Ending August 15, 2003
Tighter Visa Regulations Put a Damper on Foreign Talent
the wake of an onslaught of 9/11-induced visa regulations
limiting travel into the U.S., foreign artists and performers
are now facing even tighter travel restrictions. New
regulations, which took effect August 1, now require
non-immigrant U.S. visitors to be interviewed at a U.S.
consulate before their trip, according to Daily Variety.
new rules are putting pressure even on performers from
Western Europe, a visa waiver zone. Starting in October,
visitors from this region will be required to present
machine-readable passports, which take several weeks
new regulations may create backlogs of up to six months,
concert programmers predict, and may mean that American
audiences will be seeing less of foreign musicians and
"One Night Stand" by director Pimpaka
Toweera. Courtesy of Movieseer.com
Ceiling? Not For These Four
female directors will be hitting the male dominated
Thai film industry with full force, releasing their
debut films this year.
Toweera, a short film director and former film critic
who directed Bangkok Film Fest 2001, released her suspense
thriller "One Night Husband" August 1. The
film, produced by GMM Pictures, tells the story of a
Thai woman who tracks down her lost husband.
Sisters Buranee Rachaiboon and Nida Sudasna will make
their debut in October with their serial killer flick
"See-Oui." U.S. scriptwriter Debra Katemeyer
will be finishing the script, which is based on a real
life case fifty years ago in which a Chinese migrant
murdered seven children and ate their hearts. The 1.2
million dollar Hong Kong/Thai co-production will star
Chinese actor Duan Long, and will be the first film
produced by Thailand Matching Motion Picture Co.
image from the film, "One Night Husband."
Courtesy of Fdk-berlin.de
actress turned director Mona Nahm will premier her action-adventure
"Khon Ra-luck Chat" (The Resurrection Man)
in November. Produced by famous director Oxide Pang,
the film tells the story of a Buddhist couple who try
to fight their destiny. Nahm is quoted in the Daily
Variety saying that at first, her young age (30) and
gender were obstacles in gaining the respect of the
crew, but that she won them over in the end.
Last" members Justin Fong, J.P. Leynes, Ken
Dela Cruz, Mike Lee, and Hans Cho get their big
break. Courtesy of Star-interviews.com
LAST Opens Summer Jam 2003
pop band "At Last" opened 100.3 The Beat's
Summer Jam Concert last weekend, after winning the hip
hop station's contest to find an opening act for the
show. The group performed at the Universal Amphitheatre
with Nelly, Mya, Ashanti, Lil' Kim, KRS One, E-40, and
in 2000, the five-member group represents diverse ethnic
backgrounds including Chinese, Filipino, Korean, and
Japanese, and all members are bilingual. "At Last"
has performed on "The Wayne Brady Show, Dick Clark's
"The Other Half," "Showtime at the Apollo,"
and Ed McMahon's "Next Big Star," and has
headlined with Justin Timberlake, Destiny's Child, and
Avril Lavigne. The group has also sung "Star Spangled
Banner" for the Los Angeles Lakers.
Comical Glimpse into the Lives of Immigrants is Provided
by Indian-American Film, Green Card Fever
Contributed by Nayla Huq
Rajasekharuni's directorial debut "Green Card Fever,"
which is a drama and romantic comedy, features a young
Indian immigrant to the U.S., Murali Ravillapind, played
by Vikram Dasu, who overstays his visa and encounters
love, lies and the law while chasing after legality
in the US, all the while convincing his family that
he's living in the lap of luxury.
This film opens a comical yet sympathetic window into
the lives of illegal immigrants living in the U.S.,
and the racism and disillusionment they face, but all
is not dampened with sorrow. Murali's new found friends
teach him how to be an American, by sagging his pants
all the way down to his ankles and trying to convince
him that the best way to get anything done in America
is to sue someone.
Murali then meets and falls in love with a confident,
beautiful, intelligent and opinionated woman, played
by Purva Bedi (American Desi), which further complicates
his pursuit of a green card.
The film's website (www.greencardfever.com)
declares that this film is "Coming Soon,"
but not soon enough.