UPLOADED: THE ASIAN AMERICAN MOVEMENT
Directed by Kane Diep
Long relegated to exaggerated stereotypes that lampoon, oppress, or make irrelevant completely, Asians Americans were able to sidestep the embarrassing film and TV caricatures and find creative outlets with self-representations in independent films like the landmark Better Luck Tomorrowin 2002. Yet, that brief window of possibility did not translate into an explosion of opportunity in the mainstream.
These cycles of pessimism make the massive popularity of Asian Americans on digital moving image channels like YouTube all the more impressive and empowering. Young videomakers and performers like Ryan Higa, Christine Gambino, and Kevin Wu have in many ways redefined Asian American mainstream and niche identities – and have been extraordinarily successful in the process.
First-time feature filmmaker Kane Diep’s UPLOADED: THE ASIAN AMERICAN MOVEMENT examines the movement of Asian American actors, filmmakers, dancers, and musicians to the digital sphere, and the movement it has created in audiences and in popular culture more generally. Through insightful interviews with Asian American performers of both old and new media, the documentary imagines social media as a democratic platform to revolutionize the Asian American creative arts. –Eric Lallana
Co-presented by: Asian American Journalists Association – San Diego Chapter (AAJA-SD)
Producers: Kane Diep, Farah Moriah, Julie Zhan
Editors: Rommel Andaya, Mark Gadia