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November 15th, 2017 by Cherry

Take a bite out of Sharknado 5 with an extended cut screening in select theaters across the US. If you are in Los Angeles you have the opportunity for a special screening that will have a Q&A with cast and production team! The Q&A will be hosted by James Cullen Bressack with cast members, writer, composers, and producers with a poster exclusive for LA attendees.

In attendance: Tara Reid, Cassandra Scerbo, and Cody Linley; Anthony C. Ferrante, Director; David Michael Latt, Producer; Scotty Mullen, Writer; Chris Ridenhour & Christopher Cano, Composers

Movies 16 + XD (Lubbock, TX)
Hollywood 17 (Mcallen, TX)
College Station + XD (College Station, TX)
Tinseltown 17 (Erie, PA)
Cinemark Movies 16 + XD (Somerdale, NJ)
Movies 14 (Mishawaka, IN)
Cinemark Tinseltown 17 + XD (Grapevine, TX)
Tinseltown 20 + XD (El Paso, TX)
Tinseltown 20 + XD (Pflugerville, TX)
Cinemark Tinseltown + XD (Louisville, KY)
Tinseltown 14 (Oak Ridge, TN)
Tinseltown 14 (Pueblo, CO)
Legacy 24 + XD (Plano, TX)
Cinemark Tinseltown 20 + XD (Oklahoma City, OK)
Cinemark Tinseltown 20 + XD (Merriam, KS)
Tinseltown 20 + XD (Jacksonville, FL)
Tinseltown 17 (Fayetteville, GA)
Cinemark 17 + IMAX (Tulsa, OK)
Cinemark 19 + XD (Katy, TX)
Tinseltown 14 (Bristol, VA)
Moosic 20 + XD (Moosic, PA)
Valley View 24 + XD (Valley View, OH)
Cinemark Orlando + XD (Orlando, FL)
Cinemark 24 + XD (West Jordan, UT)
Cinemark 18 + XD (Webster, TX)
Carefree Circle 16 + IMAX (Colorado Springs, CO)
Cinemark 16 (Fort Collins, CO)
Cinemark 15 + XD (Hadley, MA)
Cinemark 14 @ The Pike + XD (Long Beach, CA)
Cinemark 14 + XD (Lake Charles, LA)
Pittsburgh Mills Mall 18 + IMAX (Tarentum, PA)
Cinemark 16 (Mesa, AZ)
Cinemark Perkins Rowe + XD (Baton Rouge, LA)
Cinemark Fayette Mall 16 + XD (Lexington, KY)
Mountain View Cinema 16 (Mountain View, CA)
Albuquerque Rio 24 + XD (Albuquerque, NM)
Orange Stadium Promenade 25 + XD (Orange, CA)
Century Parklane (Reno, NV)
Portland Eastport Plaza (Portland, OR)
Anchorage 16 + XD (Anchorage, AK)
Century El Con + XD (Tucson, AZ)
Evanston 18 + XD (Evanston, IL)
Las Vegas Samstown 18 (Las Vegas, NV)
Century Walnut Creek 14 + XD (Walnut Creek, CA)
Sacramento Greenback 16 + XD (Sacramento, CA)
San Jose Oakridge 20 + XD (San Jose, CA)
Century 16 Bel Mar + XD (Lakewood, CO)
W. Des Moines Jordan Creek + XD (West Des Moines, IA)
Huntington Beach Bella Terra 20 + XD (Huntington Beach, CA)
Las Vegas Santa Fe Station 16 + XD (Las Vegas, NV)
Sandy Union Heights 16 (Sandy, UT)
Century 16 (Boulder, CO)
Century Federal Way + XD (Federal Way, WA)
Century River Park 16 + XD (10/26) (Oxnard, CA)
Cinemark Robinson Township + XD (Robinson Township, PA)
Cinemark 14 (5/8) (Joliet, IL)
Cinemark 12 (6/24) (Barboursville, WV)
Paradise 24 + XD (Davie, FL)
Egyptian 24 + XD (Hanover, MD)
Cinemark Farmington + XD (Farmington, UT)
Christiana + XD (Newark, DE)
Cinemark Oakley Station + XD (Cincinnati, OH)
Cinemark North Hills + XD (Pittsburgh, PA)
Colonel Glenn 18 + XD (Little Rock, AR)
Cinemark 18 and XD (Los Angeles, CA)
Buckland Hills 18 IMAX (Manchester, CT)
Preston Crossings 16 (Louisville, KY)
Flint West 14 (Flint, MI)
Ann Arbor 20 IMAX (Ypsilanti, MI)
Hazlet 12 (Hazlet, NJ)
Dayton South 16 + XD (West Carrollton, OH)
Milford 16 (Milford, OH)
Fallen Timbers 14 + XD (Maumee, OH)
Franklin Park 16 + XD (Toledo, OH)
Northeast Mall 18 + XD (Hurst, TX)
Cuyahoga Falls + XD (Cuyahoga Falls, OH)

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November 7th, 2017 by Aiyonna White

by Aiyonna White, Contributor

Cinemark Theatres has partnered with The Asylum to offer discounted tickets to exclusive horror, sci-fi, thriller, and cult films from the independent film company. The studio is most famous for the Sharknado franchise. Read more of this article »

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October 26th, 2016 by Cherry

Humor and horror is in the DNA of the new series ‘Stan Against Evil’ on IFC.

You haven’t seen a show like Stan Against Evil (IFC) that has such a zany premise in a while. I know some will compare this to Evil Dead: the Series on (STARZ) but this show is walking it’s own path. At first glance it looks like comedy series with a few scary bits in it to shock the audience but from the first moment when we meet former Sheriff Stan Miller (John C. McGinley) who’s retired and comes back to a home missing his wife this horror comedy has a core of missing your other half. Stan is a man bereft who has to navigate a world that has done a 180 on him from the new sheriff Evie Barret (Janet Varney), to learning about his wife’s ‘hobby’ and the monsters.

 

I was impressed with the series and found myself laughing and screaming at turns and the same time. All of the cast and team behind the camera are fans of the ‘Werewolf of London’ and love old school 80s FX. You can see that the cast had a ball playing with ‘real’ monsters instead of emoting to a green ball and getting covered in buckets of blood. The monsters are CRAZY and had me scared for them to leave their house! I recommend you check out this new series and watch the first episode on Halloween with the lights off, popcorn and a bowl of candy for trick-or-treaters!

Stan Miller (McGinley) is a surprisingly interesting character. I at first thought he’d be the usual cop in a horror movie kind of clueless and just counting down the moments till he gets the ax (figurativle and literally) but he’s a man with hidden depths .. unspoken closed up sexist grumpy depths but DEPTHS darn it!

Evie Barret (Varney) is the new woman in town who’s taken on a traditionally male job as Sheriff and refuses to fill Stan’s shoes! Instead she has a backstory that makes her someone that I’d like to grab a beer with or at the least fight witches.

Deputy Leon Drinkwater (Mooney) plays the deputy with a heart of .. well crazy I’d say he’s playing the straight man but from his eyes and the phone calls if in the course of the season we find he has a sex dungeon I would NOT be surprised!

