Business professor uses student documentaries to teach lessons
TACOMA, Wash., March 22, 2007 – Each semester students in Professor Lynnette Claire’s class at University of Puget Sound’s School of Business and Leadership study entrepreneurship, but not by reading a dusty textbook. Instead, Claire requires her students “study” business owners by creating short documentary films about them.

Then toward the end of the semester, the students gather for their very own film festival, during which they watch the final versions of each others’ celluloid masterpieces, discuss what they learned, and snack on popcorn and soda pop.

“It’s fun for the students to learn a new skill—they already write a lot here.  The camera gives them an opportunity to explore the world of entrepreneurs in fine detail—over and over again as they edit.  They learn what makes their own entrepreneur unique, and they learn from each others’ experience as well,” said Claire. The 10-minute films profile area business owners, telling the stories of their daily lives as well as what inspired them to go into business for themselves.

Fun and informative, many people in the community attend the Entrepreneurial Film Festival, including other business owners, would-be entrepreneurs, and consumers interested in learning more about the people behind their favorite businesses.

The Entrepreneurial Film Festival opens at Rausch Auditorium at University of Puget Sound on Monday, March 19, from 7 to 9 p.m., and continues on Wednesday, March 21, from 7 to 9 p.m. Both showings are free and open to the public. Popcorn and soda are provided!

Some of the businesses featured in the most recent Entrepreneurial Film Festival include: 4 Evergreen Countertops; Chalet Bowl & 26th St. Café; Corey Macourek New Media Design; Inform Puget Sound; Small Business Accounting Solutions, LLC; Together We Can; Art on Center Gallery; CCECO Lab and Filtration; Dock St. Sandwich Co.; Puget Sound Sailing Institute; Forza Coffee Company; Identical Harmony; Nick’s Fix; Papa Giki Heart Healthy Cookies; Sonja Clothing for Women; Industry of Indulgence; and Garden Sphere.

To view a sampling of past documentaries, visit

More information on University of Puget Sound’s School of Business and Leadership is available at For details on the on the Entrepreneurial Film Festival, contact Professor Lynette Claire at 253.879.3153 or send an e-mail message to



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Supported by MTV World and Southwes Airlines (Official Airline Sponsor)

Asian Pacific American and Asian filmmakers are making history again at this year’s 2007 Sundance and Slamdance Film Festivals with a vast array of remarkable films. Please join Visual Communications (VC), Center for Asian American Media (formerly NAATA), Asian CineVision (ACV), San Diego Asian Film Foundation (SDAFF), Process Space Consulting, APA First Weekend Club, and David Magdael & Associates to celebrate our filmmakers and our stories at the following events:

Sunday, January 21, 2007 – 4pm – 6pm
China Panda Restaurant, 1776 Park Avenue, Park City
RSVP with “PARK CITY RSVP” in subject line to: apafilmparkcity [at] gmail [dot] com

Monday, January 22, 2007 – 12pm – 5pm
The Sidecar Bar, 333 Main Street, Park City


Panel Discussion
Monday, January 22, 2007 – 2:30pm
The Sidecar Bar, 333 Main Street, Park City

  • Moderator: Chi-hui Yang (SFIAAFF Director)


CAAM Media Fund Request for Proposals

The Center for Asian American Media seeks provocative and engaging project proposals from independent media producers. We provide funding for Asian American film and media projects through our Media Fund initiatives which are made possible with support from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. The Media Fund awards production and completion funds for projects intended for public television broadcast with awards ranging between $10,000 and $50,000. Detailed information on our funding initiatives and eligibility criteria can be found on our web site.

Winter Deadline: 2.8.2007 by 5pm Pacific
Summer Deadline: 8.9.2007 by 5pm Pacific

Deadline: 4.12.2007 by 5pm Pacific
Visit the Media Fund web site for an application and list of submission materials:

MTV/OneDotZero Bloom Competition

DEADLINE: January 31, 2007

MTV and OneDotZero have launched BLOOM – a competition to find the best up-and-coming moving image talent from around the world.

If you are over 18 and are an up-and-coming director, animator, or other moving image maker, we invite you to submit a creative written treatment for a one-minute film that represents your local environment, country and community as seen through your eyes. Entries will be judged by a panel of experts from MTV Networks International Creative and OneDotZero. Winning creative treatments will be commissioned and be given the chance to get in front of a global audience. Submissions should be sent in the form of a written treatment, and must be accompanied by at least one of the following: mood boards with visual references, storyboards, test films, animatic.

For more information visit the Bloom web site at:

New York AAIFF Now accepting entries!

