I remember picking up a copy of AsiaLIFE when visiting in 2012, sitting and reading at one of the tables at .BEYOND where my mom was working at the time. I picked up another copy and browsed while I shoveled spaghetti bolognese into my mouth at The Living Room washing it down with chilled lime soda.
I remember thinking how great it was that there was a publication with as much information (interesting stuff at that!) and so well done in a country that I was quickly finding to be more and more advanced than I had initially thought.
Following up on Part One (Lee!) from the ithinkasia blog series comes Naome. One of the warmest and vibrant people I’ve met here, it was such a pleasure getting to know her better and I love to keep an eye on what she’s doing through Facebook and social media.
An integral part of the team, Naome is proof that strong, smart, independent women are all part of what’s going to push the industry forward.
This past year I had the delight and honor to meet with some of the team at ithinkasia: a fresh, innovative, fun, and impactful pre and post production house in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
Getting to know the business was one brilliant thing (I still couldn’t even begin to explain the ins and outs of a production house, but getting to know the team behind the name was an even bigger treat.
Not only does ithinkasia use the skills they have to add benefit a growing and emerging market- but they do it with heart. Meet Lee, one of the awesome guys I met when diving into their world of animation, drawing, and storytelling.
I have had the lovely pleasure of working with Nikki on a number of projects from the lookbook campaign for Tonlé to the opening of Paperdolls and Paperboy at Brown 57 and an upcoming video. She’s such a talent with a warm spirit, plenty of passion, and a voice that will carry Cambodia to the ears of people across the globe.
It’s amazing to see creation, vision, and authenticity coming out of a country where individuality is only slowly becoming something to strive for. I’m so proud of Nikki for the release of her own video, written and recorded here in Phnom Penh, “Home For Dinner”. Keep an eye out for more projects to come from the songstress ;)
Who doesn’t love a good performance? Especially one that engages, excites, and makes you feel like getting out of your chair and move! I danced for several years throughout my early childhood, ballet and jazz, then moved into contemporary and hip-hip into my teens so when I heard that an upcoming event was being held to showcase young talented dancers in Cambodia it sparked my interest. I’ve seen Dance World Cambodia’s performances all over town from clubs to events and was interested to see what the school had to offer this time around.
Over some chilly coconut water and iced coffee, I sat down with Laura Joy Kiddle, instructor and founder of Dance World Cambodia to hear a bit more about what’s coming up!
Several months ago when I was at my previous job at the magazine, I connected with Kathryn, a key player and piece of the team of directors and producers of Year 33 to do a piece on the feature length documentary. A co-founder and producer for Sueno Documentary Films alongside Co-founder Janna Watkins, both on the Selection Committee of the Cambodia Town Film Festival, we have managed to stay in touch from LA to Phnom Penh and with building excitement, share our projects. Without further adieu:
Year 33 that is now coming into existence through Kickstarter!
Following the lives of three young Khmer artists Narim, Vanny, and Viet- all with varied skills and talents- the Year 33 team produced a film that captures what the Khmer Rouge were unable to take away from this generation: art, stories, and the passion for creation.