Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Little Mao kicks off 2013 in Seattle

Little Mao will begin the new year with two screenings at the Children's Film Festival in Seattle.  It takes place on Sunday, January 27 at 7:00 pm and Friday, February 1 at 1:00 pm in the program, Hang On For The Ride.  For tickets, click here.

Seattle marks Little Mao's return to the U.S. after an appearance at the prestigious Chicago International Childrens Film Festival in October.  More screenings across North America will be announced here.  Stay tuned, comrades...

Today, Little Mao salutes Comrade Ariyena Sorani (aka Cindy) on reaching her 10th birthday:

Photo by Maloney Aguirre

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Comrades visit the Hamilton Film Festival

Little Mao enjoyed two screenings on Saturday, November 10 at the Hamilton Film Festival.  Unfortunately, writer/director Allan Tong was away filming his documentary, Leone Stars, in distant Sierra Leone, but cast member Tia Ng and her family represented the film. 

"Tia was surprised that after the screening they called all kids who are in the other movies in the program and gave them trophies," reports her proud father, Des (who snapped this photo). 

Thank you, comrades!  Thank you, Hamilton!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Hamilton hails MAO not once, but twice

Little Mao plays not once, but twice at the Hamilton Film Festival. First screening is at 1:00 pm, then another 7:00 pm on November 10. Details & tickets: (905) 529-3000, info@hamiltonfilmfestival.com or

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Little Mao hits the CICFF

Little Mao enjoyed a screening at America's largest kids' film festival, the Chicago International Children Film Festival, last Friday at the renown Facets Multi-Media cinema.  Here are some images:

LITTLE MAO screens at Facets (photo: Julio Cabrera)
Director Allan Tong doing a Q&A after the screening
Allan with fellow filmmakers (from Puerto Rico), Julio & Leslie Cabrera
LITTLE MAO visits the home of the blues, Chess Records

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

MAO takes Brantford

November begins with Little Mao playing the Brantford Film Festival north of Toronto.  The film plays Saturday, November 3, 1:00 pm during the middle of the weekend festival, and barely a week after it screens at the Chicago International Childrens Film Festival.  Seize the day!  Seize the hour!

photo by Johnny Vong


Thursday, October 18, 2012

Little Mao is going to Chicago

The Chicago International Childrens Film Festival will screen Little Mao on Friday, October 26, 11:45 am in the Me 'n' My Family program of short film.  The screening takes place at Chicago's venerable Facets Multi-Media Theater.  The CICFF is one of the largest childrens film festivals in the world, rivalling TIFF Kids where Little Mao had its world premiere last April.  Click for details.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Little Mao up for award at Grand River in Kitchener-Waterloo

Little Mao is a finalist in the SHORT Shorts competition hosted by the Grand River Film Festival in Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario.  The finalists will be screened followed by a reception open to the public on Tuesday, October 16, 2012, 7:00pm at the Princess Twin Cinemas, 46 King St. North, Waterloo, N2J 2W9.  Mao's director and some of its stars will attend.  Watch here for the results.  For tickets, click here. Facebook event.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Cinefest invites LITTLE MAO to Sudbury

Chairman Bobby (Kevin Wang) will take another swing at a film festival on September 18 

Cinefest Sudbury International Film Festival has invited Little Mao to screen on 2:00 pm on September 18.  Chairman Bobby, Jan, Joe and all his comrades will appear onscreen at this prestigious festival in northern Ontario.

Little Mao premiered at Toronto's TIFF Kids Film Festival in April, playing to three sold-out audiences at the TIFF Bell Lightbox.  "We are honoured to appear in Sudbury, home to many of our proletarian brothers and sisters," announced Chairman Bobby.

Comrade Joe (Isaac Pilozo) ponders the workers' paradise from home plate

Chairman Bobby's Little Red Guards in a class struggle with the 1st Base Umpire (Sonya Morson)

Cinefest, as it's commonly called, is one of Canada's premiere film festivals.  Little Mao will appear in a short films program on September 18.  The full festival schedule is found here: http://cinefest.com/  

Facebook event: http://www.facebook.com/events/140297289445778/?context=create

Sunday, April 22, 2012

TIFF Kids and Indie Spirit screenings today

The Opposing Team: Alexandra Clementi, Alexandra Wellman, Tia Ng, Charlotte Herie, Emily Nankoo, Kevin Nankoo, Josh Ling

Little Mao screens for the fourth and final time at the TIFF Kids International Film Festival today at 3:00 pm.  The program in which Mao appears, Canada For Kids, is sold-out. 

