Monday is deadline to register to volunteer for BlackStar Film Festival

BlackStar 2015Come be a part of the magic that is BlackStar Film Festival by registering to volunteer. There’s a variety of ways you can plug in, and in return you’ll get screening vouchers, a free festival poster and discounts on festival merchandise.  Anyone committed to supporting the festival’s success is welcome. Deadline to register as a volunteer is July 6th.

Fermented foods and saying hello to strangers: Two unique arts events in Philadelphia this weekend


Sunset at the Edges (2014), acrylic painting on canvas by Mala Iqbal

There’s two unique (free!) art events in Philadelphia that are worth checking out.


As part of the First Friday reception for a new exhibit at the Asian Arts Initiative featuring work by Mala Iqbal and Matthew Lee, the are holding a community meal called “Pallets and Palate: Placing Taste, Sound and Sight“. Sample an array of fermented foods curated by Heidi Ratanvanich and Eileen Shumate.


How would the world change if everyone said “Hi” to a complete stranger? duplicate. until response., a group concept exhibition curated by Laris Kreslins attempts to answer this question.   Dozens of artists mailed artwork to unsuspecting strangers randomly selected from phone books and asked for feedback. The artwork, and the communication exchanges are on display for this exhibit.

Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival Kicks Off Tomorrow!

PAAFFThe Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival kicks off tomorrow through November 22nd! They’ve got an impressive collection of films, panels and parties lined up.

I’m of course curious to see Farah Goes Bang and see what my fellow first generation Iranian American mediamakers are up to.  I’m also excited to check out this panel, Reflections on the Evolution of Asian Cultural Influences in the Hip Hop Community which includes legends like Jeff Chang and DJ Rekha.

“Worn Stories” book release party in Philly this Thursday!

The lovely fellows at All Ages Productions (producers of my web series) are hosting a free party tomorrow evening to celebrate the release of a book they made a cool trailer for–Worn Stories by Emily Spivack. The book features stories from: Greta Gerwig, Piper Kerman, Albert Maysles, John Hodgman, Marina Abromovic, Rosanne Cash, Maira Kalman, Ariel Schrag, Matt Wolf, and others

Some reasons to go to the event (in no particular order):

1. Book features stories from a cool list of people and you’ll get to hear some of them
2. There will be drinks, food and AN ICE CREAM BAR from Little Baby’s Ice Cream
3. Support art