Denise Miller (Baker) plays Stan’s daughter who is dangerously clueless that makes new friends WAY too easily in town full of angry witches. I love her little comments and that she’s living her best life and happens to still live with her dad. I can’t wait to see if she’s going to be a kickass chick killing witches and picking berries with the same smile.

 

 

“Stan Against Evil” premieres November 2 on IFC. A sneak preview of the first episode will also air Halloween night, October 31, at 10pm.

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August 25th, 2016 by Cherry

I’m a huge fan of the Mindy Kaling Project and when it first premiered on Fox I was very curious about a female led series starring a woman who didn’t look like a lead cast member on TV normally. I fell in love with the zany series as I followed a woman that was like me. Doing OK with the career but love life was a complete diseaster always choosing the wrong guy for the wrong reason. 

Thursday, September 15 – HULU
PaleyFest Fall TV Previews Special Event: 
The Mindy Project: Inside the Writers Room
Mindy Kaling, Creator, Executive Producer and “Mindy Lahiri”
Ike Barinholtz, “Morgan Tookers”
Matt Warburton, Executive Producer

Image result for mindy project huluWhen Fox canceled the series I yelled <boo> from the rooftops the show wasn’t perfect but it was fun and one of the few series led by an Asian actress! When Hulu took the opportunity to continue the series I expected a big change from budget per episode to more freedom to explore adult subject matters. Hulu has delivered more a signature series that keeps me subscribing but no binging since it’s released weekly like network TV. 

PaleyFest Previews: The Mindy Project-Writer’s Room is SOLD OUT

I’ve always wanted to chat with not just the cast and producers but the writers of the series that embraces a quirky curvy woman who is confident and sexual. Well the Paley Center has answered my prayers! This year the Paley Fest opening Fall TV Preview 2016 will be a talk with the writers of the series. 

 

 

 

I want to chat with them about the major cast change of Danny and Mindy splitting up to accommodate his no longer being a FT cast member. Last season they explored co-parenting with humor and the sharp edges of two strong willed people still trying to control the other. I think the sixth season should be a great arc and able to focus on not only new regular cast members but more of her co-workers at the clinic. I really like the storyline of the egg clinic but it can be a story suck with not that much payback so hope they cut it down even further so that we can enjoy her interacting with dating, navigating being a single divorced mom and friendship. Every woman needs her crew!

If I get on the red carpet I want to ask about how they will handle Danny as a recurring character. Will he be written out or use text/phone calls/notes to keep the story of co-parenting. Does Hulu allow free reign with humor and adult subject matter or have they ever looked at a script and said that’s a step TOO far?!? Will you age up the child to create more comedy situations with him going to school and being a rebellious kid? I know that they have shoehorned a connection with the new doctor but I’d like her to be back on the market and dating ‘United Nations’ style! It’s hilarious when Mindy skewers the casual racism within POC communities. I’d love to have more episodes of Mindy interacting with the Indian and Asian communities with episodes of how Asian’s rank themselves, introducing her son to other interracial kids/families, a ‘funny’ episode about profiling and her exploring more Indian centric episodes with her family. I LOVE her brother he’s hilarious, handsome and can sing! Have they ever thought of a Bollywood/Musical episode with original music and lots of dancing! I love that Mindy loves her curvy body and that she’s a confidant sexual woman. For instance a suit makes you think of a line or episode? 

 

That’s a lot of questions but I am very curious about the writers of this zany series. What do you think I should ask the stars and writers? Leave the question below…..

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July 7th, 2016 by Cherry

Join the cast of Archer for a special ARCHER Live! event at SDCC 2016 on Thursday, July 21st on the Inspiration Hornblower Yacht! 

 

 FX Networks has the ultimate hard to get tickets for a special one-night only perforce of Archer Live! If you were able to get a ticked on eventbrite you’ll board the yacht at the 5th Avenue Landing (behind the convention center) joined by the entire caste of the Emmy®-nominated animated spy/P.I. comedy series. Fans will be able to enjoy a live performance with the entire cast, food, drinks, giveaways, a photo booth and lounge while docked at the marina.

The ARCHER Live! on-stage event will showcase the cast and crew with a live performance of an episode and fan interactions. The event features H. Jon Benjamin (Sterling Archer), Aisha Tyler (Lana Kane), Jessica Walter (Malory Archer), Judy Greer (Cheryl Tunt), Chris Parnell (Cyril Figgis), Amber Nash (Pam Poovey), Lucky Yates (Krieger), series creator/executive producer Adam Reed (Ray Gillette) and executive producer Matt Thompson.

Fans can now register for tickets to be a part of the ARCHER Live! experience, sponsored by the pioneering cloud-based live TV service, PlayStation™Vue, on EventBrite.com. Boarding begins at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 8:00 p.m. Event is 21 and over.

 

 

ABOUT FX NETWORKS

FX Networks, a business unit of 21st Century Fox, is comprised of the networks FX, FXX and FXM and the video on-demand app FXNOW. FX, the flagship general entertainment basic cable channel, launched in June of 1994 and is carried in 91 million homes. The diverse schedule features a growing roster of critically-acclaimed and award-winning hit dramas series, including The AmericansThe Strain, Tyrant and the upcoming Taboo and Legion; the critically-acclaimed limited series American Horror StoryFargoThe People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story and the upcoming Trust and Feud; acclaimed hit comedy series including the award-winningLouieArcherSex&Drugs&Rock&RollBaskets and the upcoming Better Things and Atlanta. FX’s roster of acquired hit series includes Two and a Half MenHow I Met Your Mother and Mike & Molly. FXX, the newest network, launched in September 2013 and is carried in 79 million homes.  Geared towards a young adult audience, the schedule features original series, movies, and acquired series. The channel is anchored by the acclaimed hit comedies It’s Always Sunny in PhiladelphiaYou’re the Worst and Man Seeking Woman. FXX is also the exclusive cable home to The Simpsons, the longest-running comedy in TV history, the late night animated blockAnimation Domination, and acquired hit series such as In Living ColorMad About You and Parks and Recreation. FXM (formerly Fox Movie Channel) was launched in October of 1994 and is now carried in 55 million homes. Its schedule features classic films during the day (FXM Retro), and contemporary box office hits and acclaimed, award-winning films in the evening, as well as short-form award-winning original programming.

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May 3rd, 2016 by Cherry

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I’m so excited to learn of the 2016 Rockie Award Program Competition nominees from across the world. It will be a fierce battle with TV and digital content from around th wold. This year Banff World Media Festival (BANFF) has over 40 countries competing at the Program Competition Ceremony on Monday, June 13th at the beautiful Fairmont Baniff Springs. The beauty of the countryside is a Screen Shot 2016-05-03 at 10.21.44 PMperfect backdrop for content creators from around the world to show off their endeavors to showcase the talent from around the world.

Attendees will learn who will be be the winner in 22 categories that span drama, comedy, children’s, documentary, factual, digital and more.

“With the proliferation of television and digital content across today’s top global networks and platforms it’s important to recognize the companies and creatives who are breaking the mold to execute some of the most captivating projects and that’s what we strive to do with the Rockie Awards,” commented Ferne Cohen,  Executive Director of the Banff World Media Festival. “We look forward to announcing the winners at our annual celebration in June.”

