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Backstory

Backstory

By Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival
Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival presents “Backstory the Reel Asian podcast”, a podcast that highlights artists and issues relating to the Asian and Asian Canadian media landscape. Hosted by Aram Collier and Kelly Lui, the Reel Asian programming team is here to talk film, shop, and tea.

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Backstory is written and hosted by Aram Collier and Kelly Lui, and is produced by Seungwoo Baek.
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Big Sky, Wild Mushrooms (feat. Howie Shia, Anne Koizumi) -- pt. 2

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Have You Seen This?
Kelly walks Aram through his first (and perhaps last?) watch of CRASH LANDING ON YOU, 2019’s love story of the year (arguably). Will his love for the show crash and burn, or paraglide and land on his summer heart? This episode includes spoilers to the show CRASH LANDING ON YOU (2019). If you liked the format, please do check out Too Long; Didn’t Watch (@tldwpod on Twitter), whose podcast gave us the inspiration for this episode. Content Warning: minor swearing Follow the link here for an extended shownote and episode transcript: http://bit.ly/backstory-cloy This episode uses the following multimedia samples and sources:  "Say Good Night", Joakim Karud "Morpho Diana", Rachel Collier Episode 16 of CRASH LANDING ON YOU (2019)
52:21
June 16, 2021
One Year Later (feat. kim hayung, Khanh Tudo, Seb Decter)
It has been a year, and so many things have happened between then and now. In this episode, Aram and Kelly talk to filmmakers and programmers who continued to create art through the past year. Follow the link here for an extended shownote and episode transcript: http://bit.ly/backstory-1yearlater You can find hayung (@kimhayungg) and Insomniac Festival (@insomniac_fest) on Twitter and Instagram. This episode uses the following multimedia samples and sources:  “Say Good night”, Joakim Karud "Morpho Diana", Rachel Collier
55:51
April 2, 2021
The Serious Funny Business (feat. Franco Nguyen of TallBoyz)
Aram and Kelly talk with Franco about the new season of the sketch comedy show TALLBOYZ and the serious business of being funny. You can find Franco on Instagram and Twitter @francowins, and you can watch the second season of TallBoyz for free on CBC Gem. Follow the link here for an extended shownote and episode transcript: http://bit.ly/s2e3-shownotes This episode uses the following multimedia samples and sources: “Say Good night”, Joakim Karud "Morpho Diana", Rachel Collier "This is MY Chinatown", Arthur Yeung SUITE SUITE CHINATOWN. Dir. Aram Collier
37:12
March 4, 2021
Minari-acting
Aram and Kelly (and Seungwoo) talk about MINARI (2020) and give their earnest first reacts. Follow the link here for an extended shownote and episode transcript: http://bit.ly/s2e2-shownotes This episode uses the following multimedia samples and sources: “Say Good night”, Joakim Karud "Morpho Diana", Rachel Collier "Rain Song", Emile Mosseri, Han Ye-ri
22:13
February 25, 2021
New Karate Kids on the Block
A new year is upon us. We are back and so is Karate Kid. Aram and Seungwoo talk about how they ushered in their new years, and why Cobra Kai was a part of the good beginning. Content Warning: minor swearing. Follow the link here for an extended shownote and episode transcript: http://bit.ly/s2e1-shownotes This episode uses the following multimedia samples and sources: “Say Good night”, Joakim Karud "Morpho Diana", Rachel Collier "Oasis" Excerpt from "Mercy" (Cobra Kai, S1E10)
19:25
January 28, 2021
We’re Back! The Reel Asian Film Festival in 2020
At the end of a momentous year, Kelly and Aram take a moment to reflect on what 2020 meant for the Reel Asian Film Festival and bring along some friends for the ride. First, guests Mimi Vuong and Josephine Cruz, the digital producers behind the scenes of Reel Asian’s digital festival. Meanwhile, we searched the farthest reaches of the globe to get an audience member’s perspective from superfan James Goh. In our last segment, Kelly and Aram share their own thoughts on what got them through the year and the carb questionnaire. Content Warning: mild swearing Follow the link here for an extended show note (incl. guest bios) and episode transcript: https://bit.ly/398tPIo This episode uses or mentions the following multimedia samples and sources: “Say Good night”, Joakim Karud "It's Only Love that Gets You Through", by Sade “Feel The Rhythm of Korea”, by Leenalchi and Ambiguous Dance Company "Anpanman", by BTS "Hug (Rock Version)", by Seventeen This episode was produced and edited by Aram Collier.
