Backstage Pass with Lia Chang

Jennifer Phang’s ADVANTAGEOUS debuts on Netflix on Jun. 23; Screens at Cinema Village in NY and Roxie Theatre in SF, Jun 26- July 2

Advantageous3On June 23rd, Jennifer Phang’s ADVANTAGEOUS, winner of a Sundance Film Festival Jury Award, will debut in 18 languages on Netflix. It is now available for preorder on iTunes.

The cast and creative team of ADVANTAGEOUS at the Sundance Film Festival premiere on January 26, 2015 in Park City, Utah. Photo courtesy of Jeanne Sakata

The cast and creative team of ADVANTAGEOUS at the Sundance Film Festival premiere on January 26, 2015 in Park City, Utah. Photo courtesy of Jeanne Sakata

The cast features Jacqueline Kim, Ken Jeong, James Urbaniak, Jennifer Ehle, Freya Adams, Jennifer Ikeda, Olivia Horton, Sameerah Luqmann-Harris, Rex Lee,Troi Zee, Theresa Navarro, Mercedes Griffeth, Jeanne Sakata, Matthew Kim, and introducing Samantha Kim.

For one week only, catch ADVANTAGEOUS on the big screen to get the full cinematic experience! ADVANTAGEOUS will play exclusively in NY at Cinema Village, 22 E 12th St, from June 26 to July 2nd.

Director Jennifer Phang and special guests will be in attendance for an extended Q&A on selected screenings. Stay tuned! *Screening showtimes TBA*

ADVANTAGEOUS will play exclusively at the Roxie Theatre, 3117 16th St in San Francisco, from June 26 to July 2.

On Sunday night, June 28, a special event co-presented with the Center for Asian American Media (CAAMFest): **Director Jennifer Phang, Senior VFX Supervisor Catherine Tate, and other special guests will be in attendance for an extended Q&A at the 9pm Big Roxie screening on Sunday June 28th.** Click here for tickets.

June 26 7:00 PM Little Roxie June 26 9:00 PM Little Roxie June 27 5:00 PM Little Roxie June 27 7:00 PM Little Roxie June 27 9:00 PM Little Roxie June 28 5:00 PM Little Roxie June 28 9:00 PM Big Roxie** June 29 7:00 PM Little Roxie June 29 9:00 PM Little Roxie June 30 7:00 PM Little Roxie June 30 9:00 PM Little Roxie July 1 7:00 PM Little Roxie July 1 9:00 PM Little Roxie July 2 7:00 PM Little Roxie July 2 9:00 PM Little Roxie https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=69_Gfg6k430

Jennifer Phang

Jennifer Phang

Director Jennifer Phang has developed a dual affinity for science fiction and wry commentary as her storytelling stock-in-trade. Her latest effort, ADVANTAGEOUS (an expansive revisit of her 2003 Festival Golden Reel Award-winning short subject) largely eschews the commentary for a incisively-observed story of a career woman, played by veteran actress Jacqueline Kim, who goes to great lengths to insure a future for her only child. Originally commissioned in 2012 as part of the groundbreaking Independent Television Service series, “Future States,” ADVANTAGEOUS sparingly lays on the sci-fi while amping up the interpersonal tension and drama. The result is more French New Wave (Chris Marker’s classic LA JETEE comes to mind) than anything else, and demonstrates Phang’s increasing mastery of the sci-fi storytelling form — even more impressively than in her well-lauded HALF-LIFE (2008).

Working from a script co-penned with actress Kim, the story of ADVANTAGEOUS hews close to the original source: in a dystopian society that favors appearances over experience, Gwen (Kim), the company spokesperson for a radical technology allowing people to overcome their natural disadvantages and begin life anew, finds herself out of a job due to the inevitable march of time. With the future of her only child Jules (Samantha Kim) in crisis, Gwen ponders undergoing the procedure herself. In revisiting the story, Phang and Kim open up Gwen and Jules’ world outside of the apartment that served as the anchor for the previous short film. Now, the audience sees the human cost of Gwen’s heretofore “perfect” life. A compromised partnership with her former boss Fisher (James Urbaniak) threatens any means of her returning to work; while a past discretion with her sister’s husband (an almost unrecognizable, dramatic turn for comic actor Ken Jeong) foregrounds her estrangement from her own family. In this world, ADVANTAGEOUS riffs on the destructive contrast between soaring opulence vs. economic hardship, and the compromises that people like Gwen are willing to go through for that better situation. ADVANTAGEOUS (a Special Jury Award Winner for Collaborative Vision at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival) is sci-fi that works through sharply-drawn characterization, and may very well be the crown jewel in a banner year for Asian Pacific American cinema. source: Abraham Ferrer

