YOMYOMF returns to Hawaii International Film Festival for NEW MEDIA CAMP 2014

HIFF NMC class of 2013

HIFF NMC class of 2013

YOMYOMF is coming back to Honolulu this November to participate at the Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF) with another edition of the NEW MEDIA CAMP (NMC)! Last year’s NMC was a success, where we worked with 6 participants in a 4-day intensive workshop of crafting their own individual viral video. Check out the playlist of last year’s videos.

For the 2014 edition, we’re changing it up a bit and having the participants working together as a team. We’ve also extended NMC to a full week (November 1 – 9) where 6 participants will get hands-on guidance and expertise from professionals in the new media world ranging from successful YouTube partners and content producers, working filmmakers in traditional media, social media experts, and Hollywood actors who will assist in honing their craft in the production of a short film, utilizing the theme of “mobilizing your world.” Past mentors have included director John M. Chu (G.I. Joe: Retaliation), KevJumba, Chester See and Lana McKissack. This year’s NMC, with the generous support of AT&T, Pacific Islanders in Communications (PIC), and interTREND, will also utilize the Hawaiian language in the short film’s story in a major way.

The YOMYOMF Network: Han Lives, Baby!!!!

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Were you sad that Sung Kang’s Han was killed off not just once, but twice—in both Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift and Fast 6? Well, apparently so was Sung and as you will see in this new and final episode of Car Discussion, he’s doing something about it:

Check out all the Car Discussions here.

Temporary Layout or “Why Does the Site Look Weird?”

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Hey YOMYOMF readers, you may notice that our site looks different. This is actually a temporary layout that we’ll be using for the next two weeks or so, as we work on some maintenance under the hood.

And although we are not ready to announce yet, but we’re going to launch “phase two” of our site, which means basically, a revamped site with some new fangled thing-a-ma-bobs, bells and whistles, and some hootin’ and hollerin.’ We’re still in the final stages of planning but 2014 is definitely going to be a year of recharge, a redirection… a Regeneration for YOMYOMF.

First off for new changes, will be a new layout in a couple of weeks! Stay tuned and mahalo (thank you) for sticking with us!

So That’s What ‘Yellow Face’ is Really About

This past summer, the YOMYOMF Network presented the first-ever YouTube adaptation of a play—our fellow Offender David Henry Hwang’s award-winning Yellow Face. All this time, we thought the plot revolved around an Asian American playwright named DHH who mistakenly casts a Caucasian actor as an Asian character in his play and tries to cover it up, but according to this streaming site, boy, were we ever wrong!

Click on image to enlarge

Click on image to enlarge

Yes, according to the description on this site, the story is apparently really about this:

A Chinese-American cop, skilled in martial arts, battles the most powerful criminal gang in San Francisco that is responsible for the death of his partner.

The YOMYOMF Network: Accelerating Yourself HIFF New Media Flavah

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Back in paradise. We kicked off our New Media Camp for the Hawaii International Film Festival’s Creative Lab yesterday with an orientation for our six selected participants and mentors followed by a group dinner at Little Village Noodle House in Honolulu’s Chinatown.

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And today the real work began. The six participants have to shoot and edit their videos over the course of two days (today and tomorrow) with the guidance of their mentors so they can screen at the New Media Camp event this Saturday. So break a leg to our chosen six: Kimee Balmilero, Julia Nakamoto, Aaron Ng, Victor Nhieu, Startlet Shay and Grant Uchida. And to our mentors for providing guidance and support: Luke Aguinaldo, Gerard Elmore, Anson Ho, Ryan Kawamoto, Lana McKissack, Neil Sadha, Ty Sanga and Brian Watanabe. Let the games and lack of sleep and abundance of stress commence…

The YOMYOMF Network: HIFF Part Deux on October 20

YOMYOMF participated in the New Media Academy program at last year’s Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF) and we’ll be back again this year thanks to Offender/HIFF head programmer Anderson Le and our friends at InterTrend Communications.

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John M. Chu

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It will all climax in a FREE event at 1:30 PM on October 20, which will include a new media panel/discussion moderated by YOMYOMF Network Creative Director Philip W. Chung with John M. Chu (director of the film GI Joe Retaliation and the DS2DIO Dance Lifestyle YouTube channel), Lana McKissack (YouTube personality and Internet Icon season 1 runner-up) and executives from InterTrend. So if you’re on Oahu on October 20, join us for what will be a fun and informative event. Info and tickets here.

Add Your Own Caption: I Like ‘Em Young & Raw Edition

If you’re not already following us on Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr, you’re missing out on a lot of extras you won’t find here on our blog including updates on various Offender-related projects (like updates about our YOMYOMF Network on YouTube) and silly, fun things like “Add Your Own Caption.”

