SUNRISE, SUNSET: - Lifestyles of Asian American Musicians

AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center - October 9, 2005 - 7:30 PM

Total running time: 90 min

A pair of films traces the stories of Asian Americans working and performing in two mainstream musical genres not traditionally associated with Asians in America: the Vegas lounge act and hip hop. A diverse selection of music videos from a variety of artists, from the DIY spirit of Mike Park to the urban stylings of Singaporean Canadian female rapper Masia One, follows the documentaries.

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Cost: $9.25
Ticket Code: 1009E

Spotlighting
Documentary Short
Director:
Justin Lin
Josh Diamond
Format:
Video
Running Time:
26
This whirlwind documentary follows the evolution of Filipino band The Sunspots, whose musical career spans several decades. From their start as a popular military base act in their home country to the achievement of cult-like status as the house band at the Plaza Hotel in Las Vegas, their personal journey and brushes with fame are detailed in this film. Co-Directed by Justin Lin (Better Luck Tomorrow).

Brown Like Dat
Documentary Short
Director:
Raeshem Nijhon
Format:
Video
Running Time:
33
An exhibition by several South Asian American poets, MCs, and DJs cultivates political response and ethnic awareness through hip hop culture amidst post-9/11 anti-immigrant backlash, this film revels in the activist roots of hip hop too often overshadowed in commercial music today.
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