The cast and creative team of Jennifer Phang's ADVANTAGEOUS at the Los Angeles premiere at the Aratani Theatre on August 24, 2015. Photo courtesy of Ed Moy/Facebook

The cast and creative team of Jennifer Phang’s ADVANTAGEOUS at the Los Angeles premiere at the Aratani Theatre on August 24, 2015. Photo courtesy of Ed Moy/Facebook

LAAPFF alumni Jennifer Phang received the Best Director for her film ADVANTAGEOUS, and the film scored prizes in 3 other categories including Best Music Score (Timo Chen), Best Editing (Sean Gillane and Jennifer Phang), and the special inaugural Linda Mabalot Renaissance Award for actress/writer Jacqueline Kim for her work as the lead actress and co-writer of ADVANTAGEOUS. This award recognizes a multi talented artist who exemplifies the spirit and fierceness of the late executive director of the LAAPFF and Visual Communications, Linda Mabalot.  Mabalot died in 2003 just after the festival ended.

THE TEAM FROM ADVANTAGEOUS, WINNER OF MULTIPLE AWARDS AT THE 2015 LAAPFF, CELEBRATES ON CLOSING NIGHT AT THE DGA. FROM LEFT TO RIGHT:  ACTRESS JACQUELINE KIM; DIRECTOR JENNIFER PHANG; COMPOSER TIMO CHEN. (PHOTO: STEVEN LAM)

THE TEAM FROM ADVANTAGEOUS, WINNER OF MULTIPLE AWARDS AT THE 2015 LAAPFF, CELEBRATES ON CLOSING NIGHT AT THE DGA. FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: ACTRESS JACQUELINE KIM; DIRECTOR JENNIFER PHANG; COMPOSER TIMO CHEN. (PHOTO: STEVEN LAM)

