Every Day Is a Holiday

Join us for an in-depth conversation with Jenny Guo, David Liu, Theresa Loong, Randall Okita, and Michaela Ternasky-Holland, each multi-hyphenated creatives with their own incredible range of expertise within and outside of the XR industry. Learn about what past and present interests and memories influence each of them when working in XR, what the word legacy means to them, and how the XR industry can create tangible structures to champion the range of APIA narratives and creators..

This is the second in a series of Talk and Play events leading up to the Games for Change Virtual Festival on July 12-14, 2021.

Free! RSVP to: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/apia-narratives-to-the-front-creating-a-unique-legacy-in-telling-stories-tickets-155667709309

“Every Day Is a Holiday” was featured at the Association for Asian Studies (AAS) Film Expo, with a Q&A chat session on March 26. AAS is a great non-profit dedicated to the advancement of the field of Asian Studies through international exchange, networking, publications, research support, and career development.

Friday September 25, 7pmEST filmmaker discussion, 8pmEST film screening

Film critic Thelma Adams describes “Every Day Is a Holiday” as a film “about an ordinary man who survived extraordinary circumstances with his heart intact. Parents and daughters also interact in Michael Woolridge’s taut, suspenseful short “Options,” about a young woman in the family business who discovers that not everything is kosher in the legacy she inherited from her father. In Flo Young’s 1970s set coming-of-age drama “Kool,” the filmmaker mines familiar territory to unearth strong relationships between teen Olive and her sexually active high school bestie, as well as her divorce-traumatized mother. In all three films, the filmmakers’ deep empathy for their subjects—drama, dramedy, and documentary—shines through.

Eventbrite
$free, donations accepted

7pm join us on Instagram live @filmshop_us https://www.instagram.com/filmshop_us/channel/

8pm reserve tickets at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/filmshop-exhibition-curated-by-thelma-adams-tickets-118232997077

Special “Every Day Is a Holiday” Documentary Screening with Turnstile Tours

Saturday, September 19, 2pm EST

Join Turnstile Tours for a special free screening of Every Day Is a Holiday. Chinese-American filmmaker Theresa Loong knew little about her father’s past. One day, she found his secret diary, written when he was a POW in a Japanese work camp during World War II. 1 hr screening followed by Q&A and discussion about personal storytelling.

https://www.facebook.com/events/327770505247187
https://turnstiletours.com/every-day-is-a-holiday/

I’m really proud to be a part of the Black Maria Virtual Film Festival, showcasing award-winning selected shorts from the 2020 season and also from the Festival’s archive. These films are free – for as long as the pandemic lasts. Shorts range from 3 mins to 57 mins.

Please share this link with cinephiles and teachers.  https://blackmariafilmfestival.org/page.php?content=content-home-virtualfestival

Every Day Is a Holiday, is included as part of the festival’s archive – from before I was a trustee! If you’d like a link to a community screening guide, let me know!

More information and media contacts below. Thank you for spreading the word. Thanks to festival director Jane Steuerwald’s leadership and curation during these extraordinarily difficult times. Also in the lineup are films by Lynne Sachs, Sean Hanley Shelly Silver, Ariana Gerstein, Soetkin Verstegen, Tiffany Shlain, Dan Boord & Luis Valdavino, Ruben Guzman, James Hollenbaugh, Edith Didi Goldenhar, Gregg Biermann, Tony Buba, and so many others. Enjoy!

Media contacts:
Jane Steuerwald, Executive Director
Thomas A. Edison Media Arts Consortium
jane@blackmariafilmfestival.org
201-856-6565

Don Jay Smith
LKS Associates, Inc.
Don@LKSassociates.com
973-914-4763

Thursday June 6, at 6:30pm at the Secaucus Public Library in Secaucus, NJ. – In remembrance of D-Day and World War II, Every Day is a Holiday, will screen for free, followed by a Q&A session. Theresa will discuss the process of gathering stories. We will also take a musical step back in time with Cassandra Elyse, as she sing hits from the 1940’s, sure to make your toes tap. Councilman William McKeever will speak on ‘Hudson County: At Home and At War,” discussing the connection between those events and New Jersey/local history at that time.

Free Screening of Every Day Is a Holiday
Secaucus Public Library
1379 Paterson Plank Rd., Secaucus, NJ
Thursday June 6, at 6:30pm

http://www.libraryinsight.net/eventdetails.asp?jx=n3p&lmx=%C9ea%22%A9%AC&v=3

I’m showing a ten minute clip from Every Day Is a Holiday and speaking on a panel this Saturday night, May 26. Other filmmakers and musicians are showing their work as well! Hope you can join me.

