Stoned

Sharon Stone is an idiot. Can we boycott her movies here as well? Oh, wait, I think they kind of boycott themselves. If you hadn’t seen the articles, here is an incredibly insensitive quote from Ms. Stone regarding China’s recent misfortune :

“And then all this earthquake and all this stuff happened, and I thought, is that karma – when you’re not nice that the bad things happen to you?”

CAPE New Writer’s Award

It’s that time of year again. Submit your screenplay to CAPE New Writer’s Award.

From CAPE:

LESS THAN 2 WEEKS LEFT ‘TIL DEADLINE FOR THE 9th ANNUAL CAPE (COALITION OF ASIAN PACIFICS IN ENTERTAINMENT) NEW WRITERS AWARDS IN  FILM  & TELEVISION  SPONSORED BY  FOX ENTERTAINMENT GROUP!

THE DEADLINE IS MAY 30, 2008

Winners of the CAPE Foundation New Writers Awards will each receive a cash prize of $4,000, Final Draft software, a staged reading of their script and opportunities to meet/pitch to seasoned entertainment executives.
 
Previous winners include filmmaker Alice Wu (SAVING FACE) and Young Il Kim, whose winning script HYUNG”S OVERTURE was optioned by producer and CAPE Board of Advisor member, Teddy Zee (PURSUIT OF HAPPYNESS).

CAPE’s Board of Advisors include distinguished executives and artists such as Ang Lee, John Woo, Terence Chang, Dean Devlin, Warrington Hudlin, David Henry Hwang, Lou Diamond Phillips, Richard Sakai, B.D. Wong, Chris Lee, Fritz Friedman, Janet Yang and Teddy Zee.

For more info
http://www.capeusa.org/NewWritersAward.html

For downloads,  please go to:
http://www.capeusa.org/NWA_Downloads.html

CASTING CALL

I just got this from my friend Tze Chun. It looks like a good opportunity for the right kid. I remember how hard it was trying to find kids to audition for “The Motel.” If you have any nieces, nephews, etc., encourage them to try out. It’s an educational experience that can’t be found anywhere else. I also remember how much trouble I had convincing Chinese parents that this was actually a good thing for them to do instead of sending their kids to math camp. I think this could be a major feature film in the Indie world. Support Asian American film!

“THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT”

INDEPENDENT FEATURE FILM

Audition Dates: May and June 2008
Shoot: July / August 2008
Location: New York City (and Boston for 3 leads)

Writer-Director: Tze Chun
Producer: Mynette Louie

SYNOPSIS: Two young children are left to fend for themselves when their mother is arrested for unwittingly taking part in an illegal pyramid scheme.  Based on Tze Chun’s own award-winning short film, “Windowbreaker,” which premiered at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival, “The Kids Are Alright” is a drama about the influence of an adult world on children, the immigrant mentality, and shortcuts to the American dream.  For more info, visit http://www.tkaa-movie.com.

HOW TO SUBMIT: Electronic submissions only.  Email headshot and resume to tkaa.casting@gmail.com.

CHARACTER BREAKDOWN:

** CHINESE ROLES: **

[RAYMOND CHENG]  Boy, 6-12, Chinese American: Thoughtful, imaginative, verbal. Speaks fluent English.

[TINA CHENG]  Girl, 5-9, Chinese American: Looks up to her brother. Very talkative around people she knows, shy around people she doesn’t. Speaks fluent English.

[ELAINE CHENG]  Female, 30-35, Chinese: A determined single mother. Tenacious. Won’t take no for an answer. Immigrated 12 years ago from Hong Kong. Speaks with a slight Chinese accent. Speaks fluent Cantonese with no accent. Is hard on her kids at times, but does everything for them. A survivor.

[MICHAEL LEE]  Male, 40s-50s, Chinese: A sweet businessman. He’s active in the community and always trying to find ways to help people. Probably immigrated from Hong Kong, China, or Taiwan in his twenties. He’s the kind of guy who started with nothing and built his business brick-by-brick.

[CHARLES CHENG]  Male, 30s, Chinese: Raymond and Tina’s absentee father. He lives in Hong Kong, and communicates with the kids long-distance. He’s got a temper. Speaks fluent Cantonese with no accent.

[DORIS]  Female, 50s, Chinese: Elaine’s mother-in-law. Used to a comfortable life. Is protective of her grandchildren, and doesn’t think Elaine’s a good influence. Speaks fluent Cantonese with no accent.

[GREAT GRANDPA]  Male, 70s, Chinese: Raymond and Tina’s great-grandpa.  He’s thin, kind, and has Alzheimer’s.  He speaks very little English.  He spends most of his life in his tiny Chinatown apartment, living in the past.  Ability to speak Taishan or Fukian dialect a plus.

[LINDA GAU]  Female, 50s, Chinese:  Linda is down-to-earth and pragmatic.  She wants what’s best for her kids, but sometimes has trouble saying no.  She’s seen a lot in her life, and she always approaches personal and business interactions with a healthy bit of distrust.
 
