Close out HAAPIFEST 2019 with the introduction of a new category for music videos featuring Joyce Kwon, Kenzo Le, Jameelah Rose Lineses, and Hanzila. Enjoy this special evening of art with delicious Texas BBQ by Blood Bros. BBQ.

Chinese Community Center
9800 Town Park Dr.
Houston, TX 77036

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Performing Artists

LYTA

LYTA is a 21-year-old Vietnamese-American singer/songwriter/producer from Houston, Texas. Her style has been uniquely called “alternatively icy & warm.” With a tasteful genre-bending style of alternative-pop R&B. LYTA self writes, produces, directs, composes her own projects and in a little less than a year her debut EP has received top 10 best local albums by the Houston Chronicle, nominated best live act, singer and newcomer of 2018 by the Houston Press, her song Cherry Eyes has been featured on OnesToWatch playlist and has opened and performed with acts such as Shoffy, RKCB & KevJumba. At 19 she was selected as one of the 70 performers for the Houston Super-Bowl Live Shows in 2017. She was previously named by rising indie bands NoVacations “one to watch”.


HOHYUN

Jason Hohyun Lee is a 19-year-old Korean R&B singer and producer. He goes under his moniker HOHYUN for his creative projects. His music is a swirl of refreshing pop and smooth R&B with his own flavorful twist and touches on the reminiscence of young love. He has already amassed notoriety with over 20K+ streams on his projects within less than a year of their release.



Meta Sarmiento

Meta Sarmiento, a Guam-born Filipino, a Denver-based artist, is the winner of the LYKMYNDYD Cypher, a Top 12 Finisher at WRLD UNDERGROUND MC Tournament, and winner of DJ Cavem’s Water is Life Rap Challenge 2016. Meta is also an honorable mention for the Loft Spoken Word Immersion Fellowship 2018, a National Poetry Slam Semifinalist with Slam Nuba 2017, a TEDx speaker, and winner of Spoken Word for the World 2015 where he was flown to Paris, France to perform during the United Nations Climate Negotiations. Meta’s work explores themes of cultural identity, masculinity, environmentalism, love, loss, and healing.

Music Videos

Joyce Kwon
"Dream of Home"

Filmmaker: Jon Pears

What it might be like to return home, a place she has kept close to her heart, and has “future flashbacks” warning her of the dangers?

“Dream of Home” is the debut album from LA-based singer-songwriter and gayageum player, Joyce Kwon. Joyce’s folk music for folks of the diaspora blends modern indie folk with traditional music of Korea and the States, while her lyrics center on her experience of growing up Asian in America and conversely, on her experience returning to Asia as an adult and being viewed as an outsider there.


Leo Xia
"Tether"

Filmmaker Kenzo Le

A vignette of what’s left behind when our loved ones leave; a slice of joy, loss, and memory told through dance.

Leo Xia is a Los Angeles based indie/folk singer-songwriter and activist whose vulnerable vocals and storytelling lyricism has been compared to the likes of Sufjan Stevens and Ed Sheeran. He aims to expand our capacities for empathy through his experience as a Chinese-American Immigrant. He has opened for Snoop Dogg and his work has been featured on HBO. His first full-length album 384 is now available on all streaming platforms.

Kenzo K. Le is a Los Angeles based Director of Photography. He graduated from USC in Film & Television Production, having lensed dozens of narrative, music videos, and two recent feature films under his belt. Diversity is his strength to finesse in multiple visual styles, painting for different slices of life, while connecting the common thread through his niche way of storytelling. His parents are both painters, who sacrificed everything for their family to transition to a new life. He hopes to carry their essence through his art form and keep their art alive, taking "every frame a painting" to heart. His experience in production design goes hand in hand with his cinematography, emphasizing on strong character-driven sets and purposeful lighting.


"Atareek"

Filmmaker Jameelah Rose del Prado Lineses

Feast your eyes and embark on a journey to the colorful streets of Old Balad and explore the beautiful history of the city's rich culture and heritage.

Jameelah Rose del Prado Lineses, a New York-based young Filipino award-winning female filmmaker who was born and raised in Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia who have been recognized and published in multiple media outlets in Saudi Arabia including Arab News, Saudi Gazette, Malayalam News, MIXFM-KSA Laish Hiphop with Big Hass as well as in the Philippines - Manila Bulletin, Philippine Daily Inquirer, Rappler, Film Academy of the Philippines, The Philippine Business and News, Experience Travel and Living Philippines and in New York - New York Film Academy Blog, The Filipino Express (New Jersey) for her work promoting Saudi Tourism/Culture/Heritage and Historic Jeddah, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. She is also a presidential awardee/recipient of the Ani Ng Dangal ("Harvest of Honors") for CINEMA from the National Commission for Culture and Arts in the Philippines, an organization under the office of the President of the Republic of the Philippines in 2014. She is also a New York Film Academy alumna.

She has made 4 films promoting Saudi Arabia's culture and national heritage in which all films have won awards and garnered recognitions: Historic Jeddah (2015) which won IFFM Most Popular Film Promo in 2015, Our Journey to Hijaz (2016) - Louie Awardee Honorable Mention at IFFM 2016, The Lifestyles of Expats in Jeddah (2017) - Louie Awardee Honorable Mention at IFFM 2017, Atareek (2018) - Best Cinematography at the 8th International Film Festival Manhattan 2018.

On October 18, 2018, Jameelah won Best Cinematography for her Saudi music video film “Atareek” at the 8th International Film Festival Manhattan 2018 in New York City, U.S.A. 



Hanzila
"Stay Woke"

Filmmaker Samir M. Chiali

Filmed in the heart of Houston, "Stay Woke" is a captivating story written, directed, filmed and edited by Samir Chiali, founder and owner, Imagineering Films. The video is set at an eerie location full of decades-old goods, ranging from cars, machines, decorations and more.

As a first generation American born of Pakistani parents, Hanzila grew up in Houston dancing and singing to an eclectic array of music. During grade school, he was captivated by Eminem and began rapping and free-styling with friends. He wrote his first album at 14, distributing it to classmates, friends, and family. Since then, Hanzila has incorporated singing into his music to give listeners a different dynamic to enjoy. Anyone who has seen him perform would agree he’s a multi-dimensional talent and entertainer.

Barbecue Dinner

This story begins in the early 90’s, in a small, middle class suburb of SW Houston named Alief. What distinguished this suburb from others was the melting pot of cultures and the joining of the white and blue collar workers. Growing up in Alief during this time was special. The bonds that were formed between young teenagers were more than just friendships; they were brotherhoods. Moving into adulthood, most set out to follow their own destinies in life. After traveling down their own paths for nearly two decades, three Alief men’s lives crossed paths once again. It seemed as if no time had passed between them, as they were able to pick up where they left off. The brotherhood was still intact and stronger than ever. In 2014, a year after rebooting their friendship, the three men developed an awareness of a shared enthusiasm for three things: good friends, good food and good times. With this realization, they set out on a new endeavor, creating the path of Blood Bros. BBQ.


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