Every Day Is a Holiday

documentary films


So nice to see you in Hoboken and Hong Kong. The TEDxWanchai conference was also amazing.

The film will be available for viewing via streaming this week for $8.88. It is also available for purchase via DVD.

21 August 2014
9 Justice Drive, Admiralty, Hong Kong
Every Day Is a Holiday Documentary Screening & Post-Screening Director’s Q&A
Screening at 6:45 pm
Post-Screening Q&A at 7:45 pm
Close at 8:10 pm
(Dir: Theresa Loong; 56 mins; In English, Chinese subtitles)
http://asiasociety.org/hong-kong/events/every-day-holiday

23 August 2014, 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM (HKT)
I will be speaking at
TEDxWanchai at The Vine Centre
29 Burrows St
WanChai, Hong Kong
http://www.tedxwanchai.com

Hoboken Historical Museum:
Sunday, August 17, 2014 at 4:00pm
1301 Hudson Street
Hoboken, NJ
201-656-2240
https://www.hobokenmuseum.org

Every Day Is a Holiday screened on Sunday, July 20 at 4pm in Washington, D.C. at the National Gallery of Art!

The film is part of the Black Maria Film Festival, named after the world’s first motion picture studio built by Thomas Edison. It’s where Edison made all of his own short experimental films.

I am so grateful for those who joined me in DC.

An excerpt of Every Day Is a Holiday screened at SOMArts in San Francisco at 934 Brannan St. in May as part of a group show:
http://www.somarts.org/eatingcultures/

The film was on TV in May:
-KET 2 Kentucky May 26 @ 9 pm and 10pm EST
-KLCS Los Angeles May 27 @ 10pm PDT

If you don’t see a listing, or missed a broadcast, please contact your local public television station and request a screening.

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Every Day Is a Holiday will be previewed as part of the 33rd Black Maria Film Festival on Friday, February 7 at New Jersey City University at 7pm. For information, contact info@blackmariafilmfestival.org

The Black Maria Festival is named after the world’s first motion picture studio built by Thomas Edison, where he made all of his own short experimental films. Every Day Is a Holiday will screen for free at the Newark Museum 49 Washington St., Newark, NJ on Saturday, February 8 at 2pm.

On Sunday, February 9, at 2pm the film will be shown for free as part of the Silk Screen film series at Sewickley Academy in Sewickley, PA, near Pittsburgh.

Paul Loong and Theresa Loong at Manhattan College

Paul and Theresa Loong at Manhattan College. Photo: Corky Lee

My dad and I were at Manhattan College along with my mom in November for a Veterans Day screening of Every Day Is a Holiday. We presented the film and conducted a spirited Q&A session afterward. Students attended as well as members of the general public, including a couple celebrating their 30th anniversary and whose parents served in World War II.

Good news about the film! I am currently developing an educational screening kit for Every Day Is a Holiday.  It will consist of a DVD and curriculum guide for use in middle schools, high schools, and universities. Sewickley Academy, pre-K through 12, will screen the film and distribute the guide in Pittsburgh in February, 2014. It will be shown free of charge at the school. The public is welcome.

Also, I have been awarded a grant for $2250 from the ADBC Memorial Society because of my efforts to increase intergenerational dialogue and awareness of Allied POWs in the Pacific during World War II.  However, this does not cover the entire cost of the education screening kit.

If you are able to make a tax-deductible year-end contribution to help defray the costs of creating the educational guide of $50, $100 or more, I would greatly appreciate it. Credit card donations can be made here:
www.wmm.com/filmmakers/sponsored_projects.aspx?cmd=ae&id=1#473 

Thank you for your consideration and have a great holiday.

Manhattan College is hosting a free screening of “Every Day Is a Holiday,” the painful but life-affirming story of Paul Loong’s unlikely journey from Chinese teenager in Malaysia and a Japanese Prisoner of War during WWII to merchant seaman, Veterans Affairs doctor and naturalized citizen of the country that liberated him: the United States. Screening will start at 6:00pm. The film will be followed by a discussion with Dr. Loong and the film’s director, Theresa Loong. Please join us!

Time: Monday, November 11, 2013 at 6:00 pm
Manhattan College’s Hayden Hall, Room 100
Riverdale, NY 10471

Subway: Take the 1 train to Van Cortlandt Park-242 Street (last stop).
Walk up the hill on W. 242nd Street to main gate on right.