[SUSAN GAU]  Female, mid-late 20s, Chinese American:  Susan and her mother live in Castle Square, the Chinatown projects.  She went to local college, got married, and has a young child.  She has bills to pay and wants to make money very very quickly.  She’s a bit more naïve about the way the world works.

[NANCY]  Female, late 30s-40s, Chinese: One of Elaine’s co-workers in the pyramid scheme.  High-strung.  Competitive. 

[ROSEMARY]  Female, 40s, Chinese:  One of Elaine’s co-workers in the pyramid scheme.  A smart, savvy, businesswoman.  Dresses and acts very Chinese, but able to work with Americans. 

[MRS. CHOW]  Female, 50s, Chinese: New immigrant to the US.  Came over to be with her son, who works in finance.  Not happy with the weather and lifestyle in the US.  Constantly bickering with her husband.  Speaks fluent Mandarin or Cantonese with a Mandarin accent.

[MR. CHOW]  Male, 50s, Chinese: New immigrant to the US.  More reasonable than his wife.  Speaks fluent Mandarin or Cantonese with a Mandarin accent.

[FELICIA]  Female, 20s-40s, Chinese: Works as a real estate broker.  The kind that is constantly showing houses but never selling or renting anything.  We get the feeling she’s just trying to get out of the house.  (We are looking for a character actor here, someone compelling and quirky, who we can get to know in just one short scene.  We are less concerned with a specific physical ‘type.’)

 ** NON-ASIAN ROLES: **

[BETTY CARDELLINI]  Female, 30s-40s, Caucasian: Betty’s a warm housewife-type who does some pyramid scheme businesses on the side.  Her overall demeanor is down-to-earth, confident, and very maternal.

[DAN KRAUSE]  Male, 30s, Caucasian: Good-looking, likeable.  Always trying to do the right thing, but has an opportunistic side.  He’s overworked at his desk job at the Department of Social Services. 

[ROB THE SALESMAN]  Male, late 30s-40s, Caucasian: Rob is charismatic, quick-thinking.  He can pour his heart into a presentation.  He’s good one-on-one or in front of an audience.  Slight Boston accent.

[STAN TORRES]  Male, 20s-30s, Latino: The police officer who plays bad cop to McCarthy’s good cop routine. 

[MRS. CUTTER]  Female, early 30s, Caucasian: A sweet suburban wife who has two kids, a loving husband. 

[LUCY WHITE]  Female, late 20s-early 40s, Caucasian: A housewife who’s just starting to get into pyramid schemes.  She’s sixth-generation American.  Very nice, but somewhat naïve seeming.  (We are looking for a character actor here, someone compelling and quirky, who we can get to know in just one short scene.  We are less concerned with a specific physical ‘type.’)

[MCCARTHY]  Male, 40s-early 50s, Caucasian: A seasoned police officer used to working in plainclothes.  He’s street smart.  His rough-and-tumble appearance is tempered by a paternal side.  He’s the family man who happens to have a tough job that’s made him tough.  Boston accent.

[BRUCE WILSON]  Male, 40, Caucasian: A tough survivor.  He’s participated, promoted, and been burnt by dozens and dozens of business opportunities, but he’s always up for the next one. 

[TONYA FIELDING]  Female, 30s-50s, any ethnicity: A very intelligent public defender.  Not easily intimidated.  Wears power-suits.  At home she could be a mom, a single woman, we don’t know.  At work, she’s all business. 

[CORNIGAN]  Male, 30s, African American: A social worker.  Nice, with a great smile.

[WOMAN]  Female, 30s, Caucasian:  A pretty brunette with a short haircut.  She usually works behind a desk at the federal trade commission.

[POLICE WOMAN]  Female, 30s-40s: A tough-looking police officer.  She’s got short hair, a square jaw, and broad shoulders.

[GIRL #1 and #2]  Girls, 7-11, Caucasian: These two are best friends or sisters. 

[BLOND KID]  Boy, 6-10, Caucasian: A cute, confident kid.  

[STORE MANAGER]  Male, 20s, any ethnicity:  A not-too-nice store manager who berates Elaine for leaving her kids at a toy store for a couple hours.  Ability to do a Boston accent a plus.

[TELLER]  Female, 20s-30s, any ethnicity: A bank teller.

[WAITRESS]  Female, 20s-50s, Caucasian: A waitress.

** ADDITIONAL SPEAKING ROLES (unpaid): **

NYC:
Male Teacher
Hotel Receptionist
Operator (voice only)
Deli Guy
Teen Stockboy (drugstore)
Checkout Lady (drugstore)

BOSTON:
Conductor
Information Lady
Young Woman Jogging
Hot Dog Guy

 ** EXTRAS (unpaid): **

NYC:
Desperate Americans
Hotel patrons
Tony, 22, Asian
Black, white, hispanic, Asian kids
Kyle, 6, white
Tania, 7, white
2 electricians
Kyle Cardellini, 50, white
Cardellini partygoers
Boys, ages 8-10, white
Old Chinese couple
Young Chinese man
Indian couple
Young black man in suit
Young hispanic couple
Phil, 40, white
Hotel manager
4 social service employees

BOSTON:
Female sheriff, white
2-3 movers, male, Asian
Sketchy guy
Mother/father + 10-yr-old son, white
2 black kids, 7-11
Commuters
Transit employee
Young couple
Drunk
Pedestrians at Fanueil Hall
Punks, hoodlums, bums in Boston sts

Use bystanders present on shoot day

ABOUT THE FILM:

LOGLINE: Two young children are left to fend for themselves when their mother is arrested for unwittingly taking part in an illegal pyramid scheme.

