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July 9th, 2017 by Cherry

Image result for dirty dancingThe only thing that can get me camping is Dirty Dancing! I have been planning to have fun with Street Food Cinema this summer but this special night celebrating the 30th Anniversary of Dirty Dancing sounds like such fun that I’m ready to put my dancing shoes on. So am making plans and inviting friends to meet out at the King Gillette Ranch in Malibu on Saturday, July15th (King Gillette Ranch – 26800 Mulholland Hwy. Malibu, CA 91302).

Its two fun day of fun from dance lessons to the movie to breakfast the next day! I feel a need to cosplay with a ‘don’t put baby in the corner’ cute outfit.

 Saturday, July 15th

3:30 pm – Check-in opens.

4:30pm – Dance Lessons begin.

6:30 pm – Band performs.

8:30 pm – Movie starts.

10:30 pm – Outdoor Lounge, Kellerman’s Karaoke and other post-movie activities open.

11:30pm – Midnight Hike begins.

Sunday, July 16th

8:00 am – Catered breakfast opens.

2:00 pm – Check-out.

If you aren’t in Los Angeles they have fun events in San Diego & Phoenix .. can I say ROAD TRIP! Leave a comment below what you want to see! 

About: Street Food Cinema, the ultimate movie experience evolves into an unforgettable camping experience right in the middle of the Santa Monica Mountains, just above Malibu. This summer night retreat brings to life the classic elements of everyone’s beloved favorite with Kellerman’s summer resort including dance lessons with Johnny Castle, karaoke, and watermelons. It’s the summer of 1963 for Baby and Johnny, but we met them in the 80’s, so get ready for a 60’s/80’s decade mashup during this themed overnight experience (Sunday breakfast included). 

www.streetfoodcinema.com/schedule/los-angeles/

www.streetfoodcinema.com/schedule/san-diego/

www.streetfoodcinema.com/schedule/phoenix/

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July 2nd, 2017 by Cherry

Yes I’m late to the Woman Power Wonder Woman film that came out a few weeks ago. I’m alway son the fence about DC Comic movies since they are usually disappointing or <ehh>. My curiosity about Wonder Woman is that this is the first superhero film helmed by a woman actor AND director so my feminist senses have been tingling for a while. I started getting twinges with each cast announcement that didn’t fit with my idea of an Amazon Goddess and it’s just so damned white (yes I said it). I suspected that the women of color would most been the background with no speaking lines. But I was mildly

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pleasantly surprised that it was more diverse than I thought it would be with the black nanny, Senator Acantha (Florence Kasumba) and Artemis warrior (Ann Wolf) (who had the body I would imagine closer to an Amazon but THAT would not appeal to as many male eyes <guffaw>). Having about 5 – 6 lines between them so an improvement over the no words I expected. I liked the film didn’t love it the way everyone else did but Wonder Woman isn’t one of my beloved characters and I would have preferred more time with the Amazon society and getting to know Diana and the warrior women more than Steve Trevor (Chris Pine). I didn’t get any fire from Diana more of a curiosity about sleeping with a guy than love or passion but Chris doesn’t seem to have much chemistry with anyone so <ehh>. The WWI aspect with interesting with a female villain Dr. Maru (Elena Anaya) who just wanted to use ‘SCIENCE’ to poison Germany’s enemies but I’m not sure they didn’t go into the scar and it seemed as if it was more of an unrequited passion for Ludendorff (Danny Huston) aka the male gaze. I did like that Diana’s fighting companions included the Chief (Eugene Brave Rock), Sameer (Saïd Taghmaoui) and Charlie (Ewen Bremner) who had backstories that I really want to learn more about in subsequent DC series (TV/Movies/Online content). It was interesting to watch a super hero so based in ‘real life’ so that it felt more like a war spy film than something out of comic book. It was visually lighter than most comic book films so I could really see what was going on and the basic story was fine. As far an an origin film for people who don’t know much about Wonder Woman mythology it was good just a bit slow for me with more filler than I would have liked and way too many characters so not everyone got enough screen time but I know what that means. We’ll see them in flashbacks in the sequel. I recommend the film for anyone who likes super hero comic book films, who want to support a female led film, a movie directed by a woman and likes the idea of warrior women. If you go in expecting Girl Power aka women of all colors than you will be disappointed but white feminism . 

If I refused to see films that don’t reflect my diverse life I’d likely never see a movie or watch tv again well a few shows but not some of my favorites. 

What do you think? Did you enjoy the film or did you decide to wait and watch at home? Leave a comment below or tweet me at cherry_LA with comments and thanks for reading!

