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September 17th, 2017 by Cherry

SHARKNADO” STUDIO TAKES CINEMARK THEATRES BY STORM, LAUNCHING THURSDAY NIGHTS AT THE ASYLUM 

Image result for asylum studioThe Asylum co-founder David Michael Latt adds, “I’ll be front and center every week as the biggest fan of all, theres nothing else that can duplicate the theatrical experience. For Cinemark movie goers, were bringing back the thrill of drive-ins and Grindhouse cinema with this chance to see unapologetic and completely original films. 

 

Image result for Bryan Jeffries, Vice President of Marketing and Promotions for Cinemark“Cinemark is excited to form this partnership and create this unique showcase of Asylum films!”, said Bryan Jeffries, Vice President of Marketing and Promotions for Cinemark, “There has always been a tremendous audience for these movies and we know our customers will go crazy for the chance to see them on the big screen!”

I’m a huge fan of geek movies so was very excited to hear that Asylum studio is weekly late night Image result for cinemarktheatrical movie series with Cinemark Theatres starting September 28th in theaters across the country. The weekly series will be a curated selection of underground and homegrown horror, thriller, sci-fi and cult cinema (tickets: Cinemark.com/asylum). This series will offer attendees a chance to meet filmmakers, the studio and win signed merchandise and other promotions that might have a lucky fan win a walk on role in an Asylum film.

Image result for sharknado 5Since this is the studio that has brought you Sharknado they will have a special Sharknado 5: Global Swarming screening on November 16 with the cast and crew appearing. The series will be affordable fun in college markets that will appeal to film fans of all ages. Cinemark is offering $5 general admission tickets or $10 premium ticket (including digital download of the movie). The experience for some attendees wont end at the theater! After each screening, movie goers who purchase a the Premium Ticket will own the movie forever by digitally downloading the film available on its home video release. For more information and to buy tickets go to Cinemark.com/asylum.

 

About Cinemark: 
Headquartered in Plano, TX, Cinemark Holdings, Inc. is a leader in the motion picture exhibition industry with 529 theatres and 5,926 screens in the U.S. and Latin America as of June 30, 2017.
 
 About The Asylum:
The Asylum is one of the world’s leading brand-oriented motion picture and television studios. With a focus on high-concept, market-driven entertainment, like the SHARKNADO franchise and the popular Z NATION television series, The Asylum finances, produces and releases 25 films per year through its direct pipeline to the nation’s top retailers and its network of international partners. Since its founding in 1997, The Asylum has released more than 500 films and has built a library of over 200 original productions, including top-rated movie premieres for Syfy, Lifetime, and Animal Planet networks. In addition, The Asylum has begun production on Season 4 of Syfy’s highest-rated scripted show, Z NATION, a critically-acclaimed action-horror series.

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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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March 4th, 2016 by Cherry

I am very excited about the upcoming the 14th Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA) on April 6-10, 2016 at the Arclight Hollywood. I was not able to attend last year but was mesmerized by the closing night celebration. I walked past a stage with a band playing and people laughing and talking and I thought ‘Hey, what’s that and I want to go!’ I don’t plan to miss this year with 26 films showing the diversity of Indian cinema. I know most people have seen at least one Bollywood movie and think that’s all India’s films have to offer but it’s not all song and dance (I must admit I LOVE singing and dancing)! This year IFFLA has a selection of films that showcases groundbreaking Indian cinema.

ANGRY INDIAN GODDESSES When a successful but frustrated photographer, a wannabe Bollywood actress, a high-flying workaholic executive and mother, a struggling musician, a prudish princess and a housekeeper with a dark secret all gather together in a quaint Portuguese villa in Goa on the eve of the host’s wedding, no subject is off limits for this spirited group of women. Love, sex, careers, marriage, friendship, sexism and the benefits of a super hot next-door neighbor are all up for debate. But it is ultimately tragedy and the power of unity in the face of institutional misogyny that binds these women together forever in this joyful yet powerful dramedy from 2014 IFFLA Audience Award winning director Pan Nalin (FAITH CONNECTIONS).