SYNOPSIS: After being evicted from their home, the Cheng family finds that times are tighter than ever.  Hardworking single mom and recent Boston transplant ELAINE (35) tries desperately to find the means to support her young children, RAYMOND (10) and TINA (6).  They move illegally into a model apartment in an unfinished building, but try to maintain a normal life.  While Elaine juggles a number of jobs, Raymond and Tina become latch-key kids, taking care of themselves and finding amusement in building childish inventions.  When Elaine is arrested for unwittingly taking part in an illegal pyramid scheme, things take a turn for the worse.  Nobody knows the kids are home alone, and they are left to fend for themselves.  Without any communication from their mother, little Raymond hatches a plan — to take the long trek from the suburbs to downtown Boston, withdraw his family’s life savings from the bank, start a business selling his inventions, and take care of his sister.

Based on Tze Chun’s own award-winning short film, Windowbreaker, which screened at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival, The Kids Are Alright is a drama about the influence of an adult world on children, the immigrant mentality, and shortcuts to the American dream.

LOCATIONS: New York, Boston
SHOOT DATES: July /August 2008
FORMAT: HD
RUNTIME: 100 min.

Korean American Survey

Just got this in the email box:

(한국어 안내문은 아래 있습니다 — 꼭 읽어 주시기 바랍니다)

Dear Community Leader:

We ask for your assistance in participating and distributing the Korean American National Survey. The online and Korean language media outlet campaign officially launched May 1, 2008 and runs until the end of the month. The goal of the Korean American National Survey (KANS 2008) is to create the first and largest-scale comprehensive portrait of the Korean-American community across the nation with approximately 10,000 respondents!

The survey is completely bilingual and takes approximately 15 minutes to complete. The resulting database of information will be the largest-ever for Korean Americans and will be made available as open source, impacting scholars, community leaders, non-profit agencies as well as U.S. and Korean government agencies trying to better understand and serve Korean Americans.

To participate in the survey, please go to: www.koreanamericannationalsurvey.org or www.kansurvey.org .

To encourage participation we have prepared some raffle prizes. One must complete the survey to be eligible and prizes include:
 

– 2 Free Roundtrip Tickets to Seoul, Korea (1st prize – 1 winner)
– 1 Big Screen Television (2nd prize – 1 winner)
– 1 iPod (3rd prize – 5 winners)

Korean-Americans have traditionally been UNDER-counted in most surveys, including the comprehensive US National Census. Having a large-scale database for our community, such as this, will go a long way towards increasing our community’s power to advocate for more federal and state services as well as corporate marketing dollars!

Please assist us by reaching out to your networks and organizations in distributing and encouraging participation in this survey! The most easily distributed format will be online – but we are more than happy to provide hard copies to those who request them. Thank you again for your assistance and let us know if you have any questions.

Below is language about the survey in Korean.

2008년 5월1일자로 론칭이된 “재미한인전국조사” (Korean American National Survey: KANS 2008)는 한달간 집중적으로 미국전역에 있는 한인계를 대상으로 진행됩니다. 종합적인 이번 설문조사는 최소한 1만명의 설문응답을 목표로 하고 있어 – 최대 규모의 재미한인 조사가 되며 이에따라 앞으로 정부, 사회, 교육기관에게도 크게 영향을 미치게 됩니다.

주요 설문방식은 온라인에 응답하는 형태 로 www.koreanamericannationalsurvey.org 또는  www.kansurvey.org 에 접속하시면 됩니다. 설문을 완성하시는 데에는 약 15-20분정도의 시간이 소요되고 한글과 영어가 병용되었습니다. 인쇄된 설문지를 따로 원하시면 저희 사무실로 연락을 주시기 바랍니다.

설문을 완성하시는 분들에게는 경품을 얻으실 기회가 있으니 적극 권합니다! (조사에 참여하여 재미한인에대한 이해도 높이고 경품도 타고!~)
– 한국왕복항공권 2장 (1등 1명)
– 대형 스크린 TV 1대 (2등 1명)
– 애플 아이파드 1개 (3등 5명)

역사적으로 재미한인들은 이러한 조사에 협조하는 비율이 저조해 통상 정보를 중요시하는 미국정부 또는 기업들의 관심 밖에 남게 됩니다. 이번 설문조사에 응하시고 주위에 있는 여러분들에게 많이 알려주셔서 한인사회의 목소리를 높이는데 기여해 주시기 바랍니다! 감사합니다.

이 제훈

Je Hoon Lee, Ph. D.
Director
Center for Asian Pacific Leadership and Research Associate Professor
School of Social Work
University of Southern California
Tel. 213-743-2059 Fax: 213-743-2050 Cell: 213-268-5564
Email: jelee@usc.edu leejehoo@hanmail.net spartanlee1@gmail.com

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