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!