CARSON DALY SPOTLIGHT on DUMBFOUNDEAD

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JONATHAN PARK aka DUMBFOUNDEAD

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Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina to South Korean refugees, Jonathan Park (better known as DUMBFOUNDEAD) was smuggled in along with his sister by his mother to Mexico, and then later settled in Koreatown in Los Angeles at the age of three.   At age 16, he discovered Project Blowed, an open-mic workshop located in Leimert Park in South Central L.A.  Equipped with a blunted grin and an arsenal of quick witted rhymes, Dumbfoundead has topped the hip-hop charts with his single “Are We There Yet?”  

Being a multi-hyphenate, Dumbfoundead recently released a six-episode webseries entitled RUN DMZ.   I asked questions about this new series, his love for K-Town and how to best make his mother proud.

*NOTE: Dumbfoundead to be a panelist at 2013 Conference for Creative Content (C3) on October 26, 2013 at SAG-AFTRA.

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YUKARI FUJIU (lead singer of CRIBABI)

5 QUESTIONS WITH YUKARI FUJIU

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Yukari Fujiu is a singer songwriter / guitarist. She began her musical career as the lead singer of an all-girl Tokyo band called The Groopies and went on to release two solo albums on Pony Canyon Records. She also wrote million-seller hits for several Japanese artists. Later, she worked in London with Dave Stewart of Eurythmics, and with Gota Yashiki of Simply Red. While living in the UK she formed the group called Cribabi with Andy Cox, ex the Beat and Fine Young Cannibals. They released the album “Volume” which was selected for The Best of British by Virgin Megastores USA. Eventually she moved her base to Los Angeles, California and reformed Cribabi. They have just released the new single “Flight 49”. Her performances, including the music video of “Flight 49”, are online at www.cribabi.com.  The audio single is available on iTunes and Amazon.com.

We recently caught up with Yukari after the premiere of the video at the Unexpected Film Festival and had a chance to discuss her transition from Tokyo to Los Angeles.

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GRACE LEE

5 QUESTIONS WITH GRACE LEE

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Grace Lee is a Los Angeles based writer and director.  Her feature film AMERICAN ZOMBIE premiered at Slamdance Film Festival and was released by Cinema Libre in 2008.  Prior to that, she produced, wrote and directed THE GRACE LEE PROJECT which was broadcast on Sundance Channel and is distributed by Women Make Movies.  She received her MFA in Directing from UCLA Film School, where her thesis film BARRIER DEVICE, starring Sandra Oh, won a Student Academy Award and Directors Guild of America award among others.  She is the recipient of the Henry Hampton Award for Excellence in Digital Media, a Rockefeller Media Arts grant, the PPP Pusan Prize as well as funding from the NEA, Center for Asian American Media, Chicken & Egg Pictures and the Armani Directing Fellowship from Film Independent.  Grace was also selected to Visual Communications’ 2012 PROJECT CATALYST (formerly known as C3: Project Market) where she promoted her film project MUSIC FOR AARDVARKS.

Grace just premiered her feature film JANEANE FROM DES MOINES at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival, where she was nominated for the prestigious International Critics’ Prize – Discovery.  In JANEANE, a conservative Iowa housewife’s personal and political convictions are severely tested as she seeks answers from the Republican presidential candidates leading up to the 2012 Iowa Caucuses.

During the recent tumultuous Presidential Election, the film’s release was very apropos.  We had a chance to delve into with Grace the the controversy surrounding JANEANE, not only from a political standpoint, but also from a narrative slant.  

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