciated
and is critical to the outreach of the conference.

To learn how you can get involved, contact the LTS committee chairs.

Novel Idea

If you are in NY, check out this event featuring my co-writer from “West 32nd” Edmund J Lee.

JANUARY 28 7PM * Union Hall (Downstairs)
702 Union Street @ 5th Ave, BROOKLYN


Paula Bernstein is a Brooklyn-based freelance writer whose work has
been published in The New York Times, New York, The Village Voice,
and Redbook, among other publications. Formerly a reporter at Variety
and The Hollywood Reporter, Bernstein recently co-wrote “Identical
Strangers: A Memoir of Twins Separated and Reunited” with Elyse Schein.

Elyse Schein is a Brooklyn-based writer and filmmaker. Her short
films I Steal Happiness and Private Dick have been shown at the
Telluride Film Festival and at cinemas in Prague and San Francisco.

Identical Strangers, which was published in October by Random House,
is the amazing story of two women coming to terms with the strange
and unbelievable hand fate has dealt them, an account that broadens
the definition of family and provides insight into our own DNA and
the singularly exceptional imprint it leaves on our lives.

Edmund Lee is a journalist. He has worked at the Village Voice, the Daily News, and W magazine. His writing has also appeared in the New York Times, New York magazine, Vibe magazine, and Slate, as well as various trade publications and websites. His first produced screenplay, West 32nd, premiered at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival. He is at work on his first novel, Fourth Former. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and daughter.

Dominic Preziosi is a corporate communications specialist who’s written for Forbes, McGraw-Hill, AT&T and other organizations. His most recent fiction appears in Avery, JMWW, Storyglossia, and SmokeLong Quarterly; his short story “Dreamland” was selected for JMWW’s Best-of-2007 print anthology. He is on the faculty of Gotham Writers’ Workshop and lives in Brooklyn with his wife, son, and daughter.

Friday Night In LA

If you aren’t going to check out Undoing tomorrow night, check out this free art show featuring my man Daniel Park:

FEEL GOOD FUSION – A Tasty Blend of Art & Music
Jan 25 (Fri) at 9 PM at The Terrace 443 East Colorado Blvd , Pasadena, CA (Map)
Friday, January 25th
9PM – 2AM
Good Vibes Good Times!!!

DJ’s: DENKYM & SHOKASE on 4 turntables!!
VJ’s: ZACH & GREG mixin video on 6 screens!!
Opening set by: DJ SEANO & DEEYJAYRO
+Special Guests!!
Spontaneous Open Mic + Freestyle Scratch Sessions +
Open floor for Breakers + Beat Showcase!!
18+ for entry
21+ to drink
Every Last Friday of the Month @The Terrace
443 E. Colorado Blvd. (at Los Robles)
Pasadena , CA 91101

We will also be celebrating FRENETIC’s 25th BDAY at Midnight!! Come show some love for the homie as he turns a quarter-century Old!!!!!

Asian On Asian Love

Can this be true? I got this from Angry Asian Man. Is this truly the first time two Asian Americans have kissed on national television? I know Sun and Jin on Lost have kissed but they are Asian. I too have been trying to wrack my brain for another example.


What in the world… can this really be? Lucy Liu’s character on Cashmere Mafia, Mia, romantically involved with an Asian man? A real, flesh-and-blood Asian American man? That’s Lucy Liu and Jack Yang as Jason Chun, who appeared on Wednesday night’s episode.

you get all excited, here’s a little story background. Their parents on
the show apparently set them up on a blind date. Jason says he’s not
really into Chinese girls, and Mia admits she’s only dated two Chinese
guys before—back in junior high. But Mia decides to use him to make her
ex (white guy) jealous. Somehow, the two end up actually digging each
other. And kiss.

Kiss! Can this be television history before our
eyes? Several people have written in claiming that is the first time
two Asian American characters have been shown kissing on prime time
network television. Can this be right? I’ve been wracking my brain for
the last half hour and haven’t been able to come up with anything. If
anyone can think of a reasonable example that proves otherwise, let me
know. I’m curious. Anyway, Jack Yang is slated to appear for another
two episodes… which probably means the relationship won’t last very

Korean American Film Wave

Check it out. Two of my friends have films in theatrical release. Support Asian American film!

First off, Chris Chan Lee’s “Undoing” is finishing up it’s theatrical run in LA at the newly opened ImaginAsian Theater.

