All posts tagged: Film

Zombies and Lao Stories: Interview with Z Nation Actress Sydney Viengluang

It’s been a big year for Lao American actress Sydney Viengluang, who has been on the rise, from short films to a recurring role on the popular SyFy zombie horror show Z Nation, where, to many viewers surprise, she made it all of the way to the end. Currently based in Los Angeles, her roots took her from Vientiane, Laos to life in the refugee camps of Thailand and the Phillipines and a Midwestern childhood in Wichita, Kansas. She starred as the daughter Phon in the short film The Letter, about a Lao American family, which took home three awards at the Different Faces Different Voices Film Festival including Best Drama in 2016. Little Laos on the Prairie had a chance to catch up with her recently before the upcoming premiere of season 4 of Z Nation. Congratulations on surviving the 3rd season of Z Nation! Were you surprised? Thanks! Yes and no. I knew my story arc was going towards the direction of being a part of the core hero group called Operation Bitemark …

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 …