Posts Tagged ‘Interpretations’

So recently I’ve been reading the new issue of Hyphen Magazine and I just love these writers!  They have so much to share and it goes beyond more than just mere delight of a daily read or entertainment.  As I keep reading these articles of regarding Asian American music, film, events, history, emerging artist, aspiring filmmakers and culture, I’ve learned so much more on the people they highlight, Asian cultures and the stories of these hidden yet successful Asians/Asian Americans.  Yup that’s right…HIDDEN or lesser known.  Often times you don’t hear much about successful Asian Americans in the U.S.  Maybe famous Asian Americans in the entertainment media industry like Justin Lin, Grace Park, WongFu Production, but nowhere else would you hear news like awesome Ukulele player Jake Shimabukuro, Hard working filmmaker James Z. Feng, or the history of Laos and their current situation.  Visit their site for the magazine preview and if you love their articles, I encourage everyone to subscribe to them because their articles ROCK! http://www.hyphenmagazine.com/magazine/current

Jake jamming like there’s no tomorrow [Photo by Aaron Yoshino]

Though some still have trouble pronouncing his last name and the instrument he plays, Jake Shimabukuro (she-ma-BOO-koo-row) is recognized as one of the world’s most exciting and innovative ukulele (oo-koo-LAY-lay) players and composers. From a modest beginning performing at a local Honolulu café, Jake has gone on to play renowned and popular venues and festivals across the world. This past summer Jake added Sweden, Finland, France, Spain, and Brazil to the list of countries he’s performed in. Occasional tours with Jimmy Buffett & The Coral Reefer Band have broadened Jake’s experience, regularly exposing his virtuosity and charming stage presence to crowds of up to 50,000. Speaking of large audiences, Jake has also performed on national television shows such as NBC’s The Late Show with Conan O’Brien, The Today Show, and Last Call With Carson Daly, as well been featured on NPR’s Morning Edition and World Café, Public Radio International’s The World, Sirius/XM’s The Bob Edwards Show, and others.  Energy, imagination, and innovation have been Jake’s keys to success. He plans to continue recording, performing, collaborating, and staying happy. “I love what I do. I’m forever thankful for music.”

Check out and subscribe to Jake’s Youtube Channel @ http://www.youtube.com/jakeshimabukuro
Official site: http://www.jakeshimabukuro.com


Shin-B Kim

Writer Mitchell Kuga from Hyphen wrote an article on a Q&A session with Korean American MC Rapper, Shin-B Kim, and one of the most encouraging words from her about giving advice for other Asian American female rappers breaking into the industry was, “You have to learn to ignore the negativity and surround yourself with good people who will uplift you and give you constructive criticism. Don’t downplay yourself just because you’re an Asian female. If you want to be taken seriously, you have to have confidence that you’re just as good as any male, possibly better.” – Shin-B Kim.

Shin-B Kim Raised in the heart of Koreatown Los Angeles, she grew up as a tomboy playing basketball and eventually, rhyming in mini cyphers with her close male friends. She is a female hip hop MC from LA. She’s performed all throughout the States and toured Korea. She was featured as the main headliner for a widely syndicated radio program in Korea called MBC Music Camp Radio, hosted by the legendary Bae Chul Soo. She has performed with an array of Korean celebrities from hip hop duo, Bae Chi Gi to pop singers, Chae Yeon and Clon. She is featured on Korea’s elite hip hop site, Hiphopplaya.com.
Be sure to visit Shin-B’s Official Site
http://www.shin-b.com/

OH! Lastly, I’ve also learned that Fried Rice doesn’t necessarily mean rice is included. LOL~

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FINALLY!!! I got the film submitted to Interpretations…and now we play the waiting game…..*tick tok tick tok tick tok* Alright screw the waiting game.  Let’s show you guys what I made over the summer!

My Interpretation Film Submission: Choice Made
http://interpretationsfilm.com/members/projectwproduction/

REMEMBER!! The judging criteria is based on originality, creativity, and marketing.  AND SO….please be sure to share this video around.  I made this film dedicated  to the AAPI Community and so I hope to get the communities recognition and make a difference when they see this film.

