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One man’s story begins in Jalandhar, India with a 15-year-old boy riding a red bike. A traffic circle midway between Guru Amar Dass Public School and his home. A car accident. The second man’s story starts in New Orleans with a superhero. A woman called “Lovie” and a cat named Homie. A desire to save lives. The little boy on the bike grows up to become Dharampreet (Dharam) Singh, M.D and the New Orleans kid is now Timur Alptunaer, M.D. and R.N. But their paths toward becoming doctors are more complicated. The two men encounter death first hand and grasp what it means to be mortal. And along the way, they discover the meaning of compassion. The Accident It was a hot, July afternoon in 2004. Summer break had just ended, and it was either day one or two since schools across Jalandhar had fallen back into rhythm. Pedaling…

At 60 miles per hour everything looks like a blur outside the window of a speeding Long Island Rail Road train. The Port Jefferson line cuts through the Island’s thick foliage and creates waves of green, with grey houses and highways cutting into the mix. But as the train begins to slows down into each station, one can’t help but notice the few bits and pieces of graffiti seen on buildings from station to station. Names like JOEY and LAMEO appear suddenly and fade away once the train hits the platform. Impressively, they show up again miles apart from their last location. “It’s very suited to the environment. Painting track spots or trains roots back to the beginning of writing graff. Its has a lot of exposure to the general public who use mass transit to get from A to B, allowing your work to be seen by an endless…

Evan Jackson Leong, 37, has been working on Snakehead, a film about the New York Chinatown underworld, for nearly 10 years. He is best known for directing the 2013 Sundance selection film, Linsanity. D: What jump-started the idea for Snakehead? E: I was inspired by the story of Sister Ping in New York Chinatown. The story of what she represents in the community, but also what she did and the way it all happened, was all very intriguing to me. I realized that’s a story that I’ve never seen on film or in movies, and I know a lot of strong Asian women in my life that aren’t necessarily dragon ladies and aren’t necessarily submissive, they’re three-dimensional. But there’s a lot of powerful and strong woman leaders in the community and I can relate to that. So I know what she is, I know what kind of Chinese woman she…