I’ve never heard of the LA Asian Pacific Film Festival until recently, but thanks to the flyer I came across at the UCLA PAA Banquet, I can’t wait to go out and see at least a few of its many featured short films, documentaries and narratives. The festival, running May 10-20, is presented by Visual Communications (VC), which
established the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film & Video Festival in 1983 as a vehicle to promote Asian and Asian Pacific American cinema. The Festival has grown from its humble beginnings as a weekend-long series into a major annual showcase presenting the best of Asian Pacific American and Asian international media in the United States. Along the way the Festival has taken up residence in various local venues before settling into its signature venues, the Directors Guild of America and the Aratani/Japan America Theatre.
Besides the festival, VC programs quarterly community films screenings; funds and facilitates the Armed with A Camera Fellowship in which they mentor emerging filmmakers; hosts VC Academy, an education program staffed by industry professionals; and is “home to one of the largest photographic and moving image archives on the Asian Pacific experience in America.”
Unfortunately, I’ll be on the east coast for a good chunk of its run, but I hope to see these films eventually if not at the festival. Here are some highlights I found on their well managed website:
“Valley of Saints”, directed by Musa Syeed – May 11, 7:30PM, Director’s Guild of America
“Give Up Tomorrow”, directed by Michael Collines – May 12 & 18, 5:00PM, Director’s Guild and Art Theatre of Long Beach
“Yes, We’re Open”, directed by Richard Wong – May 12, 9:00PM, Director’s Guild; May 19, 9:30PM, Art Theatre of Long Beach