WEDDING PALACE

September 25, 2012, 7:00 P.M.

The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108, George Lucas Building, USC School of Cinematic Arts, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

 

The SCA Alumni Screening Series, Asia Society Southern California (ASSC) and GoGoGo Entertainment invite you and a guest to a special screening of

Wedding Palace


Directed by SCA Alumna Christine Yoo
Screenplay by Christine Yoo and Robert Gardner, Senior Lecturer in the SCA Writing Division
Story by Christine Yoo and Derek Draper
 
Followed by a Q&A with cast & crew
 
7:00 P.M. on Tuesday, September 25th, 2012
 
The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108
900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007
 
FREE ADMISSION. OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

About Wedding Palace

The 1st US-Korea independent co-production, Wedding Palace is a family comedy. Billed as the Korean-American My Big Fat Greek Wedding, the story centers on an international online romance fueled by imagination and 24/7 video chats.

Pressured to get married by family and friends, 29 year-old advertising executive Jason Kim finds the woman of his dreams in cyberspace, 9000 miles away in Seoul, Korea. But when Na Young arrives in Los Angeles, Jason soon discovers that a relationship can sometimes be deeper online than in real life. Can Jason find the courage to defy his parents and bridge the gap between family expectations of beauty and true love? With all of her "shortcomings," is Na Young the special girl with the power to break his family's ancient curse forever?

Starring are BRIAN TEE (Fast & Furious 3: Tokyo Drift) and S. Korean award winning actress KANG HYE-JUNG (Old Boy) makes her American debut here. BOBBY LEE, STEPHEN PARK, JOY OSMANSKI, and MARGARET CHO enliven the comedic supporting cast.

Provided courtesy of GoGoGo Entertainment. Not rated.

To learn more about the film and to view the trailer, click here

Official Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/weddingpalaceGO

 

About the Guests

CHRISTINE YOO, Writer/Director/Producer

Wedding Palace is Christine Yoo’s directing debut. Prior to making the film, Yoo worked for more than a decade building credits as an editor and then as a screenwriter in Hollywood. Highlights include co-writing Afro Samurai, starring Samuel L. Jackson for Spike TV/Fuji TV, an animation series for an Emmy- nominated franchise that includes a book, video game, and feature film. For Lionsgate, Yoo co-wrote & developed an original screenplay For Steppers Only. Yoo represented Asians in Hollywood at the 2012 White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders’ Briefing on Philanthropy and served as a judge for their 2011 video contest, “What’s Your Story?” Recently, Yoo was selected to direct for the 2012 5th Annual NBC Diversity Showcase. Currently Yoo is directing commercials and planning her next feature project to launch in 2013. She earned her BA in Film Production from the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts and graduated summa cum laude.

ERNEST HOLZMAN, ASC, Director of Photography, USA Production

Cinematographer Ernest Holzman, ASC, is a graduate of New York University and The American Film Institute.  He entered  the motion picture industry in 1982 as assistant cameraman for Jordan Cronenweth, ASC, on the production of Blade Runner. In 1986, Holzman began photographing television commercials and was offered his first theatrical assignment in 1989 on the ABC drama thirtysomething. His first theatrical feature was love jones for New Line Cinema in 1995 and in 2001 he won the ASC award for best cinematography for his work on the PBS television film Cora Unashamed. Ernie lives in Los Angeles with his wife, screenwriter Terry Anne Holzman.

BRIAN TEE, Actor - "JASON KIM"

Brian Tee is best known for his starring role as “DK, the Drift King,” in Universal Pictures' action thriller THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS 3: TOKYO DRIFT ($157m worldwide), directed by Justin Lin. His first film role was in the actiondrama WE WERE SOLDIERS, opposite Mel Gibson. On TV, he starred as EMT “Eddie Choi” for the series CRASH, based on the Academy Award winning Best Motion Picture for STARZ cable channel. Other guest starring roles for TV include: BURN NOTICE, LIE TO ME, GREY’S ANATOMY, BONES, CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION, and DARK BLUE. On the stage, Tee starred in SNOW FALLING ON CEDAR for the Hartford Stage Company. A Los Angeles native of Korean and Japanese descent, Tee holds a bachelor's degree in Dramatic ArtsActing from the University of California, Berkeley.

CHARLES KIM, Actor - "PROFESSOR UNCLE TAY"

Charles Kim has been performing for audiences ever since he caught the acting bug while attending law school. 13 years later, he practices law and enjoys making folks laugh regularly with his award-winning, live sketch comedy troupe, OPM. Among Charles' memorable characters are North Korean dictator Kim Jong-il, Asian-American rapper MC B-Hung, and a racist Korean mother described by the L.A. Times as "priceless." His television credits include: Law & Order: Los Angeles, The Unit, iCarly, The Bill Engvall Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Raising the Bar, and Lewis Black's The Root Of All Evil. When not appearing on stage, screen or in court, Charles loves to sleep. 

