Bad Rap Documentary Follows The Asian-American Struggle Into Mainstream Popularity

Available now on VOD is Bad Rap, a documentary by Salima Koroma. Find it on iTunes, Google Play, VUDU and Amazon. Our review is here – Geek Lab review of Bad Rap.

Hip-hop culture has transcended many racial and cultural boundaries after its founding in the ’70s by African-American and Latino youth in the South Bronx. Since then, rappers have emerged as legitimate pop culture stars around the world and hip-hop’s global movement has become increasingly more diverse. Yet the face of rap in America remains primarily black, brown, and white.

BAD RAP follows the lives and careers of four Asian-American rappers trying to break into a world that often treats them as outsiders.Featuring dynamic live performance footage and revealing interviews, BAD RAP will turn the most skeptical critics into believers.

From the battle rhymes of crowd-favorite Dumbfoundead to the tongue-in-cheek songs of Awkwafina; the unapologetic visuals of Rekstizzy to the conflicted values of Lyricks—BAD RAP paints a memorable portrait of artistic passion in the face of an unsung struggle.

Logan: Noir – One Night Only at the Frida Cinema

Few understand the power of the black-and-white movie. Color creates visual noise that can pull the eye in different directions. Black and white forces your eye to the centers of action.

For one night only, tonight at 9 pm, the Frida Cinema will present this year’s hit film. Logan. in beautiful black and white.

Set in a bleakly familiar near-future, the latest installment of the X-Men franchise finds a weary Logan (Hugh Jackman) caring for an ailing Professor X (Patrick Stewart) at a remote outpost on the Mexican border. His plan to hide from the outside world gets upended when he meets young mutant Laura (Dafne Keen) with whom he finds much commonality. When dark forces set out to capture her, Logan must overcome both physical and emotional pain to save her.

‘The Gifted’ Trailer Brings the X-Men Universe to Fox TV

A family is forced to go on the run with a couple’s children display mutant powers. Written by Burn Notice’s Matt Nix and directed by X-Men helmer Bryan Singer, The Gifted comes this fall to Fox TV on Monday nights.

The cast includes: Stephen Moyer, Amy Acker, Sean Teale, Jamie Chung, Coby Bell, Emma Dumont, Blair Redford, Natalie Alyn Lind, Percy Hynes White

Be the Cure for Cancer Patients – Mixed Match – Filmmaker Interview

Mixed Match is an important human story told from the perspective of mixed race blood cancer patients who are forced to reflect on their multiracial identities and complex genetics as they struggle with a nearly impossible search to find bone marrow donors, all while exploring what role race plays in medicine.

Alan Ng speaks with director Jeff Chiba Stearns and producer/subject Athena Asklipiadis about the film and this important cause. The interview took place at the 2017 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival.

Cardinal X – Geek Lab Interview with Writer/Director Angie Wang

Cardinal X is the story of a damaged Asian American girl from the wrong side of the tracks is accepted into a prestigious university, only to succumb to her personal demons. She begins synthesizing MDMA and becomes one of the largest distributors of Ecstasy during the mid-1980’s. Inspired by true events from writer/director Angie Wang.

Alan Ng from the Geek Lab spoke with Angie Wang during the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival. We spoke about her film and the filmmaking process.

Cardinal X stars Annie Q as Annie and Francesca Eastwood as Jeanine.


The Frida Cinema Presents ‘The Seventh Art Stand’ and Other Anti-Islamophobia Films

From Monday, May 8 through Sunday, May 14, The Frida Cinema will be joining over 50 cinemas across the U.S. in The Seventh Art Stand, a nationwide screening series presented by cinemas, museums, and community centers in 25 states, as an act of cinematic solidarity against Islamophobia. These films highlight many of the issues faced by the Muslim community, as well as the Middle Eastern community in general, both in the Middle East and in the United States, and will range from dramas to documentaries to short films.

Organized by distribution company Abramorama, independent Seattle film arts center the Northwest Film Forum, and writer/director/political organizer Vivian Hua, the Seventh Art Stand calls on the “seventh art of Cinema” (the other six being Architecture, Sculpture, Painting, Music, Poetry, Dance, and Performance) to do its part to share some of the stories, histories, and culture captured by filmmakers around the world about Middle Eastern communities and the Islamic faith, at a time when the “Muslim Ban” and other policies and political narratives have led to an increase in disinformation, and ultimately, violent actions against Muslims, and individuals from the Middle East in general.

Doris Yeung Interview – Writer/Director of ‘Taxi Stories’

Taxi Stories is an entrant in the Narrative category of the 2017 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival.

In an increasingly economically polarized and virtually connected 24 hour Asia, a closeted Beijing taxi driver, a pregnant Hong Kong trophy wife, and a Jakarta underage bajaj driver struggle to connect despite the constraints of their social class.

From the 2017 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, Alan Ng speaks with writer/director Doris Yeung about her film, Taxi Stories and the independent filmmaking process.

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