What I’m talking about
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!
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:
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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 Festival, TYRUS 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.
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. ”
- 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:
- 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
- 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:
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
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
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
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
BAD RAP – DIRECTED BY SALIMA KOROMA
ASIAN AMERICAN RAPPER DUMBFOUNDEAD in the documentary BAD RAP – Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival
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
PALI ROAD – DIRECTED BY JONATHAN LIM – CLOSING NIGHT SCREENING
Sung Kang in PALI ROAD – Photo Courtesy of Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival
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
VAMPARIAH – DIRECTED BY MATTHEW ABAYA – WORLD PREMIERE – Photo Courtesy of Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival
I saw this article in Marie Clair (online) about what your zodiac sign says about your career and of course my curiosity took hold so clicked the link to see what it says about my astrology sign (Cancer). It pretty much falls inline with numerous career theories on how to find the ideal job based on your personality. To a certain degree it’s pretty true for my personality. I’ve always enjoyed jobs that I find intellectually challenging, that enabled me to ‘wear many hats’ and that gave me autonomy on planning out work projects. I like making a positive change so have always looked for jobs with companies that fit in my personal philosophy of ‘doing good’ and making the world a better place. The few jobs that I’ve taken just for the money always left me feeling out of sorts and confined by a office culture that rubbed me the wrong way. I do know people who are fine with jobs they hate as long as they make a lot of money and I suppose it’s because they are able to turn off the part in their minds that looks at a job as part of their entire being. I feel my job has to be something I like because I often spend more time at work with co-workers than I’ve ever spent with a boyfriend or family.
As I embark on a new career path after leaving the University of Southern California I can’t help but wonder what 2016 will bring to me. Will I return to higher education or work with the tech industry? I do know the jobs that I have been looking for are ones that will utilize my love of organizing events, communication and organization skills as well as my interest in the start up community.
I will likely stay in SoCal unless I find an opportunity worth uprooting myself but who knows what life will bring. I do know that I am ready for adventure so have my bullwhip, stetson and bomber jacked ready to leap into life ala Indiana Jones!
CANCER (JUNE 21 – JULY 22)
If your in SoCal indulge yourself in your favorite chain burrito to benefit the Tony Hawk Foundation to bring skate parks to underprivileged neighborhoods. All kids love to have fun and need an outlet to have guidance and the opportunity for a safe play area!
The business of hot sauce is heating up with Tabasco working on a challenge to the world wide king the original Sriracha Sauce created in SoCal. Sriracha hot sauce made by Huy Fong Foods has about 60 million dollars in sales (estimated) and for that amount of money it’s no surprise that big food business is looking to usurp the king. The first major player to put their on spin on the hot sauced loved by foodies is the original king of hot Tabasco. They are currently working on perfecting their recipe to have it join them on the shelves at a store near you in 2015. Rumor has it they are tinkering with the flavor to stay true to their own vingerary tang but that will harmonize with the Thailand inspired hot sauce style. It should be difficult to get the recipe to fit with their taste guide but once completed it might spell serious issues for this upstart. It’s difficult to compete with a company tha
t has the shelf space that Tabasco has not only in the US but worldwide. Currently the Sriracha hot sauce unique taste has gotten them free advertising with Lay & Kettle (and others) potato chips, go to condiment for restaurants and in various cook book recipes. Once Tabasco releases their sauce will people reach for a familiar brand or the originator?
I think it’s a matter of taste and some people have never loved vinegar with their hot sauce and others do. The distinct logo, color, bottle and cost will have me reaching for Sriracha. What will you reach for in the Thai Hot Sauce Wars?
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If you haven’t tried the Southeast Asian inspired Shophouse (from the mind of Chipotle) you now have a great incentive with it’s free with purchase giveaway on Wednesday, January 22nd (Los Angeles locations only .. boo hoo). If you come in after 5pm and order a spicy dish from their three locations and whisper “Spice Hoarder” you get a 9 oz bottle of the beloved super hot garlicky spicy Sriracha sauce that’s been a little hard to come by because of their legal issues (having to shut down because the spicy scent wafting from the factory was displeasing to the neighbors!). This giveaway will get those who’ve been planning to check out the latest fast dining casual restaurant from Steve Ells, Founder of Chipotle into the door to try his latest interpretation of ethnic dining to appeal to the masses. His first location was in Dupont Circle in Washington, DC and after finalizing the menu and working out kinks he’s been rolling out locations. So get your grub on, mark your calendar and get ready for Americanized SouthAsian inspired food.
ACLU SoCal 2013 Bill of Rights Dinner
Date: Dec 9, 2013
Time: 5:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Beverly Wilshire Hotel
9500 Wilshire Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90212