They’ve curated 26 films that show the direction of Indian cinema that shows the laughter, tears and drama from the country. IFFLA will be welcoming films that have been in film festivals around the world including Cannes, Berlin, and Sundance.

Highlights include the festival opener, ANGRY INDIAN GODDESSES, which screened in the Special Presentations section of the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival, and takes a refreshingly uncensored look at the issues facing women in contemporary Indian society while celebrating the uniqueness, talents, and flaws of each of its female characters. Festival closer, Anu Menon’s WAITING, is a poignant and stirring story that is as witty as it is heartrending. Veteran actor Naseeruddin Shah and the incomparable Kalki Koechlin reunite for the first time since they starred together in THAT GIRL IN YELLOW BOOTS, giving beautiful performances as two strangers who develop a deep connection in the hospital while their spouses lie in comas.

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WAITING Young, outspoken, and impassioned Tara Deshpande receives tragic news: Her husband of only six weeks has slipped into a coma after a car accident. Despondent and desperate for answers in a situation where she has little control, Tara finds an unlikely friend in Shiv, a gentle and hopeful man who has become a regular in the hospital where his wife has been in a coma for over 8 months. They can relate to each other deeply, both isolated from other support and waiting for an optimistic outcome. However, as each reaches an important crossroads in caring for their spouses, Tara and Shiv realize that their fear of change is holding them back from making necessary decisions.

 

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December 17th, 2015 by Cherry

Any fan of Star Trek, the Pantages or beautiful music would love to find the gift of Star Trek the Ultimate Voyage Concert Tour 2016 at the Pantages April 1 & 2, 2016.

“I could not deprive you of the revelation of all that you could accomplish together, of a friendship that will define you both in ways you cannot yet realize.” – Star Trek, 2009

STAR TREK: The Ultimate Voyage
April 1 – April 2, 2016

Experience 50 years of groundbreaking and wildly popular music from the Star Trek franchise with an impressive live symphony orchestra while the most iconic Star Trek film and TV footage is simultaneously beamed in high definition to a 40-foot wide screen.

2 Hours (Including Intermission)

 

STAR TREK: The Ultimate Voyage

April 1 – April 2, 2016
2 Hours (Including Intermission)
Recommended for All Ages (Children under 5 will not be admitted to the theatre. All patrons must have a ticket.)

Experience 50 years of groundbreaking and wildly popular music from the Star Trek franchise with an impressive live symphony orchestra while the most iconic Star Trek film and TV footage is simultaneously beamed in high definition to a 40-foot wide screen.  This live event is perfect for music lovers, filmgoers, fans and those looking for a unique concert experience.

STAR TREK: The Ultimate Voyage brings 50 years of Star Trekto concert halls for the first time ever.

This lavish production includes an impressive live symphony orchestra and international special solo instruments. Experience the franchise’s groundbreaking and wildly popular musical achievements while the most iconic Star Trek film and TV footage is simultaneously beamed in high definition to a 40-foot wide screen.

The concert will feature some of the greatest music written for the franchise including favorites from Star Trek: The Original SeriesStar Trek: The Motion PictureStar Trek II: The Wrath of KhanStar Trek IV: The Voyage HomeStar Trek: InsurrectionStar Trek: The Next GenerationStar Trek: Deep Space NineStar Trek: Voyager and much more. This live event is perfect for music lovers, filmgoers, fans and those looking for a unique concert experience.


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May 9th, 2015 by Cherry

So many TV and movie moms I imagined as a child that would soothe my aching head that it’s so hard to pick simply one. I always had a weakness for Ripley in Aliens for a mom figure who would fight a giant monster to protect me.  Not that I want crazy aliens trying to eat me but you know if they are I’d so be crying for my mommies! <guffaw>

Who’s your dream mommy? Let me know below.

 

Throughout the history of cinema, mothers have had an everlasting impact on the screen characters we love.  And, as we get ready for Mother’s Day (Sunday, May 10), Indiewire cordially invites you to celebrate some of the movie’s most memorable moms, courtesy of the Indiewire contributor blog Press Play(which Roger Ebert called “the best video essay source on the web”) and independent digital filmmaker, writer and content creator, Nelson Carvajal.

