“Welcome to Unity”

Have you ever had a moment when you heard a story so unbelievable you had to know more? On September 25, 2009 I was driving to work when a story came on NPR about a football team in Unity, OR. Note – I had never been a fan of football – until this moment. The team was made up of two American kids and seven exchange students. I wanted to know the rest of the story. Without thinking of the repercussions I called the school in Unity to ask if I could speak with the students regarding a potential film about their story.

I was granted permission to travel to Burnt River High School and a week later I was off to rural Oregon with my friend Anu, the cinematographer and field producer on the film, for what we envisioned to be a week long shoot to make a ten minute film. When we arrived it was clear that the story was far deeper than a short but Anu and I couldn’t afford to quit our teaching jobs to invest an entire year into the filming. That’s when things got creative…

via “Welcome to Unity” Booster Club Canceled by Autonomous Genie — Kickstarter.

Sports Illustrated model Jessica Gomes makes film debut in Hollywood blockbuster Transformers 4

DJs ambassador Jessica Gomes makes film debut in Hollywood blockbuster | dailytelegraph.com.au

JESSICA Gomes has landed her first big acting break with a role in the Hollywood blockbuster Transformers: Age Of Extinction.

The David Jones ambassador filmed a scene in the fourth instalment of the big-budget series and this week will find out if it made the final edit.

Optimus Prime in a scene from the film. Picture: Supplied

Optimus Prime in a scene from the film. Picture: Supplied

The 28-year-old is understood to be attending the film’s US launch in Los Angeles next week after its world premiere in Hong Kong on Thursday featured stars Mark Wahlberg and Nicola Peltz.

“I had such an amazing time working on Transformers,” Gomes told The Saturday Telegraphyesterday. “The opportunity to work with talents such as Mark Wahlberg and Stanley Tucci was a dream come true and an experience I am very grateful for and of course Michael Bay is an extremely clever director.”

Model Jessica Gomes models iconic Australian brand 'Glomesh' which relaunched last year a

Model Jessica Gomes models iconic Australian brand ‘Glomesh’ which relaunched last year after 30 years. It will return to David Jones this month.

Swimsuit shoot for Montana Cox, David Jones.

Swimsuit shoot for Montana Cox, David Jones.

The news follows Gomes’ recent appearance in a comedy web series with the Korean-American actor Steven Yeun, developed by the Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment to support diversity in Hollywood. She has been open about her desire to act,moving to LA to audition and study drama.

The appearance at the film’s premiere will coincide with the star’s latest shoot for Sports Illustrated magazine’s 2015 Swimsuit Edition.

With next year set to be her eighth appearance in the annual publication, Gomes will beat Anne Vyalitsyna’s record of the most consecutive appearances.

David Jones Autumn Winter Fashion for Mirella at the Victoria Room, Darlinghurst. Picture

David Jones Autumn Winter Fashion for Mirella at the Victoria Room, Darlinghurst. Picture: Nick Clayton

Jess Gomes wears lingerie for a Valentine’s Day shoot. Picture: Tim Carrafa

Jess Gomes wears lingerie for a Valentine’s Day shoot. Picture: Tim Carrafa

via DJs ambassador Jessica Gomes makes film debut in Hollywood blockbuster | dailytelegraph.com.au.

Cung Le’s A CERTAIN JUSTICE Completes Post Production

With actor Cung Le set for coaching duties on China\’s upcoming UFC reality show, The Ultimate Fighter the week of December 7, the mixed martial arts fighter and cinematic action star updated his Facebook page announcing the completion of post-production for his upcoming action thriller, A Certain Justice. Written by Vikingdom scribe James Coyne who shares director credits with Blood Of Redemption helmer Giorgio Serafini, Le stars leads as a tortured Iraq war veteran suffering from PTSD whose skillset is brought to the forefront once more when a violent rescue of a local call girl from Aryan Brotherhood pimps makes him and his family the target of their criminal leader, Hollis, played by blockbuster megastar Dolph Lundgren.

Le choreographed the action, in addition to producing the film along with co-stars Lundgren and Gianni Capaldi. Actress Briana Evigan and actors Vinnie Jones, James C. Burns, Jonathan Kowalsky, Jake Jacobson and co-star and action director Scott Sheeley round out the cast for a 2014 release date to be announced soon.

As a noteworthy mention, Le has seldom been teasing a zombie feature on his Facebook page since the summer, which should make for a great action hybrid to excite any Le fan. Stay tuned for more info.

via Film Combat Syndicate: A CERTAIN JUSTICE Completes Post Production.

Linsanity Movie: Jeremy Lin Documentary Something Every Fan Needs to See


Houston Rockets point guard Jeremy Lin is one of the most polarizing figures in the history of professional athletics. Lin has become a global superstar, despite owning less than 150 games of NBA experience and producing at a less-than-elite level.

Once Linsanity, a documentary about Lin’s life and career, is released, every fan needs to see it because of his amazing story.

