The Asian American Foundation
January 17, 2023 (Los Angeles, CA) - 3AD, Gold House, and The Asian American Foundation (TAAF) today unveiled major programming for Sunrise Collective, the official pan-Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) House of the 2023 Sundance Film Festival to bring multicultural talent, filmmakers, and executives as well as emerging artists into shared spaces of learning, celebration, and collaboration. Over the weekend of January 20 to 22, 2023, the Sunrise House will feature interactive daytime programming and host two dinner and celebration events. All activities will be housed at Riverhorse on Main Street (540 Main Street).
“When I last attended Sundance in 2020, I was moved and inspired by the work of our friends at MACRO, The Latinx House, Blackhouse and others, whose spaces served as gathering places for their communities,” said Daniel Dae Kim, actor, producer and CEO of 3AD. “It seemed only fitting that the AAPI community join them in celebrating our ever-increasing presence in media and culture. Together with the strength of Gold House and The Asian American Foundation, Sunrise Collective was created with the aim to honor our progress, as well as provide a space for fellowship and collaboration with the other esteemed creative communities at Sundance.”
Sunrise Collective will host a series of celebrations, mixers, panels, and intimate conversations focused on leveraging the power of storytelling, arts, and entertainment to challenge stereotypes and misconceptions, build deeper understanding, and celebrate the cultural contributions of AAPIs.
“The Asian American Foundation launched our fellowship and scholarship program with the Sundance Institute to ensure that emerging storytellers and artists have support and access to resources and spaces where their voices are celebrated and welcomed,” said Norman Chen, CEO of TAAF. “We believe in the power of storytelling and arts to reclaim mainstream narratives and challenge harmful stereotypes about Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. Sunrise Collective will bring us closer to our goal of creating a stronger, inclusive community to cultivate new and established artists across different disciplines, identities, and communities.”
In unity with multicultural organizations at Sundance, Sunrise Collective will also host a slate of intersectional programming and will mark our partnership and shared commitment to unity with a toast by the Multicultural House co-hosts during our Saturday evening celebration.
“20 years ago, Better Luck Tomorrow broke new ground for Asian Pacific communities that changed how we were seen, treated, and who we could become. Since then, Gold House has had the privilege of ensuring that our stories like The Farewell aren't just made, but seen on the biggest screens with history-making #GoldOpens. But we can't power cultural shifts alone. That's why we're continuing to shatter box offices, build new platforms, and forge stronger communities with our multicultural partners. From discussions to dinner to the first-ever House Toast alongside Blackhouse, IllumiNative, The Latinx House, MACRO, MPAC, 1497, and more, we know that our stories are richer, go further, and are stronger together," said Gold House CEO and Co-Founder, Bing Chen.
Daytime programming (Friday 9am-6pm; Sat 8am-7:00pm; Sun 8:30am-4:30pm) includes:
- A Conversation between Daniel Dae Kim and Steven Yeun: An intimate conversation between Daniel Dae Kim (Lost; Executive Producer of Bad Axe and The Good Doctor) and Steven Yeun (Minari; Nope; Beef; Executive Producer of Nam June Paik: Moon is the Oldest TV) on finding the balance between the demands of building a successful career and honoring the personal priorities of family and relationships. (Saturday, 1/21)
- A SHORTCOMINGS Roundtable: Featuring Randall Park and the cast of his directorial debut, hear from Park, Ally Maki, Justin Min, and Sherry Cola about their experience filming the movie and the importance of showcasing specific AAPI narratives with universal resonance. This panel is moderated by Dino-Ray Ramos (CEO, The Diaspora Times). (Sunday, 1/22)
- Advancing Asian Women Representation presented by Google TV: Major female-identifying Asian players across media, entertainment, and technology come together to discuss the path to accelerating authentic and diverse portrayals and paths for Asian women in front of and behind the camera. (Saturday, 1/21)