In the U.S. Mao makes its second appearance at Colorado Springs' Indie Spirit Film Festival at 8:00 pm local time. 

"We have conquered Toronto and America!" declared an exhausted, but spirited Chairman Bobby after three screenings in Toronto, one in Colorado, plus two media interviews. 

"Who shall be next?"

Friday, April 20, 2012

LITTLE MAO director & cast talk baseball and Mao on TORONTO TV

TORONTO TV's Joseph Lau speaks to the director and stars of Little Mao during the world premiere screenings the TIFF Kids International Film Festival.  The final screening takes place Sunday, April 22, 3:00 at the TIFF Bell Lightbox, while Little Mao makes its American premiere today at 2:45 pm and Sunday, April 22 at 8:00 pm. at the Indie Spirit Film Festival in Colorado Springs.

Click to play interviews.  Note: Kevin's solo interview is in Mandarin (not English):

LITTLE MAO in Toronto, Colorado and OMNI TV this weekend

Little Mao invades the big screen at Toronto's TIFF Kids Film Festival and Colorado Springs' Indie Spirit Film Festival, and TV screens on OMNI 2 Mandrain News this weekend.  Here's the schedule, comrades:

Saturday, April 21 at 2:45 pm and Sunday, April 22 at 8:00 pm 

 OMNI 2 TV News six-minute feature interview (Toronto area) on Saturday, April 21 between 6:00-7:00 pm:


Tuesday, April 17, 2012

LITTLE MAO invades America

Little Mao invades imperialist America this weekend when it premieres at The Indie Spirit Film Festival in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Little Mao will screen alongside the short, Choreography for Plastic Army Men, and the Canadian feature, I Declare War on Saturday, April 21 at 2:45 pm and Sunday, April 22 at 8:00 pm.  The two screenings will mark Little Mao's first appearance on Yankee soil.  The fourth and final screening at the TIFF Kids International Film Festival takes place at 3:00 also on Sunday.

"We will conquer the American imperialists!" declared Chairman Bobby as he watched his beloved Toronto Blue Jays cruise to a 7-3 victory against Tampa Bay.  "We will rally against the Yankee--wait...you mean we could win the Best Short award?  Praise the Indie Spirit Film Festival!"

Click here for tickets and full details.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Little Mao cast attend sell-out second screening at TIFF Kids

Nine cast members and their families, including star Kevin Wang in full Mao costume, attended Sunday's second sold-out screening of Little Mao at the TIFF Kids Film Festival taking place at the TIFF Lightbox in downtown Toronto.  The cast cheered Little Mao as he entered the sold-out cinema 3 before the noon screening.  An interview with Toronto TV followed.

Left to right: Ben Prystawski, Alexandra Clementi, Kyle Wong, Kevin Wang (as Little Mao), Alexis Thomas (back), Ariyena Sorani (in green), Joshua BuddBrian Obonna (back), Charlotte Herie &  Allan Tong (photo by Mira Budd)

Tickets are still available for the 12:45 pm screening on Monday, April 16.

Photos by Mira Budd, mother of Joshua Budd who plays the Crying Kid in Little Mao, can be found at:

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Kevin Wang interviewed before LITTLE MAO screening

OMNI-TV's Jeffrey Lee interviews Little Mao star Kevin Wang today at the TIFF Bell Lightbox.  The interview with Kevin and director Allan Tong will appear on OMNI's Mandarin news.  (Date and time to be announced shortly.)
 Kevin and other actors from Little Mao will be on hand for the next screening at TIFF Kids at theLightbox tomorrow on Sunday, April 15, noon. Tickets still available: http://tiff.net/filmsandschedules/tiffkids/2012/3700005764

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

LITTLE MAO world premiere at TIFF Kids

A packed audience watched the world premiere of Little Mao at the TIFF Kids International Film Festival this morning.  Stars Ariyena Sorani (Cindy) and Alysha Bauer (Jan) walked the red carpet and answered questions at the post-screening Q&A onstage with director/writer, Allan Tong.  On-hand to support them were co-producer Austin Wong, and the proud families of Ariyena, Alysha and Allan.

