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.

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


[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.




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!


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Tribute to MA



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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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


[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 -

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