  

 

A list of the moms appearing in this video essay, in order:

 

Flowers in the Attic
Mother (Victoria Tennant)

Sounder
Rebecca Morgan (Cicely Tyson)

Bambi
Bambi’s Mother (Paula Winslowe)

The Incredibles
Helen Parr (Holly Hunter)

Mrs. Miniver

Mrs. Miniver (Greer Garson)

Precious
Mary (Mo’Nique)

Gloria
Gloria Swenson (Gena Rowlands)

The Grifters
Lilly Dillon (Anjelica Huston)

Mask
Florence ‘Rusty’ Dennis (Cher)

Cinderella
Fairy Godmother (Verna Felton)

Not Without My Daughter
Betty Mahmoody (Sally Field)

Freaky Friday
Mrs. Andrews (Barbara Harris)

Mother
Beatrice Henderson (Debbie Reynolds)

Bloody Mama
‘Ma’ Kate Barker (Shelley Winters)

The Manchurian Candidate
Mrs. Eleanor Shaw Iselin (Angela Lansbury)

Mildred Pierce
Mildred Pierce (Joan Crawford)

Rosemary’s Baby
Rosemary Woodhouse (Mia Farrow)

New York Stories
Mother (Mae Questel)

Freaky Friday
Tess Coleman (Jamie Lee Curtis)

Ordinary People
Beth (Mary Tyler Moore)

Throw Momma From The Train
Momma (Anne Ramsey)

Mommie Dearest
Joan Crawford (Faye Dunaway)

Serial Mom
Beverly R. Sutphin (Kathleen Turner)

A.I. Artificial Intelligence
Monica Swinton (Frances O’Connor)

American Gangster
Mama Lucas (Ruby Dee)

Carrie
Margaret White (Piper Laurie)

The Brood
Nola Carveth (Samantha Egger)

Mother
Mother (Hye-ja Kim)

The Fighter
Alice Ward (Melissa Leo)

Terminator 2: Judgment Day
Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton)

Psycho
Norma Bates (Virginia Gregg)

Mrs. Doubtfire
Mrs. Doubtfire (Robin Williams)

American Pie
Stifler’s Mom (Jennifer Coolidge)

The Kids Are All Right
Nic (Annette Bening)

Jules (Julianne Moore)

Mamma Roma
Mamma Roma (Anna Magnani)

Goodfellas
Tommy’s Mother (Catherine Scorsese)

Dumbo
Mrs. Jumbo (Verna Felton)

Sophie’s Choice
Sophie (Meryl Streep)

Philadelphia
Sarah Beckett (Joanne Woodward)

Terms of Endearment
Emma Horton (Debra Winger)

Aurora Greenway (Shirley MacLaine)

Boyz N The Hood
Mrs. Baker (Tyra Ferrell)

Monster’s Ball
Leticia Musgrove (Halle Berry)

The Passion of the Christ
Mary (Maia Morgenstern)

The Curious Base of Benjamin Button
Queenie (Taraji P. Henson)

Stepmom
Jackie Harrison (Susan Sarandon)

Forrest Gump
Mrs. Gump (Sally Field)

What’s Eating Gilbert Grape
Bonnie Grape (Darlene Cates)

The Fox and the Hound
Tod’s Mother (N/A)

Beaches
Hillary Whitney Essex (Barbara Hershey)

A Farewell to Arms
Catherine Barkley (Helen Hayes)

  

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March 1st, 2015 by Cherry

Did you see what Rodriguez said to TMZ (video details) about rather she’d been cast as the new Green Lantern:

I think it’s so stupid for everybody — because of this whole, you know, ‘minorities in Hollywood’ thing…But it’s so stupid, it’s like, stop stealing all the white people’s superheroes. Make up your own, you know what I’m saying? Like, what’s up with that?