Left to right: Ariyena Sorani (Cindy), Alysha Bauer (Jan) and director/writer Allan Tong 
during the post-screening Q&A

The film ran as part of the 10:15 am screening of the Canada Creates program of shorts at TIFF Kids (formerly Sprockets) taking place at the TIFF Bell Lightbox in downtown Toronto.  This morning's screening was the first of four screenings at this festival.

Alysha Bauer (Jan) & Ariyena Sorani (Cindy)

Ariyena Sorani (Cindy) and director/writer Allan Tong

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Little Mao talks in Sing Tao Daily and The Korea Times

Little Mao star, Ariyena Sorani, talks to The Korean Times about her acting career and her role as Cindy.  (The story is in Korean only.)

Photo by Maloney Aguirre
Meanwhile, Little Mao director and writer, Allan Tong, appears in the Sing Tao Daily, Canada's biggest Chinese-language daily.  (Sorry, this story is in Chinese only.)

Little Mao has its world premiere at the TIFF Kids International Film Festival playing at the TIFF Bell Lightbox, tomorrow, Wednesday, April 11 at 10:15 am.  This screening is sold out, but tickets are still available for others screenings on:

~ Sunday April 15, 12:00 noon

~ Monday April 16, 12:45 pm

~ Sunday April 22, 3:00 pm

Cast members and director Tong will be on-hand for all screenings.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Chairman Bobby hails Blue Jays opener & LITTLE MAO premiere

From the desk of Chairman Bobby (aka Little Mao):

Dear Comrades,

I salute the Toronto Blue Jays for their season-opening triumph over the Cleveland Indians this Easter/Passover weekend, and cheer their home opener tonight against those imperialist dogs, the Boston Red Sox.  I predict victory!

I also invite you to view the world premiere of my life story in film, Little Mao, which has its world premiere at the TIFF Kids Film Festival on Wednesday, April 11, 10:15 am at the TIFF Bell Lightbox in downtown Toronto.  Three more screenings will follow.  Tickets are still available!

May a hundred victories bloom!

Chairman Bobby

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Quotations from Chairman Bobby about the 2012 Toronto Blue Jays

With the Toronto Blue Jays kicking off their 2012 season in Cleveland tomorrow night and his own film, Little Mao, having its world premiere on April 11 at the TIFF Kids International Film Festival (formerly Sprockets), Chairman Bobby reflects on the imperalist Yankees, Fidel Castro's pitching and all things Jays:


Q: Chairman Bobby, how do you feel about the Jays in 2012?
Chairman Bobby:  Hopeful, comrade, hopeful!  We stand a great chance of earning one of those new wild card spots in the playoffs, even though the Jays are competing against those capitalist roaders, The New York Yankees, who boast an unfair advantage because the capitalist baseball system allows them to pay huge team salaries.  Unfair!

Q: Let's start on the mound.  What do you think of the Jays' starting rotation? 
Chairman Bobby:  A well-defended nation is a strong one.  Same goes with baseball. Comrade Ricky Romero should have a similar season to last year, but I expect Brandon Morrow to have an amazing year!  If the fifth starter is Kyle Drabek, I hope that his father talked some toughness into him so he launches a comeback just like our comrades did with The Great March of 1934.  Expect 90+ wins.

Q: Hitting? 
Chairman Bobby: Comrades Jose Bautista and Brett Lawrie will crush their enemies just like Fidel and Che.

Q: Fidel Castro and Che Guevara played baseball? 
Chairman Bobby: Sure, Comrade Fidel pitched.  Check out: http://archive.org/details/1959-07-27_Havana_Rally?start=49.5

Q: The bullpen lost 25 games for the Jays last year, third-worst in the American League.  How will they perform in 2012?
Chairman Bobby: The bullpen will mature under veterans Sergio Santos, Coco Cordero and Darren Oliver.

Comrade Cindy (Ariyena Sorani) spies a pop fly for the Motherland

Q: Oliver is 41-years-old.  Isn't he too old?
Chairman Bobby: Comrade Fidel is 85 and Comrade Lenin was 53.

Q: But they weren't throwing in a major league bullpen.
Chairman Bobby (long pause):  It appears our comrade needs some re-education.

