LAST TRAIN HOME and THE TAQWACORES Take Multiple Jury Honors at 2010 LOS ANGELES ASIAN PACIFIC FILM FESTIVAL
IN THE MATTER OF CHA JUNG HEE and A VILLAGE CALLED VERSAILLES ALSO GARNER MULTIPLE AWARDS AT LARGEST ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
May 6, 2010 – LOS ANGELES The 2010 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival celebrated the closing night of their 26th Anniversary edition on Thursday night with the screening of the Hong Kong action flick BODYGUARDS AND ASSASSINS by Teddy Chan and the announcement of this year’s jury prizes. It was the night of THE TAQWACORES, as Eyad Zahra’s film about a Muslim punk band took home numerous awards including the Grand Jury Prize for Outstanding Fiction Film, Best Director, Best Acting for an Ensemble Cast and the Audience Award for Favorite Film at the 10 day fest. Writer/Director Raul Jocson was honored with the Best Screenplay Award for SF STORIES, while first time filmmaker Daniel Park received the Best First Feature Award for his webisode project KTOWN COWBOYS which wowed the jury and sold out audiences. In the documentary jury competition, director Lixin Fan’s LAST TRAIN HOME received two awards including Grand Jury Prize for Outstanding Documentary Feature and Best Cinematography. Docu filmmaker Deann Borshay Liem won Best Director for her personal film IN THE MATTER OF CHA JUNG HEE and her editor Vivien Hillgrove received the Best Editing prize. Returning non-fiction filmmaker S. Leo Chiang’s film, A VILLAGE CALLED VERSAILLES, received the newly anointed CALL TO ACTION prize and the Audience Award for Favorite Documentary Short films this year were in abundance with 136 shorts being screened at the festival. The film BICYCLE from Dean Yamada was the recipient of the Golden Reel Award, while Prithi Gowda was honored with the Linda Mabalot New Directors/New Visions award for her film TELEVISNU. The Festival partnered with Toyota as the Official Vehicle Sponsor. Toyota once again brought their cutting edge style to the Festival in their car displays. In addition, Toyota hosted the music video showcase – Cinema Musica! – and rooftop after-party and sponsored the free outdoor screening of THE CHINESE CONNECTION. The Festival is also partnered with the Directors Guild of America as the main screening venue during the Festival’s Opening Weekend.
OFFICIAL VEHICLE SPONSOR – Toyota; PREMIERE – Directors Guild of America; GOLD – Wells Fargo; Time Warner Cable; OFFICIAL BEER SPONSOR – Stella Artois; Official Hotel Sponsor – Sheraton Los Angeles Downtown; Silver – Sony Pictures Entertainment; Morgan Stanley Smith Barney; Metro; Minika Ko Marketing; Bronze – Bali Film Center; Harrah’s Rincon Casino & Resort; Fox Entertainment Group; Government Information Office, Republic of China (Taiwan); SAG Indie; Screen Actors Guild; Hollywood & Highland Center; Star – NBC Universal; CBS; Motion Picture Editors Guild; Union Bank; Verizon Wireless; Writers Guild of America, West; Flash Cuts; Eastman Kodak Company; Government Support – American Recovery & Reinvestment Act; National Endowment for the Arts; Los Angeles County Arts Commission; City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs; Venue Sponsors – Directors Guild of America; Japanese American Cultural & Community Center; Japanese American National Museum; Downtown Independent; Laemmle’s Sunset 5; Madang the Courtyard; Festival Awards Sponsors – Movie Magic; Write Brothers, Inc.; Reception Sponsors – Kyochon Chicken; Jinro; Madang the Courtyard; Far Bar | Chop Suey; Creative Floral Designs; LA18 KSCI-TV; Kirin; Media Sponsors – 89.3 KPCC; LA18 KSCI-TV; LA Weekly; angryasianman.com; Giant Robot
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 3200 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.
2010 LOS ANGELES ASIAN PACIFIC FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES WINNERS
Grand Jury Award, Documentary LAST TRAIN HOME Directed by LIXIN FAN
Special Jury Award, Documentary: Best Director DEANN BORSHAY LIEM, IN THE MATTER OF CHA JUNG HEE
Special Jury Award, Documentary: Cinematography LIXIN FAN, LAST TRAIN HOME
Special Jury Award, Documentary: Best Editing VIVIEN HILLGROVE, IN THE MATTER OF CHA JUNG HEE
Call to Action Award A VILLAGE CALLED VERSAILLES Directed by S. LEO CHIANG
Grand Jury Award, Narrative THE TAQWACORES Directed by EYAD ZAHRA
Special Jury Award, Narrative: Best Director EYAD ZAHRA, THE TAQWACORES
Special Jury Award, Narrative: Best Screenplay RAUL JOCSON, SF STORIES
Special Jury Award, Narrative: Best Ensemble Acting NAV MANN, BOBBY NADERI, DOMINIC RAINS, NOUREEN DEWULF, THE TAQWACORES
Special Jury Award, Narrative: Best First Feature KTOWN COWBOYS Directed by DANIEL PARK
Festival Golden Reel Award BICYCLE (Jitensha) Directed by DEAN YAMADA
Linda Mabalot New Directors/New Visions Award TELEVISNU Directed by PRITHI GOWDA
NARRATIVE FILM – THE TAQWACORES, EYAD ZAHRA
DOCUMENTARY FILM — A VILLAGE CALLED VERSAILLES, S. LEO CHIANG
posted on Thursday, May 6th, 2010