Netflix’s Making a Murder is the Program of the Year!

The Honorable Mélanie Joly Ministre du Patrimoine Canadien/Minister of Canadian Heritage will kickoff the 2016 BANFF with a presentation.

The Rockie Awards are one of the world’s largest program competitions. The program’s industry jury features more than 350 professionals and leaders from around the world working in entertainment and the media arena.  Categories include Animation, Art and Performance, Children and Youth Fiction, Brand Content, Comedy Series, Digital Fiction Series, Drama Series, Environmental and Wildlife, Biological and History, Interactive, Interactive for Kids, Lifestyle, Melodrama, Music, Performance, Sketch and Variety, Reality, Science and Technology, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Action, Social and Investigative, and TV Movie.

 

For the full nominee list: http://banffmediafestival.com/rockie-awards/program-competition/

 

The festival is open to all and has programs for content creators to established producers seeking distribution or media channels. The 2016 BANFF schedule is live and has panels that anyone in the business or wants to get in the entertainment field. The organizers have created a schedule that will provide attendees insight into a variety of content streams including scripted, unscripted, digital, banded content, kids and animation. A few of the programs that I would love to attend as a content creator hoping to network are:

 

If you plan to attend examine the schedule and mark on your calendar what you plan to attend as well as have your pitch and a deck ready! You never know what opportunity will come around the corner at BANFF and you have to be ready to for your moment to pitch!

 

For additional information about the Banff World Media Festival visit: http://www.banffmediafestival.com/ or connect with us onTwitter and Facebook.
 

 About the Banff World Media Festival

The Banff World Media Festival is the world’s largest and most important gathering of entertainment industry and digital media executives dedicated to media content development, production, broadcast and distribution within TV and digital media. BANFF provides a platform for the evolving media industry to develop its creative and business objectives – it serves as the leading destination for co-production and co-venture partners and is an unparalleled marketplace for over 2,000 international decision-makers to connect with new partners, learn from industry leaders and execute new business deals. The 37th annual BANFF World Media Festival will take place June 1215, 2016 at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel in Banff, Canada.

 

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April 16th, 2016 by Cherry

I’m all in for the new original Viki series Dramaworld premiering April 17th. I had the opportunity to interview  Liv Hewson (Claire) and Sean Dulake (Joon Park) and briefly chat with Chris Martin (Director/Writer) and Sebastian Lee (Producer). Sean Dulake and Chris Martin worked on creatingScreen Shot 2016-04-16 at 12.30.54 AM an original series that would appeal to the passionate fans of Viki from across the world. From that dream Dramaworld was born! It’s a ultimate love letter to anyone who’s a major fangirl or fanboy of a TV or Movie. You know the person who is consumed and lives to talk about their favorite rather you want to hear about it or not!

The funny series is a show within a show. Claire is a major fangirl of Joon Park a K-Drama star who she follows in every series he stars in and she’s currently consumed with ‘Taste of Love‘ a IMG_7105distraction from her real life of being a student who works PT in the family business. Through a zany mishap she’s transported into ‘Dramaworld‘ where she meets a fanboy played by Justin Chon (Seth) who’s a helpmate aka instagator to make sure each series goes according to plan. Boy meets girl, mishaps conspire to keep them apart and finally boy gets girl (or girl gets boy .. I am a feminist). But the meat of Dramaworld is that Taste of Love is off center and it’s not going according to plan. So it’s up to our stars to realign the stars so that love can bloom.

I was able to see the first two episodes and it’s the perfect blend of whimsy, humor and soap opera drama that transcends language (don’t worry they have subtitles). I don’t want to give anything away but it all makes sense with little throwaway lines explaining how everyone can understand each other despite speaking different languages, how Claire got to Dramaworld and it’s different than the real world.

The cast said that it was inspired by a love of Back to the Future or that it’s Narnia with the wardrobe transporting the hero to another world but I think of it as a mix of Pleasantville and Nurse Betty come to mind for me but other than that it’s a really original concept that nobody has done right in a long time.

If your in Los Angeles and got tickets for the Dramaworld premier Saturday, April 16th at the Ace Hotel Theatre than make sure you say ‘hi’. If you didn’t get your tickets it’s sold out so you’ll have to watch me interviewing cast on periscope and streamup (Cherry_LA). You’ll be able to enjoy the new Viki series on Sunday.

 

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What is the most exciting — and most terrifying — thing that can happen to a K-drama fanatic?Claire Duncan is a 20-year-old college student who finds her real life boring. Maybe that’s because she’s never looking up, instead having her nose buried in her smartphone and watching her IMG_7106favorite Korean drama, “Taste of Love,” starring her favorite actor Joon Park (Sean Dulake). Joon Park plays the hot chef and protagonists in “Taste of Love” who is still waiting for his one true love to come into his life. Through a touch of the supernatural and a sprinkle of magic, Claire’s desire to shed her own boring life and live in the world of “Taste of Love” comes true when she is transported into her favorite drama and comes face-to-face with Joon Park! There, Claire also meets the mysterious waiter Seth Ko, who made his own journey into the drama years ago from the real world and mentors Claire on how to navigate the drama world. When the appearance of Claire throws “Taste of Love” off-balance, causing other dramas to splice into the series, what kind of crazy adventure will Claire experience? “Dramaworld” is a 2016 Viki original series, produced in partnership. Set in Los Angeles and Seoul, the first-ever American-Korean mashup series is written by Josh Billig and Chris Martin and directed by Chris Martin.

About Viki

Viki is a global TV site with TV shows, movies and other premium content, translated into more than 200 languages by a community of avid fans. With nearly 40 million viewers each month and over one billion words translated, Viki uniquely brings global prime-time entertainment to new audiences and unlocks new markets and revenue opportunities for content owners. Viki was named a World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer 2014 and is an independent subsidiary of Japanese Internet services company Rakuten. Viki has offices in San Francisco, Singapore, Seoul, Shanghai and Tokyo.

 

About Jetavana Entertainment

Jetavana Entertainment is a pioneer domestic cultural investment company from China, engaged in film & TV drama investment, live shows, equity investment, artist management, and new media development and investment. Founded by the renowned Ivy Zhong, former president of Chinese studio Galloping Horse and producer of many successful film projects including “Eternal Moment,” “Reign of Assassins,” “The Karate Kid,” “Ender’s Game,” “The Crossing,” “Guns and Roses”  and the adventure comedy “Just Another Pandora’s Box.” Jetavana Entertainment recently announced a strategic long-term co-production collaboration deal with European comic & graphic novel publisher Humanoids Inc, to co-produce 8 films together, based on Humanoids’s successful library.

 

About EnterMedia Contents

EnterMedia Contents, a U.S. and Korea based production company founded by Sebastian Lee and David Kim. In 2014, they signed a first-look deal with ABC Network, and in 2015, they inked a first-look producing deal with Tomorrow ITV Studios headed by Marty Adelstein. Additionally, the production company has developed two Korean formats, “My Love From the Star” and “Good Doctor,” in the U.S. EnterMedia is also executive producing a Korean adaptation of USA Network’s “Suits.” EnterMedia is repped by WME.