Michelle Rodriguez Facebook Page

This is going to be short and sweet. As a nerd girl who grew up reading comic books back in the day I would like to tell Michelle she’s wrong that People of Color (POC), Women and LGBT (I added that) need to create their own mythology and heroes. We are creating our own characters but we have the same love for Superman, Wonderwoman, Batman, Aquaman and the Green Lantern (well I like him have never been super into that character) as the people who created them. Even more importantly Stan Lee himself (the GOD of comic books) says he’s HAPPY to have his characters evolve to keep up with society well what they heck now I’ve taken a little creative license paraphrase on it but click on link for direct quote (MTV Splashpage). These are fictional characters and as such as the current artists change them to reflect new storylines to keep them fresh well yes they might change color or sexuality or gender and that’s OK since Hollywood has a bad habit of whitewashing characters all the time. I can’t say how frustrated I am when they decide to cast a blonde woman in Akira or that it’s always OK to blind cast as long as it’s to white people. I like to see people who look like me reflected not just as background standins but as supporting cast members and STARS! She might be one of the chosen favorite few who get roles that normally would go to a white woman or man but she needs to acknowledge her privilege of being a light complexioned beautiful hispanic woman. The same as Zoe is getting color blind casting and is treated like an ‘exotic’ beauty as opposed as being considered Black or Latino. It seems as if some of these actors who are the chosen few to be able to transcend their race instead of helping others are just enjoying their privilege and leaving the rest behind. So instead of standing with the power class why don’t you stand with you fans? Why don’t you stand with other actors who want to be judged on talent instead of dismissed because they are Black, Mexican, Korean, Jewish and don’t look ‘white’ enough to be one of the chosen few? I say SHAME on you Michelle and Jennifer Lopez and Zoe Saldana and Anthony Mackie (to name a few) for not supporting other actors! I’m frustrated that when they have a new movie out all of a sudden they are down with brown and will give interviews to Latina Magazine, Ebony and sites to reach out to fellow POCs to get our dollar bills but they aren’t with us to voice that their should be more inclusion. Instead I hear them say that color doesn’t matter and it doesn’t for THEM! Since they are the lucky exception to the rules and as long as they get their money they are OK with it. But yet they still want OUR support to buy tickets for their movies but don’t want to be considered as one of ‘us’. So they can try to hoard all the good but eventually their fans will find actors who do WHO will be honest about not only their privilege but that image matters. Seeing a hero that looks like ‘me’ is life affirming and Hollywood better wise up to the changing demographics of not only the US but the world. White might right to them but GREEN is what funds the business! Oh and by the way Michelle if you don’t want to role am sure that a lot of kickass women of color can take the role and OWN it so step aside!

 

 

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June 16th, 2014 by Cherry

I’m so excited that Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is coming out July 11th in 3D especially after the chance to speak with the charming director Matt Reeves and getting schooled by Andy Serkis on movie magic!  It was an exciting interview that you can see on my channel cherrylosangeles @youtube 

Interview with Andy Serkis and Matt Reeves (Director) about Dawn of Planet of the Apes at Wondercon

I got to talk monkeys, chimpanzees and schooled on Green Screen when I spoke with Andy Serkis and Matt Reeves (Director) about the upcoming Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. The film is going to an emotional one with the many parallels of human society, morality and freedom.

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DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES

A growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth’s dominant species.

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May 6th, 2013 by Cherry

Relationships are not just about compromise but also common interests with the person your dating. Now in that case I’m learning to tolerate .. well even like to walk and am working towards hiking since he’s an outdoorsy person. For me I’m a bit huge geek that loves seeing movies on opening weekend and for the big ones I buy tickets in advance. So last week since Yakob and I hadn’t really been going to the movies and blockbuster season is upon us I told him ‘I love movies and it’s important that I see certain big ones when they come out starting with Iron man’. In my mind I thought he would buy tickets in advance and we’d see the movie on Saturday and in his mind we’d go to the theatre Saturday night and grab tickets. Not surprisingly we didn’t see Iron Man 3 till Sunday afternoon. Now the lesson I learned in ‘Adventures in Socially Inept Dating” was that you have to communicate and clearly state what you want.

You also have to remember that the person your dating isn’t a fantasy creature from a romantic comedy that I will like everything you like, fulfill all of your fantasies and be a carbon copy of you. I keep having to remind myself my boyfriend is a sentient being who has his own likes and not a man come to life from my favorite romantic comedy ‘Bridgett Jones Diary’.

