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Tribeca Film Institute and Pond5 Announce Winners for Aspiring Filmmaker Program

Excited to announce that one of my projects won a Tribeca grant! Yay us! 🙂

“Writer and Director Milton Liu and writer and producer Steven Sakai received funding for a “large portion of the budget” for their feature. “

Here’s a link to the article: https://variety.com/2019/film/news/tfi-pond5-program-winners-announced-1203403998/#article-comments

Best or Worst Podcast

New logo… new format.. new episode!

Episode #5: We’ve changed things up a bit. No guests this week. Instead, my co-host, Martin Mapoma, and I talk about the best and worst Halloween costumes from their lives.

Click here to hear the newest episode on iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/episode-4-best-or-worst-halloween-costumes/id1480799361?i=1000455367873

Here’s a clip from the show:

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Take my UCLA Extension Writer’s Studio class

Over four intense days (February 27, 2020 – March 1, 2020) you can start to write your script

Learning to write a screenplay is a process, and to do it well can take years of practice. This workshop offers two tried-and-true ways to make a lot of progress in a short period of time as you: 1) learn how to write a strong outline and 2) get personalized feedback on your work. A series of writing exercises and assignments help you master the basics of screenwriting, especially the all-important screenplay structure, while also exploring scene development, characterization, and dialogue. Boil down your story into a one-sentence logline and then expand that into a complete outline for a feature-length script. With a solid, entertaining outline in hand, you leave the workshop ready to conceptualize and begin work on your own script beyond the classroom.

To learn more about this class or sign up (or to see what other awesome classes they are offering) you can go to: https://www.uclaextension.edu/writing-journalism/creative-writing/course/writing-your-first-screenplay-script-x-4101ws?_ga=2.20407420.576457722.1571243654-1528319199.1558628123

New Episode of Best OR Worst Day Of My Life. Episode #3: The Kidnapping with Ricardo

Today Martin and I chat with Ricardo Hong about the time he was kidnapped while growing up in Brazil.

Here’s a link to the episode: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/episode-3-kidnapping-with-ricardo-hong/id1480799361?i=1000453573771

Best OR Worst Day of My Life is a bi-monthly podcast where we talk to “regular people” about either their best or worst day of their lives. We don’t know what we will choose or what they are going to say until the microphones are on and we’re recording. Hosted by writer/producer/father Koji Steven Sakai and father/husband /actor/aspiring chef M Martin Mapoma.

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Velina Hasu Houston’s Madame Butterfly @JANM on 10/19 *FREE!

Join me for this special reading. I’ll be there and I’m working with a team to help bring this play to the big screen!

Saturday, October 19, 2019 5:00 PM

FREE

What is the “real” story of Madame Butterfly? In John Luther Long’s 1898 short story, Madame Butterfly, the demise of the fictional lead character is quite a bit different than depicted in the famed story in Giacomo Puccini’s similarly named opera or the reincarnation of that female essence in Cameron Mackintosh’s Miss Saigon musical theatre play.

In a new play and film, Velina Hasu Houston explores the archetype myth in Madame Butterfly: The Original, adapted from the Long story.

This program is free, but RSVPs are recommended using the link below.

In the Tateuchi Democracy Forum

Slanted View: Episode 208 “Actor Bee Vang on Clint Eastwood, Gran Torino and Being Hmong”

Slanted View Podcast

This week Quentin and I interview Bee Vang, who debuted on Clint Eastwood’s film Gran Torino. We talked about his time on the film and what he’s done since the movie came out.

Download the episode in iTunes or anywhere that you usually download podcasts from.

“Slanted View,” a CHOPSO presents podcast hosted by the CHOPSO Team — including Koji Steven Sakai, Quentin Lee, and Sue Limsukonth — and each offers their take on all things Asian. Each week we chat with an Asian American artist about their work and being Asian.

New Podcast: Best OR Worst Day of My Life

Super duper excited about my new podcast, Best OR Worst Day of My Life. The first two episodes came out today…. so please please please subscribe and listen. If you like it, write a great review!

Best OR Worst Day of My Life is a bi-monthly podcast where we talk to “regular people” about either their best or worst day of their lives. We don’t know what we will choose or what they are going to say until the microphones are on and we’re recording. Hosted by writer/producer/father Koji Steven Sakai and  father/husband /actor/aspiring chef M Martin Mapoma.

Download and subscribe to the podcast at your favorite podcasting host:

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