This is where we post an image we find online or that our readers forward to us and ask you to write an appropriate caption to accompany that image. And we’ll feature some of the captions here.

This week’s featured caption comes from reader Tom Clancey:

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Spam Musubabi???

So check out our Facebook page for future editions of “Add Your Own Caption”, write your own caption and/or “like” the ones you think are worthy and we may share them here.

Deadline for YOMYOMF & HIFF’s New Media Camp is Sept. 26 (UPDATE)

UPDATE: The deadine has been extended to Oct. 1 at 11:59 PM Hawaii time.

Just a reminder that if you’re a Hawaii resident, a media-maker and at least 14-years-old, you can apply to participate in the Hawaii International Film Festival’s first-ever New Media Camp presented in conjunction with YOMYOMF.

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It’s a FREE four day intensive workshop that’ll take place during this year’s festival from October 17-20. Six people will be selected from the entries to participate in the workshop where everyone will shoot and edit their own video to screen at the festival on October 20. Two of the videos will be selected to also be posted on the YOMYOMF Network YouTube channel.

Click here to apply (also free to apply) and here for the complete rules (and please read carefully before submitting your application). You’ll need to submit a sample of your work and a script or treatment for the project you wish to work on during the NMC. Deadline is 11:59 PM Hawaii time on Sept. 26, 2013 so don’t delay.

The YOMYOMF Network: Global Geekery

YouTube’s Geek Week is now here—six days dedicated to the best Geeky videos on YouTube. Each day has a different theme and ambassador channel and today (Aug 5) is “Global Geekery Day” and YOMYOMF is the channel in charge. Visit YouTube’s Spotlight channel page today for all videos geeky from outside the U.S. with a special spotlight on Asia.

To that end, we’ve produced a special music video for today—“How to be More Asian”—directed by our own Offender Anson Ho. Not only does the video pay trouble to all things Asian and geeky like cosplay, Godzilla, naked sushi, Bollywood dance numbers and more, but it tries to answer the age-old question that many have asked of YOMYOMF—why are we so weird and not more Asian? As you can see, we’re willing to turn over a new leaf:

Add Your Own Caption: Geek Week Edition

If you’re not already following us on Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr, you’re missing out on a lot of extras you won’t find here on our blog including updates on various Offender-related projects (like updates about our YOMYOMF Network on YouTube) and silly, fun things like “Add Your Own Caption.”

This is where we post an image we find online or that our readers forward to us and ask you to write an appropriate caption to accompany that image. And we’ll feature some of the captions here.

Since YOMYOMF will be one of the ambassador channels for YouTube’s Geek Week, which kicks off Sunday (and tune in for our epic Geek Week video on Monday), this week’s photo is appropriately themed and the featured caption comes from reader Timothy Kendall:

“These aren’t the toys you’re looking for”

The YOMYOMF Network: ‘Internet Icon’ is Live!

That’s right—tomorrow (July 27) at 5PM PST, we will be airing the season 2 finale of our hit YouTube competition show Internet Icon live from the beautiful new YouTube space in L.A. All the top 10 contestants will be back to participate, last year’s finalists the Fus and Lana McKissack will premiere a new song honoring this year’s Icons, we’ll crown the winner and much more!

Rehearsals for the live finale.

The event is completely sold-out, but you can watch it live by clicking on here or right here:

And if you miss it live, of course you can watch later at our YouTube channel.

The YOMYOMF Network: Next Up for ‘Yellow Face’—UCLA and TCG (Dallas)

Thanks to everyone who attended the work-in-progress screening of our YouTube adaptation of Offender David Henry Hwang’s award-winning play Yellow Face last week at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Fest. It was a sold-out screening and we were pleasantly surprised to also learn that we had won the Narrative Audience Award (tied with Ke’o Woolford’s The Haumana) at Thurs’ awards ceremony. Thanks to everyone who supported and voted for the film. You can watch the finished film in two parts on June 8 and 9 on the YOMYOMF Network.

If you want more Yellow Face, we’ll be participating in a FREE panel discussion this Weds., May 15 (6-8PM) at UCLA’s De Neve Auditorium. All the info is on the flyer above, but we’ll be having a lively discussion about Yellow Face and how YouTube is impacting the Asian American community and vice versa. The Tony Award-winning writer of Yellow Face himself, the aforementioned David Henry Hwang, will be flying in from New York to appear and he’ll be joined by YOMYOMF Creative Head Philip W. Chung, YF director Jeff Liu, YOMYOMF Network partner/YouTube star Chester See and Internet Icon season 1/top 2 finalist Lana McKissack. Again, the event is free and open to the public but you need to rsvp here in advance.