Wednesday, April 27, 2005

SAVING FACE opens LA Asian Pacific Film Festival tomorrow night

SAVING FACE opens LA Asian Pacific Film Festival (VC FilmFest 2005) tomorrow night (April 28). The screening starts at 7:30pm, with a reception afterwards. Director and three lead actors, Joan Chen, Michelle Krusiec and Lynn Chen, will be present.

Venue:
DIRECTORS GUILD OF AMERICA
7920 Sunset Blvd.
(One block west of Fairfax; corner of Sunset Blvd. and Hayworth Ave.)

Ticket info from the Festival

Be there!


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Sunday, April 24, 2005

THIS STOP: MIAMI

[Alice sent her regards from Miami.]

THIS STOP: MIAMI (April 23, 2005)

I am typing to you from the lobby of The Abbey Hotel where I'm staying in Miami. The film plays tonight in South Beach for the Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival. Afterwards, the local lesbian club (Siren at Creme) throws us an after-party. I'm told we've been sold out for days and that "there are a lot of angry lesbians demanding tickets." I don't know whether to be happy or scared.

I got here on Thursday night when the festival organizers arranged for a car to ferry me off to dinner with two of the other festival guests Bea Arthur and Craig Lucas. BEA ARTHUR! I Heart Bea Arthur! The organizers Carol, Jaie, and Jim (publicist) were also at dinner and made me feel completely at home. Oh who am I kidding - as cool as they were, I was all about The Golden Girl. Can I just say, she's in her eighties, but the lady's still got it. In the car on the way home, Carol, Jim and I had a big debate as to whether she was gay or straight. Jim and I think gay. Carol thinks she's straight. Then again, Carol's British and has never seen either Maude or The Golden Girls so her cultural reference points are way off.

Craig Lucas was also very cool. For those of you who don't know, he is an amazing playwright who wrote the play Prelude to a Kiss, and just made his directorial film debut with The Dying Gaul. I feel the need to explain because my friend - upon hearing I was having dinner with Craig Lucas - said, "I didn't know the guy who created Star Wars was gay." (I'm not saying GL is or isn't but I wouldn't be surprised if the Siths spoke with a sibilant "s" when no one's watching.)

Today, a couple of folks from the festival took me to Little Havana for good Cuban food. We went to a great place called La Carreta (3632 SW 8th Street, Miami, FL) which my Cuban friend Karim says is as authentic as it gets. Delish.

Okay, I've gotta get ready for the screening so I'm signing off til later. Wish me a good one.


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Friday, April 22, 2005

Interviews with the Lynn and Michelle

Want to know more about Vivian and Wil??? Here are some articles to satiate your lust curiosity:

This one is an interview with Lynn Chen (a/k/a Vivian).

This is one with Michelle Krusiec (a/k/a Wil).


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Saturday, April 16, 2005

Sign our guestbook

Dear friends of SAVING FACE,

We now have a guestbook for the film. You can find it on the left-side bar of the first page. Please sign our guestbook and share your thoughts about SAVING FACE, the film.

As the opening day of SAVING FACE approaching, there will be more events around town. Do remember to come back to check it.

SAVING FACE BLOG TEAM



各位喜愛SAVING FACE的朋友:

在首頁左下方有留言版,歡迎你們留言支持指教。

在SAVING FACE上映前後,還會有更多相關的消息與活動會在這裡發佈,記得常回來看看喔!

Sign my guestbook!

SAVING FACE BLOG TEAM

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Tribute to MA

徵文:母親的故事

電影中陳沖飾演的Ma讓我們想起了自己的母親,在母親節前夕,我們邀請所有朋友一起來寫母親的故事。(請用comment功能回文。)

Mom is great. Let's give tribute to our mom as Mother's Day approaching.

Submit your piece about your mom as comments to this post.


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Join us to share your coming-out story

徵文:你的come out故事

電影中,Wil跟母親come out的一幕相信讓許多人都動容。

在此我們想邀請大家寫下自己come out的經驗,讓更多的coming-out故事可以讓更多人看見。(請用comment功能回文。)

Join us to share your coming-out story as it's one of the themes of the film.

You can submit your pieces as comments to this post.


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SAVING FACE試映會小記

公關公司臨時通知加了一場試映會,我邀了兩位學校裡台灣同學會的直人同學去看,因為邀了她們,不到現場作個陪的話總覺有點不好意思,而且事實上,放映現場觀眾的反應,對於宣傳工作的方向,往往是最好的指引。

於是我就這麼看了第二回。

第一次看這電影是在二月,那天碰巧下了大雪,好些說了要來的朋友,最後都沒趕得及出現,而我,則是抱著忐忑不安的心情,走進試映室的;「希望電影要好看啊!」我在心裡嘀咕著。

我很喜歡看電影,喜歡看好看的電影,從十三歲發現自己的同志身分後,不知已經看過多少所謂的女男同志電影,在還未出櫃的洪荒時代,那些漆黑中出現的「自己人」,就是我唯一的同伴。儘管如此,看到不好看的電影時,還是會讓我陷入天人交戰一般的為難─