For more information, call 718-496-4964.

The Chinatown Partnership is hosting a free screening “Every Day Is a Holiday” (in English with Chinese subtitles), the painful but life-affirming story of Paul Loong’s unlikely journey from Chinese teenager in Malaysia and a Japanese Prisoner of War during WWII to merchant seaman, Veterans Affairs doctor and naturalized citizen of the country that liberated him: the United States.  Screening will start at 6:30pm.  It’s a one hour film that will conclude with a short demo of an interactive piece based on the documentary using the Microsoft Kinect:

Time: Saturday July 20, 2013 at 6:30 pm
Chinatown Partnership LDC
60 St. James Place, NY, NY
Seats are limited, so please RSVP at 212-346-9288

https://www.facebook.com/events/216161641867949

Every Day Is a Holiday Poster

Growing up in suburban New Jersey, I knew little about my father’s past. Then, one day, I discovered his secret diary, written during WWII…

Every Day Is a Holiday tells the inspirational story of how my dad, Paul Loong, survived a POW camp in Japan and set out on an unlikely journey to become a citizen of the country that liberated him:  the United States.  

Every Day Is a Holiday is heading to the Montclair Film Festival!

Please join me and my dad and come see the film on the big screen:
Montclair Film Festival
Clairidge Cinema 1
Saturday, 5/4 11:15am
486 Bloomfield Ave
‪Montclair, NJ 07042‬
To order tickets online, visit http://bit.ly/everydayfilm

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Every Day Is a Holiday is playing on over 60 public television stations – on the World Compass channels – Over 60 stations, Friday, May 3 at 6pm and 9pm, Sunday May 5 at 7pm and Monday at 11am. See the map below for a station near you.

Some digital channels where Every Day Is a Holiday is playing

Some digital channels where Every Day Is a Holiday is playing



For current showtimes in your area, please type in your zip code.

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Of course, I would love to see you tomorrow at the Montclair Film Festival! Sat. May 4 at 11:15am. Bus information here

Dr. Paul Loong, WWII POW, Korean War veteran, doctor and subject of documentary ‘Every Day Is a Holiday,’ will give a live talk after a screening at the Montclair Film Festival’s spotlight on New Jersey films.

Contact: Theresa Loong
Tel: 718-496-4964
e-mail: Theresa@everydayisaholiday.org

How does a Malaysian-born RAF veteran get from prisoner-of-war camps in Japan to the NJ suburbs?

On May 4th, at the Montclair Film Festival, Dr. Paul Loong will answer that question, which involves oil tankers; arbitrary immigration bureaucrats; the US Army in the Korean War; a compassionate Congressman; Italian medical school; and the East Orange VA hospital.

Documentary filmmaker Theresa Loong was able to gradually pry the full story from Dr. Loong, her father, after discovering the wartime diary he’d kept secret — first from his Japanese captors, then his family — for over 60 years.

Ms. Loong’s questions grew into the documentary “Every Day Is a Holiday,” a title taken from a diary entry during a bleak time in Dr. Loong’s imprisonment, where he swore that if he survived as a free man,
“Every day would be a holiday.”

The film, previously broadcast on over 200 PBS stations, traces Dr. Loong’s journey through visits to former POW camps in Japan, wartime artifacts, archival documents, and interviews. It is featured in the Montclair Film Festival’s spotlight on movies featuring NJ filmmakers and subjects.

Dr. Loong, director Theresa Loong, executive producer Bill Einreinhofer and editor Kristen Nutile will comment on the film and answer audience questions after a screening of ‘Every Day Is a Holiday’ May 4, 11:15 am at the Clairidge Cinema, 486 Bloomfield Ave., Montclair, NJ., Tickets can be purchased through the Montclair Film Festival.

Director Theresa Loong is an award-winning multimedia multimedia director and producer, and founder of the interactive production company, FORM360, which provides editorial and strategic consulting services. For further information about ‘Every Day Is a Holiday,’  including information about the DVD, visit http://www.everydayisaholiday.org.

