“Cast Me If You Can” Pre-Screening Happy Hour

The MIT Club of Southern California is inviting CAPE members to a happy hour mixer before the special Los Angeles screening of CAST ME IF YOU CAN at USC. Atsushi Ogata, MIT alumnus and writer/producer of CAST ME IF YOU CAN, will be in attendance. Please join us for appetizers and conversation before we all head over to see the film.

Thursday, March 1, 2012
4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
The Lab Gastropub (University Gardens Building)
3500 Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90007

Your RSVP to the happy hour guarantees you a seat for the free screening.
Appetizers included, drinks are on your own!
$10 suggested donation at the door

Please RSVP to Teresa Huang at [email protected]

Parking Information: The Lab Gastropub and the Ray Stark Family Theater at the USC School of Cinematic Arts are within walking distance of each other, so we suggest parking in one location for both events. Parking passes may be purchased for $8.00 at USC Entrance Gate #5, located at the intersection of W. Jefferson Blvd. & McClintock Avenue. We recommend parking in outdoor Lot M or V, or Parking Structure D, at the far end of 34th Street. Please note that Parking Structure D cannot accommodate tall vehicles such as SUVs. Metered parking is also available along Figueroa St and Jefferson Blvd. Please click here for the Event Map.

CAPE New Writers Awards Announces New Category

The 12th Annual CAPE New Writers Awards, sponsored by NBC Universal with the support of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and the Hawaii International Film Festival, will officially begin accepting submissions on Monday, February 27, 2012 with a brand new category, Hawaii.

Submission categories include Features, Television Writing, and Hawaii. Writers interested in the Hawaii category must originally be from Hawaii, currently live in Hawaii, or set their original screenplay/teleplay in Hawaii.

Both CAPE and non-CAPE members are encouraged to apply.

Three winners will each receive a $4,000 cash prize, the latest Final Draft software, a staged reading of their winning script, exclusive meetings with entertainment industry agents, producers, and executives.

Deadline for submissions is Friday, May 25, 2012 11:59PM PST.

For over a decade, the CAPE New Writers Awards has been dedicated to discovering and nurturing Asian Pacific Islander voices and talents. This unique program has helped launch the careers of numerous writers. Success stories include Aaron Ho (COUGAR TOWN), Alice Wu (SAVING FACE), Christina Choe (2012 Slamdance winner), Jaffar Mahmood (SHADES OF RAY), Ken Cheng (WILFRED), Leonard Chang (AWAKE), and Thomas Wong (Fox Writer’s Intensive Finalist).

For more information and submission materials, please visit capeusa.org/CNWA.

YTF Concert Tour VIP Ticket Giveaway

The Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment (CAPE) is offering exclusive VIP packages to the 2012 YTF Concert Tour!

Enter now and you could win a pair of VIP passes with backstage access in the city of your choice. To enter, follow these simple steps:

  1. Follow @CAPEUSA and @ytfglobal on Twitter
  2. Tweet “I want to win VIP passes from @CAPEUSA @ytfglobal! http://bit.ly/AwDy70 #ticketgiveaway #ytfconcerttour
  3. Tag 3 friends in your tweet

Help CAPE reach 5,000 Twitter followers and we’ll select a Grand Prize winner, who will receive a pair of premium VIP passes to the Anaheim concert on April 1st ($125 value), an annual CAPE membership ($75 value), and an exclusive CAPE prize (priceless).

Multiple entries are encouraged. This giveaway is open to non-CAPE members and non-US residents. No purchase necessary.

Two winners will be selected at random on March 5 and March 19. Winners will be announced via Twitter and receive a Direct Message with further information.

Please note: All costs associated with the acceptance or use of the prize are the responsibility of the winner.

Concert tickets can also be purchased here.

CAPE ED Jennifer Sanderson Selected for NetKAL

CAPE Executive Director Jennifer Sanderson has been selected for the Network of Korean American Leaders (NetKAL) Fellowship Program.

Among the 26 Fellows are CAPE TV Pitch Lab Panelist Eric Kim (VP, Current Programs, CBS Television Studios), CAPE Member James Kyson (HEROES), and director Grace Lee (AMERICAN ZOMBIE; THE GRACE LEE PROJECT). For the full list of fellows, please click here.

