Backstage Pass with Lia Chang

J.P. Chan’s A Picture of You, starring Jo Mei, Andy Pang, Jodi Long, Teyonah Parris and Lucas Dixon, opens on September 12 in Pasadena and Honolulu

pngJ.P. Chan’s self-assured feature length directorial debut, A Picture of You, begins its LA theatrical premiere on Friday, September 12, 2014, at Laemmle Playhouse 7, 673 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91101.

Andy Pang and Jo Mei, who play siblings in the critically-acclaimed indie film A Picture of You by J.P. Chan, after a screening at AMC 7 Theaters in New York on June 22, 2014. Photo by Lia Chang

Andy Pang and Jo Mei, who play siblings in the critically-acclaimed indie film A Picture of You by J.P. Chan, after a screening at AMC 7 Theaters in New York on June 22, 2014. Photo by Lia Chang

A Picture of You stars Jo Mei (forthcoming Adult World) and Andy Pang (“The Good Wife”; “Elementary”), as estranged siblings Jen and Kyle, who travel from New York City to rural Pennsylvania to pack up the home of their recently deceased mother (TBS’s “Sullivan & Son” Jodi Long). While there, they inadvertently make a shocking discovery that turns their world upside-down. A serious movie about life that collides into a funny movie about death, A Picture of You is a story about loss, family, secrets, making up, and moving on. The film also features Teyonah Parris (Dear White People; AMC TV series “Mad Men”) and Lucas Dixon. Click here for tickets.

JP Chan, writer/director of the recently wrapped A Picture of You, is flanked by his castmembers Jodi Long, who can currently be seen on Sullivan and Son, and Jo Mei ,at the 35th Asian American International Film Festival, at the Clearview Chelsea Cinemas in New York on August 4, 2012. Photo by Lia Chang

JP Chan, writer/director of the recently wrapped A Picture of You, is flanked by his castmembers Jodi Long, who can currently be seen on Sullivan and Son, and Jo Mei ,at the 35th Asian American International Film Festival, at the Clearview Chelsea Cinemas in New York on August 4, 2012. Photo by Lia Chang

Meet filmmaker  J.P. Chan who will participate in Q&A’s after the 7:20 PM screenings Friday and Saturday, September 12 and 13, and after the 1:20 PM screening on Sunday, September 14.

I caught the critically-acclaimed film during its extended theatrical release in New York this summer and highly recommend it. It has been called “a great little indie family drama”, and film festival audiences have been delighted with the film’s spirit. Earlier this Spring, A Picture of You was awarded Best Screenplay at the 2014 LA Asian Pacific Film Festival. And most recently it was named NEW YORK TIMES CRITIC’S PICK during its theatrical premiere earlier this Summer.

A PICTURE OF YOU THEATRICAL RELEASE:
September 12th – Los Angeles, CA (Laemmle Playhouse 7 in Pasadena)
September 12th – Honolulu, HI (Kahala Theater)
October 5th – Baton Rouge, LA (Manship Theater)
October 20 in New York at New York University
November 13 in Baltimore at the Creative Alliance
November 16 in Nevada City, CA at the Nevada Theatre
Available on VOD in October 2014

View trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rZ04f3c79ug

“A Picture of You thankfully avoids the saccharine of “families reunited because of a death of parent” movies with realism and levity and is a worthy addition to the growing canon of Asian American film.” – Beyond Chinatown, June 29, 2014

“A curiously likable, entertainingly laid-back Asian-American take on all-too-familiar dysfunctional family tropes, this Kickstarter-enabled effort boldly mines farce along with sentiment.” – Variety, June 27, 2014

“A Picture of You has an elegant ease to it’s storytelling. It’s supremely relatable and should be noticed.” – Cinemit, June 27, 2014

“Sensitive and understated, J.P. Chan’s A Picture of You balances humor and sentiment with an instinctive hand, skillfully unearthing honest, unexpected laughs amid intense grief.” – The Village Voice, June 20, 2014

“Chan and his cast, especially the truly great Mei, find the truth in the ridiculous enough for it to work on its own modest terms.” – RogerEbert.com, June 20, 2014

“Subverts cliché…there’s enormous warmth.” – The New York Times, June 19, 2014 [A New York Times Critics’ Pick]

“A sharp, mischievous family drama with an ending that will stick with you for days.” – WayTooIndie.com, June 6, 2014

“This disarmingly low-key genre-hybrid delivers both dramatically and comedically.” – The Hollywood Reporter, May 24, 2014

“A Picture of You is a smart, intimate, well-conceived and neatly executed low-budget film which draws the audience into a…family secret…with impressive results.” –The Huffington Post, May 23, 2014

DIRECTOR BIO:
J.P. CHAN (Writer / Director / Producer) is a self-taught filmmaker and playwright living in New York City. His short films have screened at film festivals including Slamdance, SXSW, Tribeca, and Comic-Con. His plays have had productions and readings in New York and Chicago. He is a member of the Ma-Yi Writers Lab, holds a graduate degree in urban planning from NYU, and was born in New Jersey to working-class immigrant parents. He makes his movies and plays while working full-time as Assistant Director for Multimedia Production at MTA, the New York metro region public transportation agency.

Other articles by Lia Chang:
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Eric Sharp Makes Playwrighting Debut with Mu Performing Arts’ World Premiere of Middle Brother at The Southern Theater, September 11-28, 2014
Sept. 17: Tony Award Winning Playwright David Henry Hwang Talks with A Chinaman’s Chance’s Author Eric Liu at 92nd Street Y
Sept. 30 – Nov. 2: André De Shields, Adam Chanler-Berat, Kevin Mambo, Rebecca Naomi Jones, Kyle Beltran & More Set for THE FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE at The Public 
Oct. 8 – 12: 2014 National Asian American Theater Conference & Festival Lineup
Oct. 10-12: Dan Kwong’s WHAT? NO PING-PONG BALLS? with Kenny Endo at Interact Theatre Company as part of 2014 National Asian American Theater Festival and Conference
David Henry Hwang and Lynn Nottage Appointed to the Playwriting Faculty of Columbia University School of the Arts Theatre Program
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Joe Mantegna, Delta Burke, Gerald McRaney, President Bill Clinton and More Remember Meshach Taylor
July 6: Memorial Service for ‘Designing Women’ Star Meshach Taylor at Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills 
Photos: Meshach Taylor Celebrates 67th Birthday with Arlene and Joe Mantegna, Delta Burke, Gerald McRaney, Jean Smart, Dennis Franz, Ernie Hudson, John Heard, Keith Szarabajka, Stuart Gordon, Shadoe Stevens and More
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Click here for the Lia Chang Articles Archive and here for the Lia Chang Photography Website.

Lia Chang Photo by GK

Lia Chang Photo by GK

Lia Chang is an actor, a performance and fine art botanical photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalistLia made her jazz vocalist debut in Rome Neal’s Banana Puddin’ Jazz “LADY” at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe in New York.

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