October update

I wanted to update you on my latest film project commissioned by the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM) about Joseph Cao, the first Vietnamese-American Congressman. We just began the editing process, and will continue to follow Congressman Cao through the upcoming November election. Look for the film next Spring on PBS, and we’ll of course keep you updated on any developments. I also wanted to announce that one of our partner organizations, Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP), is celebrating its 20th anniversary and presenting the AAPIP National Philanthropy Summit: Building Democratic Philanthropy on October 20, 2010. This free Summit will include the premiere of a new video about philanthropy and democracy, as well as remarks from key philanthropic leaders, and will be broadcast live on the web, as well as at ‘viewing parties’ in a dozen cities. Check it out and RSVP today! Finally, I wanted to share some information about exciting recent A VILLAGE CALLED VERSAILLES screenings and upcoming events everywhere from Michigan to Mexico, California to Delaware. I just got back from presenting the film at the Imagem dos Povos festival in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, and our Associate Producer, Brittney Shepherd sent this note about her recent A VILLAGE CALLED VERSAILLES screenings in Vietnam!:

Throughout the summer months, A VILLAGE CALLED VERSAILLES had the chance to screen in Hanoi as a part of the Hanoi Cinematheque’s series, Vietnam on Film. Appealing mostly to foregin tourists in Hanoi, the screenings compelled many to take the story of Versailles back to their home countries. And in late August, I screened the film at the Goethe Institute as a part of their educational screening series. A sold out screening to a local Vietnamese audience led to a compelling Q&A following the film.

WHAT: FREE Screening at the University of Pennsylvania WHEN: Thursday 9/30 @ 6pm WHERE: University of Pennsylvania, Claudia Cohen Hall, Room G17 (36th & Spruce), Philadelphia PA 19104 INFO: http://asam.sas.upenn.edu/ FACEBOOK EVENT: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=120324324690111&ref=mf Penn’s Asian American Studies Program presents. Director S. Leo Chiang to attend.
DOVER, DE: WHAT: FREE Screening at Delaware State University WHEN: Thursday 9/30 @ 5pm WHERE: Delaware State University, Martin Luther King Student Center, 200 N. DuPont Highway, Dover, DE 19901 INFO: http://www.doverpost.com/communities/x802538934/Two-day-DSU-symposium-details-Hurricane-Katrina-5-years-later or call 857-6628 This screening is part of the Delaware State University’s College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences’ day and a half symposium titled “Five Years Later: Hurricane Katrina and Global Disasters in the 21st Century.” SACRAMENTO, CA: WHAT: FREE Screening at the Sacramento Public Library WHEN: Wednesday 10/6 @ 6:30pm WHERE: Valley Hi – North Laguna Library, 6351 Mack Road, Sacramento, CA 95823 INFO: http://www.saclibrary.org/?pageId=1299 Director S. Leo Chiang to attend. SANTA CRUZ, CA: WHAT: FREE Screenings at the Pacific Rim Film Festival WHEN: Saturday 10/16 @ 4pm, Tuesday 10/19 @ 1pm WHERE: Sat.- Del Mar Theatre, 1124 Pacific Avenue; Tues.- Rio Theate, 1205 Soquel Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA INFO: http://www.pacrimfilmfestival.org/films/village-called-versailles Director S. Leo Chiang, Associate Producers Eva Moss and Brittney Shepherd to attend. MEXICO CITY, MEXICO:WHAT: DOCSDF Film Festival in Mexico City, Mexico WHEN: Friday 10/22 @ 5pm, Saturday 10/23 @ 2pm, Sunday 10/24 @ 1:30pm WHERE: Fr.- SALA LUMIÈRE, Sat.- CINE LIDO, Sun.- JAIMA CIUDAD UNIVERSITARIA, Mexico City, Mexico INFO: http://www.docsdf.com/ Associate Producer Brittney Shepherd to attend. EAST LANSING, MI: WHAT: East Lansing Film Festival WHEN: 10/23- 10/24 WHERE: Please check the venues page for updated information-http://www.elff.com/festival/directions/ INFO: Please check the website for updated information- http://www.elff.com/
Thanks and I hope to see you at a screening soon.


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