The 27th Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival will be presented April 28 – May 7, 2011 at the Directors Guild of America; Laemmle’s Sunset 5 Theatre; CGV Cinemas; and additional venues throughout Los Angeles. A key highlight of the month-long Asian Pacific Heritage Month activities, the Film Festival is produced by Visual Communications, the nation’s premier Asian Pacific American media arts center.
Since 1983, the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival has presented over 3000 films and videos by Asian international and Asian American artists, and additionally features seminars and panels, in-person guest appearances, and filmmaker awards. The Film Festival continues to be the largest festival of its kind in Southern California and is the premier showcase for the best and brightest of Asian American and Asian international cinema.
The following is a run-down of just some of the exciting highlights we have in store for Festival Week 2011. More highlights to be added soon:
C3: THE CONFERENCE FOR CREATIVE CONTENT
New media platforms have empowered many Asian American content makers in becoming digital pioneers. C3 is Visual Communications new initiative to explore these new territories and connect audiences with innovative tastemakers working in film/tv, internet, graphic novels and gaming fields as they re-map the Asian American cultural and entertainment landscape. In partnership with Coalition for Asian Pacifics in Entertainment (CAPE), C3 will be held from April 30 – May 1 at the Directors Guild of America (DGA).
MOVE TO KOREATOWN AT CGV CINEMAS & SOLAIR
The Festival is proud to stake its flag in bustling Koreatown, with a new home at the state-of-the-art CGV Cinemas in Madang the Courtyard (Western Ave. at Wilshire Blvd). From May 2 – 7, CGV will be the primary home of the Festival, as we utilize all three screens. Several parties and receptions will also be hosted at this location, at Solair and around Koreatown.
JAMES WONG HOWE: A TRIBUTE TO A CINEMATOGRAPHY PIONEER
Among the most sought-after cinematographers of Hollywood’s “Golden Age” of the 1930s and 1940s, James Wong Howe (1899-1976) defied a culture of discrimination and cultural xenophobia to forge a legacy as a pioneer of the then-nascent art of filmed photography. The Festival proudly honors this pioneer with a special retrospective highlighting the work of this prominent Asian American who helped shape the way we see movies today.
THE YEAR OF WONG FU!
We’re honored to turn over the reigns (at least for a day) to Wongfu Productions, as they guest curate a program called WONG FU PRODUCTIONS PRESENTS: Fast Forward, highlighting milestones in their unique history, as well as other tastemakers and collaborators who have influenced their work. Come check out these innovative content makers as they talk about reshaping the media landscape for the next generation of Asian America.
ANGRYASIANMAN.COM TURNS 10!
The Festival is proud to honor our favorite blogger and cultural critic with a 10th anniversary bash for his great contribution in keeping us informed, tickled, and enraged at the world we live in, from an Asian American lens. Come celebrate with the man himself, Phil Yu, and special guests at the party of the year!
Please check back regularly for news and updates as we move forward to Festival Week 2011. The full program schedule is now online!