#AsAmCreatorRollCall – The 14th Asian Pacific Filmmakers Experience at Sundance/Slamdance

Originally Posted by Visual Communications


The 14th Asian Pacific Filmmakers Experience in Park City that took place during Sundance/Slamdance on January 21, 2018 was an amazing success. Thank you to all those who supported the event this past Sunday.

The day highlighted the 60 plus Asian and Asian Pacific filmmakers who made history once again in Park City with their vast array of remarkable films and creative projects at the 2018 Sundance and Slamdance Film Festivals.

 Kollaboration’s Christine Minji Chang moderates the afternoon panel, “#AsAmCreatorRollCall Fireside Chat” as part of the 14th Asian Pacific Filmmakers Experience in Park City at Kickstarter Lodge (from left): Chang, Tiffanie Hsu, Gingger Shankar, Vivian Bang, Andrew Ahn, and John M. Chu. (Photo: Abraham Ferrer/Visual Communications Photographic Archive)

Additionally, a number of leading API community organizations in the arts and media partnered to showcase our artists, creators, and industry leaders who are bringing it.  In support of the recent hashtag, #AsAmCreatorRollCall, initiated by filmmaker/writer Greg Pak, the day’s conversations kept in sync with this year’s overarching theme.

Dedicated to the remarkable IRENE CHO, who guided the Asian Pacific Filmmakers Experience Committee from 2013 through 2017 – this year’s installment was a true testament to her spirit, fierceness, and absolute dedication to insuring the success of our Asian Pacific cinematic creative community will never be forgotten.

 Visual Communications’ Abraham Ferrer and David Magdael of David Magdael & Associates — the longest-tenured organizing members of the Asian Pacific Filmmakers Experience in Park City — recognize the work of the sadly-missed Irene Cho, a vital member of The Experience organizing team from 2013 through 2017. (Photo: Aubrey Magalang /Visual Communications Photographic Archive)

Special thanks to our incredible speakers: Nina Yang Bongiovi, Andrew Ahn, Gingger Shankar, Tiffanie Hsu, Vivian Bang, and Jon M. Chu, moderater Minji Chang, and welcoming remarks by David Magdael. Unfortunately, Jimmy O. Yang was not able to attend due to an unexpected conflict, but we know he was with us in spirit.

Thank you again for all your support and please mark your calendars for the 15th anniversary in 2019 – always the first Sunday at the Sundance/Slamdance Film Festival in Park City!

Warner Bros.
Center for Asian American Media (CAAM)
Comcast NBCUniversal

Visual Communications
David Magdael & Associates
Asian Pacific Filmmakers Experience Committee
Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment (CAPE)
Pacific Arts Movement
A3 – Asian American Artists Foundation
Asians in Hollywood
AAPI members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences

Karim Ahmad • Andrew Ahn • Vivian Bang • Minji Chang • Irene Cho • Jon M. Chu • Ethan Nicholas Chyung (son of Irene Cho) • Soo Chyung (partner of Irene Cho) • Francis Cullado • Laarni Rosca Dacanay • Susan Jin Davis • Abraham Ferrer • Elisha Gustafson • Karen Horne • Ellen Huang • Alex Hudson • Vince Johnson • Manpreet Kaur • Lin Kung • Grace Lee • Sierra Lee • Kyra Lewis • Bing Liu • Aubrey Magalang • David Magdael • Merissa Magdael-Lauron • David Ninh • Sue Obeidi • Terra Potts • Angela Rawling • Sapana Sakya • Francisco Sanchez • Gingger Shankar • Michelle Sugihara • Mini Timmaraju • Kenji Tsukamoto •  Lansia Wann • Jo-Ann Wong • Alex Wu • Jimmy O. Yang • Nina Yang Bongiovi • Donald Young • Marvin Yueh

You’re Invited to be EMPOWERED

Kollaboration Executive Director Minji Chang invites you to Kollaboration’s inaugural EMPOWER Leadership Conference, taking place on Saturday August 29 2015 at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles, CA. Join us for a day of inspiring keynotes and engaging panel discussions with some of the API communities brightest leaders!

Learn more and register at www.kollabempower.org

Dare to Dream at the Kollaboration Empower Conference

Kollaboration is proud to present our very first annual EMPOWER Conference!

The Kollaboration EMPOWER Conference is an event where API youth & young professionals gather to learn directly from some of the community’s most inspirational professionals. At EMPOWER, attendees will be able to explore a variety of creative career paths, industries, and best practices to apply to making their dreams a reality. This unique experience will bridge communities, generations, industries, and innovative minds.

Exciting Speakers & Panels

Learn from APA leaders and professionals at the top of their game. Topics and focus areas include media production, starting your own company, the relationship between arts & activism, switching careers, and more!

Engaging Interactive Workshops

Become a more effective communicator, team member, and leader through guided workshops covering the arts of storytelling, improvisation, leadership styles, and public speaking.

Inspiring Mentorship Office Hours

Take the opportunity to engage with inspiring leaders from the community in a small group setting.

Find out more at www.KollabEmpower.org and Eventbrite - Kollaboration EMPOWER Conference

Peter Chung Wins Kollaboration Los Angeles 2015!