- Asian Pacific Filmmakers Experience: The 19th Asian Pacific Filmmakers Experience will host a conversation and networking reception to celebrate AAPI artists in film and media at the Sundance Film Festival. (Sunday, 1/22)
- Business of Narrative Change: Hear from leading business executives Andrea Cherng (Chief Brand Officer, Panda Express), Kyle Bowser (SVP of Hollywood Bureau, NAACP), Lisa Chang (SVP & Global Chief People Officer, Coca-Cola Company), Tracey Bing (Chief Creative Officer, Rideback Rise), and Vivian Young (Global Head of Asian & Pacific Islander Affairs, JPMorgan Chase) about how they approach narrative change work. Moderated by Juju Chang (Co-Anchor, ABC News’ Nightline). (Sunday, 1/22)
- Creatives and Contemporary Storytelling presented by The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation: Asian creatives working in different storytelling mediums – graphic novel, scripted series, documentary film, and podcast. Panelists include: David Siev (Director and Producer, Bad Axe), Gene Luen Yang (Author & Illustrator, American Born Chinese), and Harsha Nahata (Producer, Self-Evident Podcast). Moderated by Amna Nawaz (Co-Anchor, PBS Newshour). (Sunday, 1/22)
- Immigrant Stories are Our Stories: Richard Lui (Director and NBC News/MSNBC Anchor) leads David Siev (Director and Producer, Bad Axe), Rachael Fung (Producer, Fremont), Rupi Kaur (Poet and Narrator, Rise), and Violet Du Feng (Director, Hidden Letters) in a conversation about how their personal immigrant experiences have impacted their storytelling, artistic expression, and creative outlets. (Saturday, 1/21)
- Keeping It Real: Authentic Storytelling in a Global + Savvy Marketplace: In today's global marketplace, delivering authentic, specific, and real multicultural stories is what translates to everyone. Join Julie Ann Crommett (Founder and CEO, Collective Moxie), Kamala Avila-Salmon (Head of Inclusive Content, Lionsgate), Ruben Garcia (Foundation Executive & Co-Head, Cultural Business Strategy, CAA), and Vasanthi Chalasani (Chief Information Officer, Head of Consumer Insights, P&G North America) for a discussion that expands on the existing economic case for inclusive content while debunking the myths that dominate the industry. This panel will embolden the audience with statistics and information that they can use in future creative and business conversations. (Friday, 1/20)
- Multicultural Filmmakers Panel: Join the conversation with multicultural filmmakers as they come together to chart a path forward for our communities. Speakers include: Anthony Chen (Director, Drift), Destin Daniel Cretton (Director, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, American Born Chinese), Iman Zawahry (Director, Americanish), JD Dillard (Director, Devotion), Tai LeClaire (Director, Screenwriter, and Producer, Headdress) and more to be announced. This conversation is a collaboration of the Multicultural House Party hosts. (Saturday, 1/21)
- Nonfiction at Sundance: Sunrise Collective brings together documentary filmmakers Amanda Kim (Director, Nam June Paik: Moon is the Oldest TV), Chiaki Yanagimoto (Director, AUM: The Cult at the End of the World), Kymon Greyhorse (Director, I am Home), Madeleine Gavin (Director, Beyond Utopia), and Sue Mi Terry (Producer, Beyond Utopia) to discuss their films, what their art stands for, and pushing narrative towards something better for the entire community. The panel is moderated by Don Young (Director of Programs, Center for Asian American Media) (Friday, 1/20)
- Politics and Narrative Change: Amna Nawaz (Co-Anchor, PBS NewsHour) leads a non-partisan panel conversation focused on the power of storytelling to inspire and empower the next generation of AAPI voters. Panelists include: Congressman Andy Kim (NJ-3), Annie Wu (Digital / Gen-Z Youth Director, former John Fetterman Campaign), Brad Jenkins (Founder, CEO of Enfranchisement), and Erika Moritsugu (White House Deputy Assistant to the President and AA and NHPI Senior Liaison). (Saturday, 1/21)
- Press Mixer: Sunrise Collective will kick off the weekend with a mixer for journalists, writers, and other members of the press to meet and be in community with each other. (Friday, 1/20)
