CAAMFest | IL Pop-Up: The Donut King
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The American Dream with a *glazed* twist.
'The Donut King' tells Ted Ngoy's rags-to-riches story of a refugee escaping Cambodia, arriving in America in 1975, and building an unlikely multimillion-dollar empire baking America’s favorite pastry, the donut.
Join audiences nationwide on Wednesday, May 19, 2021 at 4:00 pm PT / 7:00 pm ET for a virtual CAAMFest Indie Lens Pop-Up screening of 'The Donut King' featuring a post-screening panel with filmmakers Alice Gu and José Nuñez; Mayly Tao, owner, DK’s Donuts, and film protagonist; and Andrew Hem, artist and 'The Donut King' poster artist. Moderated by writer, director, and showrunner Kulap Vilaysack, the panelists will discuss immigration, cross-cultural community relationships, and the promise of the American Dream.
New American Economy, Refugees International, and Southeast Asia Resource Action Center will be sharing resources in the interactive chat.
The film screening will be open captioned, and the live stream Q&A will have ASL interpretation.
This event is hosted by Indie Lens Pop-Up and the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM), in collaboration with Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders for Justice San Antonio, TX; Bud Werner Memorial Library; City of Mesa, Community Services; Connecticut Public Television; Georgia Public Broadcasting; Global Peace Film Festival; Kansas City Public Library; KIXE; KQED; NET, Nebraska’s PBS & NPR Stations; New American Economy; Panhandle PBS/KACV; PBS Hawaiʻi; PBS SoCal | KCET; Refugees International; Southeast Asia Resource Action Center; Tillotson Center; WSIU Public Broadcasting; and Yale Film Archive.
With support from ITVS, Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and PBS.
About 'The Donut King'
Directed by Alice Gu
'The Donut King' is Ted Ngoy's rags-to-riches story of a refugee escaping Cambodia, arriving in America in 1975, and building an unlikely multimillion-dollar empire baking America’s favorite pastry, the donut. Ngoy sponsored hundreds of visas for incoming refugees and helped them get on their feet teaching them the ways of the donut business. By 1979, he was living the American Dream—but a great rise often comes with a great fall. 'The Donut King' is a tale of hard knocks, redemption, wealth, survival, risk, and donuts.
'The Donut King' will air and stream on PBS's Independent Lens on May 24, 2021 at 10/9c. Learn more.
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- Indie Lens Pop-Up
Indie Lens Pop-Up is a neighborhood series that brings people together for virtual film screenings and community-driven conversations. Featuring documentaries seen on PBS's Independent Lens, Indie Lens Pop-Up draws local residents, leaders and organizations to discuss what matters most, from newsworthy topics and social issues, to family and community relationships.
- Andrew Hem
Andrew Hem was born during his parents’ flight from Cambodia in the wake of the Khmer Rouge genocide and his upbringing was influenced by the rural heritage of his ancestors and the urban sensibility of Los Angeles, where his family came to reside. Being positioned within these cultural dichotomies fostered an aesthetic inspired by graffiti, as well as tribal and supernatural imagery. Describing his compositions as dreamlike memories inspired by personal experiences, Hem’s ethereal paintings function as a window overlooking the invisible realm of the human spirit.
- Mayly Tao
Mayly Tao is a Khmer, Thai, and Teochew Chinese Asian American born to Khmer refugee parents who arrived in America to start a new life. Her uncle, Ted Ngoy, sponsored hundreds of Cambodians to come to America and helped them manage and own their own donut shops. She currently owns DK's Donuts & Bakery in Santa Monica, CA and her delivery-only donut bouquet concept, Donut Princess LA. She also is the creator and host of her own podcast: Short N' Sweet: A Donut Princess Podcast where she explores mindset, women empowerment, and small business tips! She hopes to elevate Asian American voices and representation and vows to create a legacy for the next generation of Asian Americans. She is launching her new luxury car rental business, "Donut Exotics," in Summer 2021. You can find her ”Securing the Box” at @maylytao, @donutprincessla, @dksdonuts, @foodfortheclout.
- Kulap Vilaysack
Kulap Vilaysack is a writer/director who created the TV series BAJILLION DOLLAR PROPERTIES on Seeso. She was the showrunner/EP on the show and also directed numerous episodes. Her original documentary ORIGIN STORY, which chronicles her travels to her native land of Laos to search for her father, debuted at the Bentonville Film Festival and CAAMFest to great acclaim and is currently streaming on Amazon Prime. She was also the showrunner/Co-EP on the NBC special A LEGENDARY CHRISTMAS WITH JOHN AND CHRISSY and directed Emily Heller’s stand up special ICE THICKENERS for Comedy Central Digital. She currently co-hosts Add To Cart with SuChin Pak—a podcast about what we buy and what that says about who we are for Lemonada Media.
- Donald Young
Donald Young is the Center for Asian American Media’s Director of Programs. He oversees CAAM’s program areas, and specifically develops and implements CAAM’s national productions and national PBS strategies. In public television, Donald has supervised the national broadcasts of over 150 award-winning projects. As a producer, he has worked both in documentaries and independent feature films. Key projects include the epic five-hour PBS history series 'Asian Americans,' a co-production with WETA and produced by Renee Tajima-Peña; 'Family Pictures, USA' by Thomas Allen Harris; and a feature film adaptation of Chang-rae Lee’s 'Coming Home Again' directed by Wayne Wang.
The views and opinions expressed in this online screening are those of the presenters and participants, and do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of ITVS, public broadcasting, or any entities hosting the screening.