So I must admit it was unfair for me to get annoyed that he doesn’t really care about movies so is unlikely to buy tickets in advance or enjoy seeing them like I do. It maybe that I’ll need to find a movie buddy who’ll want to talk about the film, talk about the genre and compare it to the original/sequels. Since I want to enjoy Star Trek (been counting the days since the last film came out!), Superman and other geek centric action films that have always filled my summers. I’ve always had on the top of my dating list that my dream man is a science fiction geek and movie fan like myself but it turns out that I’ve met a good guy who doesn’t have every quality on my list. I’m quite sure I’m not perfect in his eyes either.

Hmm I must admit this is a rambling post on dating. Probably because I got super upset about the movie .. well not the movie but that he didn’t seem to listen to me when I told him it was important to see the movie opening weekend and also mad at myself for not going on Friday alone but had wanted to see it with him (in my fantasy he’d fall in love with seeing blockbuster movies and we’d spend the summer seeing all my action movies) so I didn’t get my commemorative Iron Man 3D glasses for my collection of geek stuff. In the future I’ll just see movies by myself or with one of my friends …. probably alone since I like to watch the previews and really focus on the movie with no conversation.

I swear all of the romantic comedies I grew up soaking in like oxygen has really left me with incredibly unrealistic dating fantasies that nobody can fulfill .. including myself! But like I said in the future I’m going to just be forthcoming and not expect him to read my mind or think like I do. Since not that many people think like I do and my way isn’t the ‘right way’ it’s just the way I want to do it.

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October 30th, 2012 by Cherry

Well it’s that time of the year when great films from all over the world will be screening in Los Angeles/Hollywood for the AFI Fest presenting sponsor is Audi so the tickets are free but NOT easy to get!  The festival takes place from November 1 – 8, 2012 so don’t forget to VOTE! enough about politics Let’s talk MOVIES!  I’m covering the red carpet for a couple of events and look foward to speaking with directors, cast and writers about the creative process!  Their are quite a few films that I would love to see but can’t be in two places at one time, some tickets sold out and I have to eat/sleep/work these are the films I recommend EVERYONE else try to see during the festival.  Especially the foreign films since not all of them will be released domestically or even on DVD.

Now this isn’t all the films I’d like to see but they are the ones that really stuck in my mind when I requested tickets.  It’s a good mix of big Oscar (likely) nominated films, documentary, foreign, domestic, horror, drama, comedy and well movies difficult to pigeon hole.  If you weren’t able to get tickets in advance they usually have standby or see if one of your friends have extra tickets.  If your in the LA metro areay you’ll be kicking yourself if you miss the 2012 AFI Fest!

 

Central Park Five

Ken Burns joins daughter Sarah Burns and her husband David McMahon to tell a story based on Sarah Burns’ book, “The Central Park Five: A Chronicle of a City Wilding.” They take us back to a night in 1989 when five young black and Latino teenagers were arrested in New York City’s Central Park under suspicion of committing random assaults in the park. Later that same night, a young white female jogger, who had been brutally attacked and raped, was found in the park and the immediate public outcry sparked by her discovery changed the fate of those five young men forever as they became victims of a city-wide frenzy and extreme police action. The accused men can never recapture their teenage years spent behind bars, but by telling their stories, the filmmakers remind us they will not be forgotten. This moving documentary about a miscarriage of justice remains, sadly, as relevant today as it was in 1989. —Jacqueline Lyanga

 

Life of Pi Friday, August 1, 2012

Director Ang Lee (BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN; CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON) creates a groundbreaking movie event about a young man who survives a disaster at sea and is hurtled into an epic journey of adventure and discovery. While cast away, he forms an amazing and unexpected connection with another survivor — a fearsome Bengal tiger. LIFE OF PI takes place over three continents, two oceans, many years and a wide universe of imagination. Lee’s vision, coupled with stunning 3D visuals, has turned a novel long thought unfilmable into a thrillingly audacious mix of grand storytelling and powerful and provocative themes. The film takes us through a young man’s incredible adventure, at turns thrilling and spiritual; harrowing and triumphant; humorous and inspirational

 