 

About Third Culture Content

Third Culture Content, founded by Sean Dulake and Chris Martin, focuses on creating content for a more interconnected world that blends cultures together in both the digital and traditional media space. Sean Dulake has starred in numerous South Korean television dramas including “Jejungwon” and “Athena: Goddess of War,” and Chris Martin is a director and writer that has made critically acclaimed projects throughout Asia.

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April 15th, 2016 by Cherry

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Content creators head to the Hollywood Comedy Shorts Fireside Chat and Cocktail reception to learn about monetizing comedy shorts for digital platforms from the creators and business side.

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Topic: Monetizing premium short form comedy content in the ever-expanding digital ecosystem 

Speakers

Kevin BigleyCo-Founder BigCob ProductionsSirens (USA Network), Now We’re Talking (Verizon Go90)

Kesila Childers, Vice President, Digital Media-Bunim/Murray Productions

Galen D’attilio, Business Development, Daily Motion USA 

Zoe Friedman, SVP Development, Blue Ribbon Content (Warner Bros.) 

Brittany Turner, VP of Digital Video, Adaptive Studios

 

 

Moderator

Amber J Lawson, Top 50 Women in Digital Producing philanthropist, super connector, content programing and development executive, board advisor committed to doing good at scale, Good Amplified. 

Date/Time: Saturday, April 16, 2016 4pm-7pm

Location: Ignited Spaces, 7080 Hollywood Blvd, #1100, Los Angeles, CA 90028

Hollywood Comedy Shorts will highlight short comedy, web series, TV episodic, Comedy Screenplays, and Dark Comedy shorts with the goal of screening the best comedic content from around the world for a Hollywood industry audience! The festival will take place at the world famous TCL Chinese Theatres in Hollywood, two days of screenings, filmmaker Q and A’s, panel, parties, and the awards party!

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April 6th, 2016 by Cherry
2016 Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles // Tickets

The 2016 Indian Film Festival has a great selection of movies too man to see over just a few days so I have a couple on my must see list. If only I could be in two places at one time! One of the ones that jumped out at me was Beeba Boys. My eyes alighted on these handsome men in colorful suits and I was intrigued. I must admit I thought the film was going to be a Bollywood comedy full of cute guys and dancing but instead this movie is gangsta like REAL gangsters based on violent Sikh’s that lived in Vancouver they were part of a ruthless gang! This looks like the modern Scarface I didn’t know I wanted to see! Than Island City with the two men looking totally beat down spoke to me since life is hard and sometimes you just want to give up! This woman director has made a film with three stories that speak to the human condition and it looks like it should be interesting to watch each story. I’m very excited that they have Brahman Naman at the festival since I heard about the big splash the film made at Sundance and it looks hilarious! This sex crazed comedy brings to mind all of the movies I saw growing up (16 candles, American Pie) the always had me rolling in my seat. Aligarh rounds out my must see list as I see the hard path so many of my LGBT brothers and sisters face as they fight for equality in India and yes in America too! Equality for all no matter sexual orientation!

 

BEEBA BOYS Los Angeles Premiere April 8, 2016 7:00pm

Jeet Johar is a devoted single father, dutiful son and proud Sikh living in Vancouver. He is also the leader of a murderous, ruthless gang that controls the local drugs and weapons market. Warring with other Indo-Canadian and Asian gangs, the members of Jeet’s crew are sharply dressed, television friendly and unafraid to grab what they want in the face of a white, traditional culture that portrays them as weak and cowardly. However, the “Beeba Boys” (“Good Boys”) are tested when a new recruit is brought in to fight older established gangs and the police. Both begin to close in, threatening to tear the gang apart.

With driving bhangra beats, high fashion, profound treachery, shocking violence, guns and cocaine, internationally acclaimed director and IFFLA alum Deepa Mehta brings her bold, uncompromising vision to the world of organized crime. Loosely based on second and third generation Indo-Canadian gangs that came into notoriety in the 1990s, BEEBA BOYS follows the rich tradition of the gangster film but in a community and culture never before seen on screen.

Deepa Mehta is one of Canada’s most important film artists; her work is regularly celebrated on an international scale. Best known for her Elemental Trilogy (EARTH, FIRE, WATER), she received an Oscar nomination for WATER which premiered at IFFLA in 2006. Other well-known films include BOLLYWOOD/HOLLYWOOD, HEAVEN ON EARTH and the MIDNIGHT’S CHILDREN. Her work is daring, fearless, and provocative. This spirit is behind her latest film, BEEBA BOYS.

ISLAND CITY U.S. Premiere April 7, 2016 7:00pm

ISLAND CITY U.S. Premiere April 7, 2016 7:00pm

 

The sprawling city of Mumbai plays host to three stories in Ruchika Oberoi’s masterful feature debut. First there is an office worker who toils in his soulless corporation’s cubicle farm, and is specially selected by the company to have a day of “fun.” In the second tale, a wife and mother unexpectedly finds relief from her tyrannical husband’s control, and decides to treat her family to a new television set, where they find joy and solace in a popular soap. Finally, a woman resigned to a loveless future in an arranged marriage finds new hope when she receives love letters from an unknown source.

Oberoi brilliantly plays with genre as her film effortlessly shifts from absurdist comedy to escapist fantasy to realist drama (there’s even a tinge of science fiction). Though each character’s journey is markedly different, their goals are similar: to push back against the demands forced on them without any regard for their personal desires. The solutions each of them finds are not always happy, but they punctuate rich and complicated journeys that are sure to stay in the mind long after the credits roll. Oberoi’s unique vision won the Best Young Director Award of the Venice Days section at the 2015 Venice Film Festival.

Ruchika Oberoi is an alumnus of the Film and Television Institute of India. ISLAND CITY is her debut feature film. The film’s script participated in the NFDC Screenwriters’ Lab 2012, which was held in Venice alongside the Venice Film Festival, and at the Film Bazaar in Goa.

 

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BRAHMAN NAMAN Los Angeles Premiere April 8, 2016 9:15pm

This year’s Sundance Film Festival heard non-stop buzz about director Q’s latest brazen cinematic provocation: a 1980s-set coming-of-age sex comedy. There’s much more on this film’s mind than young lust and sexual hijinks…but it does have plenty of that to spare!

When Bangalore University’s misfit quiz team wins a trip to the National Championships in Calcutta, the moment seems perfect to translate their new prestige into sexual conquest. Though the four young men – led by the titular Naman – possess book smarts and a formidable verbal wit, their skills in relating to the opposite sex are disastrous. Making matters worse, Naman has a preoccupation with the expectations of his caste, which throws a wrench into his every budding relationship. As the pointed one-liners fly and the carnal embarrassments pile up, Q’s direction pulsates with an unpredictable energy. His characters’ innermost desires manifest in vibrant animated sequences and unexpected musical interludes. It all adds up to an indelible portrait of young male libido that looks like a classic of the genre. What AMERICAN PIE did for homemade desserts, this film does for ceiling fans. And fish tanks. And refrigerators. And…

 

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ALIGARH Los Angeles Premiere April 9, 2016 8:30pm

As any person paying attention to world news knows, the subject of gay rights in India has provoked heated debate in recent years. In 2009, the Delhi High Court struck down Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, which criminalized homosexual acts, only to see the law reinstated four years later by a Supreme Court decision. As protests over that unjust ruling rage on, Hansal Mehta’s timely new film arrives as a heartfelt but firm demand for the right to love.