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June 4th, 2017 by Cherry

‘My Neighbor Totoro’ is coming to the U.S. Cinemas with the 

STUDIO GHIBLI FEST 2017 

Fathom Events

June 25 and 26 Only

 

 

Mark your calendars and buy tickets for the STUDIO GHIBLI FEST 2017! The festival will include six-films in the monthly series of anime masterpieces that will be nationwide. The first fill will be in June with the iconic “My Neighbor Totoro,” from legendary director Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli. Tickets for STUDIO GHIBLI FEST 2017 can be purchased online by visiting

www.gkidstickets.comwww.FathomEvents.com or at participating theater box offices.

This is such a great opportunity to see Studio Ghibli’s most iconic film (and characters) in this beloved family classic ‘My Neighbor Totoro’ from legendary director Hayao Miyazaki. The animated film is about two young girls, Satsuki and Mei who move with their father to a new house in the countryside. But country life is not so simple as it seems, as they soon discover the house and nearby woods are full of strange and delightful creatures, most notably a family of Totoros, gigantic but gentle bear-like forest spirits that can only be seen by children. The Totoros introduce the girls to a series of new adventures, including a ride aboard the Cat Bus, in this all-ages animated masterpiece that brought Studio Ghibli and Japanese animation to a new global audience.

You will be able to see two versions. One will be dubbed in English on June 25 and subtitled on June 26, this special two-day event will also feature GKIDS Mini-Fest, an ongoing festival of the best animated shorts from around the world.

My Neighbor Totoro

© 1988 Studio Ghibli

STUDIO GHIBLI FEST: My Neighbor Totoro

My Neighbor Totoro

STUDIO GHIBLI FEST: Kiki's Delivery Service

Kiki’s Delivery Service

STUDIO GHIBLI FEST: Spirited Away

Spirited Away

Mune: Guardian of the Moon

Mune: Guardian of the Moon

This event also features the GKIDS MINIFEST, an ongoing festival of award-winning short animated films from around the world, as part of the exclusive event experience.
WHEN:
Sunday, June 25 at 12:55 p.m. local time (English language dubbed)
Monday, June 26 at 7:00 p.m. local time (English language subtitled)
WHERE:
Tickets for STUDIO GHIBLI FEST 2017 can be purchased online by visiting
www.gkidstickets.comwww.FathomEvents.com or at participating theater box offices.
Moviegoers throughout the U.S. will be able to enjoy these events in more than 550 select movie theaters. For a complete list of theater locations visit the Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to change).

 

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June 4th, 2017 by Cherry
 

I’m so excited about the upcoming D23 Expo 2017 from July 14 – 16 in Anaheim
Marvel is brining the movies to the Marvel Studios Pavillion with props and costumes from upcoming films … can we say Black Panther <scream>, Thor: Ragnarok and get to play new Marvel Games for mobile and console content with announcement all weekend. I can’t wait to get my hot hands on Marvel Super Heroes, Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy and Spiderman!
Marvel-ous Experiences Coming to D23 Expo
Marvel-ous Experiences Coming to D23 Expo

I’m all about Black Panther so D23 is calling my name with the display of costumes of T-Challa as heads home to Wakanda after Captain America: Civil War. It’s good to be king of one’s one African Nation!

Marvel is bringing Thor: Ragnarok pops and costumes as we wait for the film where Thor loses his hammer, has to fight the Incredible Hulk and a race against time to save Asgard before it’s destroyed by the new enemy Hela!

Marvel Studios is bringing more that props, costumes and games they also will have giveaways and events at the pavilion in Hall B. Filmmakers, the development and talent from Marvel will be giving fanboys/fangirls life with special signings and exclusive artwork giveaways!!! It’s going to be three full days of fun so download the D23 Expo App to schedule your days/nights. You can find it now on the App Store and the Google Play Store.

 

Now hurry up and download the app so that you don’t miss ANYTHING

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  • LEGO®Marvel Super Heroes 2 is an all-new, original adventure and sequel to the smash hit LEGO® Marvel Super Heroes. Bringing together iconic Marvel Super Heroes and Super Villains from different eras and realities, along with signature LEGO humor, the latest epic adventure from TT Games transports players into a cosmic battle across myriad Marvel locations ripped from time and space into the incredible open hub world of Chronopolis.