Evan Leong directs Linsanity, which is narrated by Daniel Dae Kim of Lost and Hawaii Five-0 fame. It’s been shown at multiple film festivals across the country and has received strong reviews, like this one from Justin Chang of Variety.

It’s rare that an athlete can become such a compelling figure that individuals with no interest in professional sports begin to idolize him.

That’s been the case for Lin, and it’s the primary reason you need to see this film.

Unprecedented Rise

As someone who lived in New York City at the peak of Linsanity, I can offer firsthand experience when it comes to the craze. Not only were Lin jerseys and t-shirts being sold at every sports store across the five boroughs—as the New York Daily Newsillustrated in Feb. of 2012—but he transcended athletics.

It was almost as difficult to find a restaurant without Lin’s face plastered over some sort of promotion as it was for players to defend him.  By comparison, Knicks superstars Carmelo Anthony, who won the scoring title in 2013, and Tyson Chandler, who won the 2012 Defensive Player of the Year award, saw their fame shrink. That’s hardly a slight on Anthony or Chandler, or even Amar’eStoudemire, but it’s the truth.

According to Mike Ozanian of Forbes, Lin transitioned from a no-name athlete to being worth $14 million in a span of nine days. That number matched him with Kobe Bryant at the time, bringing him to No. 6 amongst all global athletes.

It’s safe to say that we’ve never seen an individual rise up in such a dramatic fashion.

This type of increase in both financial value and international fame is so unprecedented that it’s worth documenting. Love him or hate him, Linsanity will be remembered as a defining moment in this generation of NBA basketball.

If that’s not intriguing enough, how about a look into the life of a global superstar?

Global Impact

Without looking too far into the blurred lines of race, it’s no secret that there have been a shortage of Asian players in NBA history. The two greatest success stories, however, have been Lin and Yao Ming, who have both built up international fanbases.

The video above will show you just how passionate fans across the world are about Lin. Whether you love him, hate him or feel impartial, what Lin has done for the global expansion of the NBA is worth marveling.

Even if you’re uninterested in the on-court aspect of Lin’s career, there is more to his story than his weeks of greatness with the Knicks. Not only is he a man of faith, but he’s traveled the world to promote the international growth of basketball.

In his travels, there’s certain to be stories that fans of every kind can enjoy and appreciate. If that’s not enough to peak your interest, the movie will also illustrate the battles and injustices that Lin has experienced with race.

Regardless of what reason you choose, Linsanity is must-see material.

via Linsanity Movie: Jeremy Lin Documentary Something Every Fan Needs to See | Bleacher Report.

Jeremy Lin Movie ‘Linsanity’ Documentary in Theaters Oct. 4

NBA star Jeremy Lin is getting a documentary movie made on his rise to superstardom as the polarizing figure of Linsanity.

The movie will be playing in Boston, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, and a few other select cities beginning on Oct. 4, reported TheUrbanTwist.com.

“Linsanity” already debuted at the Sundance film festival this summer.

“Film follows Lin’s life from his childhood in Palo Alto, Calif., to his meteoric ascent to stardom in early 2012 with the New York Knicks in the National Basketball Assn., giving rise to the term ‘Linsanity.’ The film was an official selection at South by Southwest this year and screens Wednesday at the opening night of the Asian American International Film Festival at Asia Society in New York City,” said Dave McNary of Variety.

The movie began filming in 2010 when the point guard was in Harvard and goes until he got his big contract with the Houston Rockets.

via Jeremy Lin Movie 'Linsanity' Documentary in Theaters Oct. 4.

The Jeremy Lin movie, Linsanity, comes out to theatres in October

All right, Jeremy Lin fans. After premiering at the Sundance Film Festival and making its way through the film festival circuit, the feature documentary Linsanity gets its theatrical release this October. Directed by Evan Leong, with exclusive access — Evan and his team were following Jeremy long before he was a household name — the film follows his unlikely, underdog rise to NBA stardom.

via angry asian man.


Movie trailer for Amazing Basketball featuring Yi Jianlian, Wang Zhizhi and other NBA stars

It’s been a year since we last heard anything about “Amazing,” the feature film produced by the NBA and the Shanghai Film Group featuring the likes of Carmelo Anthony, Dwight Howard, Scottie Pippen, Yi Jianlian and Wang Zhizhi, billed as “the first NBA-themed motion picture outside of North America” and built around a virtual reality basketball video game with visuals reportedly akin to “Tron: Legacy.” Given that lag in updates, and the fact that it’s been plodding along in development since before 2010, you might have thought that the project — which, clearly, sounds 100 percent bonkers — had been shelved or even scuttled altogether.

Well, it hasn’t. “Amazing” premiered at the Shanghai International Film Festival last week and a new trailer for it has just been released, and I have good news — it looks just as crazy as it did last year. Behold:

TRAILER: Don’t worry, that Chinese NBA movie with ‘Melo, Dwight + Scottie Pippen is still coming out (Video) | Ball Don’t Lie – Yahoo! Sports.