Screening Friday, November 1, 2012

Set in classic Hollywood in the 1950s, HITCHCOCK is the behind-the-scenes story of the famous director’s personal life and his love affair with his wife and partner,
Alma Reville. Told against the backdrop of the making of the director’s seminal masterpiece, PSYCHO, Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren play Hitchcock and his wife, and Scarlett Johansson plays Janet Leigh. The film is directed by Sacha Gervasi (ANVIL: THE STORY OF ANVIL) and also stars Jessica Biel, Toni Collette, Danny Huston, Michael Stuhlbarg and James D’Arcy. Together Hitch and Alma challenged the studio and risked everything to make the film, gambling their home and their reputations. What begins merely as an ambitious film project eventually tests the limits of their marriage, yet with groundbreaking new editing, sound and advertising, the two overcome the odds and create one of cinema’s enduring masterpieces.

Lincoln Friday, November 8, 2012

Steven Spielberg directs two-time Academy Award® winner Daniel Day-Lewis in Lincoln, a revealing drama that focuses on the 16th President’s tumultuous final months in office. In a nation divided by war and the strong winds of change, Lincoln pursues a course of action designed to end the war, unite the country and abolish slavery. With the moral courage and fierce determination to succeed, his choices during this critical moment will change the fate of generations to come

 

 

 

In his first feature film, Raúl Fuentes dares to explore the psyche of a woman caught in a vicious self-sabotaging cycle that incapacitates her ability to love. EVERYBODY’S GOT SOMEBODY…NOT ME details the story of Alejandra, a condescending intellectual with many emotional problems, who lacks the capacity to connect with anyone around her. When Alejandra meets Maria, an evolving and curious private school teen, the two start a passionate love affair that makes their generation gap seem trivial. Before long, the couple realizes their differences when Alejandra obsessively tries to control Maria’s activities, interests and decisions. Alejandra’s oppression becomes worse than a parent’s and Maria must decide whether or not she wants this intense relationship with such an apprehensive person to continue. Shot in black and white, Raúl Fuentes’ innovative filmmaking approach and his unconventional narrative unquestionably marks him as a new and exciting voice in contemporary Mexican cinema. —Dilcia Barrera

 

From the novel by David Wong comes this instant cult favorite that has been thrilling audiences at festivals around the world. John and Dave are problem solvers — and it’s all thanks to drugs. After taking “Soy Sauce,” the two are able to see formerly hidden monsters and demons that have invaded our dimension. Like a pair of low-rent Ghostbusters, they do battle with the supernatural. Everything from Burroughs-esque bugs to re-animated meat zombies are thrown at them in the shadow world revealed by the drug. Characters that slide between life and death and trans-dimensional conspiracies make this adaptation natural territory for director Don Coscarelli. Known for flinging murderous silver orbs (PHANTASM) or pairing a black JFK with an elderly Elvis (BUBBA HO-TEP), Coscarelli is the ideal horror maestro to helm this story. Starring Paul Giamatti as an investigative reporter, JOHN DIES AT THE END is an unpredictable modern nightmare. —Lane Kneedler

 

A young couple on vacation takes a small boat to a picturesque island. On arrival, they find a strangely isolated world, one seemingly devoid of adults. At first, they shrug off the strangeness and think it’s nothing more than a traditional siesta. But soon it becomes clear that something horrible has happened and, if they want to survive and protect their unborn child, they must commit unthinkable atrocities. Makinov’s film is a remake of WHO CAN KILL A CHILD, a rarely seen film from the 1970s that has a special place in the heart of horror fans. COME OUT AND PLAY places its protagonists in an unthinkable situation with a horrific challenge in front of them. After you have seen this film, what once sounded so innocent, the laughter and cheers of a child, will send chills down your spine. —Lane Kneedler

 

In NOT IN TEL AVIV, first-time director Nony Geffen stars as Micha, a repressed high school teacher who, upon losing his job, kidnaps one of his students, kills his mother and reconnects with a former high school crush. The trio embarks on a road trip where they take on a group of feminists, a movie star and the cops. Geffen as Micha is reminiscent of Vincent Gallo in BUFFALO 66 with his neuroses worn on his sleeve and an uncanny knack for charming his captives into bed. Outstanding supporting work is provided by the fantastic Romi Aboulafia and Yaara Pelzig as women who willingly go along with Micha and eventually find themselves fighting over him. Part dark comedy and part road movie, NOT IN TEL AVIV brings a refreshing change of pace to the international indie film scene making Nony Geffen a director to watch. —Jenn Murphy

