Monday, April 4, 2011

Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival...FAST FIVE premieres at Gala Opening Night! Directors Guild of America!





 






Fast Five to premiere @ Asian Pacific Festival!






One of the classiest cutting-edge film presentations in the country - the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival - kicks off  at the end of the month at the Directors Guild of America on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood (CA) April 28th – May 7th.

PR Rep - David Magdael - excitedly informed me over the weekend that this years's offerings will feature World Premieres, Sneak Previews, a James Wong Howe Retrospective, a C3 Digital Conference, thought-provoking Documentaries, and Narratives focusing on the voices of Asian Americans and Asian Peoples from around the globe.

For instance, JUSTIN LIN’s Newest Action-Thriller  - "FAST FIVE” (starring Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Jordana Brewster, Sung Kang and Dwayne Johnson - premieres on opening night at the ten-day festival.

“LOVE IN DISGUISE” - directed by Mando-Pop Star Leehom Wang (who also stars opposite respected actress Joan Chen) will premiere at the lavish closing night Gala.

In addition to the Director's Guild - other venues include - Laemmle's Sunset 5 Theatres and the CGV Cinemas (situated in culturally-rich Koreatown in downtown Los Angeles).

The prestigeous LAAPFF is also slated to launch the Asian Pacific Heritage Month  Festival which unveils and celebrates 180 films from both Asian Pacific American and Asian International Directors from over 20 countries.

“We are excited and proud to present the Los Angeles premiere of FAST FIVE as our Opening Night film,” enthused David Magdael (Film Festival Co-Director).

“Justin has been a part of our festival family since he was making short films back in his UCLA days. We remember when we premiered "BETTER LUCK TOMORROW" nine historic years ago and now to have his newest Hollywood action-thriller open the Fest is only fitting."

"Under Justin’s helm, 'The Fast and the Furious' franchise continues to make film history, as he continues to create some of the most ethnically diverse Hollywood blockbusters. This night will be a celebration of Justin as one of our directors who continues to excel through the industry and one who remains a true inspiration for our aspiring filmmakers.”

Lin and fellow bloggers from the web site - “You Offend Me You Offend My Family” - launched a film initiative (2010) to support aspiring Asian American filmmakers entitled “Interpretations".

“You Offend Me You Offend My Family” is the Fest's opening night community presenter.

INFO:

www.YOMYOMF.COM

Targeting the burgeoning online community of API filmmakers, “Interpretations” was designed to encourage and support this emerging talent pool, and give these artists a chance to share their unique perspectives and have their work seen by industry experts.

The response was phenomenal.

In fact, hundreds of films were submitted for consideration, of which - a handful were selected - for screening.

For opening night -YOMYOMF.com - will screen the premiere of “CAR TALK 2” (on a double-bill with FAST FIVE) which is a short film starring Sung Kang and R & B singing sensation Tyrese.

Danny Pudi, star of the hit NBC TV comedy - COMMUNITY - will host the opening night gala after the screenings. 

Another LAAPFF alum -  filmmaker Bertha Bay-Sa Pan (FACE) - offers up her latest hit romantic comedy (ALMOST PERFECT) as a Centerpiece Presentation (Saturday April 30 at the DGA).

 Director Pan-and her cast - Kelly Hu, Ivan Shaw, Edison Chen, Christina Chang and Kristy Wu - are expected to be in tow (schedules permitting).

“Bertha Bay-Sa Pan is a great example of the auteur who can write and direct and tell meaningful stories,” according to Abraham Ferrer, Festival Co-director.

“Her first feature - FACE - had its Los Angeles premiere with us after her Sundance breakthrough in 2002. She has since gone on to direct, write and produce features and at the same time establish her own production shingle – Slew Pictures," Ferrer noted fo the record.

"As our centerpiece film, we celebrate Bertha’s vision and her amazing talent.”

The Festival turns a spotlight on filmmakers - Wesley Chan, Ted Fu and Philip Wang (aka Wong Fu Productions) - and their own curated festival program.

WONG FU PRESENTS FAST FORWARD on Saturday April 30 at the DGA.

These filmmakers have been making viral videos since 2003 before You Tube existed.

Through the constant embracing of new methods of creating and distributing their work, these innovative artists have created their own path outside Hollywood's traditional means.

Wong Fu Productions has millions of followers from around the world and boasts of 600,000 subscribers on You Tube (where fans and filmmakers screen their work daily).

Other World Premieres include the following:

WEDDING PALACE

A romantic comedy directed by Christine Yoo
Written by Yoo and Robert Gardner
Starring Brian Tee, Margaret Cho, Hye-jeong Kang, and Steve Park.

(Friday, April 29, 8:00 PM DGA)

THE LULU SESSIONS

A documentary directed by S. Casper Wong
Written by S. Casper Wong and Luara Minnear

(Saturday, April 30, 7:30 PM DGA)

ENFORCING THE SILENCE

A documentary directed and written by Tony Nguyen

(Saturday, April 30, 5:00 PM Sunset 5)

HEART BREAKS OPEN

Drama directed by Billie Rain
Written by Rain and Basil Shadid
Starring Maximillian Davis and Brian Peters

(Monday, May 2, 9:15 PM CGV)

BANG BANG

Drama directed and written by Byron Chan aka Byron
Starring David Hunyh, Jessika Van and Walter Wong

(Tuesday May 3, 9:00 PM CGV)

AMONG B-BOYS

A documentary directed by Christopher Woon

(Wednesday, May 4, 9:15 PM CGV)

LOVE IN DISGUISE

Directed by Leehom Wang and
Starring Leehom Wang, Joan Chen and Crystal Liu Yi-fei
(Director Leehom Wang & cast to attend a Q & A)

(Thursday, May 5 at 7 PM at the CGV Cinemas)

CELEBRATION OF JAMES WONG HOWE

A special retrospective tribute to the late great James Wong Howe (award-winning cinematographer).

