All posts tagged: Film

Buckeyes and Big Dreams: An interview with filmmaker Timothy Singratsomboune

One of the most exciting parts about the National Lao American Writers Summit is meeting new and emerging voices in the Lao community in diaspora, and 2016 will be no different. Coming to visit San Diego in May will be emerging filmmaker, Timothy Singratsomboune, from Ohio. We caught up with him to discuss his latest film project, “All the Way Down,” and his approach to social justice, community building and love of all things Lao. How did you develop an interest in the arts? What’s your family’s story in coming to America that stays with you the most? I’m Timothy Singratsomboune, a 24-year-old, half Lao, half white, bisexual Ohio State graduate. I’m also a racial justice activist with the Cbus2Ferguson movement – who’s heavily invested in Black and other minority liberation. I’m also excited to share my upcoming film “All the Way Down” with everyone. I’ve always been interested in telling my stories, which I feel are woefully underrepresented in any media, mainstream or indie. As the youngest of 4 siblings and a Scorpio, I don’t do well …

Phetmixay Means Fighter: Interview with Rita Phetmixay

What does it take to tell a personal story? Where do you even begin to capture life, loss, and new beginnings? And most importantly, how do you tell your family story? LLOTP sat down with Rita Phetmixay, UCLA graduate student and director of the 9-minute short documentary, Phetmixay Means Fighter, a recent feature at the Sacramento Asian Pacific American Film Festival (http://www.sapff.org/). The short film follows her father, Phouthone “Peter” Phetmixay, a former Lao rebel soldier, as he narrates his escape from his homeland of Laos. With no prior experience in filmmaking, Rita discusses what it’s like to capture and curate family histories for the big screen. “I think about myself. I was born in maybe wrong time, wrong country, but it’s okay. I’m still proud about that. I was an unlucky man… I tried to be an officer to serve my country. To protect my country. But I cannot. Because at that time I lost my country.” – Phouthone “Peter” Phetmixay, Phetmixay Means Fighter How did you decide to do a film on your dad’s story? When I was living …