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442 Graphic Novel Release

Super excited to announce that the printed version of the 442 graphic novel is finally coming out in a few short weeks! Whoo hooooo! It’ll be available to purchase on Amazon and on our website http://www.442-Graphic-Novel.com starting Jan 25.

We’ll be having a book launch at Giant Robot 2 on Sunday Feb 3 at 3 pm. If you’re in the area, please come and check it out. We’ll also be having book talks throughout California in the coming months, so stay tuned for more information.

FREE “Strangers” Screening @ JANM (CHOPSO)

Join us for the world premiere of the Director’s Cut of STRANGERS by Michael Aki and starring Eugenia Yuan.

A dead man’s girlfriend turns out to be a hit man’s new assignment, but an unfamiliar longing for connection stays his hand. The unlikely odd couple embarks on an odyssey that necessarily evolves into a getaway.

STRANGERS is the sophomoric feature directed by Michael Aki after his first feature, SUNSETS (1997) that world premiered as part of Class of 1997, Asian American New Wave, at the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival in 1997.

Preceding STRANGERS is Director Brian L. Tan’s 30-minute film HOLDOUT, a historical action drama based on a true story of the last Japanese holdout from World War II. Left behind on an island by his unit, he never learned of Japan’s defeat and has been fighting a one-man war ever since. Suddenly, his worldview is challenged when he encounters a modern American tourist.

Actress Eugenia Yuan, Director Michael Aki and Director Brian L. Tan “BLT” will appear for a Special Q&A after the film.

Join Michael Aki and Eugenia Yuan at the After Party at Little Tokyo’s historic Far Bar (https://www.farbarla.com/), at 347 East 1st Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012 after 10 pm. Cash bar only.

STRANGERS will stream worldwide date and date on December 7 on CHOPSO.

For tickets, go to: CLICK HERE

8Asians: Chopso, One Year Later

Chopso One Year Later

Chopso One Year LaterIn November of this year, it will be Chopso’s one-year anniversary. It’s amazing to me we’ve made it this long. But we won’t be able to go on forever unless we continue to get support from our community. I can’t speak for my friend, filmmaking partner, and my partner in Chopso Quentin Lee but when I do anything for Chopso  I always feel like this is our gift to the community. Something that has been […] Continue »

King Lear in a Basketball Franchise

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We are pumped to add this show from an experienced group of creators to our catalog of five Candivan Original Series. The Front Office is a Shakespearean drama about a family-owned basketball franchise and the drama that ensues when the leadership switches from the father to one of his three daughters.

Words from the head coach

Writer/producer of The Front Office, Koji Steven Sakai, is also the CEO of CHOPSO, the first Asian English streaming video service. He has written five feature films that have been produced, including the indie hit, The People I’ve Slept With. He also produced three feature films, a one-hour comedy special currently on Starz, and Comedy InvAsian, a television series featuring the nation’s top Asian American comedians, that is currently streaming on Hulu.

“I’m excited about The Front Office because it’s something that Emily and I have been working on for a while,” Koji says, “and is honestly one of my favorite projects… not to mention the fact that I’m a huge huge huge Lakers fan!”

Bringing women to the team

“The Front Office explores behind the scenes of a basketball franchise,” writer/producer Emily Brauer Roger told us, “and challenges our perceptions of women running the business side of sports. All three daughters have fought to be at the top of their game and none of them are prepared to take a backseat to the other sisters. Telling the story of three passionate and competitive women allows us to broaden our perspective of female characters.”

Emily’s screenplay, Romeo, Juliet, and Rosaline, co-written with Koji Steven Sakai was optioned by Amazon Studios. She has been published in a Smith and Kraus anthology, 161 Monologues from Literature and in Kids’ Comedic Monologues that are Actually Funny.

For the three

Director of The Front Office Tom Huang is an award-winning indie filmmaker and screenwriter. His latest award-winning feature film, \Find Me, is playing in festivals across the US, and recently won Best Screenplay and Best Feature Film awards in Rhode Island and Atlanta.

He says, “I hope to develop some really great characters within a family dynamic that will draw people in because they want to see where these characters go and how their lives end up.”

We can win this; help Candivan launch!

The Front Office and many other great series will only exist if Candivan successfully launches. You can help make this happen! Please subscribe to the Candivan mailing list here, and stay tuned for our Indiegogo announcement coming this week!