Chairman Bobby (Kevin Wang, far left) oversees his Imperial Guards (Kyle Wong, left, and Joshua Holmes, right) as they escort Comrade Joe (Isaac Pilozo in catcher's uniform) to "re-training" camp

Q: Moving to the infield...
Chairman Bobby:  Comrade Lind's average should rise given off-season conditioning.  Brett Lawrie should excel in his first full season as a Jay.  Comrade Escobar will shine at shortstop and at the plate.

Q: Overall, where have the Jays improved the most in the off-season?
Chairman Bobby: Pitching.  The starting rotation is more reliable, but the key lies in a consistent bullpen.  Of course, this wouldn't be a concern had those imperialist running dogs, The Philadelphia Phillies, not stolen Roy Halladay from us in 2009.

Q: Is Halladay your favourite pitcher?
Chairman Bobby:  Second.

Q: Who's first?
Chairman Bobby:  Why, Fidel!

Chairman Bobby's Little Red Guards discuss dialectical materialism with the First Base Umpire (Sonya Morson)

Q: Forgive me, Chairman...Please complete this sentence: "If I ran the Blue Jays I would..."
Chairman Bobby: "...give away all tickets to the proletariat and reclaim Doc Halladay."

Q: But Hallyday plays for the Phillies.
Chairman Bobby: We would get him back.

Q: How?  He's locked into a long-term contract.
Chairman Bobby (removing his sunglasses):  We have our ways.

Chariman Bobby's Little Red Guards (from left to right): Third Basewoman (Alexis Thomas), Guard (Joshua Holmes), Rightfielder (Scott Richardson), Chairman Bobby (foreground, Kevin Wang), Comrade Jan/Centerfielder (Alysha Bauer), Comrade Cindy/ Leftfielder (Ariyena Sorani), Guard (Kyle Wong, back row), Second Basewoman (Erin Richardson), First Baseman (Joshua Budd), Shortstop (Ben Prystawski).  Missing: Comrade Joe (Isaac Pilozo) who was in "re-training" camp
All photos by Comrade Maloney Aguirre

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

LITTLE MAO world premiere at TIFF Kids in April

Workers of the world unite!
left to right, foreground: Ariyena Sorani (Cindy), Kevin Wang (Chairman Bobby) & Joshua Budd (Crying Kid), background: Erin Richardson (Second base)

photo by Johnny Vong

Little Mao will make its world premiere at the TIFF Kids International Film Festival taking place in Toronto from April 10-22.

All four screenings will take place at the plush TIFF Bell Lightbox in downtown Toronto:

~ Wednesday April 11, 10:15 am

~ Sunday April 15, 12:00 noon

~ Monday April 16, 12:45 pm

~ Sunday April 22, 3:00 pm

Tickets will shortly be on sale here.

Writer-director Allan Tong is honoured to publicly unveil the film at this presitigious event and locale. "I personally thank my talented young cast and hard-working grown-up crew for making a fine film last year," says Allan. "I also thank Chairman Mao Tse-tung for his inspiration, and my parents for taking me to see China when I was child as old as my lead actor, Kevin Wang."

Little Mao was supported by Bravo!FACT, The Ontario Arts Council and The National Film Board of Canada. Special thanks go to the friends and families of Allan and producers Sonya Di Rienzo and Austin Wong.

Little Mao is one of 60 short films selected by TIFF Kids. Formerly known as Sprockets, TIFF Kids is celebrating its 15th year as one of the top children's film festivals in the world. Last year, 20,000 filmgoers enjoyed its program of features and short films.

Further screenings will be announced here. For instant updates, please subscribe to this blog or join or fan page on Facebook.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

newsflash: LITTLE MAO world premiere this spring

Chairman Bobby (Kevin Wang) shall unleash Little Mao across the world this spring

Comrades, the world premiere of Little Mao has just been confirmed. Details will be announced later this month, including city and festival. Stay tuned for the revolutionary announcement!

Monday, January 2, 2012

Long live LITTLE MAO!

Kevin Wang as Chairman Bobby (photo: Johnny Vong)

The film, Little Mao, is complete. Watch this blog for festival screenings in the months to come. Writer-director Allan Tong thanks all of his comrades in making this movie a reality.