Monday, March 17, 2008

from today's paper

so here is an article from today's seattle pi. its about a website tracking gangs up in the nw. nothing i never knew bout, so i thought it kinda interesting. from my experience, it seems pretty comprehensive (on the asian side that is - i don't know much bout other gangs).

the article

the website

Saturday, March 08, 2008

a passage to india

so take a break from all the other blogs you read out there to have a look at jenni's trip to india. she is volunteering in a boy's home, assisting them with learning some film making for the next 5 weeks or so, then she will travel through northern india.

so for the next 2 months, its the best bet in blogging:

jenni's indiaspring blog

Monday, March 03, 2008

sabaidee luang prabang

First Laotian Feature Film in 20 Years Set for Release

The Laotian government has apparently financed a romantic story set in Luang Prabang, a small city (population 22,000) located on the Mekong River in the north central region of the country. The film is entitled Sabaidee Luang Prabang (Good Morning, Luang Prabang) and stars Ananda Everingham "as a Lao-Australian photographer who returns to his father's home country of Laos," according to Wise Kwai's Thai Film Journal. He "gets in touch with his heritage during a trip that takes him the length of the country. Along [the] way, he bonds and falls in love with his female guide, played by Laotian beauty queen Khamlek Pallawong."

Good Morning, Luang Prabang is a Laotian-Thai co-production and is the first feature film from Laos in nearly 20 years. Wise Kwai, a Bangkok-based journalist, says that the so-called "film industry" in Laos has been limited prima! rily to producing made-for-television features and state-controlled propaganda videos since 1988. The media is still under strict control of the government.
Ananda Everingham, 25, previously was featured in the original version of Shutter (the U.S. remake is due out shortly) as well as Pen-Ek Ratanaruang's Ploy. Everingham was "born in Thailand to an Australian photojournalist father and a Laotian mother, a legendary romance that was the subject of an American made-for-TV movie," Love is Forever, starring Michael Landon. The busy young actor reduced his usual fee to appear in the movie. Good Morning, Luang Prabang is set for release on April 10, just in time for the New Year's holiday celebrated in Laos and Thailand.