Mehta and screenwriter Apurva Asrani find inspiration in the true story of Dr. Shrinivas Ramchandra Siras, a linguistics professor at Aligarh Muslim University who faced suspension and possible termination due to his sexual orientation. Though many supporters rally to Siras’ cause, including a dedicated journalist played with great panache by Rajkummar Rao, Mehta and lead actor Manoj Bajpayee paint a portrait of the doctor as a gentle man more concerned with the beauty life and love have to offer rather than tooth-and-nail fighting over rights that no courts should be able to deny. Siras’ story is a heartbreaking reminder of the human cost of injustice, and inspires one of the most vital films to come out of India in recent years.

Hansal Mehta

 

Indian filmmaker, writer, actor and producer Hansal Mehta began his career in television with the series KHANA KHAZANA and later moved onto films such as JAYATE (1999) and DIL PE MAT LE YAAR (2000). He is best known for SHAHID, which won the 2013 National Film Award for Best Direction. His latest titles include CITY LIGHTS, and this year’s ALIGARH.

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April 5th, 2016 by Cherry

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The Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival is celebrating 32 years with 140 films screening April 21 – 28 showing the diversity on screen that include documentaries and scripted films to scare and laugh! This year they have the world premier of Lena Khan’s ‘The Tiger Hunter’ as the opening night movie. the Centerpiece documentary is ‘Tyrus’ from Pamela Tom. In addition to six world premiers including LA filmmakers Ryan Yu’s ‘The Last Tour’, Janice Tanaka’s ‘Rebel with a Cause’ and Quentin Lee’s ‘THE UNBIDDEN’. Artist Spotlight presents Award Winning Director Dai Sil Kim-Gibson with the LA Premier of ‘People are the Sky’ and special presentations of ‘Silence Broken: Korean Comfort Women’ and ‘SA-I-GU: From Korean Women’s Perspectives’. Jonathan Lim’s ‘Pali Road’ is the closing night film. It’s exciting to see these films that will start some serious conversations about history, women and the silence that Asian artists face in US film & TV with so little representation.

I’m so ready to attend the LAAPFF this year with a great selection of films from horror to comedy to romance. So buy your tickets and get ready for films from a diverse point of view!

Leave a comment below on what you plan to see and maybe we can watch together!!!

Check out a few on my MUST SEE LIST!

 

Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival

Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival

LOVE, WORK & OTHER DEMONS

Stubborn Chinese waitress by day, kick-ass demon hunter by night, tomboy Joanna has never given much thought to being what her traditional father, Harry, calls a “girly girl”—until she meets Ryan. With a little help from her undead ancestors, hilarity ensues as Joanna battles lipstick, heels, and demons in this coming-of-identity story. – See more at:

 

 

VAMPARIAH

Mahal is a part of an elite squad of skilled hunters responsible for keeping the world safe from vampires and other creatures of the night. Her mission to rid the world of this undead threat becomes compromised when her fate intertwines with an aswang (a vampire of Philippine folklore), forcing her to choose sides in an age-old war. – See more at: http://laapff.festpro.com/films/detail/vampariah_2016#sthash.oz4mlbe2.dpuf

 

 

BRITNEY-HOLICS ANONYMOUS: A SPEAR-ITUAL AWAKENING

Freddie gets a Spear-itual awakening when he joins an anonymous support group for closeted Britney Spears fans.

– See more at: http://laapff.festpro.com/films/genre/comedy#sthash.GwTKIEnC.dpuf

 

JOHN HUGHES RUINED MY LIFE

Based off a feature script (winner of the Tribeca All Access Best Screenplay), Sam lives her life idolizing the romantic ideal of John Hughes’ movies (Sixteen Candles, Pretty In Pink, Some Kind…

– See more at: http://laapff.festpro.com/films/genre/comedy#sthash.GwTKIEnC.dpuf

 

ASO -ETERNAL GRASSLAND-

Pollution continues to get worse, and the human race remains in what has become the remaining last days of the world. One survivor, Tatsu, has managed to survive alongside his robot companion, Kei….

– See more at: http://laapff.festpro.com/films/genre/fantasy#sthash.coM6I2Nu.dpuf

 

SOCIOPATHS
Japan 2015 | 6 min.
SHORTS PROGRAM: Connect/Disconnect | Fantasy, Science Fiction

An Android helps a girl in need. With her Curiosity piqued, the girl follows the Android as it shows kindness to various people. In turn, the girl approaches the Android to convey “a certain thing.”  – See more at: http://laapff.festpro.com/films/detail/sociopaths_2016#sthash.kiPxsX3k.dpuf

 

COMFORT
United States 2015 | 105 min.
Narrative Nominees | Romance

Cameron (Chris Dinh) is a nighttime courier with a heart of gold and a secret. From dusk to dawn, he makes deliveries all over the Los Angeles area. As a skilled chef, he’s saving for his food truck but remains too busy taking care of other people to put his dreams first. When his next pickup turns out to be Jasmine (Julie Zhan), the attractive, headstrong daughter of a longtime client, the ensuing chemistry lights up the night sky. Will this chance encounter be just another delivery, or will it change his life forever?

– See more at: http://laapff.festpro.com/films/detail/comfort_2016#sthash.5Fpk5diW.dpuf

GAYSIANS

Five queer and trans Asian-Americans from the New York City area explore their relationships with their family and culture in this patchwork documentary. Features Joanne Hsu, Alok Vaid-Menon, Kevin Su, Suma Reddy and Mashuq Deen.

 

– See more at: http://laapff.festpro.com/films/detail/gaysians_2016#sthash.LVhuqnVr.dpuf

 

ROBO SAINTS
Best friends Joy and Chris are cosplayers who dress up as characters from their favorite anime show “Robo Saints.” When Chris’ girlfriend Kaylee — who cosplays as the character Yuna — dumps him, he falls into a deep depression. Joy feels bad for Chris, having developed feelings beyond mere friendship for him. When Kaylee drops off her Yuna costume with Joy, he decides to dress up as Yuna and confess his feelings to Chris.

See more at: http://laapff.festpro.com/films/detail/robo_saints_2016#sthash.8Qw6lLs3.dpuf

US
The narrative of today’s Dreamer movement has highlighted the experiences of students who desire to become part of American society, but what’s been missing are the experiences of the siblings, the parents, and the families of immigrants. This is my family’s immigrant narrative as undocumented people in the U.S., making our home in this once foreign place.

See more at: http://laapff.festpro.com/films/detail/us_2016#sthash.nVKK6DId.dpuf  

 

 

 

 

About: Visual Communications (VC), the nation’s premier Asian Pacific American media arts center, announced its program of outstanding films for the upcoming 32nd edition of the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival (LAAPFF) running April 21-28, 2016. This annual film celebration is presented across the city of Los Angeles from Little Tokyo to the Arts District in Downtown Los Angeles to Koreatown and to West Hollywood.

