The audience has spoken, and so we’re pleased to announce that the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival’s Audience Awards for Favorite Feature-Length Narrative and Documentary Film go to: TWO SHADOWS by Greg Cahill (Narrative) and GIVE UP TOMORROW by Michael Collins (Documentary).
“We’re very pleased to recognize these two outstanding productions from among a very stellar selection of feature-length works this year,” said Festival Senior Programmer Abraham Ferrer. “More and more, the stories being presented at the Film Festival reflect a larger world-view and desire for engagement with audiences from all walks of life. TWO SHADOWS and GIVE UP TOMORROW both accomplish those objectives in dramatic ways, and succeeded in connecting with Festival audiences.”
In TWO SHADOWS, Long Beach hipster wannabe Sovanna receives a cryptic letter from Cambodia claiming that her long-lost brother and sister are still alive. Ditching her dead-end lifestyle and alcoholic father, Sovanna travels to her birthplace alone to seek out her two siblings who disappeared during the civil war 20 years earlier. Upon discovering a girl who may or may not be her real sister, Sovanna is ensnared into an increasingly dangerous situation, pitting her in a tug-of-war between her own personal safety, and her compassion for a stranger.
GIVE UP TOMORROW exposes a Kafkaesque extravaganza populated by flamboyantly corrupt public officials, cops on the take, and a frenzied legal and media circus. Director Michael Collins and Producer Marty Syjuco’s emotionally-charged documentary is also an intimate family drama focused on the near mythic struggle of two angry and sorrowful mothers who have dedicated more than a decade to executing or saving one young man, Paco Larrañaga.