Marvel Vs. Capcom Infinite

  • Adding to the infinite excitement of D23 Expo,Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite will offer attendees hands-on opportunities with the next era of the highly revered action-fighting game series. Marvel and Capcom universes collide like never before as iconic characters team up for action-packed player-versus-player combat. Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite features a variety of exciting and accessible single-player modes and rich multi-player content for new players and longtime fans alike and will be released on September 19, 2017, for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.
  • Gazillion will offer a chance to play Marvel Heroes Omega and win fantastic prizes. Marvel Heroes Omega combines the core gameplay style of Action-RPGs and MMOs with an expansive library of heroes from the Marvel Universe. With thousands of hours of character progression and rewards, Marvel Heroes Omega comes packed with tons of replay value and a steady stream of new challenges with regular updates.
  • Netmarble is bringing its best to D23 Expo with MARVEL: Future Fight. Featuring 120 Marvel Super Heroes to choose from, players create teams of their favorites to fight for their future. D23 Expo attendees can try their hand at saving the universe.
  • Marvel Puzzle Questis where the best in match-3 puzzle gameplay meets Marvel’s biggest Super Heroes and Super Villains in the most epic puzzle adventure game available on your phone, tablet, and PC. Marvel Puzzle Quest combines favorite Marvel characters with deep RPG leveling, player-versus-player tournaments, Alliances, and much more. Guests can unleash their inner Super Hero and wage war against their enemies. Learn more at www.marvelpuzzlequest.com.

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Marvel will present incredible panels during D23 Expo, including the fan-favorite Cup o’ Joe on Friday, July 14, at 1:15 p.m. in the D23 Expo Arena, featuring Chief Creative Officer of Marvel, Joe Quesada, in a no-holds-barred panel of everything Marvel! That same day at 6 p.m. on Stage 28, Marvel Animation presents a surprise-filled panel of sneak peeks, special guests, exclusive footage, and big announcements about the future of Marvel Animation on Stage 28. Details will be available on the D23 Expo app.

Ticketsfor D23 Expo 2017 are available for $81 for one-day adult admission and $59 for children 3–9. Membersof D23: The Official Disney Fan Club canpurchase tickets for $72 for a one-day adult admission and $53 for children 3–9. Multi-day tickets are also available. For more information on tickets and D23 Expo 2017, visit D23Expo.com.

 

ABOUT MARVEL ENTERTAINMENT

Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is one of the world’s most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of more than 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media over 75 years. Marvel utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing, and publishing. For more information visit marvel.com. © 2017 MARVEL

 

About D23 Expo 2017

D23 Expo—The Ultimate Disney Fan Event—brings together all the worlds of Disney under one roof for three packed days of presentations, pavilions, experiences, concerts, sneak peeks, shopping, and more. The event, which will take place July 14–16 at the Anaheim Convention Center, provides fans with unprecedented access to Disney films, television, games, theme parks, and celebrities. For the latest D23 Expo 2017 news, visit D23expo.com. Presentations, talent, and schedule subject to change. To join the D23 Expo conversation, be sure to follow DisneyD23 on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and YouTube, and use the hashtag #D23Expo.

 

About D23

The name “D23” pays homage to the exciting journey that began in 1923 when Walt Disney opened his first studio in Hollywood. D23 is the first official club forfans in Disney’s 90-plus-year history. It gives its members a greater connection to the entire world of Disney by placing them in the middle of the magic through itsquarterly publication, Disney twentythree; a rich website at D23.com with members-only content; member-exclusive discounts; and special events for D23 Members throughout the year.

 

Fans can join D23 at Gold and General Membership levels at D23.com and at DisneyStore.com/D23. To keep up with all the latest D23 news and events, followDisneyD23 on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and YouTube.

 

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May 29th, 2017 by Cherry

The next project from New York Times best-selling author Liane Moriarty (Big Little Lies) will be ‘The Husband’s Secret’. Blake Lively will be staring in the film from CBS Films being produced by Chris Weitz, Paul Weitz & Andew Miano and seeking potential directors to join the project. This will be a major role departure for Lively from The Shallows and the Cafe Society.

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Description: Macintosh HD:Users:ttheriot:Desktop:Blake Lively.jpgLively will star as Cecilia Fitzpatrick, who’s life in the suburbs is rocked when she finds a note from her husband with instructions to open in the event of his death. Despite her husband being a live her curiosity put her on a path to learn the truth about her life that isn’t the picture perfect surburban life she thought it’s instead fueled by lies and murder.

CBS Films acquired the book in 2013 before the release of the hit HBO series but with the success of the Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman and Shailane Woodley series the film has been given the green light and is a major priority for the producers and CBS Films.

“Liane Moriarty has established herself as one of the defining voices of the modern woman, and Blake Lively’s unique combination of vulnerability, strength and extraordinary talent makes her the perfect actress to realize Moriarty’s creation,” said CBS Films president Terry Press.

 

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May 20th, 2017 by Cherry

DEFENDERS OF LIFE AT GARIFUNA INTERNATIONAL INDIGENOUS FILM FESTIVAL VENICE, CALIFORNIA ON SUNDAY, MAY 21 AT 7:45PM

The sixth annual Garifuna International Indegenous Film Festival is six days of films from May 12 – 27th. I learned of the festival because of the upcoming screening of ‘Defenders of Life’ from director/writer Dana Ziyasheva and Igor Darbo (Producer) that is set in the Indigenous community of Costa Rica and filmed on location.