The NetKAL Fellowship Program is a six month workshop series that is organized by The Center for Asian-Pacific Leadership at the University of Southern California. The Center for Asian-Pacific Leadership promotes innovative education and training for Asian and Asian-American leadership focusing on challenges facing the Pacific Rim’s future and preparing emerging leaders for global transformation.

Leo Chu and Eric S. Garcia Win WGA

Leo Chu
Eric S. Garcia

CAPE 20th Anniversary Honorees Leo Chu and Eric S. Garcia won the Best Children’s Episodic and Specials Writers Guild of America (WGA) Award for writing “Hero of the Shadows,” the pilot episode of Nickelodeon’s SUPAH NINJAS.

Chu and Garcia also created and executive produced the SUPAH NINJAS series.

The 2012 Writers Guild Awards was held on February 19, 2012 at the Hollywood Palladium.

For a full list of winners, please click here.

Film Independent’s Fast Track Submission Deadline

Fund your feature length narrative or documentary project.

Film Independent Fast Track is a film financing market that takes place during the Los Angeles Film Festival and is designed to help narrative and documentary filmmakers move their current projects forward. During three days of intensive meetings, Fast Track connects filmmakers with financiers, production companies, and other industry professionals. This highly selective program is open to established as well as up-and-coming filmmakers with exceptional projects still seeking funding.

Participants accepted into Fast Track are also eligible for a $15,000 production grant awarded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

Enter the code “PARTNER” to save $20 on your application fee.
Application deadline is Monday, February 27.

Click here for more information and to apply.

NBC’s 7th Annual Short Cuts Festival

UPDATE: Deadline has been extended to Friday, June 15th!

NBC is now accepting submissions for their 7th annual Short Cuts Festival in Comedy, Drama, Horror, and Sci-Fi.

Shorts films must include a diverse theme or team member (writer, director, producer, or cast) and should be no longer than 20 minutes.

Final submissions are due June 1, 2012.

For more information, please visit nbcshortcuts.com.

CNWA’s Randall Park Cast In CBS Sitcom

CAPE New Writers Awards 2010 TV Winner Randall Park has been cast in a new CBS sitcom by feature writer-director Nick Stoller (THE MUPPETS).

The untitled project is a single-camera pilot loosely based on the real-life experiences of Stoller. The twenty-something ensemble comedy revolves around Jake (Michael Angarano), a commitment-phobic ad agency executive, who realizes he has to continue working with his ex-girlfriend, Laura, a cubicle away.

Park will play a hipster Korean art director, who works for Laura. Park and Stoller have previously worked together on the movie THE FIVE-YEAR ENGAGEMENT, which opens this April.

Randall’s more recent credits also include Nickelodeon’s SUPAH NINJAS and Wong Fu Productions’ mini-webseries “Home Is Where The Hans Are.”

The CW Lands Kristin Kreuk For “Beauty And The Beast”

The CW has landed Kristin Kreuk for the female lead in the highly anticipated BEAUTY AND THE BEAST.

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST has been described as a modern-day love story, but with a procedural twist. The drama focuses on Catherine (Kreuk), a NYPD homicide detective haunted by witnessing her mother’s murder and the killers’ demise at the hands of a Beast. After searching for years, Catherine finally finds the Beast, Vincent Koslow, who is the survivor of a military experiment that went disastrously wrong, and becomes the protector of his superhero, secret life.

Kreuk is most well-known for starring on SMALLVILLE and her more recent credits include an arc on CHUCK.

Kal Penn To Lead ABC’s “Prairie Dogs”

ABC’s PRAIRIE DOGS has tapped Kal Penn as the lead. The single-camera comedy pilot comes from writers and executive producers Jackie and Jeff Filgo.

The story centers around Neil (Penn) as an uncool cubicle worker aka “prairie dog” at the coolest companies in the world. After falling victim to identity theft, Neil discovers the fictitious identity is a more fulfilling life than his own, so he engages the charismatic conman to help him change his life.

Penn is known for starring in the HAROLD & KUMAR series with John Cho, FOX’s medical drama HOUSE, and a recurring role on CBS comedy HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER.