(H)API HOUR’S VC FILMFEST WARM UP PARTY
Co-sponsored by APA|FIVE, bSocial, APA Bar Association of LA County, the Organization of Chinese Americans-Orange County, Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics (LEAP) and Hyphen Magazine
Presented by Philip Kan Gotanda’s ‘Life Tastes Good’ Now on DVD
Supporting Project by Project (PbP)
Co-hosted by Keith Kamisugi, Ling-ling Chang, Diane Tanaka, Derek Tran and Brian Wang
Wednesday, May 2, 2007
6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Chop Suey Cafe + Lounge / Far Bar
347 E 1st Street
$10 voluntary donations at the door will go to Project by Project (PbP)
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Join us for a VC FilmFest “warm up” party! Visual Communications, the nation’s premier Asian Pacific American media arts center features VC FILMFEST 2007: The Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival Presented by Honda from May 3-10. Southern California’s largest and most prestigious film festival of its kind launches the celebration of Asian Pacific Heritage Month through this year’s slate of over 150 films and videos from both Asian Pacific American and Asian international directors.
This will be your opportunity to be among the first to get the festival calendar and plan your movie-going week with the festival. VC will invite all the participating local filmmakers along with their respective casts to join in the festivities and mingle with the (H)API Hour folks in a casual atmosphere.
About the Supporting Organizations
APA|FIVE is the organization behind INSPIRE|07, a three-day conference Sept. 1-3, 2007, in San Francisco bringing together more than 1,000 Asian Pacific American professionals and leaders, for the largest interdisciplinary network in the country.
Philip Kan Gotanda’s ‘Life Tastes Good’ Now on DVD. Asian-American playwright Philip Kan Gotanda made his directorial debut with this unusual crime drama. Also starring Julia Nickson, Tamlyn Tomita, Greg Watanabe, Kelvin Han Yee and Tim Lounibos, the film was executive produced by Dale Minami and features music by Dan Kuramoto of Hiroshima. Life Tastes Good was shown as part of the American Spectrum series at the 1999 Sundance Film Festival. DVD now available on Amazon, Netflix, Blockbuster and many other locations and sites.
myspace.com/lifetastesgoodmovie | youtube.com/lifetastesgoodmovie
On July 19, 2007, LEAP will host its annual Awards Dinner Gala, which will take place at the Los Angeles Hilton in Universal City. This gala dinner celebrates LEAP’s 25th Anniversary as well as the leadership and accomplishments of individuals and organizations who exemplify LEAP’s mission to achieve full participation and equality for Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders through leadership, empowerment and policy.
bSocial is a brand new ‘social club’ catering to young professionals looking for a fun happy-hour type event with a cosmopolitan crowd & hip, sophisticated surroundings.
The Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Los Angeles County is a member organization comprised of attorneys, judges, commissioners and law students throughout Los Angeles County. It is a voice for issues of concern to the Asian Pacific Islander community. APABA provides legal education and assistance to underserved Asian Pacific Islander communities and also sponsors programs in professional development, community education, and law student mentorship.
OCA-OC is the Orange County chapter of OCA, a national organization dedicated to advancing the social, political, and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Americans in the United States. To full its mission, OCA’s goals are to: advocate for social justice, equal opportunity and fair treatment; promote civic participation, education, and leadership; advance coalitions and community building; and foster cultural heritage.
Hyphen is a magazine about Asian America for the culturally and politically savvy. Built around a clarity of image, word and social awareness, Hyphen takes form from the artists, thinkers and creators who are shaping a new multiethnic generation. Hyphen is not a formula but a sensibility—not a collection of recycled fare with an Asian flavor, but original reporting on stories that move beneath the mainstream. Curious and questioning, Hyphen looks into the hard issues, but also the Asian American by accident, by tangent or by happenstance. Visually arresting, it strikes the gut with clean design, sharp photography and original illustration.
Project by Project (PbP) is a national volunteer organization of social entrepreneurs that serves Asian Pacific American non-profit organizations by raising public awareness, encouraging volunteerism and building capital. Each year, a PbP chapter partners with a different Asian Pacific American community-based organization and tailors an eight- month long campaign to help the group achieve its goals. By partnering with a different undeservedgroup each year and assisting in areas such as fundraising, marketing and public relations, event planning, strategic consulting, recruiting, and other assistance, Project by Project represents an innovative and unique approach to community service. Project by Project is a 100% volunteer driven, 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
VC FILMFEST PRESS RELEASE
Visual Communications, the nation’s premier Asian Pacific American media arts center today announced their Opening, Centerpiece and Closing Night films for the upcoming VC FILMFEST 2007: The Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival Presented by Honda. The festival runs from May 3 through May 10 at the Director’s Guild of America, the Laemmle Sunset 5 Theatres, National Center for the Preservation of Democracy and the Aratani/Japan America Theatre.
