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.

FINAL FANTASY XV Teaser will make you want to play RPGs again

I haven’t played an RPG (role playing game) or, for that matter, a FINAL FANTASY game in over a decade. The greatest one is still FINAL FANTASY III, in my opinion. I’ve weaned myself off of video games because, I’d probably lose my job and stay home 24/7. The last time I was obsessed with a game, it was COMMAND AND CONQUER for the PC. I would have been one of those people who met their unfortunate end, playing games like WARCRAFT 24/7.

But this new FF looks pretty effin’ amazing. The graphics are breathtaking. It’s coming out soon and will be available on both PS4 and X-Box One.

Who Ya Gonna Call? Krispy Kreme for These ‘Ghostbusters’ Donuts Which You’ll Then Share with Us

Recently we took a YOMYOMF field trip to watch the 30th Anniversary rerelease of Ghostbusters. The movie’s still great, but what’s even greater are these Ghostbusters-inspired donuts that Krispy Kreme will start offering come Sept. 29:

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There will be two different donut types as described below:

Ghostbusters Doughnut: A marshmallow Kreme-filled shell topped with white icing, a decorative green “splat” inspired by Slimer’s green slime, and topped with a Ghostbusters logo sugar piece.

Stay Puft Marshmallow: A marshmallow Kreme-filled shell topped with white icing, decorated with a chocolate frosting Stay Puft Marshmallow Man face and a sugar piece hat.

Film Festival Dispatch: Toronto International Film Festival 2014

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Ah, SHERLOCK’s Benedict Cumberbatch meeting his “cumberbitches” before the gala screening of THE IMITATION GAME at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) last week. A biopic about the great mathematician Alan Turing who was enlisted by MI6 to crack the Nazis’ enigma code but was years later, convicted of homosexuality (outlawed in UK law at the time) and lived the rest of his days in misery, the film won the coveted People’s Choice Award for Best Narrative Feature, an industry designation and, perhaps, prognosticator of a Best Picture Oscar (previous winners A KING’S SPEECH, SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE and SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK would win Oscar gold). The film is quite good and Cumberbatch will definitely be nominated for a Best Actor.

More Proof Asian Americans Rule the Digital Space

Not that we needed more evidence that Asian Americans rule the digital space, but the Nielsen company released its secondquarter 2014 Cross-Platform Report and much to no one’s surprise found that young Asian Americans watch more videos on computers and mobile devices than any other demographic group (and also to no one’s surprise, we watch the least amount of content on traditional TV).

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Asian Americans ages 18-34 spent on average 51 minutes a day consuming online and mobile content up from 38 minutes during the same period last year. In comparison, African Americans in the same demographic spent 48 minutes per day watching online content while Hispanics clocked in at 35 minutes a day.

When it comes to mobile devices, 82% of Asian Americans has smart phones capable of streaming video compared to 78% of African Americans, 79% of Hispanics and 68% of Whites.

Around the Horn: Simple Genius

Thanks to Wikimedia Commons for the close up shot. I ate the pizza too quickly to shoot it.

Thanks to Wikimedia Commons for the close up shot. I ate the pizza too quickly to shoot it.

Last month I went to New Haven, CT with my husband who was raving about the pizza. It’s been many years but he had been dreaming of going back specifically to enjoy the white clam pizza from Frank Pepe’s – a local joint that has been much lauded for being the best pizza in America (out of the top 101).  He had built up so much anticipation that I was expecting to be slightly underwhelmed. But I gotta say, the first bite was a spiritual experience for me.  The pizza was perfectly charred, crisp on the bottom with a bit of chew to the dough.  The cheese was brimming with briny puddles of clams that packed an umami punch and miraculously did not make the crust soggy.  Seasoned with touches of fresh garlic and oregano, this pizza was so simple, so pure and satisfying.   The pies are wonderfully rustic and oblong, fitting perfectly on an industrial aluminum cookie sheet the size of 24”  flat screen tv.  And, I ended up eating half of that flat screen tv.

I Hate When That Happens: Porn Star Mistakenly Appears on Math Textbook

Thailand-based textbook publisher MuangThaiBook had to recall 3,000 copies of a math textbook after it was discovered that one of the images on the cover came from a porn flick.

xduiuyseqeirpwzvtaohYup, that studious looking female teacher with the glasses holding the folder marked “mathematics” is actually porn star Mana Aoki and the image is from her film “Costume Play Working Girl”. I haven’t watched the movie in question yet but I think it’s safe to say that the subject of math is inconsequential to the plot unless the mention of the number 69 counts.

So how did this happen in the first place? Apparently whoever designed the image found the picture of Aoki online and photoshopped it onto the cover. Only after the book was printed and distributed was the truth discovered.

Mmm…Ramen Donuts

Considering we have everything from ramen pizza to ramen tacos to ramen chicken nuggets, it’s about time someone came up with the next evolution of ramen. And someone apparently has. Behold the ramen donut:

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These are currently available at Osaka Ohsho stores in Japan but I’m sure it’s just a matter of time before they hit our shores.

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A Summer with Children and a Chimp

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This past summer was one of my most memorable summers as I got to work with both animals and children. First, I got to direct a commercial for ACME Bail Bonds. Thanks to my producer and friend Anzhelika who got me the gig. And guess what? They wanted a chimp as the main star.

Guys, I Finally Watched the ‘Saved by the Bell’ Movie & Why Didn’t Anyone Tell Me Screech’s Asian Friend was so Evil?

SIMULACRUMAfter I previously lamented that the universe was conspiring against me from watching Lifetime’s The Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Story, the universe has decided to give me a break and one late night earlier this week (i.e. late last night), I finally had the time to fire up my DVR and spent almost two hours in fake, cheesy biopic heaven.

Yes, the movie isn’t what I’d consider “quality entertainment” but give me a flawed recreation of the Saved by the Bell years over anything that Michael Bay gets paid billions to pull out of his ass every summer movie season. And while Lifetime didn’t surprise me with anything I didn’t already know about the show, there was this:

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Yes, it’s the Asian guy who allegedly turns Screech the actor who plays Screech (hereafter to be known simply as Screech) onto booze and weed after a particularly bad day on the set. Now, I already knew this dude was going to be in the movie based on reviews and social media feedback I had seen, but why didn’t anyone tell me that he played such a vital and, yes, evil role in the story?

Not only is he the guy who gives Screech his first taste of alcohol—via vodka from a flask–but the dude goes on to blackmail Screech to get a role as Tori Spelling’s boyfriend on the show. And that is just all kinds of awesome!

More Anti-Asian Racism in Popular American Comic Books

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Over the years, we’ve shared examples from the long history of comic books of their less than ideal portrayal of Asians (see links to some examples below). The good folks at Crackle recently shared some “shockingly racist scenes” from superhero comics and not so shockingly, a number of them involved Asians. So thought it’d be educational to share some of those scenes here.

Here’s Batman confronting an evil “tricky Chinaman”. And as Cracked points out, Batman lives by a code never to kill, but apparently, that doesn’t apply when it comes to tricky Chinamen:

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And there he goes again, Batman killing more Chinese: