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matthew
Matt Abaya teaches digital multimedia and video production to East Palo Alto youth and uses technological tools to make high concept, low- to no-budget films.

But back in the day, Matt helped launch the first APAture. Besides curating the APAture film night, he contributed an illustration of Asians with sunglasses for one of the APAture 2 t-shirt designs.

Matt is soooo O.G., he references Yahoogroups’ predecessor, eGroups in this following clip from 2000.

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cathlin goulding

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Cathlin Goulding first learned about APAture when she found a flyer at a Locus Arts event she attended for school credit.

Since participating in APAture in 2004, she has taken a number of KSW workshops and was selected to participate in KSW’s partnership with Intersection for the Arts, the Intergenerational Writers Lab, which is now accepting applications for the 2009.

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amy ho
Amy Ho’s work dances between film and visual art, with a psychedelic installation that required ladder-clilmbing at APAture 10. (Yes, that’s Amy dressed up as a durian.)

In addition to challenging her creative growth, Amy says her participation in APAture has introduced her to some of her closest friends.

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michael hornbuckle
Our third segment in the Artists of APAture features actor Michael Hornbuckle, a founding member of the 18 Mighty Mountain Warriors. 18MMW are an Asian American comedy sketch group founded in 1994 .

Since then, they were the featured artist in theater for APAture 2004, were named 2005 Bay Area’s best comedy group by the SF Bay Guardian, won the 2006 International Sketch Comedy Championships, and were featured in the Emmy Award-winning documentary, “Mighty Warriors of Comedy.”

Members of 18MMW will be performing at KSW’s SHIFTED FOCUS: Performance Night at the de Young.

I cornered Michael for this interview at the 2000 APAture thank you party.

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Pireeni Sundaralingam
The second post in our exploration of the Artists of APAture features Pireeni Sundaralingam.

Pireeni is a poet who often performs with her husband, musician Colm Ó Riain, in Words & Violin.

She performed in APAture in 2001 with her writers group, Dhaia Tribe, and was the featured artist in literature in 2008.

Combining her dual skills as a poet and a professor of cognitive development, Pireeni is teaching the upcoming Shifted Focus workshop, Changing Your Brain, Changing Your Poetic Practice.

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Over 10 year ago, a group of Asian American community artists said, “Yes, KSW, an arts organization from the ’70s, is still relevant,” and we created an all-day arts expo for emerging Asian American artists.

This video captures APAture’s impact on emerging artists by tracking the growth of 2008 featured artist, Hellen Jo.

Collaboration: Originally this was supposed to be a compilation of audio interviews with former APAture artists mixed with photos like a soundslideshow. But I realized we could create something viral via youtube and enlisted the help of previous collaborator, RJ Lozada.

I was to mix the audio while RJ and I thought up a visual concept. We came up with the time lapse idea and then Hellen’s interview revealed such a strong narrative, we decided to stay focused on her story.

I’ll be using the other interviews in an audio piece I make for the APAture Retrospective website.

Music: Once again, Scrabbel Dan helps out with the music.

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Image by Favianna Rodriguez

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It’s silly what will motivate me to pitch a story. This time, it was because I wanted to get Inkwork’s new book, Visions of Peace and Justice, a full color book with over 400 reproductions of political posters, for free. And of course I put in more labor than what I would have paid for the book!

But in proucing the piece, I met Lincoln Cushing an Doug Minkler, two key players in the Bay Area’s political poster circle.The SF Print Collective supported the story by supplying a very nice person to wheatpaste for me to gather that beautiful ambiance. I also finally met Favianna Rodriguez, an art crush of mine. This woman is powerful and she’s under 30!

A couple of interesting things happened in producing this piece. The first was when I spoke with Dee Dee Workman with SF Beautiful. I thought for sure she’d have some negative things  to say about political wheatpasters. But instead, she agreed with folks like the SF Print Collective and Rodriguez: the real problem is with corporate advertisers! The second was finding out that in fact, groups like SF Beautiful believe that those corporate posters are illegal!

Hopefully, I’ll have a print story on this topic soon.

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WAMC

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At first, the assignment seemed overwhelming: four sites, 100 families, and many talented artists who were all a part of 100 Families Oakland, an arts program designed to bring together neighbors and families in Oakland. I wasn’t sure how to narrow down my focus, but as I started my pre-interviews, the story fell in to place.

I focused on the East Oakland project site, Jautan Stancil’s family, and artist Adalia Moncada. They provided me with wonderful scenes including the creation of a conceptual installation with life-sized plaster-of-Paris sculptures and the acceptance of a new participant who had just come out of juvenile detention.

Community members have a lot of enthusiasm for this program and the California College of Arts has launched a second round in Oakland with exploration into San Francisco’s Bayview District.

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KVRM (Nevada City)
KZSC (Santa Cruz)

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World Savvy is a group I learned about through my work at the Arts Commission. They have a program where they engage young people in global issues through the arts around a theme. This year’s theme was on immigration and identity. I scouted around to figure where the story was in this and decided I needed to focus on one of the partnering arts organizations.

Zaccho Youth Company still had a field trip with World Savvy and they were developing their performances, so there were still many sounds to collect. I went to their rehearsals, trailed them on their field trip to the Day Laborer Center, and was impressed with the strong interpretive and verbal skills the kids demonstrated. Too bad I was out of town during their performance!

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OK, I begged to be able to produce this story. KALW wanted to make sure that my first experience working with them went well and they worried that the Thanksgiving holiday did not allow enough time for me to produce a perfect completed piece. I asked them to let me do it on spec and it worked out!

I learned so much through piecing this segment together. Once again, I was advised to write my lede first so that the story keeps focus. I also learned finding the larger context for the piece.

There is one daring moment at the end of the segment. John Wilner, the director of the film festival felt that it got a little weird. He described it as "three ‘ degrees’ of recursive, self-referential media post-modernism — there’s the story, my reaction to the way the story would sound [which is quoted in the story itself], and then your comment in the story about my being worried about your using the quote. That’s probably a first for radio, and possibly any other medium…

But my editor was really excited about it and I think it breaks the fourth wall. What do you think?

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