An Asian American Film Thing
Saturday, May 26, 9:30pm-11pm
Caveat
21A Clinton St.
http://caveat.nyc/event/an-asian-american-film-thing/

Doors: 9:00pm
Show: 9:30pm
Tickets: $8 adv / $10 door

Please join me for the Black Maria Film Festival’s Hudson County Movie Tour – 2018.
Free Screening of Every Day Is a Holiday
Secaucus Public Library
1379 Paterson Plank Rd., Secaucus, NJ
Sunday afternoon, April 8th, 2018 at 1:00PM

Featuring the award-winning film, “Every Day is a Holiday”
Special guest – filmmaker Theresa Loong will be joining for a talk & Q & A
Students and teachers are welcome to attend – Admission is free

These programs are made possible through the generous support of the Hudson County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs and Tourism

As written and delivered, Saturday, March 24, 2018, St. John the Apostle Roman Catholic Church, Linden, NJ, by Joseph Loong:

Many of you know the story of how my father came to the US and gained his citizenship. It’s a long one, with lots of dramatic twists and funny stories, and my sister Theresa does a much better job telling his story in her documentary film about his life, “Every Day Is a Holiday.”

That phrase comes from one of Dad’s sayings after his time as a prisoner of war: “Every day as a free man is a holiday.” I didn’t really, truly understand that until my sister, after years of prodding, finally got him to open up and share his story.

We can also see his story in the people who are here today to pay their respects, many who have traveled hundreds (even thousands) of miles, over journeys lasting many dozens of years: fellow veterans and members of the American Legion; classmates from Manhattan College and University of Bologna Medical School; colleagues from the East Orange VA; neighbors and friends from a long life well-lived.

And of course, his loving family.

As we honor Dr. Paul Yokwah Loong and say farewell to him, we remember many things about him: the pains he endured and the sacrifices he made; his kindness, care, and compassion for all those he helped; and most of all, his devotion to God; his steadfast patriotism for his country; and his tireless love for his family.

My father rarely had a problem falling asleep, and always slept well. He liked to say that the reason was simple: It was because he had a clear conscience.

Dad is at his eternal rest now, and I know he goes there with a clear conscience.

It’s been hard to talk since my dad passed away on March 19. Here are remarks I made at the funeral mass.

Sometimes, there are no words. There are no words to convey this sense of loss. I turn to prayer, poetry, memory and to you. But I will try.

Dad loved seeing us come home. He has a special silly welcome song for us – “Welcome, Welcome, Welcome!” waving his hands in the air, saying that he was so happy to see us. He would wait for us, sometimes for hours, sitting by the window. The reason, in addition to him truly wanting to see us, was that as a child my dad didn’t live with his father. One day, his father came to visit him, but my dad missed his visit, because he was away.

Dad was very loyal like that, and he had his stories. He let me follow him around when I made the documentary. In turn, he would talk to me when I was home, saying that I was his captive audience. He loved to talk, especially to the neighbors, so much so, that my mom said he got glued to the chair.

Dad was social glue. Over the years, he would ask me to make phone calls for him. He said it was easier for me to dial the phone. Through that, I was able to meet some of his friends from all over the country and all over the world.

Before we knew him, my dad loved playing soccer, and he loved watching it. I grew up with the Italian and Spanish sportcasters shouting goooallll long before that became a meme. We grew up playing soccer here.

He really taught me the value of kindness and love and I am grateful to see so many friends here today. He also had a lot of wisdom, reminding me to practice deep breathing exercises.

Daddy had quite a sense of humor – some of it off-color, so perhaps we can talk at lunch. He loved eating mangosteens while out traveling and the stinky durian fruit. We had some good adventures together and as a family, the most unique family trip to the prison camps in Japan.

He told me a story at when he was at the prison camp in Hitachi, a shell fell nearby and exploded. A big American cook fell on him and almost killed him. His theory from war: “No matter how big you are, you are just as scared as I am.”

Dad had a breadth and depth of knowledge about the world. He was learning Spanish over the past few years. It was fun to talk to him and compare cognates in Italian and Spanish. His favorite phrase was to tell other Spanish speakers (and sometimes even to people he knew didn’t speak Spanish) Vaya con Dios. Simply put, it means Go with God. A farewell and a benediction. Vaya con Dios, Daddy. Que le vaya bien.

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