56:41
January 6, 2021
Irrational Summer Loves: It's Love that Never Ends
In preparation for his summer movie showdown last month, Aram had trained for weeks on end. He’s visited every local waterfall to train under, sparred with burning logs and smouldering bbq pits, and reached out to his closest confidants about their secret takes on Karate Kid II. In this episode, Aram shares with Backstory podcast the conversations he’s had with his friends and loved ones about their shared nostalgia and memories of Karate Kid II. Content Warning: mild swearing Follow the link here for an extended show note and episode transcript: http://bit.ly/ep6b-shownote This episode uses the following multimedia samples and sources: “Main Title”, The Karate Kid Part II - Original Score, by Bill Conti “Honor Very Serious”, The Karate Kid Part II - Original Score, by Bill Conti “Daniel’s Triumph”, The Karate Kid Part II - Original Score, by Bill Conti
34:39
August 21, 2020
Irrational Summer Loves
Aram and Kelly share their summer movie picks with each other. What starts out as a congenial display of friendship and shared love for the cinema devolves into a thunderdome-styled fight to the bitter end of their friendship in defense of their honour and film tastes. Content Warning: horror, violence on screen, gore, decapitation, body mutilation, nudity, death Follow the link here for extended show notes and the episode transcript: https://bit.ly/ep6-shownote This episode uses the following multimedia samples and sources: KARATE KID PART II (1986), dir. John G. Avildsen HAUSU (1977), dir. Nobuhiko Obayashi STAR TREK III: THE SEARCH FOR SPOCK (1984), dir. Leonard Nimoy "Be Mine", by Amine Maxwell "All The Stars", by Kendrick Lamar, SZA "Main Title: Theme from 'Jaws'", by John Williams
42:55
August 1, 2020
Big Sky, Wild Mushrooms (feat. Howie Shia, Anne Koizumi) -- pt. 2
Aram and Kelly continue their talk with animator extraordinaire Howie Shia and master puppeteer Anne Koizuimi in an attempt to answer the question: "what is an animation?” This episode includes Anne Koizumi's live commentary of IN THE SHADOW OF THE PINES (https://youtu.be/nI85ahkSmSA). The first part of the conversation included Howie Shia's live commentary of MARCO’S ORIENTAL NOODLES (https://youtu.be/IobYgrLpCX8). Both of their works can be found on YouTube and on CBC Gem. Follow the link here for an extended show notes and episode transcript: https://bit.ly/ep5-shownote This episode uses the following multimedia samples and sources: SPIRITED AWAY (2001), dir. Hayao Miyazaki IN THE SHADOW OF THE PINES (2020), dir. Anne Koizumi “Say Good night”, Joakim Karud “Jar Hut”, Morusque
43:01
July 2, 2020
Big Sky, Wild Mushrooms (feat. Howie Shia, Anne Koizumi) -- pt. 1
Aram and Kelly talk with animator extraordinaire Howie Shia and master puppeteer Anne Koizuimi in an attempt to answer the question: "what is an animation?” This episode includes Howie Shia's live commentary of MARCO’S ORIENTAL NOODLES (https://youtu.be/IobYgrLpCX8). The second part of this conversation, which includes Anne Koizumi's live commentary of IN THE SHADOW OF THE PINES (https://youtu.be/nI85ahkSmSA), will be available next week. Both of their works can be found on YouTube and on CBC Gem. Follow the link here for an extended show notes and episode transcript: https://bit.ly/ep4-shownote This episode uses the following multimedia samples and sources: AGO Creative Minds: Art and Social Justice (LINK) MARCO'S ORIENTAL NOODLES (2017). Dir. Howie Shia “Say Good night”, Joakim Karud “Jar Hut”, Morusque "Slowly", Smith the Mister
39:01
June 25, 2020
#untiltomorrow (feat. Chris Chin)
