SCHEMA MAGAZINE is excited to be covering the Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) again this year. As with our previous years' coverage, we'll be taking a look at some films from the Dragons and Tigers series (fresh celluloid from Asia's boldest directors), as well as a variety of films from around the world--including the oft times languid-paced "artsy" ones.
So you may want to dress satorially in a black turtleneck, negate your contacts for a funky pair of specs, and wake yourself up with some espresso...and channel your inner arty film buff. Good tix are going fast, so you best reserve your tix now....especially for the anticipated viewing of Cristian Mungiu's Palme d'Or winner for his 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days.
See SCHEMA's coverage of VIFF 2007 HERE. Send us your ethnic cool picks.
ARCHIVE: With a tagline like "Honour is Your Appetizer," SUSHI SAMURAI is as addictive as...well, as very fresh sushi can be. Hamachi, anyone? SUSHI SAMURAI is the perfect online game, albeit for kids (don't let it phase you), to appease your sushi cravings when you're too lazy to get your ass off the ergonomically-correct chair.
You'll ultimately bond with SUSHI SAMURAI for hours, while helping him score big, make countless sushi rolls, and paralyze the "evil" tofu, shitake mushroom, dakon radish, and blowfish enemies who trying to thwart SUSHI SAMURAI from making his sushi. Folks, I'm not making this up!
How can you not love an online game where our hero, SUSHI SAMURAI, uses balls of wasabi to paralyze his enemies? The game even lets SUSHI SAMURAI collect "ginger" for extra points; "soy sauce" for an extra life; and "miso soup" to temporarily freeze his enemies.
You got to love this stuff. Arigatou!
Wanna play? Click on SUSHI SAMURAI @ www.cbc.ca/kids/games/sushisamuraiPosted by Tamiko | September 27, 2007 | Comments (0)
Slim and decidedly elegant, Italian writer Alessandro Baricco's novel SILK (original Italian title is SETA; the French title is SOIE) has now been adapted as a film by Francois Girard (The Red Violin), with a soundtrack by Ryuichi Sakamoto. SILK's first outing was at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF '07 Silk @ http://tiff07.ca).
The passionate, and rather erotic, tale begins with "a 19th century French silkworm merchant named Herve Joncour (Michael Pitt of The Dreamers) who perilously travels to Japan, thus separating him for months on end from Helene (Keira Knightley), his devoted wife...In Japan, Herve encounters the feared local baron, Hara Jubei (Koji Yakusho of Babel), with whom he will trade for the precious silkworm eggs. And it is here, in a world unlike anything that Herve has experienced before, that he becomes entranced by"---wait for it--"the baron's concubine, a deeply mysterious girl (Sei Ashina) of intoxicating beauty. Without speaking one another's language, together they share a doomed, obsessive love..."
(Official Site with trailer @ www.silkmovie.com)Posted by Tamiko | September 18, 2007 | Comments (0)
"The world is talking. Are you listening?" -- the catchy tagline for GLOBAL VOICES ONLINE, a non-profit global citizens' media project founded at Harvard Law School's Berkman Center for Internet and Society, a research think-tank focused on the Internet's impact on society.
"The international, volunteer-led project collects, summarizes, and gives context to some of the best self-published content found on blogs, podcasts, photo sharing sites, and videoblogs from around the world, with a particular emphasis on countries outside of Europe and North America.
Global Voices seeks to aggregate, curate, and amplify the global conversation online - shining light on places and people other media often ignore. We work to develop tools, institutions and relationships that will help all voices, everywhere, to be heard..."
(Text from the Global Voices Online website @ "www.globalvoicesonline.org)Posted by Tamiko | September 15, 2007 | Comments (0)
Are you a cultural navigator looking to have your voice heard?
As we're currently developing our features and podcast section, Schema Magazine is also expanding our contributing team. We are currently seeking readers interested (*psyched*) in joining our team as a volunteer contributor.
In particular, we are recruiting for:
Web Contributor / Podcast Producer
Administrative Assistant to the Publisher & Associate Publisher
More information can be found @ www.schemamag.ca/internships.
We are conducting interviews this month, so please submit your resume and cover letter to email@example.com by Thursday, September 20th.
"Mixed Blessings" is a four-part series on CBC Radio's The Current that looks at the growing number of people of mixed "race", and what it means to identity, arts, culture and public policy.
The series is airing the week of Sept. 10 on The Current at 8:30 a.m. (9:00 in Newfoundland) on CBC Radio One. Click HERE) to listen to the series, download a podcast, and/or to read an article by Current producer Lisa Khoo (who is of Chinese, Malay, English, and Scottish ancestry) in which she and others interrogate what being of mixed "race" ancestry has on one's personal, social, and cultural life in contemporary Canada.
As Khoo acknowledges, "...today, mixed "race" people are perceived as ethnically ambiguous, even exotic, and are being touted as a marketer's dream. Mixed "race" people are starting Facebook clubs, activist groups, writing books, plays, poetry. They're doing visual art, documentaries, even standup comedy routines. In addition to exploring their own identities, they're challenging our notions of "race", ethnicity and national identity. That has implications for public policy as well as society as a whole."