It was an electric night last Saturday at the Los Angeles Theatre Center as six finalists played their hearts out in front of their community. In the end, it was Peter Chung who would follow up his 2012 win at Kollaboration SF with another victory in his new home, Los Angeles, securing a spot in this year’s Kollaboration Star finale. Special thanks to all of our finalists, Rosy Donovan, Lisa Sonoda, Track IX, Perry & Danielle, and The Will Park for being part of such a special night. Everyone is looking forwards to seeing what everyone does next!

A full recap of the night is coming soon including coverage of the incredible Lip Sync Battle!

In the meantime, make sure to follow all of our talented finalists:

Lisa Sonoda

Peter Chung

Perry & Danielle

Rosy Donovan

Track IX

Will Park



Kollaboration Update – 6/8/2015

On Saturday, June 27, Kollaboration Los Angeles triumphantly returns to Downtown Los Angeles for our 2015 showcase. Join us at the Los Angeles Theatre Center in DTLA for a celebration of Asian American talent and passion! Get your tickets now!

Watch our Global Executive Director Christine Minji Chang chat with Halo Halo​’s host, Kat Iniba on KSCI LA-18!

​Introducing Kollaboration Artists

Arguably one of the largest collections of Asian American talent online. Hundreds of artists have graced our stages over 16 years in 16 cities. We’re working on compiling them all here as an incredible resource for‪ Kollaboration‬ and community. We hope that you enjoy it as much as we’re enjoying creating it!

Get involved with Kollaboration!

Kollaboration has open staff positions for our ​Atlanta, Boston, Seattle, SF and Toronto teams! If you’re interested in contributing to the movement, meeting new friends, & working with amazing artists, apply here: OPEN POSITIONS

Kollaboration Blog – CALLING ALL WRITERS!

If you’re interested in writing about music, film, literature, tech, culture, society & more for the Kollaboration blog, please send an email to: blog@kollaboration.org!

Check out the latest from the KollabCast

Episode 18 featuring Aaron Yeung – Aloha Hot Aaron

Episode 17 featuring Jenny Yang – Tell Us A Story

Episode 16 featuring Travis Atreo – Caveman Selfies


Come check out and participate in one of our local Kollaboration events, now held across the country! Here are some upcoming events:

New York – Kollaboration New York and TAP-NY are teaming up for a laid back karaoke happy hour at Karaoke Boho West4 on Tuesday, June 9th!​
Houston – Kollaboration Houston is proud to be promoting tons of talent and the hottest food trucks in the city at the upcoming Food Truck Park event on June 19th!​
Dallas – Kollaboration Dallas Showcase Auditions are now ongoing! Applications close June 16, CLICK HERE for​ more information.
D.C. – Kollaboration DC is hosting an Open Mic Night this June 27th at The Board and Brew, featuring local artists from the DMV community!


“Mellow Yellow” – Dumbfoundead

Listen to Dumbfoundead’s “Mellow Yellow” produced by Josh Pan. »

“adios, ozone” – Plaitwrights

Watch the official music video for Plaitwrights’ “adios, ozone”. »

“Lean On (feat. MØ)” – Major Lazer & DJ Snake Choreography by KINJAZ

Watch this Kinjaz Collab piece by Mike Fal & Anthony Lee. »


Help keep the Kollaboration movement alive & kicking in 2015! Every little bit helps & we are grateful for your support!


Kollaboration’s Global Executive Director Representing on LA18’s Halo Halo!

Kollaboration Global Executive Director Christine Minji Chang went on LA18’s Halo Halo with Kat Iniba to talk about Kollaboration’s recent award by the City of Los Angeles as well as the many projects Kollaboration has brewing!

More Pictures from the Los Angeles City Hall APAHM Event:

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What’s new on the TRAKTIVIST Playlist – 5/8/2015

Our friends at TRAKTIVIST.com shared with us a list of their favorite new releases from the last few weeks. Take a listen and check out some sweet new tunes from APA artists!

1. ‪Steve Aoki ft. Linkin Park‬ – ‪Darker Than Blood ‬

2. Sam Tsui & Casey Breves – Time After Time (Cyndi Lauper)

3. AWOLNATION – Sail (cover by Kawehi)

4. Liane V – Don’t Be That Guy feat. Honey Cocaine

5. Best Coast – Feeling Ok

6. Towkio – Reflection (Prod. Kaytranada)


7. Jonwayne – Green Light (ft. Anderson Paak)


TRAKTIVIST.COM is the premiere platform to discover, promote, and historically archive music made by Asian Americans. From new releases to undiscovered gems, music will be posted every week for your enjoyment. Check us out at www.traktivist.com

Hear more from the TRAKTIVIST on this week’s KollabCast!

Artists for APAture

Kearney Street Workshop is now looking for artist submissions from the San Francisco Bay Area for its 13th annual multidisciplinary arts festival, APAture. The festival—slated to run from September 26 to October 5 in the San Francisco-Oakland region—is designed to “produce, present, and promote art that empowers” the Asian-Pacific American (APA) community.

Kearney Street Workshop prides itself as being “the oldest Asian Pacific American multidisciplinary arts organization in the country.” Since its founding in 1972, it has offered classes and workshops while also producing exhibitions, readings, screenings, and performances in the hopes of creating a “more just society that fully incorporates [APA] historical roots, cultural values, and contemporary issues.”

The committee is looking for submissions to its book (comics, illustrations), literary (poems, spoken word), musical, performing, visual, and film arts categories until July 7. For more information, visit APAture ’14 or kearnystreet.org.


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(Photo source: www.kearnystreet.org)