 

Nermina Lukac’s electrifying performance as Raša is the heart of director Gabriela Pichler’s feature debut. A Montenegrin-born young woman living in rural Sweden, Raša is laid off from her job at a food-packing plant. Her ensuing job search pulls us through the maze of limited prospects and frustrating bureaucracy facing the country’s working immigrant population. Affable, resilient, street smart and soft-hearted, Raša’s natural magnetism draws us in completely. We feel every ounce of her disappointment, fear and elation as she soldiers on, looking for work. An Audience Award winner at the Venice Film Festival, EAT SLEEP DIE‘s assured naturalism and political conviction single out Pichler as a bold, exciting new cinematic voice. Her film is a positive rallying cry for low-wage workers who dream of a life that won’t merely add up to the three verbs that form the film’s title. —Mike Dougherty

 

A conversation with musician and director Ariana Delawari and producer Yasmine Delawari followed by a screening of their new film WE CAME HOME.

Born in LA the year the Soviets invaded Afghanistan, Ariana Delawari’s life is filled with refugees, Afghan music and her father’s dedication to his homeland. September 11 changes their lives. Her parents sell everything and move back to Kabul where Delawari finally sees Afghanistan for herself. She spends 10 years documenting her father’s homeland through photographs, film and music, believing she is witnessing the birth of a free country. Her father thrives as he helps reconstruct Afghanistan’s banking system. With the Taliban resurgence, Delawari records an album with Afghan master musicians in Kabul and names it “Lion of Panjshir” after Afghanistan’s revolutionary hero. When filmmaker David Lynch releases the album, Delawari
receives international acclaim, yet she is heartbroken, as the situation in Afghanistan grows worse. In 2011, Delawari’s father is arrested and, terrified that he could be wrongfully imprisoned, she finally understands why her father could never abandon
his people and grasps why Afghanistan cannot be forgotten.

 Divorced father Marius will finally be allowed to take his five-year-old daughter Sofia on a much anticipated weekend vacation to the beach. He takes time off from school, borrows his parents’ car and even buys little Sofia a stuffed octopus. Impatient to leave, Marius is told by Sofia’s grandmother that his daughter is not free to go until her mother, Marius’ ex-wife Otilia, returns from the salon. When Otilia walks through the door, the film veers sharply, quickly reaching a point of no return. Losing control of his emotions and the situation, Marius’ anger escalates with horrifying consequences. Disguised as a family drama, EVERYBODY IN OUR FAMILY is a suspenseful exploration of a father being pushed to his limits when his child is kept from him. Shot in real time and set mostly in one location, Radu Jude’s third feature film is a dangerous, claustrophobic tale that sets the bar high for contemporary Romanian cinema. —Dilcia Barrera

 

In the age of enlightenment, a young woman becomes Queen of Denmark via an arranged marriage, but shortly after the ceremony it becomes clear that the young king suffers from mental illness. German physician and philosopher Johan Struensee is called to attend the unstable King and an epic romance results between the doctor and the queen, giving Johan the power to make transformational social changes within the Danish kingdom. Based on a true story, A ROYAL AFFAIR is Denmark’s official submission for Academy Award® consideration. —April Wright

 

 

 

A harrowing drama laced with moments of exquisite beauty, WAR WITCH unfolds as a bedtime story of sorts — told by a 14-year-old African child soldier to her unborn son. Taken from her village at gunpoint, Komona (Rachel Mwanza) is given a rifle and fed an hallucinogenic milk that gifts her with the ability to see the ghosts of the fallen. Fighting alongside an albino boy named Magician, she soon comes to understand that her career as “Witch” to the rebel leader will only last as long as their victories. The two set off together, putting their violent past behind them while searching for the white rooster she has demanded as proof of his love. Crafted over a 10-year period, Canadian director Kim Nguyen has interwoven true stories of child soldiers in Burma with footage captured in the Democratic Republic of Congo to create something raw, immediate and emotionally true. —Dayan Ballweg