VC proudly celebrates 32 years as Southern California’s largest and most prestigious film festival of its kind.  The LAAPFF launches the pre-celebration of Asian Pacific Heritage Month through this year’s slate of over 140 films from both Asian Pacific American and Asian international artists.  For over three decades, the Festival has presented more than 3,800 films and shorts by Asian American and Asian international talent.  This year, a total of 140 films comprised of 34 feature films and 106 shorts will be showcased throughout the eight-day fest.

As the word “diversity” is being thrown around in Hollywood, the LAAPFF is providing the best opportunity to experience this first hand through talent both in front and behind the camera.  Stories by women, men, LGBT artists, Asian Americans, Asian international, and a multitude of ethnicities are all being highlighted and shared at the Festival.

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DANNY PUDI in THE TIGER HUNTER – Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival

THE TIGER HUNTER- WORLD PREMIERE  Directed by Lena Khan

This year’s opening night gala features the World Premiere of writer/director/producer Lena Khan’s comedy THE TIGER HUNTER starring Danny Pudi (NBC TVs Community), Karen David(ABC TVs Galavant), Jon Heder (NAPOLEON DYNAMITE) and Rizwan Manji (WOLF OF WALL STREET)   The film celebrates the array of  some of the most talented female Southasian Indian American artists in Hollywood with Khan as the auteur writer/director/producer, joined by her producer and Fest Alum Megha Kadakia and starring Karen David – one of the most sought after actresses in the industry.

“Opening night with the world premiere of THE TIGER HUNTER will jump start our amazing line up of our own talent,” states VC Executive Director Francis Cullado. “This year, we are proud to be showcasing some of our best artists.  It is our time to showcase diversity and to celebrate it as well.  And kicking off with Lena’s film is just the tip of the iceberg of the films everyone will experience at the festival. It’s going to be a great festival.”

THE TIGER HUNTER screens Opening Night April 21 at 7PM at the Aratani Theatre at the JACCC in Little Tokyo – Downtown Los Angeles. 

 

The Festival Centerpiece Presentation of the Los Angeles premiere of TYRUS welcomes former VC staffer Pamela Tom with her feature filmdirectorial debut. Fresh off its triumphant World Premiere at the 2015 Telluride Film FestivalTYRUS celebrates the life and art of Tyrus Wong, a legendary Chinese American painter, production illustrator, lithographer, and kite builder best known for his concept art for Walt Disney’s feature animated film BAMBI. Beginning with the achievement of BAMBI to his game-changing later career as a production concept artist for Warner Bros. Studios, Wong’s strikingly beautiful concept paintings and sketches continue to influence the work of generations of animators and production designers. TYRUS celebrates not only the beauty of his art but reveals to a larger audience a lesser known part of the Chinese American experience — that of its artists and creators.

TYRUS will screen Saturday, April 23 at 8PM at the Aratani Theatre at the JACCC in Little Tokyo – Downtown Los Angeles.

One of the Festival Special Presentations this year is the West Coast premiere of the rousing BAD RAP from director Salima Koroma.  BAD RAP is an independent documentary about four Asian-American rappers who dream of succeeding in the mainstream; selling out huge venues; hearing themselves on the radio; and becoming household names. Through a colorful soundtrack, gritty visuals, and utter honesty, the characters share their experiences of fear, perceived failure, and hopes of triumph. And at its heart, the film is about young Asian Americans facing, head-on, a culture that expects them to fulfill the model minority stereotype.

BAD RAP highlights the lives of artists Dumbfoundead, Awkafina, Rekstizzy and Lyricks.  It also includes accomplished Asian-American rap artists (Far East Movement), pop stars (Jay Park), YouTube celebrities (Traphik), and industry insiders, all in an effort to answer the following questions: Do people know or care about Asian-American rappers? What makes this group of rappers different? Why hasn’t there been an Asian-American rap star yet?

BAD RAP screens Wednesday, April 27 at 9:30 PM at the CGV Cinemas in Koreatown.

This year’s Fest boasts of six world premiere feature films from Asian American directors (including THE TIGER HUNTER):

  • THE LAST TOUR from Los Angeles based actor turned director Ryan Yu;
  • THE UNBIDDEN – festival alum Quentin Lee’s latest horror offering;
  • VAMPARIAH – from returning fest alum Matthew Abaya;
  • SIGNS OF REMARKABLE HISTORY – from another returning fest alum Maryam Kashani;
  • REBEL WITH A CAUSE: THE LIFE OF AIKO HERZIG YOUSHINAGA – from returning fest and VC alum Janice Tanaka.

All of the directors will be at their screenings for Q/A discussion.  Check the festival listings for exact showtimes and locations.

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Closing out this year’s celebration is the Los Angeles premiere of the acclaimed PALI ROAD from Los Angeles director Jonathan Lim. Director Lim brings together a stellar international cast including Chinese rising star Michelle Chen (BADGES OF FURY, YOU ARE THE APPLE OF MY EYE), Sung Kang (FAST AND FURIOUS 3,4,5,6 and 7), Jackson Rathbone (TWILIGHT film series), Elizabeth Sung (JOY LUCK CLUB, THE UNBIDDEN, YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS), and Tzi Ma  (RUSH HOUR, VEEP, HELL ON WHEELS) for this stylish romance mystery.

Lily (Chen), a Chinese doctor, is doing her residency in a Hawaiian hospital under Dr. Kayne (Kang). She has fallen in love with schoolteacher Neil (Rathbone) — at least, this is what she remembers. After a terrible car accident, Lily wakes up to discover, in horror, a married life with Dr. Kayne, including a 5-year-old son she has never seen. With everyone around her denying Neil’s existence, Lily begins to question her sanity, as recurring memories of Neil force her to embark on a journey to retrace her past and discover the truth.

“Our lineup this year of the number of Asian American filmmakers and Asian American stories is more than impressive,” states Festival Co-Director David Magdael.  “Our Opening Night, Centerpiece, World Premiere, Special Presentation and Closing Night films all represent stories and directors based here in the U.S. It is exciting as our pool of talent continues to grow each year.  No longer can it be said that Asian PacificAmerican talent is non-existent.  We are active in writing, directing, producing, acting, film distribution and exhibition, below the line positions and executive roles in the film industry.  This year, Asian Pacific American directors are more than half of our feature film lineup. These filmmakers are not waiting for a studio or someone else to approve them to make their film.  And it is this independent spirit that is prevalent in a major way this year at the Fest with our own filmmakers are raising the bar in terms of creating and producing feature films that add to the American cinematic experience and to our ever growing Asian American Cinema. It’s an exciting time to be Asian Pacific American in Hollywood.”

This year’s Artist Spotlight focuses on the award winning prolific documentary filmmaker Dai Sil Kim-Gibson.  Unwavering in her staunch clarity of artistic vision, North Korean born Kim-Gibson embraces the realities and possibilities of a multi-ethnic America.  Unflinching in her perspective, honed by years working and living here in the U.S. as an educator, grants officer, filmmaker and arts advocate, her filmography offers an expansive world-view of both historical and contemporary issues affecting Asian diasporic communities.

