The SXSW Conferences ended almost 10 days ago, and the press coverage is still trickling through. We already reported about the strong Asian American film representation at the SXSW Film Festival, including the world premieres of KTOWN COWBOYS and TWINSTERS among others, the real spotlight at SXSW is the massive music conference, which continues to overshadow both the film and interactive conferences, with over 2,000 bands from around the world congregating in Austin, officially and unofficially, to get noticed with the numerous fans and music reps who are there to see the next wave of potential superstars.
“Some parts of America are still very racist,” said Daniel Park, the filmmaker and social media chief for Far East Movement over a Soon Dubu meal in Koreatown. “We got posts about how some people said they really liked Far East’s music but as soon as they found out that they were Asian they weren’t interested. When you listen to Far East Movement’s music, you really can’t tell they’re Asian. But then it became a different matter when some people found out they were Asian…”
Daniel’s comment stuck in my mind right before I started making White Frog (premiering this week at the SF International Asian American Film Fest). And that comment made me even more psyched and excited to continue my unofficial Asian American soundtrack project that I started on The People I’ve Slept With. With White Frog, I was proudly and fully able to put the entire soundtrack of diverse genres and sounds from Christian rock to hip hop with entirely Asian American artists.
So as our readers know, some of the YOMYOMF crew headed down south this past weekend for the San Diego Asian Film Fest where we announced the five winning finalists of our INTERPRETATIONS Film Initiative: Aldous Davidson, Kha Do, Keith Eng, Andrew Oh and Joey Yee.
The finalists were announced at the fest’s big gala dinner on Saturday night. Guest Offender David Henry Hwang (Tony Award-winning writer of M. Butterfly) and INTERPRETATIONS commissioned filmmaker Danny Pudi (Abed on NBC’s Community) presented awards to the three finalists in attendance: Aldous, Andrew and Joey (Keith and Kha will receive their awards by mail).