“Undoing” Screening info:

Friday, January 25 – Thursday, January 31
Showtimes: 2:00 4:30 7:00 9:30

251 South Main Street
Los Angeles, CA  90012
To contact the ImaginAsian please call (213) 617-1033

** Tickets are available at the Imaginasian Center box office (online ticketing is not available). For details, see:

FRIDAY and SATURDAY 7PM Q&A’s following the screenings
Cast members scheduled to appear: Russell Wong, Tom Bower, Jose Zuniga, Leonardo Nam, Julia Ling, Mary Mara, Rain Chung and
Director Chris Chan Lee (Fri and Sat) & producers of the film
More to be announced soon!

Friday, January 25, 10pm – AFTER PARTY
*Come celebrate with the cast & crew of Undoing and get $5 off admission with your ticket stub
The Cabana Club
1439 Ivar Avenue
Hollywood, CA 90028
This event is hosted by Go Productions and co-sponsored by KoreAM Journal.

Saturday, January 26, 4pm – PRE-SCREENING RECEPTION
Come meet the cast & crew, then walk next door to see the 7pm screening with Q&A!
245 S Main St
Los Angeles, CA 90012
This event sponsored by CAPE, Drinks ‘n Chatter, KoreAm Journal, Lodestone, Plan C Group, and Visual Communications.

Saturday, January 26,  10pm – AFTER PARTY
3470 W 6th St
Los Angeles, CA 90020

(213) 383-0180
This event is sponsored by KoreAM Journal, Drinks ‘n Chatter, Plan C Group, Cape and Visual Communications

For UNDOING Event Updates:

Secondly, my man Jieho Lee’s film “The Air I Breathe” is starting its theatrical run.

From Jieho:

 Dear Friends,

I hope this email finds you all well and starting off 2008 on a great note.  As most of you know, my first feature film “The Air I Breathe” will be hitting theaters soon and I just wanted to give you all a warm shout and ask you to please come out and support the cause — and of course, to help spread the word!!

The film is a low budget indie–but we were able to wrangle a pretty talented cast that includes Forest Whitaker, Brendan Fraser, Andy Garcia, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Emile Hirsch, Kevin Bacon, Julie Delpy, Kelly Hu, John Cho and Clark Gregg. In a nutshell, it’s a noir-driven romantic crime story that is half inspired by the Wizard of Oz, and half inspired by an Asian belief that we are all connected through 4 emotions: happiness, pleasure, sorrow and love.  For a synopsis and more info on the film–please check out our website at:, and also  On our website you’ll find blogs, photos, our trailer and my director’s statement (under director’s blog) that’ll help frame the film for you.

I’m not promising you Shakespeare, but it’s been playing to sold-out theaters on the festival circuit and the audience reactions have been extremely gratifying.  Our film launches next week on Friday, Jan 25 in NYC & SoCAL (LA, Burbank, Pasadena, Irvine, Orange and Santa Monica) — and then wider on Feb 8 in other select cities.  The more butts we get into theaters on opening weekend will determine how wide they release the film–so I’m pulling all my get-out-of-jail-free cards and imploring each and everyone of you to come out on Jan 25 (and bring your friends)!!!!  As an indie, we have very little  money for marketing–and the Writer’s Strike has thrown a wrench in allot of our affordable promotional outlets–which all means that this film will live and die by the viral sword!  So anything you can do to help spread the word will be incredibly helpful to us (I’m encouraging you all to BE that annoying mass e-mailer for once in your life because every hit counts…think of this as a good-karma chain mail

You can find a list of venues /screenings on our website (that will be continually updated) and I will follow up this email on wednesday with a final last blurb with exact times — but for a quick snapshot I’m enclosing the info below:

1) In LA: Laemmle Sunset 5 Theater (Director/Writer Q&A’s on Friday–the evening 6-7-ish screening and the 8-9-ish screening; and the Saturday matinee – exact times to follow on Wed.)
2) In Burbank: AMC Burbank 30
3) In Pasadena: Laemmle One Colorado
4) In Orange: AMC 30 at The Block
5) In Irvine: Regal/Edwards Westpark
6) In Santa Monica: TBD

NYC – JAN 25
1) AMC Empire 25 Theater (Midtown)
2) AMC Village 7 Theater (Downtown)

1) PORTLAND: The Regal Fox Tower
2) SAN DIEGO: AMC Fashion Valley 20
3) SAN FRANCISCO: Sundance Kabuki Theater
4) SEATTLE: Regal Meridan 16
5) CHICAGO: AMC Piper’s Alley 4
7) Other Cities/States pending (AZ, FL, TX)

INTERNATIONAL: Unfortunately, I have not been informed about international venues yet–although I know for certain that it will be playing in Italy, England, Germany, France, Korea and India.  I’m sure there are more countries (last I checked was months ago) so please look out for it!

Thank you all so much for your support–and apologies for the mass email.  You are all the bedrock that keeps things real for me so remember that and tell a friend!!

Hope to see you all very soon, and much Love, Light and Laughter to everyone in the new year~*