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Three award-winning short films explore controversial issues within the APA community

NEW YORK (April 24, 2017) — In celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, HBO will debut HBO Asian Pacific American Visionaries, a collection of three short films by emerging APA directors, on May 1st across various HBO platforms.

Exploring a range of controversial issues, the award-winning shorts examine crime, addiction and family turmoil within the APA community. Visionaries will be available on HBO NOW, HBO GO, HBO On Demand and HBO Zone throughout the month of May.

About the films:

  • “Monday,” directed by Dinh Thai, follows a young drug dealer who finds himself struggling with the moral implications of his illicit profession.
  • “Wonderland,” directed by Tiffanie Hsu, explores the lonely and surreal world of a 12-year-old girl whose mother (played by Joan Chen) is a gambling addict.
  • “Toenail,” directed by Jingyi Shao, centers around a career-obsessed yuppie having to care for his ailing father on the eve of a major promotion.

The films were the winners of HBO’s first Asian Pacific American Visionaries Short Film Competition, a contest dedicated to discovering and showcasing up-and-coming American filmmakers of Asian Pacific descent. HBO will launch the 2017-18 edition of the competition this summer. For official rules and guidelines, visit www.hbovisionaries.com.

“Asian Pacific American Visionaries is a great example of HBO’s industry leadership in not only furthering the dialogue about race and representation in Hollywood, but also taking action,” said Jackie Gagne, Vice President of Multicultural Marketing. “We’re proud to provide an unprecedented platform for emerging APA filmmakers to showcase their talents and share their unique stories with a global audience.”

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WATCH THESE AWARD-WINNING HBO SHORTS AT LAAPFF

HBO presents the winners of the Asian Pacific American Visionaries short film competition.

The winners of HBO's first Asian Pacific American Visionaries short film competition will receive their world premiere screenings with an exclusive event at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival

The winning filmmakers are Dinh Thai (first place, Monday), Tiffanie Hsu (second place, Wonderland), Jingyi Shao (third place, Toenail). 

Exploring a range of topical issues facing the modern APA experience, the shorts offer a bold and uncompromising look at such controversial subject matter as crime, addiction and family turmoil. A panel discussion with the directors, led by Silicon Valley star Jimmy O. Yang, will immediately follow the screening. 
 

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HBO Celebrates Asian Pacific Heritage Month with Premiere of Three Short Films

In celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, HBO will debut HBO Asian Pacific American Visionaries, a collection of three short films by emerging APA directors, on May 1st across various HBO platforms. Exploring a range of controversial issues, the award-winning shorts examine crime, addiction and family turmoil within the APA community. Visionaries will be available on HBO NOW®, HBO GO®, HBO On Demand® and HBO Zone® throughout the month of May.

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Chinese American winners for HBO Visionaries Short Film competition

HBO announced on Jan. 31 the winners of the HBO Asian Pacific American Visionaries. The works of Dinh Thai, Tiffanie Hsu, and Jinyi Shao — who placed first, second, and third, respectively — will make their world premieres at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival in April.

Thai’s “Monday” is the story of a young drug dealer who finds himself struggling with the moral implications of his illicit profession. Hsu’s “Wonderland” explores the lonely and surreal world of a 12-year-old girl whose mother (played by Joan Chen) is a gambling addict. Shao’s “Toenail” finds a career-obsessed yuppie having to care for his ailing father on the eve of his big promotion.

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Three Emotional Shorts Win at HBO’s APA Visionaries Film Contest

Films about a drug dealer struggling with his morality, a preteen girl struggling with her mother's gambling addiction, and a driven professional who returns home to care for his father took home the top prizes in HBO's first Asian Pacific American Visionaries short film competition.

In second place winner Tiffanie Hsu's film "Wonderland," a precocious preteen navigates the confusing and glittering world of Las Vegas as her mother fuels a serious gambling habit. Hsu said she was inspired to write the script after reading that gambling addictions were more prevalent in East Asian communities.

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