In celebration of Asian Heritage Month, Aram and Kelly take a trip down memory lane(s) to reconnect with friends of the festival. They talk with Chris Chin, festival and operations manager for Reel Asian, about the festival's latest archival campaign "#untiltomorrow", which bring together works featured at past Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival. Content Warning: light swearing Follow the link here for an extended shownote and episode transcript: https://bit.ly/ep3-shownote Visit us at reelasian.com/untiltomorrow for more information. This episode uses the following multimedia samples and sources: BLADE RUNNER (1982), dir. Ridley Scott “Say Good Night”, Joakim Karud “Jar Hut”, Morusque “Warm Water”, Underbelly “Guitar Loop_rnbchord”, TRHZ
01:05:30
May 28, 2020
Creative2Creative, Take One (feat. Albert Shin, Gloria Ui Young Kim) -- pt. 2
We continue on our conversation with Albert Shin and Gloria Ui Young Kim, delving deeper into the themes of creative distance and formative films. Albert and Gloria interview each other and become the first ever guests to make the gauntlet run of “7 RA Questions”. Follow the link here for the episode transcript: https://bit.ly/backstory-ep2-transcript Content Warning: mention of abuse, sexual violence, kidnapping. Plugs Disappearance at Clifton Hill (2019) is now available for streaming and download on iTunes, Google Play, and other major digital platforms in Canada. Watch the trailer at https://youtu.be/TjNYN5bqi8I. Queen of the Morning Calm (2019) will have a virtual screening on May 28th, at 9PM Eastern Time, hosted by the Canadian Film Fest. Check it out on SuperChannel. Watch the trailer at https://youtu.be/pILn_gorUHY. This episode uses the following multimedia samples and sources: "Paul Newman", Inside the Actors Studio (1994), Dir. Lou Del Prete "Say Good Night",  Joakim Karud "Jar Hut", Morusque
48:19
May 7, 2020
Creative2Creative, Take One (feat. Albert Shin, Gloria Ui Young Kim) -- pt. 1
In this inaugural episode, Aram and Kelly host Albert Shin (Disappearance at Clifton Hill) and Gloria Ui Young Kim (Queen of the Morning Calm) to talk about their respective works. Albert and Gloria interview each other and become the first ever guests to make the gauntlet run of “7 RA Questions”. Follow the link here for the episode transcript: https://bit.ly/backstory-ep1-transcript Content Warning: mention of abuse, sexual violence, kidnapping. Plugs Disappearance at Clifton Hill (2019) will be available for streaming and download starting May 4th on iTunes, Google Play, and other major digital platforms in Canada. Watch the trailer at https://youtu.be/TjNYN5bqi8I. Queen of the Morning Calm (2019) will have a virtual screening on May 28th, at 9PM Eastern Time, hosted by the Canadian Film Fest. Check it out on SuperChannel. Watch the trailer at https://youtu.be/pILn_gorUHY. This episode uses the following multimedia samples and sources: Love Letter (1995), Dir. Shunji Iwai Disappearance at Clifton Hill (2019), Dir. Albert Shin Queen of the Morning Calm (2019), Dir. Gloria Ui Young Kim "Say Good Night",  Joakim Karud "Jar Hut", Morusque
56:45
April 30, 2020
Backstory
This is where our story begins.  We will be here last Thursday of every month, with a few exceptions.  Backstory podcast is written and hosted by Aram Collier and Kelly Lui. It's edited and produced by Seungwoo Baek, and is presented by Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival. If you  have any questions or want to say hey, reach out to us at backstory.ra@gmail.com. The episode uses a sample of "Welcome" by Anno Domini Beats.
02:40
April 22, 2020