Monday, May 29, 2017

2017 Asian Heritage Month screening

photo: Sally Warburton

Over the weekend, 
Little Mao took part in an Asian Heritage Month screening organized by ReelWorld Film Festival at Innis Town Hall. Here, director Allan Tong stands (from left) with ReelWorld executive director, Gave Lindo, director of Descendents of the Past, Ancestors of the Future, Albert Chan, and his star, Tina Chen veteran Chinese-American actress who's appeared in Arthur Penn's Alice's Restaurant and Sydney Pollack's Three Days of the Condor.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

LITTLE MAO is back in Toronto today at ReelWorld Asian Heritage Month screening

Little Mao marks another return to Toronto's Asian Heritage Month with a screening organized by ReelWorld Film Festival. Mao, plus two other shorts films and a documentary feature, screens at 1:00 pm today at Innis Town Hall at 2 Sussex Avenue (St. George/Harbord). Free admission! Director Allan Tong and many of the other filmmakers will be present for a Q&A. Come one comrade, come all!

Saturday, May 17, 2014

LITTLE MAO screening at Asian Heritage Month

Little Mao returns to Toronto as part of an Asian Heritage Month screening organized by the ReelWorld Film Festival. The short films run from 2:00-3:30 today at the Innis Town Hall's VIP Screening Room, room 222, at 2 Sussex Avenue (St. George/Harbord).  Free admission!

A panel discussion about women in film and a documentary screening follow into the early evening.  Full details:

photo by Maloney Aguirre

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Farewell festivals, hello online

After two years of traveling the world, Little Mao finds an online home here:

In spring 2012, Little Mao premiered at three sold-out screenings at the TIFF Kids Film Festival in Toronto before enjoying an extensive road trip to Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, San Francisco, Colorado, San Diego, Seattle and as far as Puerto Rico. The closest Mao got to the Motherland was Singapore. Mao played many home games in southern Ontario, returning to Toronto for an encore, Peterborough, Sudbury, Brantford, Kitchener-Waterloo and Hamilton.

During that time, Little Mao entertained sold-out audiences of kids and grown-ups alike, won awards and found new friends.  "I tip my cap to all my comrades on and off the field," declared a tearful Chairman Bobby who waved his green Mao hat.  "Farewell and good luck."

The filmmakers wish to thank our funders Bravo, the Ontario Arts Council and the National Film Board.  Special thanks to the parents of our cast, our hardworking crew, all the festivals who hosted our film, and the filmmakers' spouses, partners and families.

Some memories:

TIFF Kids' sold-out screening, April 15, 2012: Left to right: Ben Prystawski, Kyle Wong, Kevin Wang (as Little Mao), Alexis Thomas (rear), Ariyena Sorani (in green), Joshua Budd, Brian Obonna (rear), Charlotte Herie & Allan Tong (photo: Mira Budd)
Cinefest Sudbury, September 2012: Allan toasting with POV magazine's lovely Marsha Cummings

Chicago International Children's Film Festival, October 2012: at Chess Records, 2120 South Michigan Avenue, the home of the Chicago blues

Chicago International Children's Film Festival, October 2012: at the legendary Facets Cinema with fellow filmmaker, Julio & Leslie Cabrera
Asian-American International Film Festival, New York, August 2013: with When I Walk's Jason DaSilva.  Allan first met Jason at the Documentary Fellowship Program at 2012 Sundance. Photo taken at closing gala at Asia Society on Park Avenue
August 2011: filming on Perry Wong's front lawn on a humid Sunday afternoon (photo: Perry Wong)

Toronto's ReelWorld Film Festival, April 2013: Allan with Katie Chats during an online interview

TIFF Kids, April 2012: OMNI-TV's Jeffrey Lee interviews Kevin Wang in Mandarin; Kevin was a pro

August 2011: The Little Red Guards between takes in a Scarborough baseball diamond (photo: Babriela Pope)

Hamilton Film Festival, November 2012: Opposing Team Player Tia Ng (far left) during a spirited post-screening Q&A; HFF programmer Nathan Fleet in crouching, far right (photo: Des Ng)

TIFF Kids, April 2012: at the world premiere, Allan's nephew Eli, dad Poy, and brother-in-law Jeff Low (photo: Cathy Tong)

TIFF Kids, April 2012: director's self-portrait at the TIFF Kids' Playstation at the Bell Lightbox

Monday, October 14, 2013

Little Mao hits San Diego

Chairman Bobby and his Little Red Guards return to California on November 9 at the San Diego Asian Film Festival. Earlier this year, Little Mao played CAAM Fest (formerly the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival) and the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival.  Little Mao is part of SDAFF's Shorts for Shorties program of children's films taking place at the Digiplex Mission Valley. 

"My comrades and I are overjoyed at playing in San Diego," Chairman Bobby said in a press release, which noted that the screening partially compensates for the Toronto Blue Jays failing to make the MLB playoffs this season.

Capitalist America has been kind to Little Mao.  In addition to the three California festivals, New York, Colorado, Seattle and Chicago have played the film before Yankee Imperialists of all ages.

Monday, July 15, 2013

LITTLE MAO takes the Big Apple

Chairman Bobby vs. the Statue of Liberty (photo of Kevin Wang by Johnny Vong)

Little Mao is going to Manhattan.  It will play the Asian American International Film Festival on Saturday, August 3 at 3:30 in the In Times of Innocence shorts program.

"We are proud to play on Yankees territory," proclaimed Chairman Bobby.  "We shall take the game to them."  When the Chairman was advised that the film was playing and not his baseball team, Bobby revised his remark to say, "Oh...well, we're still proud to be playing New York especially so close to our comrades in Chinatown and that our message will reaching the centre of America.  Play on!"

New York follows successful screenings this year in San Francisco, Los Angeles (where star Ariyena Sorani was nominated for an acting award), Toronto and Puerto Rico.

Little Mao will screen at at the Anthology of Film Archives (AFA) at 32 Second Avenue (at 2nd Street) on August 2.  Members of Bobby's team will be on hand to witness the historic event.