12/10 AOKI NYC Premiere

November 21, 2010

AOKI will make it’s New York City premiere on December 10, 2010 as part of the 2010 Annual Black Panther Film Festival in Harlem.  The screening will be held at Maysles Cinema on 343 Malcolm X Blvd (between 127th & 128th St.) at 8:15 pm.  After the screening there will be a Q&A with Co-Producer/Co-Director Mike Cheng and Emory Douglas (Black Panther Party, Minister of Culture) followed by a reception and music.  Tickets can be purchased here, we hope to see you there!

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Thanks to everyone who made it to the Washington DC screening last month!  AOKI will be featured in this weekend’s Vancouver Asian Film Festival on Saturday, November 6.  Co-Producer & Co-Director Ben Wang will be in attendance so be sure to say hello if you see him.  Following the VAFF screening our next screening will be in Boston as part of the Boston Asian American Film Festival on Friday, November 12th.  Showtime, venue, and ticket information can be found in our Screenings section.


AOKI DVDs will be available for $15 ($5 off) at this Saturday’s 10th annual Malcolm X Jazz Arts Festival hosted by the EastSide Arts Alliance in Oakland, CA. The festival will be from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm at San Antonio Park located on 18th Ave. & Foothill Blvd. Look for the DVDs to be sold at the Asian Prisoner Support Committee (APSC) table. We’re looking forward to another great festival and would like to congratulate the EastSide Arts Alliance for all their hard work in reaching the milestone of the 10th anniversary of this festival. Sidenote: the first public screening of a rough cut of AOKI in 2008 (for which Richard was in attendance) took place at the EastSide Cultural Center.

The Malcolm X Jazz Arts Festival has become a great Bay Area tradition that brings together some of the very best jazz artists, community organizations, local artisans & food vendors, and the next generation of young artists and cultural workers. For more information on the festival visit the EastSide Arts Alliance website.

Over the past two weeks there have been four screenings of AOKI in L.A. (Asian Pacific Film Festival 2010), College of Alameda, Knox College, and Laney College (as part of the BSU’s Malcolm X Week).  Ben and Mike would like to thank all the organizers who helped put together the events as well as everyone who came to see the film and/or participate in the Q&A sessions that followed the screenings.  We hope you enjoyed the film and appreciate all the interest and support for Richard’s life and the film.

We have submitted applications for several film festivals and have screenings in the works for New York, Washington DC, Atlanta, Seattle, San Diego, Hawaii, Vancouver, and Toronto and will be announcing the dates after they have been confirmed here on this site as well as on Twitter and our Facebook Fan Page.

In the meantime our Film Coverage section has been updated with recent articles that have been written on AOKI and we will be uploading audio of radio interviews that Ben and Mike have conducted as well. Our YouTube channel will also be getting updated soon with deleted scenes from AOKI.

Thanks again to everyone who has shown interest and support in the film! DVDs are available at Eastwind Books of Berkeley and can also be ordered online.

There will be three screenings of AOKI held this week. Co-directors/co-producers Mike Cheng & Ben Wang will be present for Q&A for all three screenings. First this week on Tuesday May 4th is the LA screening as part of the Asian Pacific Film Festival 2010 presented by Visual Communications. Tickets are still available online here.

Next on Thursday May 6th AOKI will be screened at the College of Alameda at 12:00 pm. The screening is being sponsored by Asian Pacific American Student Success (APASS) and Associated Students of College of Alameda (ASCOA).

We’ll wrap up the week at Knox College in Galesburg, IL where AOKI will be screened on Saturday May 8th at 4:00 pm. The screening is being sponsored by Asian Student Association (ASA) and Allied Blacks for Liberty and Equality (ABLE).

For more details about these screenings please visit the Screenings section of our site. We hope to see you!

If you’re in Southern California and wish to get tickets for the upcoming screening of AOKI on May 4, pre-sale tickets are now available online here. We hope to see you there!

Just four more days until AOKI is screened at the Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago. Tickets are still available at Ticketmaster.com. Check out our Film Coverage section for an article about the film recently published by Chicago Time Out.

AOKI will also be screened in Los Angeles on May 4th as part of the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival presented by Visual Communications. More details will be announced soon.

Tickets for the April 8 screening of AOKI as part of the Foundation for Asian American Media’s 15th Annual Asian American Showcase at the Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago are now available via Ticketmaster.

2010 SFIAAFF Wraps Up

March 22, 2010

The 2010 San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival has wrapped up. Two of the screenings of AOKI were sold out and the third was well attended. Thank you to everyone who came out to support the film! It was great to see so many people take interest in Richard’s life. The filmmakers would also like to thank Chi-Hui Yang, Christine Kwon, Lanlian Szeto, Mariana Lopez, Natalie Mulford, Leo Wong, and everyone else from CAAM for all their hard work in making this year’s SFIAAFF a success.

Next up for AOKI are screenings at Amherst College, University of Michigan, and Chicago. See our Screenings section for more information.

Video Interviews

March 17, 2010

Here is the segment on AOKI that was broadcast on NBC Bay Area’s 6:00 pm news broadcast on March 15th:

And here is a video interview with Ben Wang & Mike Cheng shot and produced by CAAM as part of their “On The Clock” series highlighting filmmakers whose works are featured in the 2010 San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival:

Check out our Film Coverage section to see other recently published stories about AOKI.