NALIP Executive Director To Speak at “Crazy Rich Asians” Screening

NALIP Executive Director Ben Lopez will participate at a panel after a special screening of Warner Brothers' Crazy Rich Asians this Sunday in Los Angeles. Always advocating for more inclusion in the industry of all minorities, NALIP is proud of the media recognition and hype building up around this film, which features a talented cast of Asian-American actors bringing more representation to the big screen. Joining NALIP in supporting this film is the African American Film Critics Association and HARNESS. The panel discussion will feature Ashley Blaine Featherson, Dawn-Lyen Gardner, Mishel Prada, Tilane Jones, and will be moderated by Gil. L. Robertson IV, Co-Founder and President of AAFCA.

About Crazy Rich Asians:

Rachel Chu is happy to accompany her longtime boyfriend, Nick, to his best friend's wedding in Singapore. She's also surprised to learn that Nick's family is extremely wealthy and he's considered one of the country's most eligible bachelors. Thrust into the spotlight, Rachel must now contend with jealous socialites, quirky relatives and something far, far worse -- Nick's disapproving mother.

Kevin Kwan published his comedic novel Crazy Rich Asians on June 11, 2013. In August 2014, producer Nina Jacobson acquired rights to adapt the novel into a film. Jacobson and her partner Brad Simpson intended to produce under their production banner Color Force with Bryan Unkeless developing the project. Their goal was to produce the film adaptation outside the studio system and to structure financing for development and production from Asia and other territories outside the United States.[16] In 2014, the US-based Asian film investment group Ivanhoe Pictures partnered with Jacobson to finance and produce Crazy Rich Asians.[17]

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