FANDANGOBON |  ECO-FEST

FandangObon is an annual festival in Los Angeles that brings together the Japanese, Mexican, and African-American communities into one circle to share participatory music and dance traditions in order to celebrate Mother Earth. This video contains highlights of FandangObon 2015, held on October 25 at the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles.

GREAT LEAP INC. & END OIL PRESENT
 "COLLABORATORY X: THE AIR WE BREATHE"

Video edited by "Aikona" (Amelia and Ti Tavai)

From 2013-2014, I collaborated with Great Leap Inc. to be the community organizer and production manager for their first collaboratory workshop in Long Beach, CA. We focused on recruiting the Asian American population of Long Beach and gathered their stories about how air pollution has affected their quality of life and well-being. Founded in 1978 by Nobuko Miyamoto, Great Leap is a Los Angeles-based multicultural arts organization that uses art as both performance and creative practice to deepen relations among people of diverse cultures and faiths. It collaborates and creates with professional artists, fosters new leadership in the arts by mentoring emerging artists, and builds community through workshops, residencies and performances. http://www.greatleap.org
 
"The Air We Breathe" Directed by Dan Kwong, Young-Ae Park, and Nobuko Miyamoto. (2013)


WHITE-ON INFOMERCIAL

Visual Communications of Los Angeles offered several scholarships for young Asian-American filmmakers to produce a short video that was featured at the Asian American Film Festival in April 2010.  James Yamanoha, founder of Habunami Bros, directed this video touching on the sensitive issues of whitening-cream. Without taking himself so seriously. See my blog here.

The closing song was a collaboration I did with a hip hop organization based in Cambodia called Tiny Toones. We aimed to empower our brown sisters that their skin is naturally beautiful without any bleaching cream.


PACMAN OF EMINENT DOMAIN

SPRING 2008. A short documentary I directed which highlighted the gentrification issues taking place in the East Village Arts District of Downtown Long Beach. The business we focused on was Shades of Afrika. Thankfully, she has now moved to a larger location a few blocks away! Please check her website here.

Created by June Kaewsith, Nelson Matthew Nailat, and Rodolfo Duriez. (Cultural Anthropology, CSULB 2008)