The Festival will present two works from the visual genius on Sunday May 1st.

Special support for the retrospective tribute to James Wong Howe is provided by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences; home movie footage courtesy of the Academy Film Archive and the James Wong Howe Estate

C3: THE CONFERENCE FOR CREATIVE CONTENT

Presented In partnership with The Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment (CAPE).

New Media has provided a playing field in which Asian-Americans are no longer the minority, but engaged at its forefront and often leading the charge.

With a market that has enthusiastically embraced digital platforms, the Asian-American audience has found a unified voice for visibility.

With leaders in the digital world as panelists and participants, C3 will shed light on the changing nature of media and allow audiences to connect with Asian American talent through an array of panels approaching new media from all angles.

C3 will run Saturday and Sunday.

(April 30 and May 1 at the DGA).

THE FLIP SIDE 10TH ANNIVERSARY

In 2001, Rod Pulido became the first Filipino-American writer/director to premiere at Sundance.

Pulido set up his own self-distribution of the film and went on to wake up audiences to new talent and new voices. The film will screen on April 30 at the Laemmle’s Sunset 5 preceded by a tribute to the late Faustino “Peping” Bacling (one of the film’s stars and a local community hero).

The 2011 documentary line-up includes the following projects:

THE BENGALI DETECTIVE
(Phil Cox)

THE HOUSE OF SUH
(Iris K. Shim)

ENFORCING THE SILENCE
(Tony Nguyen)

THE LULU SESSIONS
(S. Casper Wong)

WHERE ARE YOU TAKING ME?
(Kimi Takesue)

ONE BIG HAPA FAMILY
(Jeff Chiba Stearns)

WORKING GIRLS
(Sammaria Simanjuntak, Sally Anom Sari, Yosep Anggi Noen)

FINDING FACE
(Patti Duncan and Skye Fitzgerald)

RESILIENCE
(Tammy Chu)

AMONG B-BOYS
(Christopher Woon)

One of the ongoing objectives of the LAAPFF is to support and present the best

With that in mind, the Festival organizers hand-picked the following films to screen which were directed and/or prodced by filmmakers based in the US (filming both in the US and overseas).

FAST FIVE
Justin Lin

SAIGON ELECTRIC
Stephane Gauger

WEDDING PALACE
Christine Yoo

ALMOST PERFECT
Bertha Bay-Sa Pan

LIVING IN SEDUCED CIRCUMSTANCES
Ian Gamazon

WHERE THE ROAD MEETS THE SUN
Mun Chee Yong

ONE KINE DAY
Chuck Mitsui

HEART BREAKS OPEN
Billie Rain

BANG BANG
Byron Q

BOY
Taika Waititi

Sponsors of the 2011 LAAPPFF include:

PREMIERE
Directors Guild of America; CGV Theaters
PLATINUM
Coca-Cola; NBC Universal / Comcast; Wells Fargo; GOLD – Toyota; Solair;
SILVER
Verizon Wireless; Sony Pictures Entertainment
BRONZE
CBS Diversity; SAG; SAG Indie; STAR – Motion Pictures Editors Guild; Writers Guild of America, west; Morgan Stanley Smith Barney; Boeing; California Bank & Trust; Taipei Economic & Cultural Office; Ketel One; Shiftboard
AWARDS
Entertainment Partners
RECEPTION
Solair; Kyochon Chicken; Jinro; LA18 KSCI-TV; Stella Artois; Ketel One; Madang the Courtyard; Candy Chef
MEDIA SPONSORS
AngryAsianMan.com; LA 18 KSCI-TV; MNet; Glocal; LAWeekly
GOVERNMENT SUPPORT
National Endowment for the Arts; Los Angeles County Arts Commission; Department of Cultural Affairs/City of Los Angeles
FOUNDATION SUPPORT
California Community Foundation; James Irvine Foundation; Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
C3 SPONSORS
California Arts Council; SAG Producers-Industry Advancement & Cooperative Fund

ABOUT THE LOS ANGELES ASIAN PACIFIC FILM FESTIVAL

The Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival presented by Visual Communications is the Southland’s premier showcase for the best and brightest of Asian Pacific cinema. Since 1983, the Film Festival has presented over 3400 films and videos by Asian international and Asian American artists, and additionally features seminars and panels, in-person guest appearances, and filmmaker awards.

ABOUT VISUAL COMMUNICATIONS

Visual Communications (VC), the nation's premier Asian Pacific American media arts center, was established in 1970. The organization has established a lengthy track record of pioneering achievements in producing, presenting, and preserving more honest and accurate representations of Asian and Pacific Islander communities in America. Visual Communications is also recognized as an incubator of emerging Asian Pacific American cinematic talent. The organization's works have been exhibited in numerous venues and broadcast outlets around the world. The mission of Visual Communications is to promote intercultural understanding through the creation, presentation, preservation and support of media works by and about Asian Pacific Americans.

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A premiere screening!