"Two Shadows" and "Give Up Tomorrow" take top Audience Awards at the 2012 LA Asian Pacific Film Festival


Favorite Feature-Length Narrative goes to “TWO SHADOWS” directed by Greg Cahill. Cast: Sophea Pel, Bryan M. Jackson, Lida Lang, Polo Doot, Jonathan Nhean, Sothun Sok, Arn Chorn-Pond, Brianna Knickerboker.

Favorite Feature-Length Documentary goes to “GIVE UP TOMORROW” directed by Michael Collins.

May 25, 2012 – LOS ANGELES The audience has spoken, and Visual Communications 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 Greg Cahill's TWO SHADOWS, Long Beach hipster 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, directed by Michael Collins, 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 Larrańaga.

The 2012 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival kicked off on May 10 with “SHANGHAI CALLING”, directed by Daniel Hsia and starring Daniel Henney. Grand Jury Award Winners were announced last week, with Best Documentary Jury Prize going to "WHERE HEAVEN MEETS HELL" directed by Sasha Friedlander and Best Narrative Feature Prize going to "VALLEY OF THE SAINTS" directed by Musa Syeed. The Fest concluded on May 18 -20 with screenings of special Pacific Islander and Cambodian programming in Long Beach , including: “THE ORATOR” directed by Tusi Tamasese; “SIONES 2: UNFINISHED BUSINESS” (aka Samoan Wedding 2) directed by Simon Bennett; and “GOLDEN SLUMBERS” directed by Davy Chou. For more info go to www.vconline.org

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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 3,400 films and videos by Asian international and Asian American artists, and additionally features seminars and panels, in-person guest appearances, and filmmaker awards. For more information, please visit: www.asianfilmfestla.org

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.