Download PDF for Every Day Is a Holiday Montclair Press Release here

Heading to Houston and Austin March 15-17! I will be screening Every Day Is a Holiday and speaking in Houston to this great group: USS HOUSTON (CA-30) Survivors Association and the Next Generations.

On April 17 at 6pm, I will be screening Every Day Is a Holiday at the Flushing Public Library in Queens, NY, as part of Immigrant Heritage Week.

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For current showtimes in your area, please type in your zip code.

Every Day Is a Holiday streamed online as part of a Social Screening series, on Sunday, June 17 at 3pm EST. Read the chat transcript with Dr. Loong and special guests, including ex-POW Eddie Fung and Professor Judy Yung.
http://ovee.itvs.org/screenings/b585i

Many thanks to Steve Goldbloom at ITVS, Eddie Fung, Judy Yung, Craig Cornwell and Karin Pekarchik at KET.

The film also played:
- in FLORIDA (WGCU Create & Encore) on May 4th at 7pm,
- in INDIANA (WTIU) on May 6th at 3pm,
- in S. & Central CALIFORNIA (hello LA!) (KCET) on May 6th at 11pm
- in MILWAUKEE, WI (MPTV) on May 7th at 8am
-Rhode Island PBS, Monday, May 7 @ 10pm
-KVIE/Sacramento, Monday, May 7 @ 11pm
-Nashville/WNPT, Monday, May 7 @ 11pm
-KLRU/Austin, Thursday, May 10 @ 9pm
-KQED/San Francisco, Saturday, May 12 @ 6pm
-KUAT Tucson/PBS HD Monday, May 14 @ 11pm
-WXEL/West Palm Beach, Wednesday, May 16 @ 1pm
-DPTV HD/Detroit, Thursday, May 17 @ 11pm
-Rocky Mountain PBS, Sunday, May 20 @ 4pm
-WHRO/Norfolk, Thursday, May 24 @ 9pm
-WNET/New York City, Sunday, May 27 @ 2:30pm
-WQED/Pittsburgh, Sunday, May 27 @ 4pm
-KET Kentucky, Sunday, May 27 @ 5pm
-WLIW21, Sunday, May 27 @ 5:30pm
-KCTS/Seattle, Sunday, May 27 @ 11pm
-KET Kentucky, Monday, May 28 @ 9pm
-KLRN/San Antonio, Thursday, May 31 @ 9pm
-PBS Hawaii, Thursday, May 31 @ 10pm
-WLIW21, Friday, June 1 @ 4:00am (yes, that’s AM; it’s being rebroadcast!)
-UNC-MX/Raleigh-Durham, Tuesday, June 12 @ 9pm
-KRCB 22.1 San Francisco/San Jose/Oakland, Thursday, June 14 @ 9pm
-KCSM/San Francisco, Sunday, June 17 @ 9pm
-KUHT/Houston on Monday, June 25 @ 9am (yes, that’s AM)
-WQED/Pittsburgh, Sunday, 7/01 @ 5pm
-WHUT/Washington, DC, Tuesday 7/17 @ 8pm
-WHUT/Washington, DC, Wednesday 7/18 @ midnight
-Oregon Public Broadcasting/Bend, Tuesday, July 24 @ 8pm
-Oregon Public Broadcasting/Portland, Eugene, Bend, Wednesday, July 25 @ 5am
-Alaska One HD, Tuesday, 9/4/12, 9:00pm AKDT (That’s Alaska Daylight Time)
-KUAC HD, Tuesday, 9/4/12, 10:00pm
-Alaska One HD, Wednesday, 9/5/12, 3:00am AKDT
-WHUT, Washington DC, Thursday, 1/31/13, 10pm

-World Compass channels – Over 60 stations, Friday, May 11 at 5am, 11am, and 6pm.

You can CHECK OUT the list of broadcast premiere dates here:
http://itvs.org/television?film=every-day-is-a-holiday

NOTE: Check local listings for additional dates & times as multiple broadcasts will take place on each local channel throughout the month…

If you don’t see a listing, or missed a broadcast, please contact your local public television station and request a screening.

Click Here to Launch the Archive of the Chat with Panelists: Ex-POW Dr. Paul Loong, Ex-POW, Eddie Fung, Professor Judy Yung, Director Theresa Loong and other special guests!
http://ovee.itvs.org/screenings/b585i/

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