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    Posted April 11, 2009

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Asian Heritage Month

Special Asian Heritage Month Screening for members of Actors’ Equity Association

Wat Misaka

In May, we will celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month to commemorate the contributions and achievements made by Asian and Pacific Islander descendants. One special event that will take place for AEA Members, is the screening of TRANSCENDING - THE WAT MISAKA STORY at Tribeca Cinemas, 54 Varick Street, on Monday, May 18 at 7 p.m.

Directed by AEA’s own award-winning filmmakers Christine Toy Johnson and Bruce Alan Johnson, THE WAT MISAKA STORY is a documentary film about Wat Misaka, the first person of color to be drafted in the NBA. Born and raised in Utah, Misaka played for the University of Utah where he led his school’s team to the NCAA Championship in 1944 and the NIT Championship in 1947. Before becoming the first draft pick of the New York Knicks in 1947, Misaka served in the Army for 2 years.

This film includes in depth interviews with Wat and his family, teammates from his championship teams including All-American star Arnie Ferrin of the Minneapolis Lakers) sports authorities (including Knicks Historian Dennis D'Agostino and ubiquitous New York sportscaster Spencer Ross), and many who continue to look up to him as both a role model and personal hero. The film also has video clips from his 1944 and 1947 college games, rare footage from a visit to the Topaz Internment Camp, and countless photos of his triumphant career.

Seating is very limited. Please RSVP to Pearl Brady via email at or by phone at 212-869-8530 ext. 346.

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