You may recall back in April, we let you know about the Old School Kung Fu Film Fest in New York City. To coincide with the films shown, the festival’s organizers commissioned the homey Jerry Ma — of Epic Proportions — to curate a little art show with world renowned artists interpreting their own movie posters for each of the films shown.
Well, this weekend, those pieces of art (and more) are going to be presented at Lincoln Center as part of the New York Asian Film Festival! Featuring the work a slew of NOC-friendly artists, including Larry Hama, Bernard Chang, Jef Castro, Ken Knudtsen, and John Jennings!
Check out the official announcement after the jump.
EPIC PROPORTIONS and SUBWAY CINEMA Announce
June 27 – July 10, 2014
At the Film Society of Lincoln Center during the 13th annual New York Asian Film Festival (NYAFF)
New York, NY, June 19, 2014 – Epic Proportions and Subway Cinema announce the New York Asian Film Festival Poster Art Show to take place at the Film Society of Lincoln Center, during the 13th annual New York Asian Film Festival (NYAFF).
Curated by Asian-American artist/designer Jerry Ma, the show will feature original artwork inspired by new and classic Asian films from the lineups of this year’s New York Asian Film Festival and the Old School Kung Fu Fest.
Participating comic book artists and illustrators include Larry Hama (G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero), Bernard Chang (Green Lantern Corps), Ken Knudtsen (My Monkey’s Name is Jennifer), SooJ Lee & Jef Castro (Point-and-Question), Glenn Urieta (Secret Identities and Shattered, The Asian-American Superhero Graphic Novels), John Jennings (The Hole: Consumer Culture, Black Comix: African American Independent Comics), and Jerry Ma (Secret Identities & Shattered, The Asian-American Superhero Graphic Novels).
Artworks on display will include illustrations inspired by THE 36TH CHAMBER OF SHAOLIN, DIRTY HO, AIM HIGH IN CREATION!, LEGENDARY WEAPONS OF CHINA, KANO, PEDICAB DRIVER, CANTON VIPER, CHALLENGE OF THE MASTERS, MR. VAMPIRE/RIGOR MORTIS, HEROES OF THE EAST, the films starring Korean actor Jee Jung-jae (NEW WORLD, THE FACE READER, IL MARE), MASTER OF THE FLYING GUILLOTINE, GOLDEN CHICKENSSS, and the films of legendary actor/director Jimmy Wong Yu (THE ONE-ARMED SWORDSMAN).
The 13th New York Asian Film Festival will showcase 60 feature films, including 1 major international premiere, 20 North American premieres, 6 U.S. premieres, and 11 more films making their New York City debuts. The festival will be attended by over 20 star filmmakers and celebrity guests traveling from Australia, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, and Taiwan.
NYAFF Poster Art Show will have its official opening reception on Saturday, June 28, 7:30pm-8:30pm in the Frieda and Roy Furman Gallery
NYAFF Poster Art show, and the opening reception, will be held at the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Walter Reade Theater’s Frieda and Roy Furman Gallery (located at 165 West 65th Street, between Amsterdam Avenue and Broadway).
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
LARRY HAMA is an American comic book writer, artist, actor and musician who has worked in the fields of entertainment and publishing since the 1960s. During the 1970s, he was seen in minor roles on the TV shows MAS*H and Saturday Night Live, and appeared on Broadway in two roles in the original 1976 production of Stephen Sondheim’s Pacific Overtures.
He is best known to American comic book readers as a writer and editor for Marvel Comics, where he wrote the licensed comic book series G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero, based on the Hasbro toyline. He has also written for the series Wolverine, Nth Man: the Ultimate Ninja, and Elektra. He created the character Bucky O’Hare, which was developed into a comic book, a toy line and television cartoon.
SOOJ LEE & JEF CASTRO/Point-and-Question
SooJ Lee is an artist living in New York City. She works as a fashion designer. She loves dogs and is currently working on her own line of canine fashion and art called Point 5 Design Studio.
Jef Castro loves pop culture. He has worked on creating imagery for films, TV, magazines, graphic novels, books, advertising, musicians, and the web. Currently he is collaborating with artist SooJ Lee on a creative project called Point-and-Question.
BERNARD CHANG is an Asian American artist/designer, best known for his work in the comic book industry and entertainment design. Some of his most popular work includes Wonder Woman, Superman, and Supergirl. He currently draws Green Lantern Corps for DC Comics.
Bernard graduated from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY with a bachelors in architecture and was captain of the men’s basketball team.
KEN KNUDTSEN is a NY-based writer and artist (Wolverine) and the creator of My Monkey’s Name is Jennifer, and has also worked on animation for projects developed by Comedy Central, Robert Reich, and PBS.
Feel free to discuss with him the awesomeness of Huey Lewis & the News, Fast Five, and Aquaman at your earliest convenience.
JOHN JENNINGS is an Associate Professor of Visual Studies at the State University of New York at Buffalo. He is an accomplished designer, curator, illustrator, cartoonist, and award-winning graphic novelist. His work overlaps into various disciplines including American Studies, African American Studies, Design History, Media Studies, Sociology, Women and Gender Studies, and Literature.
Jennings is co-author of the graphic novel The Hole: Consumer Culture, Black Comix: African American Independent Comics a, and co-curator of Out of Sequence: Underrepresented Voices in American Comics. For more information, visit: society6.com/BK3030 and buffalo.edu/home/feature_story/black-comix.html
GLENN URIETA is a New York City-based comic book artist and writer. He contributed to Secret Identities: The Asian American Superhero Anthology in 2009 and was the Senior Artist for Shattered: The Asian American Comics Anthology in 2012.
Glenn is currently writing and drawing his own original graphic novel.
JERRY MA is an Asian-American artist/designer best known for his work as Art Director on superhero graphic novels Secret Identities: The Asian American Superhero Anthology and Shattered: The Asian American Comics Anthology.
He has designed the NYAFF T-shirts from 2009 to present and has his own line of Asian pop culture inspired T-shirts. Jerry has worked on projects ranging from The Smithsonian Museum and The MOCA Museum here in New York to Champion and Gap Kids. You can see more of his work at Epic Proportions.
Founded by Jerry Ma, Art Director and contributing artist to Secret Identies and Shattered, the Asian American Superhero Anthologies, Epic Proportions is New York-based Art & Design Studio, which specializes in Asian Culture graphic tee shirts.
NEW YORK ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL (NYAFF)
Now in its 13th year, the New York Asian Film Festival (NYAFF) is North America’s leading Festival of popular Asian cinema, which The New York Times has called “one of the city’s most valuable events.” Launched in 2002 by Subway Cinema, the festival selects only the best, strangest, and most entertaining movies to screen for New York audiences, ranging from mainstream blockbusters and art-house eccentricities to genre and cult classics. It was the first North American film festival to champion the works of Johnnie To, Bong Joon-ho, Park Chan-wook, Takashi Miike, and other auteurs of contemporary Asian cinema. The 13th annual NYAFF will take place June 27-July 14 at the Film Society of Lincoln Center, Japan Society, and Asia Society.
Subway Cinema (New York Asian Film Festival, Ltd.) is America’s leading nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing exposure and appreciation for Asian popular film culture in all its forms. Before launching NYAFF in 2002, Subway Cinema was the first place in America to recognize the works of directors Johnnie To and Tsui Hark with retrospectives, and to bring major attention to New Korean Cinema with the first New York Korean Film Festival in 2001. Subway Cinema’s other events and initiatives include the annual Old School Kung Fu Fest (showcase for the best of classic martial-arts films) and the Asian Film Preservation Fund.