Southern California’s largest and most prestigious film festival of its kind launches the celebration of Asian Pacific Heritage Month through this year’s slate of over 150 films and videos from both Asian Pacific American and Asian international directors. This year, Los Angeles based filmmakers are featured in the highlighted slots of the festival.
OPENING NIGHT (Thursday, May 3) at Director’s Guild of America
FINISHING THE GAME — A FILM BY JUSTIN LIN (BETTER LUCK TOMORROW; FAST & FURIOUS: TOKYO DRIFT; ANNAPOLIS) A hit at 2007 Sundance, director Justin Lin brings his 70’s based comedy on the search for the new Bruce Lee and what could have happened. Starring: DUSTIN NGUYEN, ROGER FAN, SUNG KANG, MCCALEB BURNETT, MC HAMMER, MOUSA KRAISH, MEREDITH SCOTT LYNN, MONIQUE CURNEN, JAMES FRANCO, BRIAN TEE and LEONARDO NAM
CENTERPIECE FILM (Sunday, May 6) at Director’s Guild of America
AMERICAN ZOMBIE — A FILM BY GRACE LEE (THE GRACE LEE PROEJCT) VC FILMFEST alum Grace Lee is back with her first narrative feature film about the making of a documentary about the lives of zombies living in the US. A huge hit at 2007 Slamdance and 2007 South by Southwest film festivals, American Zombie answers the question — Is There Life After Death? — with a resounding YES!!!
CLOSING NIGHT (Thursday, May 10) at Aratani/Japan America Theatre
THE REBEL — A FILM BY CHARLIE NGUYEN The talented Vietnamese American filmmaker Charlie Nguyen brings THE REBEL, an action/adventure romance epic set in 1920’s Saigon as a government agent and the daughter of a rebel peasant flee the clutches of a malevolent turncoat thirsty for power. Starring: DUSTIN NGUYEN, JOHNNY TRI NGUYEN and NGO THANH VAN
— A Tribute to Mako (the Oscar nominated actor who passed away in 2006)
— Spotlight on the Director — An Afternoon with Justin Lin
— Spotlight on the Actor — An Afternoon with Dustin Nguyen
— Cinematographers Master Class
ASIAN INTERNATIONAL SHOWCASE – OUTSTANDING FILMS FROM ASIA includes:
— SUMMER PALACE — China
— THE BLOOD OF YINGZHOU DISTRICT — China
— HULA GIRLS — Japan
— RETRIBUTION — Japan
— TEKKONKINKREET — Japan
— EAGLE VS. SHARK — New Zealand
— ANG PAMANA — Philippines
— TODO TODO TEROS — Philippines
— KING AND THE CLOWN — South Korea
— INVISIBLE WAVES — Thailand
— ETERNAL SUMMER — Taiwan
— SAIGON ECLIPSE — Vietnam
ASIAN AMERICAN SHOWCASE — OUTSTANDING FILMS FROM THE US includes:
— AMERICAN FUSION — Frank Lin
— BOLINAO 52 — Duc Nguyen
— THE CATS OF MIRIKITANI — Linda Hattendorf
— FALLING FOR GRACE — Fay Ann Lee
— THE TROUBLE WITH ROMANCE — Gene Rhee
— YOUNG REPUBLIC — Nooshin Navidi
— BEST IN THE WEST — Maryam Kashani
— NA KAMELEI: MEN OF HULA — Lisette Marie Flanery
— NEW YEAR BABY — Socheata Poeuv
— BABY — Juwan Chung
— AMERICAN PASTIME — Desmond Nakano
More films and events will be announced later.
Established in 1983, VC FILMFEST 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 http://www.vconline.org or contact Visual Communications at (213) 680-4462 x68.
VC FILMFEST 2007 is presented by Honda and supported by the following sponsors: Presenting — Honda; Premium — Directors Guild of America; Premiere — John Woo Presents Stranglehold from Midway Games; Platinum –National Endowment for the Arts; Screen Actors Guild — Producers Industry Advancement and Cooperative Fund; Gold — AZN Television; Los Angeles County Arts Commission; Macy’s; Multicultural Radio Broadcast, Inc.; Project By Project; Sony Pictures Entertainment; and Wahoo’s Fish Taco; Silver — Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences; Cultural Affairs Department — City of Los Angeles; Eastman Kodak Company; Entertainment Partners; FOX; MUSE; Bronze — Asian Pacific Community Fund; Hitachi, Ltd.; Little Tokyo Service Center; SAG Indie; Search to Involve Pilipino Americans; Writers Guild of America — West, Inc; Official Festival Beer –Heineken; Official International Airline — Cathay Pacific Airways; Official Domestic Airline — Southwest Airlines; Awards — Eastman Kodak Company; Entertainment Partners, LA Digital Post, Write Brothers, Inc; Media — LA36; GIANT ROBOT; IKOn; LA 18/KSCI-TV; and Multicultural Radio Broadcast, Inc.