I am very interested to learn of the Garifuna International Indigenous Film Festival and am excited to add this to my list of ‘Festivals to Attend’. I love seeing films representing diverse voices and stories that expose me to lives and people. The festival is during the weekend so am hoping to attend a film or two to see from another person’s eye how they see the world around them.

The film will be screened on Sunday, May 21 at 7:45pm at The Electric Lodge, 1416 Electric Avenue, Venice, CA 90291with Dana Ziyasheva & Igor Darbo scheduled to attend. If you are unable to attend it is available exclusively on FlixPremiere at https://flixpremiere.com/film/defenders-of-life.

“I am very honored of this selection and excited about the opportunity to present
‘Defenders of Life’ at the Garifuna Film Festival,” said Ziyasheva, a journalist by training and former communications expert with the United Nations. “It is particularly important to me to show the film in the framework of an indigenous art event and next to other films by or about indigenous realities,” added Ziyasheva.
“Defenders of Life” 7:45pmSunday, May 21
$15.00 +$1.74  Students $20.00 + $1.99 General Admission
The festival’s mission to preserve and promote Garifuna culture is close to the filmmaker’s heart. “During my career with the United Nations, I worked on the promotion of Garifuna culture in Central America and had the honor of meeting with distinguished representatives of the Garifuna people in the government of Honduras and Nicaragua. I am very much looking forward to discovering the festival’s film selection and meeting with fellow filmmakers,” she added.

Every year, the Garifuna International Indigenous Film Festival connects the Garifuna diaspora from all over the world as well as indigenous communities from across the globe via one of the most powerful art forms: film. Celebrating its sixth annual edition in 2017, GIIFF will kick off May 12th and run through May 27th. “Defenders of Life” is among more than 27 films selected by the festival, including features and shorts from the U.S., Honduras, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Peru, Iran, and African and other countries.
Garifuna is a unique culture descended from the only black Africans who fought and succeeded against being enslaved in the American Continent, and who also intermarried with Carib and Arawak people of the Caribbean. They speak their own language, Garifuna, as well as Spanish, Belizean Kriol and English. Garifuna gave the world the gift of the beautiful music and dance called “punta” and have significant populations in Honduras, Belize, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and the United States.
The film festival also welcomes works by, about and for indigenous people from all the continents. “The Garifuna people share so much with indigenous communities from all over the world, so much wisdom, so many stories,” says festival director Freda Sideroff. “We share common stories; we are more alike than we are different.”

Director Ziyasheva agrees. Her film is set among in an indigenous community of Costa Rica and was inspired by people she served as a U.N. worker. “‘Defenders of Life’ was born out of the real-life friendship between Carmen, a Ngäbe matriarch, and myself, a United Nations civil servant from Kazakhstan,” she said.

“When staying at her house, we spent a lot of time talking about her life and her hopes/fears for her daughters and granddaughters.  We both wanted to give voice to the voiceless, leaving a proud testimony of her ancient civilization under threat and show the place and challenges of women in this culture. We both wanted it to be aesthetic and allegorical,” said Ziyasheva.

While Carmen is also an actress in the drama, she did more than acting, according to the director. “(She) was more than an actress, she was my collaborator on the film,” said Ziyasheva. “She helped me to direct actors, scout and pick locations and prepare dialogues. I discussed every scene with her. We also involved the entire community and its leaders; on occasion, more than 100 extras took part in the filming.”
Limited with a four-man crew, Ziyasheva had to be resourceful in the making of “Defenders of Life.” “I was not only my own assistant but also production designer, wardrobe, makeup, and driver,” she stated. “This was because of the budget constraints, but mainly because it would not have been feasible otherwise. We were outsiders granted unique access to this closed society.”

The project relied totally on the trust her team built with the community. “We could not disrupt the balance of their lives with a large crew, gear trucks, etc.,” she said. “That was one condition of theirs for allowing us to make the film, along with having all their dialogue spoken in the Ngäbe native language, rather than Spanish. They knew and accepted each one of us into their private spaces and homes, and we lived on site the entire time of the shoot,” she added.

This year’s festival theme is “Remembering the Garifuna Holocaust” to pay tribute to the early Garifuna warriors that died for their people’s freedom 220 years ago, according to festival director Freda Sideroff. The Garifuna people are descendants of the only black Africans in the American continent who successfully fought against being enslaved, “paying the ultimate price, the death of many, and the relocation of resilient survivors,” said Sideroff.