You may not care what the national paper The Globe & Mail has to say (but come on, at least it wasn't The National Post *shivers*), nonetheless this time they got it dead on:
"Assaulted Fish, Vancouver's premier Asian comedy troupe, returns with Assaulted Fish For You 2. They're a smart, sexy and brave team of sketch artists that consistently skewers the foibles of Asian-Canadian life..." (Michael Harris @ www.theglobeandmail.com)
ASSAULTED FISH FOR YOU 2
Directed by Shane Howarth
Pacific Theatre (1440 West 12th Avenue @ Hemlock)
Tues. Sept. 11 - 6:15pm | Wed. Sept. 12 - 8:45pm | Fri. Sept. 14 - 5:30pm | Sat. Sept. 15 - 1:30pm
Tickets available at the door ($10) or in advance ($12) + a one-time Fringe Membership ($5) | Visit the Vancouver Fringe website for info.Posted by Tamiko | September 10, 2007 | Comments (0)
The flip-side of such a romantic picture of the historic city is shown in PERSEPOLIS, a graphic novel by Marjane Satrapi that describes her childhood in Iran after the revolution. Simply drawn in black and white, there are now 4 graphic novels in the series; the first Persepolis was included in Time Magazine's Best Comix of 2003 list. Not only that, those who prefer celluloid can rejoice in PERSEPOLIS the film (Catherine Deneuve voices one of the characters), which won the Prize of Jury at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival.
Read more about Marjane and PERSEPOLIS in "An Iranian Girlhood" by Andrew D. Arnold in Time Magazine @ www.time.com.Posted by Tamiko | September 9, 2007 | Comments (0)
Get your ass to the 3rd annual MIGHTY ASIAN MOVIEMAKING MARATHON this Saturday.You have to go with a name like that! The Vancouver Asian Film Festival (VAFF) and Citytv sponsors Mighty Asian Moviemaking Marathon, billed as "a fun multicultural "slant" to the popular guerrilla filmmaking events that gives local independent filmmakers and first-timers opportunities to screen their craft."
From August 20th to 30th, filmmaking teams of 10 had 10 days to produce a 10-minute short film. The top 3 films will share cash prizes totalling $5,000 and receive a spot in the lineup at this year's upcoming 11th annual Vancouver Asian Film Festival November 1 - 4.
The original twist to this contest is that it is culturally driven, with the requirement that at least two of the writers, directors or producers on each team be a visible minority and at least one must be of Asian heritage.
MIGHTY ASIAN MOVIEMAKING MARATHON | Saturday, September 8th @ 9:30 PM | Tinseltown Cinemas, 88 West Pender, Vancouver |Advanced tickets $10, available online @
"Blenders, hair dryers, electric drills, bicycle parts, turntables, and vinyl records, all come together in The Rotators, an improvised performance by Ujino Muneteru. Informed by the urban experience and domesticity fused with club and dance music, The Rotators is a spectacular showcase of hybrid musical instruments made from found and recycled objects. Ujino will also be hosting an instrument building workshop and putting his instruments on display as an exhibition."
The Georgia Straight article: A New Spin on a Sonic ArtPosted by Boon Kondo | September 6, 2007 | Comments (0)
Branding is more likely to be associated with ad-speak rather than "iron" these says...especially true in the world of hipsters (or is that already passe?). Nonetheless, segue into...the officially launch on September 1st of lifestyle brand-slash-webzine FR*A (Future Rockstars of America) by a trio of Korean-Americans down in the L.A.
So what is this FR*A? In their own words: "FR*A isn't just an online zine, but really a lifestyle which includes events and exclusive gear..." with features section that "focuses on remarkable people doing remarkable things. The launch issue includes: Xavier, musician/producer/activist; Erfan, poet/rapper from Iran; rock band Drowning Pool; my favorite band on Geffen; Lifehouse, world renowned graffiti artist; asian-am hip hop trio, Far East Movement, feature of the Warped Tour vs the Zune Show, The Pink Spiders, and As Cities Burn...."
And an added bonus of a daily BLOG "consortium of over 20 writers, hipsters encompassing photographers, DJ's, indie band members, fashion & arts..." (there's that word hipsters...must mean it's still usuable...ahem).
And...yes, there's more...."every month or issue, a unique and limited edition apparel line is created only available for that month and in limited quantity" @ www.fraclothing.com/.
Check. It. Out. (www.futurerockstarsofamerica.com)Posted by Tamiko | September 6, 2007 | Comments (0)
The 5th Annual VANCOUVER LATIN AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL
SEP. 5 - 12
@ Vancity Theatre, Pacific Cinematheque, SFU Harbour Centre
Although summer may have come to an end in many people's mind after this past Labour Day weekend (it may not even have gotten started in the minds of other Vancouverites), fear not Vancity heads, there are still a lot of stuff going on: The Victory Square Block Party went down on Sep. 3rd; the Cinematheque Film Noir fest ends on Sep. 5th; the New Forms Festival is Sep. 6 - 15, the 2nd annual Livestock Block Party (covering 2 blocks this year!) goes down this coming Sunday, Sep. 9th and then the VIFF (Vancouver International Film Festival) and VAFF (Vancouver Asian Film Festival) take place in late September and early November respectively.
This week however, starting on Wednesday, Sept 5th thru Sept 12th, the spotlight is on The 5th Annual Vancouver Latin American Film Festival. This year's lineup features a big chunk of flicks from Argentina as well as other movies from Mexico, Canada, Cuba, Peru, Brazil, Colombia and Chile.
Check out the full line-up @ vlaff.orgPosted by Boon Kondo | September 4, 2007 | Comments (0)