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Catching Up: Santana, Taj Mahal and a déjà vu ‘Blue Christmas’

Posted by Ben Fong-Torres - on Tuesday, 27 December 2011

Catching Up: Santana, Taj Mahal and a déjà vu ‘Blue Christmas’
By Ben Fong-Torres It’s short shrift time. I have a life that’s ripe (and slightly wrinkled) for blogs and tweeting; for facebooking and updating. I’m just no good at it. My last column here on AsianConnections was about the memorial in late July for my sister Shirley. My last posting on the authors’ site, Redroom, was about a radio promo tour I did (20 stops, all on the phone in my home office) for my Eagles book. On my own home page, the last thing was about hanging with...

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July 16-28 Oscar® Nominee The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom airs on HBO

Posted by Lia Chang on Monday, 16 July 2012

On March 11, 2011, the Great East Japan Earthquake struck off the coast of Japan, leaving 15,372 people confirmed dead and 7,762 reported still missing. In the wake of the largest earthquake in the country’s history, some people drew the courage to revive and rebuild from cherry-blossom season, which began within weeks of the tragedy.

Oscar®-nominated this year for Best Documentary Short Subject, The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom shows how nature can be a rejuvenating – as well as a destructive – force when it debuts Monday, July 16 (10:00-10:40 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO. Directed by Lucy Walker (the Oscar®-nominated documentary feature “Waste Land”), this poignant film debuts immediately after the debut of the SXSW Film Festival hit “Birders: The Central Park Effect,” which offers a different look at how nature touches people.

            Other HBO playdates: July 18 (12:15 p.m.), 24 (4:15 p.m.) and 28 (6:00 a.m., 3:15 p.m.)

            HBO2 playdate: July 18 (9:00 p.m.)

The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom is a stunning visual poem about the ephemeral nature of life, and the healing power of Japan's most beloved flower. The nation is transfixed by cherry blossom season, which runs from late March through April, with many people tracking the blossoms’ short lifecycle and attending “hanami,” or viewing parties, with family and friends.

Walker had originally planned to visit Japan to make a film about cherry-blossom season, but on March 11, 2011, while she was making final preparations for her trip, a magnitude 9.0 earthquake struck, triggering tsunami waves of up to 133 feet on Japan’s northeastern coast. Initially unsure whether to continue, she flew to Tokyo with a small film crew and headed north to the...

Jeremy Lin plays in-home scavenger hunt with Jimmy Kimmel via Skype

Posted by Suzanne Kai on Thursday, 14 June 2012

Jeremy Lin plays in-home scavenger hunt with Jimmy Kimmel via Skype

                                                                                                                                                                                    

June 12, 2012

TV late night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel sent NBA stars Jeremy Lin and Roy Hibbert on an in-home scavenger hunt via Skype. During the contest Lin confirmed his knee was "good to go" confirming his successful recovering from knee surgery. Click here to view the video excerpt from the Jimmy Kimmel Live talk show. 

 

Jeremy Lin reports on his Facebook page his knee is healed and he's ready to start training again

Posted by Suzanne Kai on Monday, 04 June 2012

Jeremy Lin reports on his Facebook page his knee is healed and he's ready to start training again


Jeremy Lin reported on Saturday June 2 on his Facebook page that his knee is healthy and he's ready to start training again. His Facebook page shows a happy Lin holding a freshly caught marlin, which he caught and released on a vacation in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Photo credit: Jeremy Lin's Facebook page

KABC-TV's David Ono's "Witness: The Power of a Picture" 40th Anniversary of "Napalm Girl"

Posted by David Ono ABC7 News LA on Friday, 01 June 2012

KABC-TV's David Ono's
Witness:  The Power of a Picture


A David Ono - ABC7 Eyewitness News Special

KABC-TV Los Angeles

 

Travel with ABC7 Eyewitness News Anchor, David Ono to Vietnam on the 40th Anniversary of the Pulitzer Prize winning photo “Napalm Girl” which shows an innocent 9-year-old whose clothes were burned off her body by napalm during the Vietnam War.

 

Airing Saturday, June 2, at 6:30 p.m. PST

 

 

Highlights of David Ono's powerful documentary are online at KABC-TV's website. The documentary initially aired on KABC-TV June 2, at 630 p.m. PST. 

A photograph allows us to deeply examine a split second in time.  It’s an opportunity to freeze the world and absorb all the emotions, actions, consequences that are attached to that moment.     Photographer Nick Ut’s “Napalm Girl” did exactly that.  We saw an innocent child whose clothes were burned off her body, running naked, in seething pain.  Children, caught in the cross fire, would forever have an indelible face - Kim Phuc. 
That moment changed us, providing a sobering clarity to...

June 1 - 3 - South Asian Film Festival Wash DC Spotlight: Interview with Samrat Chakrabarti, award winning actor and composer

Posted by Lia Chang on Friday, 01 June 2012

June 1 - 3 - South Asian Film Festival Wash DC Spotlight: Interview with Samrat Chakrabarti, award winning actor and composer

This weekend, Samrat Chakrabarti is one of the special guests at the inaugural Washington D.C. South Asian Film Festival (DCSAFF 2012), sponsored by Ceasar Productions, which runs from Friday, June 1st, through Sunday, June 3rd, 2012 at the Universities at Shady Grove in Rockville, Maryland. The Festival brings together a wide variety of films from across South Asia and and includes films in Hindi, Urdu, Marathi, Bengali, and Telegu.

Samrat Chakrabarti Photo by Lia Chang


Samrat Chakrabarti is featured in Ajay Naidu’s Ashes which screens on Saturday, June 2 at noon, Italo Spinelli’s gritty and disturbing Gangor, and Shome Banerjee’s experimental David Lynchian short Hotel New York 2012, which both screen on Sunday, June 3 at noon. Clickhere to purchase tickets.

Shyam Benegal (Director of Well Done Abba!, Zubeidaa, Kalyug), Ketan Mehta (Director of Mangal Pandey, Mirch Masala, Maya), Deepti Naval (Memories in March, Firaaq, Shakti), Rajit Kapur (Guzaarish, Well Done Abba!, Zubeidaa), and Raima Sen (Memories in March, The Japanese Wife, Teen Patti) are scheduled to attend.

The festival kicks off Friday night with an exclusive opening night red carpet gala featuring Shyam Benegal’s classic film Mammo, and continues throughout the weekend closing with Deepti Naval’s directorial...