“We are a resilient, proud people that have survived atrocities,” stated Sideroff, a Garifuna immigrant from Belize. “Like many indigenous communities all over the world, today we still face many challenges and find our culture and way of life under threat. But our ancestors inspire and guide us with their example and wisdom.”
She added, “We must remember their sacrifice and treasure our priceless Garifuna language, culture and history.”
For more information, visit www.garifunafilmfestival.com.
FESTIVAL DETAILS:

WHAT: Garifuna International Film Festival 2017

WHEN: Begins Friday, May 12th. Runs through Saturday, May 27th
WHERE: The Electric Lodge, 1416 Electric Avenue, Venice, CA 90291
WHY: Established by Freda Sideroff, an indigene of the Garifuna, GIIFF started in 2012 with a mission to preserve the values and aspirations of Garifuna and all indigenous people and cultures through films about indigenous cultures, their values and struggles.

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April 16th, 2017 by Cherry

laapff banner.pngI’m so excited about the upcoming Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival this April 27th with films that represent diversity from across the world. I’ve attended over the years and have always been impressed by the selection of films form comedy to documentary to drama that truly represent the diversity that often is overlooked in entertainment. I also recommend attendance of the C3 Conference that will focus on Future Forward a full day of panels with creatives from behind the camera talking issues that are important to those starting out in the business as well as established creatives. 

 

On my list to see:

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Colored Hearts

ROBIN JOHNSON, SOMLIT INTHALANGSY / USA / 2017 / 15 MINS

A modern day couple is forced to end their interracial relationship. This is a love story about an Asian American/African American couple inspired by a true story.

Plays In:
FilAm Creations: A Filmmaker Movement

Art Share L.A.
May 3, 2017 6:00 pm Buy Tickets

Bronzeville, Little Tokyo

EVENTSSPECIAL PRESENTATIONTRANSMEDIA

FREE PROGRAM. “Bronzeville, Little Tokyo” sheds light on an overlooked moment in history when Japanese and Japanese-Americans were displaced and African-Americans moved into Little Tokyo. To honor this period, there will be a special two-day program featuring an interactive media installation, a 360° virtual reality presentation, and a live Jazz performance on Historic First Street North.

Bronzeville, Little Tokyo

Historic Nishi Building
April 29, 2017 3:00 pmFREE

Bronzeville, Little Tokyo

Historic Nishi Building
April 30, 2017 3:00 pmFREE

Bronzeville, Little Tokyo

Union Center for the Arts Courtyard
April 30, 2017 6:00 pmFREE

 

Occasionally, I Saw Glimpses of Hawai‘i

CHRISTOPHER MAKOTO YOGI / SHORTS COMPETITION / USA / 2016 / 15 MINS

A film essay looking at 100 years of Hawai‘i in film, explores issues of representation and gender. This filmic deconstruction is a lively, often infuriating examination of Hollywood’s portrayal of the islands, highlighting the essential necessity of homegrown filmmaking.

Three Sassy Sisters

NIA DINATA / SPECIAL PRESENTATION / INDONESIA / 2016 / 124 MINS

Three sassy sisters: Gendis (32), Ella (28), and Bebe (19), are very passionate about running their family boutique hotel by the beach in the eastern part of Indonesia’s archipelago. Their grandmother, however, is frustrated because she is unable to find the ideal matches for her granddaughters. Grandma doesn’t give up. Her ultimate goal in life is to find suitable men for her granddaughters.

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Welcome To My Life

ELIZABETH ITO / USA / 2015 / 8 MINS

In this mockumentary short, a family of monsters tries to lead a normal American life.

Plays In:
Itsy Bitsy Shorts

Tateuchi Democracy Forum
April 29, 2017 10:00 am

 

Wexford Plaza

JOYCE WONG / NARRATIVE COMPETITION / CANADA / 2017 / 82 MINS

A slice-of-life dark comedy about a lonely female security guard, and the misunderstood sexual encounter that unravels her life.

WEXFORD PLAZA

Downtown Independent
May 1, 2017 7:00 pm

Who Is Arthur Chu?

YU GU, SCOTT DRUCKER / DOCUMENTARY COMPETITIONLAAPFF BEST OF THE FEST IN OC / USA / 2017 / 90 MINS

WHO IS ARTHUR CHU? follows the controversial 11-time Jeopardy! winner turned Internet iconoclast, Arthur Chu, as he struggles to reform society and himself in a seminal year.

WHO IS ARTHUR CHU?

Downtown Independent
May 1, 2017 9:30 pm Buy Tickets

WHO IS ARTHUR CHU? (ENCORE)

CGV Buena Park
May 6, 2017 9:30 pm

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C3: Saturday – Motion Picture Editors Guild: “Editing for Animation and Stop Motion”

C3 CONFERENCE / PANEL / 75 MINS

A contemplative dialogue with the editors from some of the biggest box office animated/stop motion films in history – discussing the industry, their processes and their look into the future of animation. *Panels are not individually sold. The admission fee for one day will include all the panels on that day. The admission fee for both days will include all the panels of the C3 Conference.