The Fest will present the Los Angeles Premiere of Kim-Gibson’s latest feature documentary, PEOPLE ARE THE SKY with two of her earlier works.  This long overdue tribute will provide a well-deserved spotlight on the career of this one-of-a-kind talent, who, at age 78, is still sharply perceptive and feisty as ever.  This special Spotlight on Dai Sil Kim-Gibson takes place throughout the festival screening the following films:  SA-I-GU: FROM KOREAN WOMEN’S PERSPECTIVES on Sunday April 24 at 5:30 PM at the Tateuchi Democracy Forum at the Japanese American National Museum in Little Tokyo – Downtown Los Angeles; SILENCE BROKEN: KOREAN COMFORT WOMENscreens Wednesday April 27 at 4:30 PM also at the Tateuchi Democracy Forum; followed by the L.A. premiere of PEOPLE ARE THE SKY at 7:00 PM at the Tateuchi Democracy Forum.

“Dai Sil Kim-Gibson is one of our most prolific filmmakers of our time and our community,” says longtime Visual Communications staff member and Fest Co-Director Abraham Ferrer. “We are proud to have Dai Sil bring her latest and most personal film PEOPLE ARE THE SKY to the Festas the Los Angeles premiere. Having her here and presenting her earlier works and this film will be most exciting for our audiences.  Her filmmaking, insight and perspective have been a great influence on many younger filmmakers and for us to celebrate her this year is perfectly timed.”

The LAAPFF is once again proud to present at the Festival two programs with a long and historic significance to Visual Communications: The Armed With a Camera Fellowship and Digital Histories. The Armed With a Camera Fellowship nurtures the next generation of AsianPacific American media artists to capture their world, surrounding, and outlook on life. Past fellows have gone on to premiere award-winning feature films as well as building a career in television. These short films will be a part of the crowd-pleasing program VC DIGITAL POSSE, ver. 2016 on Sunday, April 24 at 8:00PM at the Aratani Theatre at the JACCC in Little Tokyo – Downtown Los Angeles.

Since 2003, Digital Histories has provided a professional and artistic work environment for underserved, ethnic-minority seniors in the LA-based Asian Pacific American community. Digital Histories will screen on Sunday, April 26 at 2:00PM at the Aratani Theatre at the JACCC in Little Tokyo – Downtown Los Angeles.

The LAAPFF is proud to feature the sixth edition of C3 – the Conference For Creative Content where creative and Hollywood industry leaders join together to create a dialogue with the community discussing important issues and trends taking place in the entertainment arena.  The only event of its kind, C3 brings together foremost media professionals in film, television, cable, digital, and transmedia to create a dialogue on the ever-changing media industry, share best practices, network, celebrate and build a collective vision for our community. C3 will dive in dive in and hear from the forerunners of this change, especially from Asian Americans leading the way.  Program panels will include:

  • Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA): The Great Equalizer: How New Media Gets You Noticed
  • F This Weekly Podcast: Women For the Win – Transcending the Inclusion Crisis and Gender Gap in Hollywood
  • Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW):Writing for Diverse Voices in Film and Television
  • Motion Pictures Editors Guild (MPEG):Editing: The Last Rewrite
  • Directors Guild of America (DGA): Utilizing Emerging Technology To Enhance Your Storytelling
  • You Offend Me You Offend My Family (YOMYOMF): The New Indie Cinema: Opportunities for Diverse Filmmakers in the Digital World

“In the past few months, you’d be hard-pressed not to notice the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite voiced in response to the Academy’s overwhelming lack of diversity in their nominations,” states Milton Liu, VC’s Director of Programs and Artist Services. “Compounding the issue, the ceremony continued to make tone-deaf ‘jokes’ about Asian Americans, which resulted in many Asian American Academy members (including VC Board Members) to write a letter signifying that this must stop — our community will not be marginalized. We’re proud to be partnering with industry guilds such as the WGAW, DGA, SAG-AFTRA, MPEG, SAG-PIACF, and community innovators F This Weekly and YOMYOMF, to bring together leading industry artists and executives to discuss not only the changing technological and cultural landscape of Hollywood, but also in dissecting ways in which diversity continues to be a constant battle.”

C3 takes place over the weekend of April 23 and 24 at the Japanese American National Museum in Little Tokyo – Downtown Los Angeles.

Every year, the LAAPFF International Showcase of new works from Asia highlights films and filmmakers from throughout the continent.  This year is no different as the Festival boasts acclaimed features from India, Vietnam, the Peoples Republic of China (PRC), South Korea, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Pakistan, the Philippines, Cambodia, Taiwan, Malaysia, Japan and Hong Kong.

“Our International Showcase is one of the strongest ever representing an array of countries,” states Festival Co-Director Anderson Le. “We have films from all over Asia including award winning documentaries, romantic comedies, thrillers, action flicks and outstanding dramatic stories.  There is something for everyone.  We are also excited to bring over talent from across the Pacific including: directors Takayuki Nakamura (ZEN AND BONES) from Japan and Cellin Gluck (PERSONA NON GRATA) who works in both Japan and the United States; director Steve Chen (DREAM LAND) from Cambodia; and lead actor Shiv Pandit (LOEV) from India.  ”

INTERNATIONAL SHOWCASE

  • A COPY OF MY MIND  (Indonesia/South Korea, 2015)   Dir.: Joko Anwar
  • BITCOIN HEIST  (Vietnam, 2016)  Dir.: Ham Tran
  • DISTANCE  (PRC/Singapore/Thailand, 2015) Dirs.:  Shijie Tan, Sivaroj Kongsakul, Yukun Xin
  • THE DOG  (PRC, 2015)  Dir.: Lam Can-zhao
  • DREAM LAND  (Cambodia/United States, 2015)  Dir.: Steve Chen
  • THE KIDS  (Taiwan, 2015)  Dir.: Sunny Yu
  • LOEV   (India, 2015)  Dir.: Sudhanshu Saria
  • MANANG BIRING  (Philippines, 2015)  Dir.: Carl Joseph Papa
  • MOTHER  (Pakistan, 2015)  Dir.: Jami Mahmood
  • PERSONA NON GRATA   (Japan, 2015)   Dir.: Cellin Gluck
  • REACH FOR THE SKY  (South Korea/Belgium, 2015)  Dirs.: Choi Wooyoung, Steven Dhoedt
  • ZEN AND BONES (Japan, 2015)  Dir.: Takayuki Nakamura

In addition, the LAAPFF is proud to present the following Special Presentations:

  • UPON THE FRAGILE SHORE Multi-media performance by writer/actor director Giovanni Ortega (CRIERS FOR HIRE)

UPON THE FRAGILE SHORE is a short film based on the play by the Obie award-winning playwright Carded Svich. A cast of four that explores human rights and environmental issues around the world especially in relationship to human-made tragedies and their aftermath. This film centers on stories from the Venezuela, Colorado, and Louisiana with four interlocking stories. All of us living on the fragile shore.   It asks for all of us to consider how we live in vulnerable spaces, be it due to coastal erosion and vanishing ways of life, in resistance to oppression. during and after wars, and in the suspended fragile states of collective grief.  The performance piece is a way to build sustaining connected spaces for us to consider our vulnerabilities in an already fragile world, and how we can find strength in these spaces.

