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BAM! Superheroes in Laos: An Interview with the Director of Moon City

Growing up in Laos, a superhero or superheroes to look up to are virtually nonexistent. We have to make do with foreign heroes imported into compact cds set on racks in mom and pop shops. Until now, Lao kids never had a superhero that we could call our own. Enter Hans Kaufmann, director and producer of Moon City: Rise of the Ninja Attack. Seeing this void (and how powerful an impact the heroes he grew up with made on his own childhood) he sets out to give Lao children the heroes they deserve. So tell me a little bit about yourself, your background and what led you to making this movie in Laos? Let’s see, I was born in Boston, but grew up in Detroit. Went to Michigan State. Moved to San Francisco. Got my start in the production world doing sound and lights at Rave Parties. Worked for a bunch of AV and rental houses hanging lights and plugging stuff, moving boxes, loading trucks and stuff like that. I got bored with living in …

Conversations with Sarky: The Early Years

This is Part One in a series about Lao American music artist, Sarky Mekmorakoth. Music has always been an integral part of my life. I fell into it escaping from the harsh realities of being a 1st gen immigrant child of refugees: out of place, out of time. I found out just how much power it holds, too. Sometimes the electric charge was filled with feverish euphoria and other times, just an echoing sadness filled by gravity-induced silence, and everywhere in between. Early on, it was my light at the end of the tunnel–the constant melody that sang to me about my worth, filling that primal need for hope within me with hollow, deep, bass-filled down beats. About the only thing that could compare to my love of music and its magic, was my insatiable love of books. If music gave me hope, books and stories showed me what could be waiting if I persevered. In the mid-80s, when I first discovered Whitney Houston’s “Greatest Love of All” it became my anthem. I didn’t know …