C3: Saturday – Motion Picture Editors Guild: “Editing for Animation and Stop Motion”

Aratani Central Hall at JANM
April 29, 2017 1:45 pm

 

2017 LAAPF GALA PRESENTATIONS

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OPENING NIGHT FILM | BETTER LUCK TOMORROW | DIRECTED BY JUSTIN LIN

 APRIL 27 | 7:00  PM | EGYPTIAN THEATER

Come celebrate the 15th anniversary of BETTER LUCK TOMORROW (co-presented by YOMYOMF)! The film premiered at Sundance amid controversy and is a benchmark for APA cinema. The Festival is screening the original Sundance cut, in glorious 35mm film. Director Justin Lin will present the film and joined by his cast for this anniversary celebration.

 

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CENTERPIECE FILM | GOOK | DIRECTED BY JUSTIN CHON

APRIL 29 | 8:00 PM | ARATANI THEATER

 Eli and Daniel are two Korean-American brothers who own a struggling shoe store. They have a unique and unlikely friendship with a young 11-year-old African American girl, Kamilla. The film is set during the first day of the LA riots, forcing them to defend their store while contemplating the future of their own personal dreams and the meaning of family.

Director/Writer and Actor Justin Chon and his cast and crew will be in attendance to present this film.

 

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CLOSING NIGHT FILM | COLUMBUS | DIRECTED BY KOGONADA

MAY 4 | 7:00 PM | DIRECTOR’S GUILD OF AMERICA

Casey lives with her mother in a little-known Midwestern town haunted by the promise of modernism. Jin, a visitor from the other side of the world, attends to his dying father. Burdened by the future, they find respite in one another and the architecture that surrounds them.

Cast and crew of COLOMBUS including JOHN CHO will be in attendance.

 

ADDITIONAL FEATURE FILMS HIGHLIGHTS AT LAAPFF 2017:

COMPETITION NARRATIVES

  • CARDINAL X Dir.: Angie Wang

  • CHEE AND T Dir.: Tanuj Chopra

  • COLUMBUS Dir.: Kogonada

  • GOOK Dir.: Justin Chon

  • I CAN I WILL I DID Dir.: Nadine Truong

  • THE LOCKPICKER Dir.: Randall Okita

  • NORMAN JONES Dir.: Mike Sakamoto

  • WEXFORD PLAZA Dir.: Joyce Wong

  • WINDOW HORSES Dir.: Ann Marie Fleming

COMPETITION DOCUMENTARIES 

  • 95 AND 6 TO GO Dir.: Kimi Takesue

  • A TIME TO SWIM Dir.: Ashley Duong

  • FINDING KUKAN Dir.: Robin Lung

  • GHOST MAGNET ROACH MOTEL Dir.: Shinpei Takeda

  • MELE MURALS Dir.: Tadashi Nakamura

  • MIXED MATCH Dir.: Jeff Chiba Stearns

  • RESISTANCE AT TULE LAKE Dir.: Konrad Aderer

  • SAVE MY SEOUL Dir.: Jason Y. Lee

  • UNBROKEN GLASS Dir.: Dinesh Sabu

  • WHO IS ARTHUR CHU? Dirs.: Yu Gu and Scott Drucker

     

INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY FEATURES

  • MOTHERLAND Dir.: Ramona S. Diaz

  • PLASTIC CHINA Dir.: Wang Jiu-liang

  • SMALL TALK Dir.: Huang Hui-Chen

  • TOKYO IDOLS Dir.: Kyoko Miyake

 

INTERNATIONAL NARRATIVE FEATURES

  • BY THE TIME IT GETS DARK Dir.: Anocha Suwichakornpong

  • DIAMOND ISLAND Dir: Davy Chou

  • KING OF PEKING Dir.: Sam Voutas

  • POP AYE Dir.: Kristen Tan

  • RESEBA – THE DARK WIND Dir.: Hussein Hassan

  • THE ROAD TO MANDALAY Dir.: Midi Z

  • SAVING SALLY Dir.: Avid Liongoren

  • THE SOUL OF THE TIGER Dir.: François Yang

  • THE SOWER Dir.: Yosuke Takeuchi

  • TAXI STORIES Dir.: Doris Yeung

  • TURN LEFT TURN RIGHT Dir.: Douglas Seok

SPECIAL FILM PRESENTATIONS

  • ABACUS: SMALL ENOUGH TO JAIL – Dir.: Steve James
  • JOSHUA: TEENAGER VS. SUPERPOWER – Dir.:  Joe Piscatella
  • YELLOW (20th Anniversary Screening) Dir.: Chris Chan Lee

 

For complete program information please visit  festival.vconline.org.