Filmmaker Bio Jennifer Phang’s Advantageous won a Sundance 2015 Jury Prize and her award‐winning debut feature Half-Life premiered in 2008 at the Sundance and Tokyo International film festivals. It screened at SXSW and was distributed by Sundance Channel. She was invited to Sundance Institute Screenwriters Lab and was awarded a San Francisco Film Society/Kenneth Rainin Foundation FilmHouse Residency and Sundance Institute Feature Film Grant. The Berkeley-born daughter of a Chinese-Malaysian father and Vietnamese mother, Phang graduated from the MFA directing program at the American Film Institute. Advantageous is produced by Robert Chang, Theresa Navarro, Moon Molson, Ken Jeong and Jacqueline Kim. With cinematography by Richard Wong, editing by Sean Gillane and Gena Bleir, production design by Dara Wishingrad and Aiyana Trotter, VFX animation by Catherine Tate, Ricardo Marmolej and Jean Elston, original score composed by Timo Chen. cropped-lia-chang_photo-by-carlos-flores-3.jpgLia Chang is an actor, a performance and fine art botanical photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon and Taxman. She has guest starred on “One Life to Live,” “As the World Turns,” and “New York Undercover.” She is profiled in Jade Magazine. Related Articles JASMINE and TWINSTERS Take Top Honors at the 31st Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival; ADVANTAGEOUS, MISS INDIA AMERICA, THE KILLING FIELDS OF DR. HAING S. NGOR among the winners Jennifer Phang, Nikole Beckwith and Stewart Thorndike Receive SFFS Women Filmmaker Fellowships Jennifer Phang, Jacqueline Kim and Ken Jeong in attendance at #LAAPFF2015 Screening of ADVANTAGEOUS at the Aratani Theatre on April 24; Afterparty at Oiwake Restaurant The 31st Annual Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival (LAAPFF) presents Jennifer Phang’s ADVANTAGEOUS Featuring Jacqueline Kim, James Urbaniak, Freya Adams, Ken Jeong, Jennifer Ehle, Samantha Kim, Jeanne Sakata, Jennifer Ikeda and Matthew Kim at the Aratani Theatre on April 24 April 23-30: The Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival (LAAPFF) Lineup includes EVERYTHING BEFORE US, KTOWN COWBOYS, Shonali Bose’s MARGARITA, WITH A STRAW, Jennifer Phang’s ADVANTAGEOUS, Arthur Dong’s FORBIDDEN CITY, U.S.A. and THE KILLING FIELDS OF DR. HAING S. NGOR Photos: Traveling through the mouth of the Dragon with BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA’s James Hong, Peter Kwong, Lia Chang, Gerald Okamura, George Cheung, Al Leong, Jeff Imada, James Lew, Gary Goldman, Eric Lee  Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, Advantageous, Oh Lucy!, Meru, Umrika, The Chinese Mayor, The Stanford Prison Experiment Among 2015 Sundance Film Festival Award Winners Sundance Film Festival Premiere Photo: Jennifer Phang’s ADVANTAGEOUS Featuring Jacqueline Kim, James Urbaniak, Freya Adams, Ken Jeong, Jennifer Ehle, Samantha Kim, Jeanne Sakata, Jennifer Ikeda and Matthew Kim, Screens at 2015 Sundance Film Festival through Jan. 31 Jennifer Phang’s ADVANTAGEOUS Featuring Jacqueline Kim, James Urbaniak, Freya Adams, Ken Jeong, Jennifer Ehle, Samantha Kim, Jeanne Sakata, Jennifer Ikeda and Matthew Kim, Screens at 2015 Sundance Film Festival, January 26-31  2015 Sundance Film Festival Lineup Jan. 25: 11th Annual Asian American Pacific Filmmakers Experience in Park City at Club 301 – The Funn Networks Space Click here for other film articles. Other articles by Lia Chang The Old Globe Presents World Premiere of Christopher Gattelli Helmed IN YOUR ARMS Featuring Vignettes written by David Henry Hwang, Rajiv Joseph, Douglas Carter Beane, Nilo Cruz, Christopher Durang, Carrie Fisher, Terrence McNally, Marsha Norman, Lynn Nottage, and Alfred Uhry, September 16 – October 25 Jose Llana and Hoon Lee to play King of Siam in Tony Award-winning production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s THE KING AND I FILM LAB PRESENTS “Focus on the Philippines” featuring John Day’s Matud Nila, narrated by Raul Aranas Behind the Scenes of the Asian American Film Lab’s 72 Hour Shootout with Lia Chang, Garth Kravits, Evan Daves and Alicia Manns in HIDE AND SEEK Photos: The 11th Annual 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Launch Party at The Korea Society; TWO FACES is this year’s theme  Photos: Traveling through the mouth of the Dragon with BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA’s James Hong, Peter Kwong, Lia Chang, Gerald Okamura, George Cheung, Al Leong, Jeff Imada, James Lew, Gary Goldman, Eric Lee Tony Award winning playwright David Henry Hwang’s Commencement Speech at SUNY Purchase Cultural Interplay between the East and West in “China: Through the Looking Glass” at The Met Photos: Anna May Wong as Fashion Muse in “China: Through the Looking Glass” at The Met Photos: Inside “China: Through the Looking Glass” at The Met with Wong Kar-Wai, Vivienne Tam, Wendi Murdoch, Anna Wintour and More Photos and Video: Telly Leung, Yumi Kurosawa, Lei Pasifika, Soh Daiko perform at The Met’s Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month Celebration Lin-Manuel Miranda, Christopher Jackson, Leslie Odom Jr., Phillipa Soo, Anthony Ramos, Daveed Diggs, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Jonathan Groff and more set for HAMILTON; Previews begin July 13 Photos and Video: BD Wong at premiere of JURASSIC WORLD at the Dolby Theatre The King and I wins 4 Tony Awards including Best Revival of a Musical, Kelli O’Hara (Best Leading Actress in a Musical), Ruthie Ann Miles (Best Featured Actress in a Musical) and Catherine Zuber (Best Costume Design) The King and I’s Ruthie Ann Miles Wins #TonyAwards for Best Featured Actress in a Musical Photos: 2015 Tony Award Winners and Performances Dr. Leroy Chiao honored with 2015 Blue Cloud Award at China Institute’s Blue Cloud Gala Photos: Dr. Leroy Chiao, The Hon. 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You may not alter or remove any trademark, copyright or other notice from copies of the content. For permission, please contact Lia at liachangpr@gmail.com

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