About 50 people came out to see the debut of the latest GAM-TV websiode, "Break-up King: It's Not You, It's Me" at the @mosphere Bar in Chicago. After an update from director Angel Abcede on the background of the webisode (an entry into Matt Damon and Ben Affleck's "Project Greenlight" reality show--which did not advance, unfortunately) and on the activities of Asians & Friends Chicago (and its hosting of the national Asians & Friends conference in 2016), the debut went on without a hitch. Afterwards, Angel gave actor John Breen a "Miss Piggy" award for being a standout actor.
GAM-TV's Angel Abcede has written and directed another webisode with a debut party set for Sat., Sept. 20 at 7 p.m. at @mosphere, 5355 N. Clark in Chicago. The story is of an average gay, Asian male looking to make the biggest transition of all--one involving not one, not two but three major breakups. While sounding like a heavy topic, the lead character's upbeat persona and quirky partners make for an awkwardly hilarious series of unhappy endings.
The webisode Premiere Party for Panda II: Rise of a Gay Asian Bear is set for Sat., May 10 in Chicago, at Downtown Bar, 440 N. State at 7 p.m. $5 donation to School Street Arts Movement, an AIDS-awareness charity. Cash bar. In this sequel to "Panda I: Tale of a Gay Asian Bear," (2013), the main character, Tim, is still trying to get over a hard break-up. As he bumps from dates to a threesome to a general dating slump, he soon spirals into an underground world of drugs, leather and the darker side of the bear scene. Will he rebound?
At this GAM-TV webisode debut party, it's time for gay, Asian graphic designer Sean to introduce his boyfriend Rob to his mom and sisters. Rob's practiced some Chinese phrases--which as a musician, he's memorized by singing--but everyone's nerves are still on edge. But the wild card is Sean's sister Mia. As the black sheep of the family, what craziness will she stir? Come see the latest installment to GAM-TV's "Pink Underwear" series.
A 2014 calendar featuring men from GAM-TV webisodes and Asians & Friends Chicago is now available for the holiday shopping season. Cost for the first-time calendar project is $10 per calendar with a $2 shipping fee. Simply e-mail Angel Abcede at AngelChgo@aol.com and he will send you a calendar with an invoice. Support GAM-TV and AFC's efforts at building GAM esteem and pride! In addition, compilations of GAM-TV's "Pink Underwear" series, its documentaries and other webisodes are available on DVD for $5.99 plus $2 shipping fee.
How celebrity is born is a mysterious and capricious process. Chicago designer Kevin Vong created the kind of spark that kindles celebrity by creating a unique dress fashioned from popcorn that he wore in the 2013 Gay Pride Parade in Chicago. It garnered much attention that even grew to a national level. But with the spotlight of celebrity also comes the flicker as the light dims. This documentary webisode captures the rise and fall of an unexpected celebrity: The Popcorn Dress. (Click on GAM-TV's webisode tab to download the documentary.)
GAM-TV is set to host a webisode viewing party in Atlanta at Burkhart's, 1482 Piedmont Ave. NE at 6:30 p.m. (7 p.m. showing). Admission is free. We will show the newest webisode, "Panda: Tale of a Gay Asian Bear." GAM-TV hosted a similar party in 2012 at Burkhart's and extends its deepest appreciation for the hospitality the establishment has shown us again this year. It's the start of Gay Pride weekend in Atlanta as well, so come one, come all!
GAM-TV is set to transform itself in the coming months, having initiated discussions with members of Asians and Friends who have themselves started online efforts to strengthen the brotherhood of gay, Asian males. Over the coming weeks you will see GAM-TV blog entries entailing the incorporation of other websites, blogs, social media pages/members, meeting sites and other means to generate larger local and national communities. The content you've grown used to seeing here on GAM-TV will expand, but will also incorporate free elements delivered via sources such as YouTube and Facebook.