Friday, April 22, 5 PM Tateuchi Democracy Forum at JANM – Little Tokyo – Downtown LA

  • FfF INTERACTIVE LITTLE TOKYO! FORM follows FUNCTION

Composed of two short films and interactive installations around 312 AZUSA STREET and WALKING WITH GRACE.    WALKING WITH GRACE is a 360 virtual reality narrative documentary about Little Tokyo, Los Angeles through the perspective of Grace Chikui, blind woman and long-time resident. (*viewable on VR headsets via kiosk at various locations throughout the festival).  312 AZUSA STREET is a historic site-specific installation about the church on Azusa street that founded Pentecostalism in the nation in 1906 and Stevens African Methodist Episcopal Church (later known as First African Methodist Episcopal Church) in 1888, spearheaded by original landowner, Bridget “Biddy” Mason.   Premieres Friday, April 22, and Saturday, April 23, 7-10 PM, JACCC Noguchi Plaza – Little Tokyo – Downtown LA

  • FRESH OFF THE SHOW!

To celebrate the recent announcement that ABC’s FRESH OFF THE BOAT has been renewed for Season 3, come join Angry Asian Man (Phil Yu) and actor/writer/comedian Jenny Yang in screening this transcendent comedy! We’ll be showing that night’s episode and the following week’s episode! As an added bonus, cast and crew will be joining in for a Q&A after the screening.   Tuesday, April 26, 7 PM, Tateuchi Democracy Forum at JANM – Little Tokyo – Downtown LA

The 32nd LAAPFF competition film line-up is as follows:

COMPETITION NARRATIVES 

  • COMFORT (Los Angeles Premiere) Director WILLIAM LU
  • GRASS  (Los Angeles Premiere) Director TANUJ CHOPRA
  • THE LAST TOUR (World Premeire) Director RYAN YU
  • PALI ROAD (Los Angeles Premiere) Director JONATHAN LIM
  • THE TIGER HUNTER (World Premiere) Director LENA KHAN
  • THE UNBIDDEN (World Premiere) Director QUENTIN LEE
  • VAMPARIAH (World Premiere) Director MATTHEW ABAYA

COMPETITION DOCUMENTARIES 

  • BREATHIN’: THE EDDY ZHENG STORY (Los Angeles Premiere) Director BEN WANG
  • DAZE OF JUSTICE (Los Angeles Premiere) Director MICHAEL SIV
  • THE GREAT SASUKE (Los Angeles Premiere) Director MIKIKO SASAKI
  • HOOLIGAN SPARROW (Los Angeles Premiere) Director NANFU WANG
  • OUT RUN (Los Angeles Premiere) Directors S. LEO CHIANG; JOHNNY SYMONS
  • SIGNS OF REMARKABLE HISTORY (World Premiere) Director MARYAM KASHANI
  • TYRUS (Los Angeles Premiere) Director PAMELA TOM

For program information, a complete listing of sponsors and partners, and to purchase tickets, log on to www.vconline.org/festival or contact Visual Communications at (213) 680-4462 x59.  Tickets are on sale now.

The Festival is honored to return home to Little Tokyo this year and is proud to be partnering with our following screening venues across Los Angeles:

  • Aratani Theatre @ Japanese American Cultural & Community Center – Little Tokyo244 South San Pedro Street, Los Angeles, CA  90012
  • Tateuchi Democracy Forum @ Japanese American National Museum – Little Tokyo111 N. Central Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012
  • Downtown Independent – Downtown LA (DTLA)251 S. Main Street, (between 3rd and 2nd Streets), Los Angeles, CA  90012
  • CGV Cinemas – Koreatown – Mid-Wilshire621 Western Avenue (between 6th Street and Wilshire Blvd.), Los Angeles, CA 90005
  • The Great Company – Downtown LA (DTLA)1917 Bay Street (between Wilson and Mateo Streets), Los Angeles, CA  90021
  • Directors Guild of America – West Hollywood

7920 Sunset Blvd. (at Hayworth), West Hollywood, CA  90046

The 2016 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival is sponsored by:
PRESENTING: Lexus
PLATINUM: Comcast NBC Universal; Sony Pictures Entertainment
GOLD: Directors Guild of America; HBO; Nielsen; Wells Fargo
SILVER: FilmLA, Pechanga
BRONZE: Go Little Tokyo, SAG Indie
STAR: Motion Picture Editors Guild; SAG-AFTRA; Writers Guild of America, West; Simple DCP;
VENUE SPONSORS: Aratani Theatre/Japanese American Cultural & Community Center; Directors Guild of America; Japanese American National Museum; Downtown Independent; CGV Cinemas; The Great Company; USC Pacific Asian Museum; Far Bar; Far East Lounge
MEDIA SPONSORS: AngryAsianMan.com; LA18 KSCI-TV; MYX TV; TRAKTIVIST.com; International Documentary Association, FORM follows FUNCTION
GOVERNMENT: National Endowment for the Arts; Los Angeles County Arts Commission; Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles; California Humanities
FOUNDATION: Aratani Foundation; James Irvine Foundation; SAG-P IACF; Asian Pacific Community Fund; M.A. & Josephine R. Grisham Foundation
RECEPTION: The Park’s Finest; Asahi; Kirin; Stella Artois; LA18 KSCI-TV; Pop’d Up; Twinkle Brown Sugar; AFC Soy Foods; Found Coffee, Crème Caramel LA, The Boba Truck; Bruce Tea
IN KIND: The Park’s Finest; HBO; Bruce Tea; Peter Ly; Shiftboard.com; FestPro; Telepath Corporation; IKON Office Supplies; Meiji; LA18 KSCI-TV; Ace Beverages; Mendocino Farms; Piehole

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THE LAST TOUR – WORLD PREMIERE  Directed by: Ryan Yu

(L to R) Jeff Liu, Ryan Yu, Diana Lee Inosanto and Ron Balicki in THE LAST TOUR – Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival

 

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THE UNBIDDEN- WORLD PREMIERE  DIRECTED BY QUENTIN LEE

(L TO R) Amy Hill, Tamlyn Tomita and Elizabeth Sung in THE UNBIDDEN – Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival

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 BITCOIN HEIST – DIRECTED BY HAM TRAN

Vietnam’s #1 Hip-Hop Queen SUBOI in BITCOIN HEIST – Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival

 

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 BAD RAP – DIRECTED BY SALIMA KOROMA

ASIAN AMERICAN RAPPER DUMBFOUNDEAD in the documentary BAD RAP – Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival

 

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OUT RUN – DIRECTED BY S. LEO CHIANG and JOHNNY SYMONS

Philippine Transgender Congress Candidate BEMZ BENEDITO organizes the only LGBTQ political party in the World in the new documentary OUT RUN 

Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival

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 PALI ROAD – DIRECTED BY JONATHAN LIM – CLOSING NIGHT SCREENING

Sung Kang in PALI ROAD – Photo Courtesy of Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival

 

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HOOLIGAN SPARROW – DIRECTED BY NANFU WANG

Activist YE HAIYAN’s Story is the Subject of Sundance Hit HOOLIGAN SPARROW – Photo Courtesy of Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival

 

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VAMPARIAH – DIRECTED BY MATTHEW ABAYA – WORLD PREMIERE – Photo Courtesy of Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival

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