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4.25.2008

asian american panels at the newport beach film festival

If you happen to be in the vicinity of the Newport Beach Film Festival this weekend, here's a cool event to check out... ALTRA Magazine has teamed up with the Newport Beach Film Festival to kick off their "Asian Films Cinema" showcase, hosting two separate discussion panels to honor successful Asian American media and entertainment professionals in the U.S. They're happening this Sunday, April 27th, 3:15-5:00pm and the Edwards Islands Cinemas – Fashion Island in Orange County. Here are some details:

The first panel is the post-screening Q & A of the Korean American indie gangster drama West 32nd at 3:15pm (the screening is at 2:00pm). Director Michael Kang, producer Teddy Zee, and cast members including Hans Kim will be in attendance. Watch the movie, hear from the filmmakers.

The second panel will feature both successful and rising Asian American professionals, talking about their careers and the media/entertainment industry: Bill Imada (Chairman & CEO of IW Group Inc.), Janet Yang (Producer, Dark Matter, The Joy Luck Club, The People vs. Larry Flynt), Camille Mana (Actress, Smart People, Equal Opportunity), Simon Yin (Actor, VJ of the channel formerly known as MTV Chi), Ron Oda (Writer/Director, Asian Stories (Book 3)).

The panels will be moderated by ALTRA Magazine's Publisher and Editorial Director Nancy Moran. Both events are free and open to the public. For the full list of films and ticket information for the Newport Beach Film Festival, visit the festival website here.