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Asian Pop-Up Cinema Film Festival Announces Its Call for Entries For
“Chicago’s Got Cantonese Talent”
Winners Perform at Season IV’s Award Ceremony
Honoring Hong Kong Icon Teddy Robin Kwan
Deadline for YouTube Entries is April 1st
Chicago, IL – (February 3rd, 2017) Asian Pop-Up Cinema (APUC) film festival is proud to announce their search for “Chicago’s Got Cantonese Talent”. This singing contest is open to any talent between the ages of 16 - 40 with musical theater and vocal training. They are encouraged to record themselves on YouTube singing one of three hit songs written by rocker Teddy Robin Kwan.
Teddy Robin Kwan will be presented with Lifetime Achievement Award by Asian Pop-Up Cinema on May 11th, and three lucky winners will get to perform in front of one of the most celebrated entertainment performers whose legendary career as a director/actor/singer/songwriter/record producer goes back decades.
The songs for the contest are the title song of the movies:
• Cops and Robbers (㸃指兵兵) - directed by Alex Cheung, produced by Teddy Robin Kwan
• Till Death Do We Scare (小生怕怕) – directed by Lau Kar-wing
• City on Fire (嘥氣) – directed by Ringo Lam
More info with instructions for entering the contest with YouTube submissions: (www.asianpopupcinema.org/chicagos-got-cantonese-talent).
Submission on line deadline: April 1st, 2017 before midnight.
Nine finalists will be selected to compete and perform live on April 18th in front of a professional music judging committee. Three winners will be chosen that night.
At the APUC Award Night on May 11th, in the presence of Teddy, and his co-composer from Hong Kong Tomy Wai, the entire audience of Award Night, the winners will be part of the multi-media live performances with the nationally acclaimed Fulcrum Point New Music Project at the Chicago History Museum; and receive their cash prize of $500.
ABOUT TEDDY ROBIN KWAN
Teddy Robin Kwan is a Hong Kong English pop singer-songwriter, actor and director. In the 60s when Hong Kong English pop (50s – 70s) was at its peak, Teddy was on top of the charts and led a band he named Teddy Robin and the Playboys. He later became an actor, film director, producer and composer.
He’s acted in 24 motion pictures, won a Hong Kong Film Award for “Best Supporting Actor” for the role of Ben Law in Gallants (screening Friday, April 28th as part of APUC Season IV program). He’s directed four movies and received one Best Director nomination by Hong Kong Film Award. His musical career spans over 30 years, with over 24 songs written for movies – and many of that were nominated for Best Original Film Score by The Hong Kong Film Awards.
The Award Night event will be presented in association with Hong Kong Economic & Trade Office in New York (HKETO NY).
ABOUT ASIAN POP-UP CINEMA
Asian Pop-Up Cinema, a semi-annual Asian Film Festival, is the brain child of Sophia Wong Boccio, founder of SOPHIA’S CHOICE, a one-and-a-half-year old Chicago-based 501 C (3) not-for-profit with the mission of cultivating interest in Asian culture through film; connecting individuals in the film industry for professional and educational exchanges; and promoting Chicago as a premiere destination for Asian filmmakers. More info: www.asianpopupcinema.org
ABOUT HONG KONG ECONOMIC AND TRADE OFFICE, NEW YORK
The Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in New York is the representative office of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government. In 2016, the New York ETO promoted a better understanding of Hong Kong as a vibrant international financial, trading, educational and arts and cultural hub by reaching out to the business community, political and government leaders, and arts and cultural institutions in the Eastern US, including 24 visits to 20 states. A number of film festivals were held in New York City and Chicago. Follow us on Facebook: “Hong Kong Meets America” and for more information, access our website: http://www.hketony.gov.hk/ny/index.htm.
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