Thursday February 18 6pm at Asian Arts Initiative, 1219 Vine Street Philadelphia. FREE Admission.

We love Aziz Ansari’s hilarious and incisive new Netflix series Master of None, exploring the personal and professional life of the character Dev, a 30-something Asian American actor in New York. Join us for a roundtable with filmmaker/curator Sara Zia Ebrahimi (Bailout), writer Sameer Rao (Color Lines), critic Peter X. Feng (Univ. of Delaware), and Arjun Shankar (camra, Univ. of Pennsylvania) to discuss social themes raised by the show. Jacqueline Sadashige of the Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival will moderate.

Panelist Bios:
Sara Zia Ebrahimi is a curator of film, visual art and new media and for over a decade has produced film screenings and exhibits in the Philadelphia area. She has worked as a consultant with Independent Television Service (ITVS) and with individual independent filmmakers on their engagement and outreach campaigns. Currently, she works as a Social Media Specialist at American Friends Service Committee (AFSC). A MFA graduate of Temple University, her own short films have screened internationally and been awarded grants from Chicken & Egg Pictures, Rooftop Films and the Leeway Foundation. In Spring of 2015 she released her first web series, Bailout, which she wrote and directed.

Dr. Peter X Feng received his B.A. in American Studies from Yale University and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Film Studies from The University of Iowa. Dr. Feng is the author of Identities in Motion: Asian American Film & Video (2002), and the editor of two collections: Screening Asian Americans (2002) and Chinese Connections (2009). He has published articles in Cinema Journal, Cineaste, Amerasia Journal, Jump Cut, Camera Obscura, and elsewhere. Dr. Feng teaches courses in Theory, Asian American Literature, and Film Studies at theUniversity of Delaware. He is currently working on a book about the Television Industry.

Sameer Rao is a reporter and blogger for Colorlines, focusing on culture news. As a freelance writer, Sameer’s work has appeared in Stereogum, VICE’s Noisey, Under the Radar, Splitsider, Philadelphia City Paper, WXPN’s The Key, PhillyVoice, the Public School Notebook, and Independent Restaurateur. His writing primarily focuses on music, comedy, theatre, film, social entrepreneurship, race, media, gender, critical theory, pop culture, and where all of those things intersect. Sameer is a graduate of Haverford College and Bryn Mawr Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research, and he has also worked as a non-profit marketing coordinator, case worker, and community organizer. He’s on Twitter at @amancalledsrao.

Arjun Shankar is a teacher, writer, researcher, and mediamaker, unabashedly curious, and intellectually promiscuous. Having recently completed his phD in Anthropology and Education, he is currently on a three-year postdoctoral fellowship at University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Policy and Practice, in “Curiosity: A Transdisciplinary Approach”. His research brings together theories in globalization and urban development, literary and digital ethnography, and critical pedagogy. He has collaborated on several participatory film and photography projects and he teaches courses on participatory film, social change, and globalization at Penn.

Jacqui Sadashige (Moderator) received her BA from Amherst College in English and Fine Arts, an MA in English from Indiana University, and her MA and PhD in Classical Studies from the University of Pennsylvania. Jacqui is currently a Senior Lecturer for the Critical Writing Program at the University of Pennsylvania where she teaches writing seminars that address race and popular culture, with an emphasis on film. Her scholarly interests focus on the ways in which popular culture reflects and refracts our views on race, gender, and species. In addition to teaching and writing about popular culture, Dr Sadashige is also a staff member of the Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival, a local fitness professional, and an Elephant Ambassador for the Save Elephant Foundation in Thailand.

Mike D. An Honoree 2/16


Tuesday February 16 at Fire And Ice, 312 Market Street in Old City.

If you missed our Summer Networking Party you do not want to miss this one. Our last event had over 500 in attendance, and we expect no less for the Winter Soiree (Mixer). Come and meet and network with your film colleagues in an environment catered towards the film industry.
The Office of City Councilman At-Large David Oh, The Black Film Advisory Committee, a committee of members from prominent media, film and art backgrounds, will host an event geared towards Black and minority filmmaking in Philadelphia. Located at the Fire & Ice, the committee aims to bring professionals in film and various filmmaking mediums, to inspire, network and educate filmmakers on how to get to the next step.

Black Film Advisory Committee Mission:
The Black Film Advisory Committee is an initiative stemming from Councilman David Oh’s committee on Global Opportunities and Creative and Innovative Economy. The Black Film Advisory Committee will create opportunities for Black filmmakers and increase a space for diversity in art in Philadelphia. One of the committees’ main objectives is to make Philadelphia a hub for aspiring filmmakers. The Committee will host workshops, seminars and fundraisers that will benefit both Black filmmakers and other minority filmmakers in Philadelphia.

ARRAY Announces ECHO PARK As Latest Acquisition

ARRAY today announced the acquisition of ECHO PARK, official selection of the 2014 Los Angeles Film Festival and eleventh theatrical release for the film collective. ECHO PARK is a lyrical romantic drama that embraces the physical terrain of Southern California and the emotional landscape of love lost and found. Directed by acclaimed celebrity photographer turned filmmaker Amanda Marsalis (Vogue, GQ) and starring Mamie Gummer (CBS’ The Good Wife, CAKE) and Anthony Okungbowa (The Ellen DeGeneres Show, MOTHER OF GEORGE). ARRAY has acquired worldwide distribution rights. The announcement was made by ARRAY Founder Ava DuVernay.

“We’re excited to introduce Amanda Marsalis and her gem ECHO PARK produced by Anthony Okungbowa to audiences hungry for the work of bold, women directors and filmmakers of color,” explained Array’s Executive Director Tilane Jones.

ECHO PARK takes viewers inside a diverse East Los Angeles neighborhood where residents contend with life and love while being challenged to define themselves in spite of their zip code. Sophie (Gummer) flees from her life of status and security, developing an unexpected romance with Alex (Okungbowa) who is also in search of a new start.

ECHO PARK held its world premiere screening at the 2014 Los Angeles Film Festival and is an official selection of the Ashland Independent Film Festival and Toronto’s Female Eye Film Festival.


The Color of Comedy

Saturday, February 6, 1:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Museum of the Moving Image presents in collaboration with the Black Filmmaker Foundation an afternoon forum on the intersection of race and comedy. Th event will feature a screening followed by a town hall forum of comedians of color who explore how comedy is used as an artistic tool to address social issues. Warrington Hudlin, President of the Black Filmmaker Foundation, is the host and curator of the program.

Screening: A Time for Laughter: A Look at Negro Humor in America
1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m.
Courtesy of Harry Belafonte Enterprises and the Paley Center for Media, the Museum will present a rare public screening Harry Belafonte’s groundbreaking 1967 ABC TV special . The program’s extraordinary cast included Dick Gregory, Redd Foxx, George Kirby, Moms Mabley, Pigmeat Markham, Godfrey Cambridge, and a young Richard Pryor. This TV special was rooted in and reflective of the U.S. civil rights movement of the 1960s.

Forum: Comedians of Color
2:30–4:30 p.m.
This session presents an open discussion forum with a multicultural group of comedians whose humor continues the tradition of comedy as an artistic means of social commentary. Each of the participating comedians will be introduced by a video clip of their work. Comedians include Joyelle Nicole Johnson, Leighann Lord, Mugga, Freddie RicksAlaudin UllahRuperto VanderpoolTim Wynn and Mike Yard

Tickets: $20 (Receive a 20% discount with the code COC20)
Museum of the Moving Image
36-01 35 Avenue (at 37 Street)
Astoria, NY

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