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#AAIFF2015: Actors Byron Mann, Tzi Ma, Angela Zhou and Executive Producer and Showrunner John Wirth set for free screening of AMC’s HELL ON WHEELS on July 31

Asian CineVision and cable network, AMC are partnering for the first time in festival history to screen two episodes of the hit TV series, HELL ON WHEELS at the Asian American International Film Festival at Village East Cinemas on July 31 at 8:00pm. Admission is free, but will require that guests RSVP to the screening.

Chang (Byron Mann) in Episode 2  Photo by Chris Large/AMC

Chang (Byron Mann) in Episode 2
Photo by Chris Large/AMC

“Our mission at Asian CineVision has always been to shed light on important parts of the Asian American identity. Whether that is through film or television, it’s important that we give filmmakers the opportunity to showcase their unique stories and tell the world how those experiences have shaped their cultural identity. We feel it is important for us to share AMC’s series, HELL ON WHEELS, not only because it was a significant event in Asian American history, but also because of its profound effect on millions of Asian Americans in the United States,” said Executive Director of Asian CineVision, John Woo.

Circling around the history of the transcontinental railroad and how immigrant Chinese workers became an integral part of it’s construction, this contemporary Western tells the story of Cullen Bohannon, whose experience with Union Pacific’s construction of the first transcontinental railroad takes him westward into a lawless melting pot of a town called “Hell on Wheels”. The screening will also include special guest attendance by Executive Producer and Showrunner John Wirth, and actors Byron Mann, Tzi Ma and Angela Zhou.



“This festival means so much to me and I’m grateful to be here with you representing work I’m extremely proud of,” said Tzi Ma, who plays Tao in AMC’s “Hell on Wheels.” “I’ve been involved with Asian CineVision since Peter Chow launched it on a public access cable channel and persuaded me to be a part of one of his home-grown videotaped shows about life in New York’s Chinatown. I’m so impressed by what has been accomplished since then. AAIFF, Asian CineVision and “Hell On Wheels” are making history!”

A. Zhou as Fong - Hell On Wheels _ Season 5, Episode 2 - Photo Credit: Michelle Faye/AMC

A. Zhou as Fong – Hell On Wheels _ Season 5, Episode 2 – Photo Credit: Michelle Faye/AMC

In Season 5A, Cullen Bohannon finds himself a stranger in a strange land – the mountain town of Truckee, California, home to the Central Pacific Railroad. This rough railroad town teems with thousands of Chinese workers, foreign in language, culture and traditions. Despite the challenges of corralling his new workforce, Cullen leads the herculean effort to tunnel through the Sierra Nevada Mountains, sometimes achieving only inches a day in the race to complete the first Transcontinental Railroad.

Ticket Information
The event is free, but we ask guests to please email to RSVP to the screening.

About AMC
Whether commemorating favorite films from every genre and decade, or creating acclaimed original programming, AMC brings to its audience something deeper, something richer, Something More. The network reigns as the only cable network in history ever to win the Emmy® Award for Outstanding Drama Series four years in a row with Mad Men,and six of the last seven with current back-to-back honoree, “Breaking Bad”. The network boasts the most-watched drama series in basic cable history and the number one show on television among adults 18 to 49 for the last three years with “The Walking Dead:. AMC’s current original drama series include “Mad Men,” “The Walking Dead,” “Better Call Saul,” “Hell on Wheels,” “TURN: Washington’s Spies,” “Halt and Catch Fire,” “Humans,” and the forthcoming “Fear the Walking Dead,” “Into the Badlands” and “The Night Manager”. AMC also explores authentic worlds and discussion with original shows like “Talking Dead,” “The Making of The Mob: New York” and “Comic Book Me”n. AMC is owned and operated by AMC Network Entertainment LLC and its sister networks include IFC, SundanceTV, BBC America and WE tv. AMC is available across all platforms, including on-air, online, on demand and mobile. AMC: Something More.

About Asian CineVision
Asian CineVision (ACV) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit media arts organization devoted to the development, exhibition, promotion, and preservation of Asian and Asian American film and video.

General Festival Information
The Asian American International Film Festival (AAIFF) is a presentation of Asian CineVision. The festival is a celebration of inspiring Asian and Asian American works in film and video from innovative artists around the world. AAIFF 2015 takes place July 23-August 1, 2015 in Manhattan and Queens. Manhattan venues include: Cinema Village East (181-189 2nd Avenue); Asia Society (725 Park Avenue); Museum of Chinese in America (215 Centre Street); Queens venues include: Museum of the Moving Image (36-01 35th Ave, Astoria); Queens Botanical Garden (43-50 Main Street, Flushing); and Flushing Town Hall (13735 Northern Boulevard, Flushing).

Lia Chang at the 11th Annual 72 Hour Shootout World Premiere Film Screening at Village Cinema East in New York on July 25, 2015. Photo by GK

Lia Chang at the 11th Annual 72 Hour Shootout World Premiere Film Screening at Village Cinema East in New York on July 25, 2015. Photo by GK

Lia Chang is an award-winning filmmaker, a Best Actress nominee,   a 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, Taxman and Hide and Seek. She has guest starred on “One Life to Live,” “As the World Turns,” and “New York Undercover.” She is profiled in Jade Magazine.

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Other articles by Lia Chang:
BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA Cast Reunion featured in BLACK BELT MAGAZINE August/September 2015
THE WIZ: A Celebration in Dance and Music featuring André De Shields, Phylicia Rashad, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Ebony Jo-Ann, Inaya Day and more at SummerStage in Central Park on 8/12; Marcus Garvey Park on 8/13, 8/14
André De Shields in CONFESSIONS OF A P.I.M.P., Black Stars of the Great White Way anniversary concert at NBTF and Broadway-Bound GOTTA DANCE 
Award-winning Filmmaker Jennifer Phang’s Sci-Fi film ADVANTAGEOUS starring Jacqueline Kim, Ken Jeong and Samantha Kim, available on Netflix and iTunes
Q & A with Jose Llana, the new King of Siam in LCT’s Tony Award-Winning Revival of The King and I
Photos and Video:’The Visit’ Broadway cast performance and CD signing at Barnes & Noble with Chita Rivera, John Kander, Graciela Daniele and Co.
Drumhead Magazine: Living Colour Drummer Will Calhoun, Photos by Lia Chang  
Photos: #EmptyMet Tour with Chief Digital Officer Sree Sreenivasan
China: Through the Looking Glass Exhibition Extended through September 7 at Metropolitan Museum
Photos:Lunch with Tony Winner Lea Salonga and George Takei, Stars of ALLEGIANCE
Coming to America through The Angel Island Immigration Station
Crafting a Career

Click here  for the Lia Chang Articles Archive and here for the Lia Chang Photography Website.
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