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April 3, 2008 Visual Communications (VC), the nation’s premier
Asian Pacific American media arts center today announced its program
of films for the upcoming 24th Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film
Festival Presented by Honda beginning May 1 - May 8, 2008 at the
Director’s Guild of America (DGA), Laemmle’s Sunset 5 Theatres,
ImaginAsian Center, The National Center for the Preservation of
Democracy, and the Aratani/Japan America Theatre.
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Formerly the VC FilmFest, this year VC officially changes the
festival name to the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival. Known
globally as Southern California’s largest and most prestigious film
festival of its kind, the fest launches the celebration of Asian
Pacific Heritage Month through this year’s slate of over 160 films
and videos from both Asian Pacific American and Asian international
In this year’s crop of films, Asian American female directors are
featured prominently throughout the fest kicking off with Oscar®
winning director Jessica Yu’s comedy PING PONG PLAYA and closing
with the Australian director Tony Ayres’ moving drama THE HOME SONG
STORIES starring Joan Chen in an award winning performance.
• OPENING NIGHT - Thursday, May 1 – DGA
PING PONG PLAYA - A Film by Jessica Yu - The Los Angeles premiere of
PING PONG PLAYA marks filmmaker Yu’s comedy narrative feature debut
starring Jimmy Tsai, Roger Fan, Elizabeth Sung, Smith Cho, Andrew
Vo, Khary Payton, Javin Reid, Scott Lowell and Peter Paige
• CENTERPIECE FILM - Sunday, May 4 - DGA
KISSING COUSINS - A Film by Amyn Kaderali - Filmmaker Kaderali
brings his debut feature film to this year’s festival starring
Samrat Chakrabarti, Rebecca Hazlewood, Gerry Bednob, Zack Ward,
Jaleel White and David Alan Grier
• CLOSING NIGHT - Thursday, May 8 - Aratani/Japan America Theatre
THE HOME SONG STORIES - A Film by Tony Ayres – Australian based
director Ayres brings a personal story starring the amazing Joan
Chen in one of her most powerful performances as a glamorous
Shanghai nightclub singer and a mother of two who migrates to
Australia and tries to begin a life for her family.
• THE XIN LU BUS TOUR OF LA. – teaming up with local filmmaker and
longtime festival fave Ming-Yuen S. Ma, the Festival will present
his four part series the way it was always intended to be shown: as
a mobile bus tour of LA with the director.
• LA ASIAN PACIFIC FILM FEST FILMMAKER SEMINARS – this year panels
are open to filmmakers and to the general public that will include:
o TOKE 2: THE HAROLD & KUMAR STORY – join the writers/directors of
HAROLD & KUMAR: ESCAPE FROM GUANTANAMO BAY – Jon Hurwitz and Hayden
Scholossberg - along with actor John Cho, as they discuss the films
and its franchise which has now achieved "classic" status amongst a
o MEDIA MESSENGERS: ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICANS AND OUR POLITICAL VOICE
– meet the filmmakers, actors and media movers who have chosen to
use their craft and embraced the media tools and the internet to
level the political field and ensure that Asian Pacific American
voices are being heard.
o SUCCEEDING AT SCREENWRITING – Oscar® nominated film scribe Iris
Yamashita (LETTERS FROM IWO JIMA) will join renowned UCLA
screenwriting professors Kris Young and Weiko Lin in this
screenwriters boot-camp covering topics from pitching, choosing the
right idea, character sketches, treatments, structure, writing
habits and other tools and issues that help in developing a strong
and successful script.
o VISUAL STORYTELLING – hailed cinematographer Matthew Libatique
(IRON MAN; REQUIEUM FOR A DREAM) is slated to be one of the guests
on a panel of visual geniuses featured in this panel of artists who
have mastered the lens to bring films to life visually.
NATIONAL SPOTLIGHT: THE PHILIPPINES
This year, the global cinematic spotlight will be on the Philippines
with six films from Filipino international artists and two from
Filipino American directors. These new filmmakers are fast becoming
the "new wave of modern cinema" and the festival has cultivated some
of the best from these new visionaries:
o SLINGSHOT - Brilliante Mendoza
o FOSTER CHILD – Brilliante Mendoza
o TRIBU (TRIBE) – Jim Libiran
o YEARS AGO WHEN I WAS A CHILD OUTSIDE – John Torres
o NEO-LOUNGE – Joanna Vasquez Arong
o PHILIPPINE SCIENCE – Aureaus Solito
o SANTA MESA – Ron Morales
o THE SENSEI – Diana Lee Inosanto
2008 FEST HIGHLIGHT: ASIAN AMERICAN FEMALE FILMMAKERS
This year, an unprecedented number of 10 Asian American female
directors have feature films in our program. These include:
• PING PONG PLAYA – Jessica Yu
• NEVER FOREVER – Gina Kim
• YOURS TRULY, MISS CHINATOWN – Daisy Lin Shapiro
• OH SAIGON – Doan Hoang
• JOYFUL LIFE – Anita Chang
• WINGS OF DEFEAT – Risa Morimoto
• AGAINST THE GRAIN – Ann Kaneko
• LONG STORY SHORT – Christine Choy
• THE SENSEI – Diana Lee Inosanto
• CHANTS OF LOTUS – Fatimah Tobing Rony
Other film programs will be announced at a later date.
Established in 1983, The Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival
presented by Honda is Southern California’s leading showcase for
Asian Pacific American and Asian international cinema. This year,
the eight-day movie-rama will also include a complement of filmmaker
seminars, panel discussions, workshops, and awards.
For ticket and program information, a complete listing of sponsors
and partners, and to purchase tickets, log on to www.vconline.org or
contact Visual Communications at (213) 680-4462 x68. Tickets will go
on sale on April 7 online.
The Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival Presented by Honda and
supported by the following sponsors: Presenting – Honda; Premiere -
Directors Guild of America; Platinum – Gilead Sciences; Official
Festival Beer – Michelob ULTRA; Official Domestic Airline -
Southwest Airlines; Gold – Macy’s; Wells Fargo; Silver – CBS;
Eastman Kodak Company; Fox Entertainment Group; Sony Pictures
Entertainment; Bronze - SAG Indie; Community – CJ Entertainment;
Writers Guild of America, west; Foundations, Grants and Government
Support – Department of Cultural Affairs; Los Angeles County Arts
Commission; National Endowment For The Arts; Supporting Partners –
Asian Pacific Community Fund; Project By Project;
Awards - Eastman Kodak Company; Entertainment Partners; LA Digital
Post; Media - LA36; LA 18/KSCI-TV; ImaginAsian TV, in Hollywood
Magazine, inmag.com, and BartenderGirl.com.
*Note these were confirmed sponsors as of press time.
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