I do want to apologize for the stretched out video size on the link embedded on the interpretations page.  I ran into a lot of trouble trying to render it down to the lowest quality and keeping it look as nice as possible… I man com on now….20MB is just too small for image quality to look good >.<”  One advice I can give you is try to zoom out your web browser (Ctrl -)  that should make the video box look much better.  Of course as back up I always put all my films and videos on youtube so you can also check it out here for HD 720 quality, BUT!!!!!!! Like I said, the film contest is judged partially on a marketing strategy criteria , so if you want to share my video, please share interpretations link http://interpretationsfilm.com/members/projectwproduction/ instead of my youtube link.  Thank you!!!

Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2IfDs9e7nV4

After such intense drama from my film, lighten up with some laughs on my youtube channel with a Behind the Scenes/Bloopers video of Choice Made.

So it’s been a long while since I’ve updated myself or the production’s upcoming project, but here’s what happened…

Early this summer I was informed by my friend Natalie about a film contest called Interpretations, a short film initiative to encourage aspiring filmmakers to develop their own original and unique voice. Interpretations is hosted by the newest and hottest internet bloggers from You Offend Me You Offend My Family (YOMYOMF), created by Justin Lin and a couple of his actors, writers, and producer friends.

(WOH! WAIT, HOLD THE PHONE!!! Justin Lin? THE JUSTIN LIN that directed FAST & THE FURIOUS 3 AND BETTER LUCK TOMORROW?? THAT JUSTIN???)

Yes…THAT Justin Lin. haha~And I’m so glad to hear about this contest and his recent work not just for Hollywood, but his outreach to aspiring filmmakers through the YOMYOMF blog and Interpretations contest. It is an honor to be apart of this contest and I just hope to set the same goal as Justin is doing which is to inspire more people to make films, tell more stories, and be an inspiration to the community.

HENCE….my summer’s focus was to make a short film under 3 minutes using the script Interpretations has provided which consist of only 4 dialogues. I already shot the film two weeks ago with an amazing cast and crew. SURPRISINGLY I was able to get hold of a special guest star….BRADLEY LUM.

(Wait, BRAD-WHO? Was he that Asian guy on Finishing the Game?) <–*NOTE* Not ALL Asians look alike =_="

No no no… For those of you who are my age or older… BACK IN THE DAYS…you might’ve been very proud of your “AZN Pride” that you would be blasting your music on your Windows 98 using Winamp player listening to the rap song…Tai Mai Shu. THAT’S RIGHT! Bradley Lum = Mr. Tai Mai Shu. The guy who goes to “get a cheeseburger for 29 cents at McDonalds, BABY!!” I was so surprised to be able to meet the Legendary Asian rapper. I swear he is like the very first Chinese rapper I’ve heard rapping during my Jr. High years since MC Jin and I was so proud of my ethnic culture and race LOL. My dear friend Caitlyn (Super Agent Cait) is an agent who knows a lot of Hollywood Asian American actors/actresses such as Art Hsu, Karin Anna Cheung, and many Asian American comedians. Apparently Bradley is now an Asian American Comedian who’s busy running around doing stand up with the Cocky Asian Comedy Tour around the Bay Area and hitting Socal pretty soon, so I am VERY GLAD to have him jump on board for that one day shoot we did. Thank you Bradley!!!

[Bradley on the set for my Interpretations Film]

The film is about 90% done, deadline submission is september 15th. All I’m waiting for now is for my awesome composer Marshall Ha to finish up his epic score, then BAM! I am done! Hopefully things will go smooth, I mean I did spend at least a month writing and rewriting my script, changing things the last min (details on the next film commentary) and find a total of 4 cast and 4 crew members.

I did have fun shooting with everyone, I appreciate their time and effort in helping me pull through everything in just one day which is often times tough to do. But next week should be the official launch of my submission of Interpretations so please stay tune!!! Until then enjoy yourself with Bradley’s old school rap song, Tai Mai Shu!!