How Ting Ting (wenting) Xu kept Chinese Journalists out of the HFPA?

When I joined the HFPA in 2010, I noticed that it had only one Chinese member and one white Subsaharan African. So I decided to recruit more African and Chinese members. On March, 5th 2014, I received a call from a woman named Ting Ting. She introduced herself as a Chinese journalist and asked me … Continue reading How Ting Ting (wenting) Xu kept Chinese Journalists out of the HFPA?

Is Green Truly Hollywood’s Favorite Color?

The visage of Tilda Swinton in Marvel’s recently released “Doctor Strange”, in which the English actress plays the Asian Ancient one, has yet again highlighted one of Hollywood’s most criticized habits: Whitewashing, namely casting white actors in non-white roles, particularly the lead ones.  And it seems that Hollywood is not planning on fixing it. Next … Continue reading Is Green Truly Hollywood’s Favorite Color?

Dubai International Film Festival empowers female directors in the Middle East

While the region around it has descended in political chaos and religious strife, Dubai continues to flourish and prosper, becoming an oasis of harmony and progress, where the natives constitute less than 12% of its multinational inhabitants. Its international film festival (DIFF), which was launched 12 years ago, in order to enhance understanding and form … Continue reading Dubai International Film Festival empowers female directors in the Middle East