Deadline (postmarked): Feb 9, 2007

Calling all filmmakers of Asian descent! The AAIFF is turning 30! Come celebrate with us July 19-28, 2007 this momentous occasion. We are now accepting film and video works for both features and shorts. Narrative, documentary, new media, animation, experimental, music video — we consider all. We accept works produced, written and/or directed by media makers of Asian descent from any nationality.

Submit your film online here,

Or you can also download the entry form here:

Founded in 1978, the AAIFF is proudly known as the “First Home to Asian American Cinema.” It was the nation’s first festival dedicated to screening works by media artists of Asian descent and, 30 years later, the festival continues to be a leading showcase for Asian and Asian American film and video. The festival has many showcase categories, including Features, Shorts, Screenplay, Music Video, Works-in-Progress and For Youth By Youth.

For more about the festival and call for entries, go to


Internships – SFIAAFF

The Center for Asian American Media seeks skilled, enthusiastic and dedicated individuals to assist with the planning and production of the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival (March, 2007). The internship consists of project-oriented tasks such as film and sponsorship research, database management and archival work. Internship is a part time and unpaid position (college credit may be available). Scheduling is flexible. This position is best suited for a person willing to share and gain skills in the arena of film programming, event planning, fundraising, and a sincere interest in Asian American and Asian media arts.

For more info visit: To apply send resume to Lynne Connor, Administrative Manager lynne [at] asianamericanmedia [dot] org.

Internships – Educational Distribution Department

The Center for Asian American Media seeks interns for the Educational Distribution Department to assist with the revision of its web site, data management, and a possible event. Activities include reviewing and editing film descriptions, contacting filmmakers for updated information, cross-checking, assisting with the overall web site database, mailing list data entry. Knowledge of Word, Excel and FileMaker Pro a plus. These are volunteer part-time positions, flexible hours.

To apply: email your cover letter and resume to Pam [at] asianamericanmedia [dot] org or fax 415/863-7428. For information, email Pam at the above address or call 415/863-0814 x108.

Internships – Media Fund Department

The Center for Asian American Media is seeking a responsible, flexible, and detail-oriented intern to assist with the Media Fund department. The Media Fund awards production and completion funding to independent film and video producers. Duties will include departmental research, updating our databases, and maintaining the sample tape library as well as general administrative and clerical support. The internship provides a valuable opportunity to witness projects in the beginning stages of production and gain an inside view into the fundraising process for independent film and media. Flexible hours. For more info visit: To apply send resume to Ellen Park, Media fund Associate at Ellen [at] asianamericanmedia [dot] org.

Top 10 Movie Concepts

October 1, 2006

Monday, August 21 2006 @ 04:05 AM PDT

Contributed by: Fred Stesney

It’s rare when a film’s premise is so compelling and original that you want to see the movie based on little else. Rarer still is a concept that will sustain multiple films. Snakes on a Plane hit the compelling and original bulls eye. Time will tell if the snakes have legs. In the meantime, here are the top ten eureka ideas.
This list excludes high-profile historical events, like D-Day and the sinking of the Titanic.

1. Explorers discover a sixty-foot ape – The idea that inspired King Kong, and moviemakers to enlarge all sorts of creatures, from insects to something that could destroy Tokyo.

2. Apes become the dominant species on Earth
– The Planet of the Apes franchise was launched in 1968, and is still going in the form of merchandising.

3. Woman gives birth to the Anti-Christ – That could describe both Rosemary’s Baby and The Omen. And while we’re in league with Satan, let’s give a shout out to a teenaged girl who is possessed.

4. A giant meteor collides with the Earth – We were hit with two films, Armageddon and Deep Impact. The latter is the better of the two. Also in this category is every other disaster movie, like Volcano, The Towering Inferno, and The Day After Tomorrow.

5. Honey, I shrunk the kids – Like Snakes on a Plane, this premise became the title of the film. It also spawned Honey, I Blew Up the Kids.

6. A bus is rigged with a bomb that will detonate if it goes below 50 m.p.h. – We hadn’t heard that one before.

7. A rich guy offers a couple $1 million to sleep with the wife – When Indecent Proposal opened, the media had reporters outside movie theaters asking couples how they would respond to that offer.

8. A white woman brings her black fiance home to meet her parentsGuess Who’s Coming to Dinner pushed our buttons. Guess Who wasn’t nearly as provocative.

9. A guy lives the same day over and over again – You can watch Groundhog Day repeatedly too.

10. Little boy sees dead people – “I see dead people” is the most famous quote from The Sixth Sense.