NANCY J. LEE, Actor - "DOCTOR AUNT MYUNG JA"

Born in San Francisco and raised in the Bay Area, Nancy J. Lee grew up in a typical strict Korean immigrant home. While her parents begged her to be an accountant and marry a nice, successful Korean man, Lee dreamed of becoming a back up dancer for Janet Jackson or a fabulous hair-stylist while being married to Johnny Depp with four kids. Lee’s dream partially came true when she became a back-up dancer for Jay Z at the Soul Train Music Awards. Lee’s fascination with hair styles morphed into trying out different wigs for various characters she’d play with the Propergander Theater Group, a Los Angeles based sketch comedy group. Currently, Nancy performs stand-up in Los Angeles and San Francisco comedy clubs – The Laugh Factory, The Improv, The Comedy Store, The Punchline, Cobbs, Pepperbelly’s, Mixed Nuts, The HaHa Café, The Fat Cat and many more! Wedding Palace marks her feature film debut, and yes—she wears a wig.

KELVIN HAN YEE, Actor - "WHEELER DEALER UNCLE HANK"

San Francisco native Kelvin Han Yee began his career as a company member at the American Conservatory Theater. Classically trained, Yee was the first Asian American actor to join Ashland's Oregon Shakespeare Festival and performed with Berkeley Repertory Theater, Huntington Theater, San Jose Stage, LATC, East West Platers and Lodestone Ensemble. Yee’s TV work includes: CRASH, TV series, based on the Academy Award Best Picture Winner, HAWAII FIVE-O, CHUCK, ENTOURAGE, CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM and THE MENTALIST.  Daytime drama includes: THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, DAYS OF OUR LIVES and THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL.  Yee’s film credits include: MILK, LUCKY YOU, TRUE CRIME, COPYCAT, SO I MARRIED AN AX MURDERER and A GREAT WALL, the first American feature film shot in the Peoples Republic of China. Upcoming films are SAN FRANCISCO 2177 and BORN TO BE A STAR. When he’s not acting, Yee mentors incarcerated youth and teaches writing workshops as an alternative to violence. Yee lives with his wife and rescued English Bulldog “Louie.”

JOHN SONG

VIOLET KIM

About the SCA Alumni Screening Series

The School of Cinematic Arts invites you to an exciting free screening series featuring a dynamic selection of new feature films by SCA alumni and faculty throughout the Spring 2012 semester. All screenings and events will be free of charge and open to the public, although we do ask for an electronic reservation for each screening, which can be made through the website for each individual screening. Many screenings will be overbooked to ensure that capacity is met in the theater. Some screenings will be run from digital sources.

To view the calendar for the SCA Alumni Screening Series, click here.

About Asia Society Southern California (ASSC)

Asia Society Southern California (ASSC) is the leading non-profit, non-partisan, pan-Asian organization dedicated to strengthening relationships and promoting understanding among the people of Southern California and Asia/Pacific. Established in Los Angeles in 1985, and with a large and diverse pan-Asian and AustralAsian population throughout Southern California, ASSC is ideally situated at the gateway to Asia/Pacific. ASSC has played a pivotal role through creative programs and activities in increasing shared knowledge, enhancing dialogue and furthering cultural exchanges transcending regional boundaries.

As part of the global Asia Society, which was founded more than a half century ago in New York City, ASSC has become one of the fastest-growing and most dynamic branches. Under the leadership of Chairman Thomas E. McLain and its Executive Committee and Board of Advisors, ASSC has launched many creative initiatives and programs addressing current issues of importance across the fields of the arts, culture, policy, business and education. Asia Society Southern California has hosted visionaries from Australia, China, Indonesia and Taiwan, as well as organizing Entertainment/Media Asia (EMAsia) conferences on the media/entertainment industry and its impact in Afghanistan, China, India and Iran.

Visit the ASSC Official Website: http://www.asiasocietysocal.org

Check-In & Reservations

This screening is free of charge and open to the public. Please bring a valid ID or print out of your reservation confirmation, which will automatically be sent to your e-mail account upon successfully making an RSVP through this website. Doors will open at 6:30 P.M.

All SCA screenings are OVERBOOKED to ensure seating capacity in the theater, therefore seating is not guaranteed based on RSVPs. The RSVP list will be checked in on a first-come, first-served basis until the theater is full. Once the theater has reached capacity, we will no longer be able to admit guests, regardless of RSVP status.

Parking

The USC School of Cinematic Arts is located at 900 W. 34th St., Los Angeles, CA 90007. Parking passes may be purchased for $8.00 at USC Entrance Gate #5, located at the intersection of W. Jefferson Blvd. & McClintock Avenue. We recommend parking in outdoor Lot M or V, or Parking Structure D, at the far end of 34th Street. Please note that Parking Structure D cannot accommodate tall vehicles such as SUVs. Metered street parking is also available along Jefferson Blvd.

Contact Information

Name: Alessandro Ago
Email: aago@cinema.usc.edu