- Producer Roundtable: Hear from powerhouse producers responsible for some of the most successful and impactful films featuring talent and communities of color. Learn about how they choose the projects they support, when they decide to push the envelope, and how they approach narratives with an eye toward equity and representation. Panelists include: Desray Armstrong (Producer, Bad Behaviour), Gurinder Chadha (BAFTA-Nominated Writer, Director, Producer, Bend It Like Beckham, Blinded By the Light, Bend It Films), Nina Yang Bongiovi (BAFTA-nominated Producer, Fruitvale Station, Passing, Fancy Dance), Rishi Rajani (CEO, Hillman Grad; Producer, One Thousand and One; The Forty Year-Old Version) and others. Conversation will be moderated by Shruti Ganguly (honto88, Prism, and Co-Organizer of South Asian Lodge)
- Sunrise Breakfast Series: Each morning, Sunrise Collective will host a different pan-AAPI community for breakfast and conversation including Iranian, Pacific Islander, and Filipino and Filipino American creatives. (each morning)
- “What is an Asian Story in 2023?” | Scripted Films at Sundance: Scripted films at Sundance with API creatives behind and in front of the camera feature vastly different narratives and storytelling techniques. Filmmakers Justin Chon (Director/Co-Writer/Producer, Jamojaya), Liz Sargent (Director/Writer, Take Me Home), Nida Manzoor (Writer/Director, Polite Society), and Sing J. Lee (Director/Co-Screenwriter, Accidental Getaway Driver) come together to answer “what is an Asian story in 2023?” and reflect on how far our storytelling has come. Conversation is led by Samhita Mukhopadhyay (Author and Editor, The Meteor). (Friday, 1/20)
On Friday evening, Sunrise Collective will host a Lunar New Year celebration starting with a private dinner provided by Michelin-starred COTE Korean Steakhouse and proprietor Simon Kim. Immediately following the dinner, the space will be transformed for the Lunar New Year bash co-hosted by Sunrise Collective and 88rising. The party will feature music by DJ Hu Dat and creative collaborations by artist James Jean.
On Saturday, Sunrise Collective will unite with Blackhouse, IllumiNative, The Latinx House, MACRO, MPAC, and 1497 to host a dinner and party celebrating community and solidarity. Guests will be treated to a private dinner by Chinese Peruvian fine-casual restaurant, Chifa 國偉 featuring a toast by the co-hosts. Joe Hahn (of Linkin Park) will be headlining the Multicultural House Party, sponsored by Pop Culture Collaborative and CAA Amplify.
For more information and the full programming schedule, visit sunrisecollective.us.
It has been said that most great stories have already been told. Though that may be true, 3AD believes that there are many new voices that have yet to tell them.
We at 3AD are committed to celebrating those voices by creating content in all media and genres featuring those who have been traditionally underrepresented. We believe in a diverse, inclusive world whose stories deserve to be told in a way that is thought-provoking, challenging, and above all, entertaining.
ABOUT GOLD HOUSE
Gold House powers cultural change by uniting, investing in, and elevating Asian Pacific creators and companies. Our innovative programs and platforms include membership systems and events to fortify relationships within the Asian Pacific community and across marginalized communities (#StopAsianHate); investments in the next generation of top Asian Pacific founders, creatives, and social impact leaders (Gold House Futures, Gold House Ventures); and the promotion of affirming Asian Pacific projects and narratives (Gold Story Consultation, Gold Open, Gold List, A100 List). To learn more, visit www.goldhouse.org or follow @GoldHouseCo on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.
ABOUT THE ASIAN AMERICAN FOUNDATION (TAAF)
The Asian American Foundation (TAAF) is a convener, incubator, and funder committed to accelerating opportunity and prosperity for AAPI communities. TAAF supports advocates and organizations committed to AAPI causes so that together we can more effectively take action against hate and violence, and build the infrastructure needed to improve AAPI advocacy, power, and representation across American society. We were founded to solve for the longstanding lack of investment and resources provided to AAPI communities and we strive to be a catalyzing force for creating a permanent and irrevocable sense of belonging for the 23 million Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders living in the United States. For additional information about TAAF, please visit www.taaf.org.