This past weekend, I attended the 2016 Asians on Film Festival for my short film Finding Cleveland, and I am honored to announce that we won Best Documentary! With over 300 submissions, the annual short film festival handed out a total of 17 awards, focusing attention on new and emerging Asian American talent in the filmmaking industry. Multiple screenings took place throughout the event, which took began on Wednesday, March 9 and ended with the awards ceremony on Sunday, March 13. I was excited to see actor Will Yun Lee, who has appeared in San Andreas, Wolverine, and Hawaii 5-0, received an honorary award for Supporting Role Model. Click here for the full list of festival winners. Be sure to also check out the AOFF award ceremony recap video.
Only Won and I spend an afternoon recently as guests on Ken Fong’s Asia America podcast. We had a great time discussing our experiences and challenges as Asian American musicians and filmmakers in the entertainment industry. Click here for the full length podcast.
I headed to Oxford, MS last week for their film festival and it was an honor to win the award for Best Mississippi Documentary Short for my film Finding Cleveland. The five day festival celebrates the art of independent filmmaking, exhibiting over 130 films from across the globe. The week consists of screenings in both showcase and competition settings, panel discussions on issues in contemporary filmmaking, and interactions between the filmmakers and the audience at a number of social events. It was an exciting trip and I can’t believe I now can add award-winning filmmaker to my bio. If you want to see my film please visit our film’s website for our listings of upcoming screenings.
I always enjoy supporting other UCLA Bruins and I was super excited when Amy Lieu asked me to be a guest on her new show, “Amy Presents.” From my Love and Discovery album to Asian American parents to singing tips, we covered it all in a fun three part YouTube segment. Visit Amy’s channel here for all three parts of my interview but in the meantime check out the first part of our interview below.
I had the chance to perform with a fantastic lineup of musicians a couple days before the Grammys at one of LA’s music hotspots, Molly Malone’s. The showcase benefited National Outreach Foundation, Inc. and We Are One Concerts, and included a diverse groups of artists that included David Longoria, April Diamond, Songwriting Shane, Aeone, Diana Barash, Dennis Sy, D. Edward, Grant Maloy Smith, and Annette Conlon.
I got invited to sing the national anthem at a recent LA Clippers game vs. Minnesota Timberwolves at Staples Center. It was a special Asian Heritage Night that also celebrated Chinese New Year’s. Those of you who follow me know I’m a die-hard Lakers fan but it was still an honor to sing the Star Spangled Banner in front of an appreciative home crowd. You can watch the jumbotron view of my anthem
Here's vid of my natl anthem from #clippers game last nite on the Jumbotron #nba #starspangledbanner
Posted by Larissa Lam on Thursday, February 4, 2016
I’m doing a series of events to celebrate Chinese New Year and ringing in the Year of the Monkey. First stop will be a concert co-headlining with Only Won in Kent, OH on Fri. Feb 5th followed by a special performance in Cleveland double billed with a screening of my documentary short, Finding Cleveland. The tour will head back to LA for the Chinatown Chinese New Year Festival on Feb 13th. Go to my Tour Date page for more details.