Written by Daisy Kim
March 6th, 2010 marked a milestone for the non-profit organization Kollaboration in many ways. It was the 10th annual Kollaboration show to be held in Los Angeles, the ten-year-old grassroots movement that has spread to 10 major cities across North America. The talent show-which is deeply rooted in promoting the organization's mantra Empowerment through Entertainment-promotes artistic and creative pursuits of its APIA aspiring musicians, dancers and performance artists. In order to prove that APIA artists can be and ought to be successful in the entertainment industry, Kollaboration's talent shows provide the platform for its local artists to defy stereotypes cast by the mainstream media. The organization and community-driven movement has become a stepping stone for the APIA population.
The guest judges for Kollaboration 10 were an eclectic group of APIA celebrities and community shapers such as: Emmy-nominated international correspondent and Journalist Lisa Ling, HBO's Entourage comedian/actor Rex Lee, Youtube all-stars KevJumba and Michelle Phan, Grammy and MTV-awards winning Director Joseph Kahn, CEO of Garco Enterprises Patty Yoon, and President and COO of IW Group Nita Song.
The year's show was held at the regal stage of the Shrine Auditorium which drew a motley cast of APIA celebrities, community leaders and supportive audience members from toddlers and their grandparents to teenaged fans. The stately entryway of the Shrine Auditorium was filled with celebrated figures in the APIA community while celebrities such as Far East Movement, Wong Fu Productions, Aaron Yoo, Amy Rider, James Kyson Lee, C.S Lee, Alexandra Chun, Joe Hahn (of Linkin Park), David Choi, Dumbfoundead, Jane Lui, Kina Grannis, Karin Anna Cheung, Ktown Cowboys, DJ Shy, and Kevin Shea amongst others walked the red carpet inside the grand foyer.
As Peter Rocks and the Kollaboration House Band opened up the show preluding to Korean dance-crew Prepix's piercing dance performance which had audiences thumping along to their routine. Another dance-crew invitee from Korea was Korean Union Dancerz, who mesmerized viewers by incorporating traditional Korean mask dancing with hip-hop and street dance. Anbu Black Ops, the Anime/Ninja dance crew directed by Mike Song of Kaba Modern and Anthony Lee of YoMama gave a new twist to the already popular dance-crews by turning their performance into a hip-hop, ruckus causing, rigorously choreographed, break dancing, story-telling segment.
Pigeon John rocked a passionate guest performance with his charm and ever-engaging style while Vudoo Soul with his captivating voice enticed with Girl You Got Me, sung in his trademark soulful style. We Are Heroes showed us what it means to be an ABDC winner with their perfectly synced choreography to individual freestyle delicacies. Just Kidding Films helped keep the show on a comedic note and the biggest Filipino-American comedian of today, Rex Navarrete stormed the crowd into laughter with his impersonations of Philippine's world famous boxer Manny Pacquiao. Oprah Winfrey's Karaoke Challenge winner and avid Kollaboration supporter Abraham McDonald sang his new single I Believe as the grand finale, ending the show in an inspiring fete.
Kollaboration Performers sing to promote CPAF, the Center for the Pacific Asian Family, on Chase Community Giving. Help support CPAF with your vote on Facebook's Chase Community Giving, and fight domestic violence and sexual abuse. Make a difference with your vote. www.voteCPAF.org
Alex Hwang..........Paul Jisung Kim.........Jinah Kim
Gerald Ko.................Megan Lee...........Clara Chung
Will Volume.................Jane Lui..................Jazmin
Director: Roy Choi
DP/Editor: Si Joon Lee
Sound/Audio: Eugene "Techbeatz" Choi
Production Assistants: Chari Horton, Christine Kim, Rina Lee, Ellen Shin
Michael Jackson's "Heal The World" performed by the artists of Kollaboration Acoustic III- Alfa, Mike Isberto, Jinah Kim, Gerald Ko, Megan Lee, Yoori Park, Susanna Yoon. Shot on various locations around the world. Directed by Roy Choi.
To promote their upcoming appearance in Kollaboration 9, Youtube sensations David Choi, Kina Grannis, and Kollaboration Acoustic 2 Winner, Jane Lui along with MTV Top Pop Group's Jazmin perform an acoustic version of Chris Brown's "Forever."
On Saturday, September 26, 2009, the Asian Professional Exchange (APEX) hosted its 16th Annual Awards Gala & Silent Auction at the Wilshire Grand Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. Themed "Reaching New Heights: Empowering the Community", the APEX Awards Gala recognized and honored prominent individuals and companies who are not only giving back but opening doors for more leaders to rise in the community. This year, APEX has selected Kollaboration to receive the APEX Award for Excellence in Arts and Entertainment. We are honored to receive such an award and thank APEX for recognizing what we do for the community.
All proceeds from the dinner go directly back into funding programs that are related to youth, mentorship and personal development. For more info go to: www.apex.org/awards.
Our very own Executive Director (PK) and Executive Producer (Roy Choi) are received an award for MAN(MEN) OF THE YEAR!!
The Annual Dari Awards
Date: Thursday, December 10, 2009
Location: KOREA CENTER - 5509 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles
The award recipients this year include Film Producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Kollaboration (PK & Roy Choi).
The Dari Awards
The annual DARI Award was created by The Korea Creative Content Agency (KOCCA) and the Korean Cultural Center of Los Angeles (KCCLA) to recognize companies and individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the introduction of Korean creative content in the American marketplace. The Dari Awards (DARI is Korean for ‘bridge’) also showcases work produced by the event’s recipients.
This year marks the fifth Dari Awards, with awards to be giving in the following four categories: Media Partnership Award, Business Partnership Award, Korean Company of the Year Award, and Person of the Year Award.
Past recipients of the Dari Awards include leading companies such as Tartan Films, K2 Network, Taffy Entertainment, YA Entertainment, CJ Entertainment America, Freestyle Releasing, Nexon, Gamevil, and the William Morris Agency.
The 2009 Dari Awards is scheduled to take place at the KOREA CENTER , located at 5509 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles, CA at 6:30PM. All recipients have ultimately committed themselves towards creating bridges between the two cultures of Korea and the US, and their outstanding works serve to foster appreciation of Korean culture and creative content.