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December 11th, 2016 by Cherry

Don’t despair if you didn’t get a ticket to see the premier of Rogue One at the TLC Chinese Theatre

Thanks to Legion M launch of ‘Legion Does Good’ initiative partnering with LiningUp.net for the opening Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Rebels and Empire fans can buy tickets to see Rogue One at the TLC Chinese Theatre to help raise money for the Starlight Children’s Foundation

Legion M Launches “Legion Does Good” Initiative Partnering with LiningUp.net for the Opening of ROGUEONE: A STAR WARS STORY

 

 

 

 

 

Fans can purchase tickets to Rogue One at the TCL Chinese Theater through the Legion M website to help raise money for the Starlight Children’s Foundation. Legion M wants cosplayers to start arriving by 2pm for photo opportunities.
Legion M is giving away 3 pairs of tickets to deserving Star Wars fans. Know any Star Wars super fans who can’t afford to buy tickets to our Rogue One screening at the TCL Chinese Theater but really deserve to be there? If so, just tell us in a brief email why you or someone you know might be worthy. Email tonight (December 11th) for consideration to Damian@theLegionM.com (Transportation/Parking not included)
Legion M, the world’s first fan-owned entertainment company, launches its “Legion Does Good” initiative this holiday season. Legion M and LiningUp.Net have joined forces to fill the TCL Chinese Theater with super-fans on Thursday, December 15th for the 7:00 p.m.opening night screening of ROGUE ONE: A Star Wars Story to benefit the Starlight Children’s Foundation.  This worthwhile charity brightens the lives of seriously ill children across the US and Puerto Rico by funding pediatric hospitals’ and clinics’ critical needs.  Starlight supports over 27 million visits each year, transforming the lives of millions of children through exceptional health care services. Starlight Children’s Foundation was LiningUp.Net’s charity partner in 1999, 2002, 2005, and 2015, and Legion M is thrilled to partner with LiningUp.Net and Starlight Children’s Foundation to help raise funds for Starlight’s vital mission.
WHEN:  
In-Person7pmThursday December 15th at the Chinese Theater.
WHERE:
In-Person: TCL Chinese Theatre
6925 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, CA 90028
About LiningUp.Net
In 1999, 2002, and 2005, devoted fans stood outside of Hollywood’s Chinese Theatre for weeks – waiting eagerly for the next installment of the fabled Star Wars saga, and gathering in force to celebrate the next piece of cinematic history. Since 1977, lining up has been a hallmark of the Star Wars experience. LiningUp.net – the organizers of the enormously successful Star Wars prequel lines – once again stood in line in 2015, this time for Star Wars: The Force Awakens and raised money for their long-time charity partner, Starlight Children’s Foundation.
About Starlight Children’s Foundation
Each year, more than 30 million children in the US suffer from a critical, chronic or terminal illness.  Many of these kids experience long hospital stays, painful medical treatments and sometimes a scary and uncertain future. Starlight turns pain, fear and stress into laughter, fun and joy – because a sick kid is still a kid at heart. Starlight partners with world-class brands and companies, charitable foundations, socially aware groups and organizations and philanthropic individuals to bring entertainment, education and innovative technology to sick kids through their nationwide network of community partners.
About Legion M 
Legion M is the world’s first FAN-OWNED entertainment studio. We work with top tier Hollywood creators to develop and monetize content together with FANS.   With Legion M, FANS own the company, FANS get behind the scenes, and if we are successful-FANS share the rewards! Founded by Silicon Valley-based Paul Scanlan and Jeff Annison, the Emmy-winning team behind MobiTV (the guys who first brought you live streaming TV for your phone), Legion M is the first entertainment-based, equity crowdfunded company in history to use the JOBS Act to gain over 3000 investors and $1+M in investment.  Legion M’s mission is to empower creators to push boundaries and empower Fans to be a part of the content they love. Join us at TheLegionM.com.

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December 3rd, 2016 by Cherry

As we count down the final days of President Barack Obama leading our nation I am excited to see the critically acclaimed film Barry premiering on Netflix. I haven’t had the pleasure of seeing the film but this preview has me excited to see a dramatization of the man who grew up to be president.

 

The film is before Michelle Obama instead it’s a ‘slice of life’ as he learns to negotiate his life as a black man of mixed heritage who LOOKS black. President Obama never had the choice to live as a white man or even one that is ‘racially ambiguous’ but instead with his chocolate complexion, kinky hair, full lips and nose he was (likely) always treated, as he was perceived a black man. No sheltering by a beloved mother or grandparents can shield you from the little indignities of being black in America. Especially when you aren’t in the ‘lane’ some expect you to stay in where you are not expected to go to state college let alone a prestigious Ivy League.