 

In 1982, amid the fighting of the Lebanese Civil War, Israeli pilot Yoni (Stephen Dorff) crash lands in Beirut, where he is taken prisoner by the combat-trained inhabitants of a Palestinian refugee camp. Among the captors is Fahed, a young orphan whose father was killed during an Israeli air raid. When Fahed secretly releases Yoni in exchange for passage into Israel, Eran Riklis’s emotionally charged film develops into an unlikely road/buddy picture. The two travelers share a mutual distrust that borders on hatred, but while navigating harrowing encounters at checkpoints, roadblocks and minefields, they begin to recognize each other’s humanity. With stunning cinematography that masterfully captures the stark war-torn locations, Riklis places us in a vivid rendering of the devastating conflict. Within that devastation, the friendship that develops between Yoni and Fahed reminds us of the possible human connection that is often lost between wartime enemies. — Mike Dougherty

 

SOMEBODY UP THERE LIKES ME continues in the comedic tradition of Bob Byington’s 2009 film HARMONY AND ME, albeit with the presence of a mysterious suitcase. There’s something unusual about Max’s story as he is oddly immune to aging, a curious trait that the principal people in his life don’t seem to notice. After Max discovers his ex-wife in bed with another man, he capriciously marries again, the disastrous cycle repeating itself perfectly. As he traipses through life trying to navigate love, friendship with his co-worker and business partner and the turbulent business world, Max clings to the suitcase, which might just possibly contain his personal fountain of youth. With this, his fourth feature, Byington is at the top of his comedic game, crafting memorable characters with a first-rate acting ensemble, including Megan Mullally, Nick Offerman, Keith Poulson and Jess Weixler. —Lane Kneedler

 

Dolph Springer (the wonderful Jack Plotnick) awakens one morning to realize he has tragically lost the love of his life — his dog, Paul. So begins WRONG, the micro-epic tale of Dolph’s quest to reunite with his best friend and set his world right. Things quickly spiral into the realm of the absurd. Using epic super-realism, Quentin Dupieux creates a surrealist world tinged with a heightened reality bordering on the bizarre. Impeccably cast and directed, Dupieux’s gifted company raises the tension of existence so high that audiences have no choice but to laugh at the absurdity of it all. The director’s previously fantastical trademarks are also on display here. Shadowy organizations and magical/supernatural occurrences are front and center. But what makes WRONG such a bold step forward for this artist is his uncanny control over the diction, breadth and mise en scene of this world, creating a dizzying, absurdist canvas you won’t forget. —Lane Kneedle

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July 7th, 2012 by Cherry

Who’s your favorite James Bond 007?   Mine is Roger Moore the James Bond I grew up so suave, sexy and of course the charming accent <sigh>

 

I’m excited to celebrate 50 years of Bond at SDCC 

You can figure that out with the release of the Bond 50 Blue-Ray collection that will be released on September 25, 2012 and if you pre-order the set at Comic-Con you’ll get an exclusive limited edition Bond 50th Anniversary t-shirt!  You can’t beat that with an Aston Martin! Wonder why I mentioned Aston Martin WELL if your in San Diego from July 11 – 15, 2012 you’ll get to sit your tush in one of the famous vehicles featured in past Bond 007 Films.  Each day will have a new vehicle as well as props from the Bond archives from all 50 years of the iconic franchise!  Make sure you visit booth #3528 daily so that you are able to take a photo with the vehicle (of the day) and have it uploaded instantly to your social media profile with RFID technology!

I wonder which of the iconic cars will be in attendance?  They could be anything from an Aston Martin to Jaguar (see list of vehicles with movies).

Corgi Release 50th Anniversary DB5

BOND 50 features all 22 classic films on Blu-ray neatly packaged into one cool, sleek collectable box-set. The collection marks the debut of nine James Bond films previously unavailable in high definition Blu-ray and comes with a dossier of more than 122 hours of bonus features.

MGM and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment Comic-Con International at the San Diego Convention Center

 

 

 

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