「難得有同志角色,要支持啊!這樣才會有更多的同志被看見。」

「可總不能因為是同志就得降低標準去看難看的故事吧?不好看是要人家怎麼支持得下去?」

昨天天氣好,來的人也多,電影播放時,觀眾席中不停傳來笑聲;看完電影,我緊張兮兮地等待身旁直人同學的反應。

「很好看耶!想不到是導演初試啼聲的作品。」

「它雖然有文化的區野在裡頭,講的還是很一般共通的東西,我想每個人都會被touch到吧!」

真好在,Saving Face是一部好看的電影,一部你看了以後還會想要跟其他人一同分享的電影。而身為同志的我可以這麼告訴別人說:「我和其他人一樣,也希望可以在家人、社會的祝福下和心愛的人相擁共舞,只是在我想像的畫面裡,那個與我共舞的人和我一樣是個女人,就像你會在這部電影裡頭看到的那樣。」

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Friday, April 15, 2005

SAVING FACE at Florida Film Festival

Steve Schneider from Orlando Weekly movies:

Chen's beleaguered Ma looks out at the modern Western world through eyes of quiet terror; by demonstrating that such terror can be as funny as it is poignant, Wu and company have laid the groundwork for an opening night you won't be in a hurry to forget.


Roger Moore from Orlando Sentinel

East meets West, gay meets straight and an unplanned pregnancy threatens to bring shame on everyone in the delightful Saving Face, the opening-night film of this year's Florida Film Festival. Imagine The Wedding Banquet without quite as much food, or The Graduate where Mrs. Robinson is Chinese and pregnant and likable and you have an idea of what writer-director Alice Wu is getting at here.



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Friday, April 08, 2005

SAVING FACE in festivals

We've got another message from Alice. =)


April 8, 2005 5:35 PM

I am writing you from a hotel room in Orlando where we are 1.5 hours away from playing the opening night at the Florida Film Festival.

Today was a full day of press, with a break for lunch where we ate alligator meat. Tomorrow, nothing stands between me and Disneyworld.

I'm going to introduce Joan and her whole family to the wonders of the Smoked Turkey Leg, after which Joan and I are going to ditch her kids (not in that horrible, emotionally-searing "Nobody Knows" kind of way, but in the cheerful "thank god she has a husband and a nanny" kind of way.)

In any case, we are playing a few more festivals before we open. Here are the ones I know about:

Florida Film Fest (April 8-17)
Saving Face (April 8 Opening night @ 7pm)
- Alice and Joan in attendance

Palm Springs Gay and Lesbian Film Festival
Saving Face (April 17)

Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival (April 22-May 1)
Saving Face (Apr.23 @ 9:30pm)
- Alice in attendance

Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival (April 28-May 5)
Saving Face (April 28 Opening Night @ 7:30pm)
- Alice and cast in attendance

Boston Gay and Lesbian Film Festival (May 11-22)
Saving Face (May 11 @ 8pm)
- Alice in attendance

Seattle International Film Festival (May 19- June 12)
Saving Face
- Alice in attendance


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Monday, April 04, 2005

LOSS OF FACE, GAIN OF CASH

[This is in from an email from the director, Alice]

I was getting ready to fly from LA to SF this past Saturday morning when I get a call from Joan:

"Hey, do you want to drive up to San Francisco with me?" Joan had been shooting in Pasadena and was going to drive home that day with her 6-year-old daughter Angela. (Note: I will write a future sidebar on Angela who may be the more precocious child in the universe.)

"Damn, I'm already at the airport."

We then proceeded to have one of our wacky conversations that eventually got me shushed from a neighboring couple.

Flash forward a few hours. I had gotten off my uneventful flight (props to Jetblue) and was eating dim sum in the city. Perhaps it was the food, perhaps it was a sense of responsibility (or perhaps it was the chip Joan has implanted in my head), but I suddenly thought I'd check on her.

"You WOULD NOT BELIEVE what happened to me," she said. "I was an hour and a half outside the city and I'd pulled over to get gas, when I realized that my MY WALLET WAS BACK IN PASADENA! I had left it in the hotel safety deposit box. So here I am stuck on the side of the road with no gas, no money, no credit cards."

What did you do?

"I had to BEG! I didn't want Angela to worry, so I acted like this was a game. I said, 'Okay Angela. This will be like an Al Gore test. We will watch people pull into the station, and decide which ones seem kind and generous. Like campaign donations. I ended up approaching three sets of people. They looked at me a little suspiciously at first. I had to point and say, 'Here is my daughter. Here is my luggage. Here is my car.' But finally, I got $8, then $5, then $10. Enough to make it back to Pasadena."

WOW. So I offer this up. If any of those people someday read this, and can send a picture of themselves that Joan can confirm, I will buy you a ticket to see SAVING FACE. Come see the woman that you saved star in the film coming out this summer.

Over and out -
alice

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