 

One of the things that always made me understand our President is what it’s like forging a path when you are a person of color who grew up in a predominately white area. I remember when I went to college deciding to explore my ‘black’ side and hanging with other African American students. Quite a few made me feel unwelcome that I wasn’t black enough because I spoke without a dialect. Didn’t grow up listening to the same music and found the food they ate to be unfamiliar or not to my liking. They even mocked the way I danced so much that I stopped dancing around them after the white girl who was ‘down’ said ‘I’m blacker than you’. I remember everyone laughed at me and I thought what the heck.

 

I can only sympathize with Barack having to navigate that path without the foundation of a close knit family who always felt I was ‘OK’ (if not a bit odd) a great representation of black brains and beauty destined for great things. I of course never set my sights so high as the Presidency!

I look forward to watching this film on Netflix premiering December 16th just in time to enjoy the last Obama White House Christmas.

NETFLIX ORIGINAL FILM AND ONE OF THE MOST TALKED ABOUT CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED FILMS AT THIS YEAR’S TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

  

A young Barack Obama, known to his friends as “Barry,” arrives in New York City in the fall of 1981 to begin his junior year at Columbia University.  In a crime-ridden and racially charged environment, Barry finds himself pulled between various social spheres and struggles to maintain a series of increasingly strained relationships with his Kansas-born mother, his estranged Kenyan father, and his classmates.  BARRY is the story of a young man grappling with those same issues that his country, and arguably the world, are still coming to terms with 35 years later.

SA17_NomineeLaurel.jpgBARRY stars newcomer Devon Terrell in a deeply felt breakout performance as the young student, and features a strong supporting cast including Ashley Judd (DIVERGENT, DOUBLE JEOPARDY), Jenna Elfman (FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS, BIG STONE GAP), and up-and-comers Anya Taylor-Joy (THE WITCH), Jason Mitchell (STRAIGHT OUT OF COMPTON), Ellar Coltraine (BOYHOOD) and Avi Nash (LEARNING TO DRIVE, “Silicon Valley”) directed/produced by Vikram Gandhi.

 

BARRY was produced by Black Bear Pictures and Cinetic Media.  Dana O’Keefe, Teddy Schwarzman, Ben Stillman, and Vikram Gandhi produced the film.  Daniel Steinman executive produced.

 

NETFLIX ORIGINAL AVAILABLE ON DECEMBER 16TH

 

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November 22nd, 2016 by Cherry

Kick off the holidays with RiffTrax, Martians, Santa and Weird Al!

 “Come on, we know you don’t like roasted chestnuts — nobody does, they’re gross — so why not make our RiffTrax Holiday Double Feature your new Christmas tradition? Santa Claus Conquers the Martians, and a Christmas Shorts-stravaganza, plus all new riffing on yours and our Christmas photos is just what the Santa ordered,” Michael J. Nelson of RiffTrax said.

 

“The RiffTrax crew always delivers literal laugh-out-loud content that has audiences coming back event after event, and their Holiday Special Double Feature is certain to make this the funniest time of year,” Fathom Events CEO John Rubey said.

 

This year gather your family, friends and popcorn for a double feature of geek fun with the “RiffTrax Holiday Special Double Feature”! This year the guys are bringing to select theaters the “Santa Claus Conquers the Martians,” and “Rifftrax Live: Christmas Shorts-straveganza,” two classic beloved episodes we-worked to bring laughter and holiday joy and multiple Grammy Award-winning comedy legend “Weird Al” Yankovic for a night of Christmas shorts  No coal in your stockings with the added sweet treat of Parade of Aquatic Champions short and Michael, Kevin and Bill riffing on hilarious fan-submitted holiday family photos.

This holiday special from Fathom Events and RiffTrax, this event will play in movie theaters across the country on Thursday, December 1 at 7:00 p.m. local time. Coming to movie theaters before the holiday special, “RiffTrax Live: Carnival of Souls,” will be broadcast live on Thursday, October 27 8:00 p.m. ET/ 7:00 p.m. CT and tape delayed to 7:00 p.m. MT8:00 p.m. PT with an encore showing on Monday, October 31 7:30 p.m. local time.

Tickets for “RiffTrax Holiday Special Double Feature” can be purchased online by visiting www.FathomEvents.com or at participating theater box offices. Fans throughout the U.S. will be able to enjoy the event in more than 600 movie theaters through Fathom’s Digital Broadcast Network. For a complete list of theater locations visit the Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to change).
Tickets for “RiffTrax Holiday Special Double Feature” can be purchased online by visiting www.FathomEvents.com or at participating theater box offices. For a list of all participating theaters, click here.

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