Visual Communications Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival celebrates 30th Anniversary, features Filipino films and more than 140 other Asian films from over 22 countries (runs May 1 through May 11, 2014)


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Los Angeles, CA (April 24, 2014) - The Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, now on its 30th anniversary, has grown exponentially, and has showcased the artistic achievements of hundreds and hundreds of cinematic artists of Asian Pacific descent.

Whether you’ve been to one Festival or all 29 to date, this year's special feature, The Festival at 30, offers a comprehensive overview of Visual Communications’ efforts to build a creative community that is championed both in the mainstream arena as well as through grassroots activist circles.

With an exciting line-up of over 140 films by Asian Pacific American and Asian international filmmakers, filmmaker panels and seminars, industry gatherings, special events and parties, this year's Film Festival will have the best films from over 22 countries featuring World Premieres, Sneak Previews; Showcasing Documentaries and Narratives focusing on the voices of Asian Pacific Americans and Asian peoples from around the world.

The Film Festival is especially pleased to celebrate the rise of a new generation of auteurs from the Philippines through its National Spotlight sidebar, “The New Face of Philippine Cinema.” Showcasing new works nurtured through such initiatives as the Cinemalaya Film Festival and Cinema One Originals Festival, the Festival is please to include in this spotlight: the U.S. Premiere screenings of REKORDER, by Mikhail Red and the award-winning KABISERA by Alfonso “Borgy” Torre III. Additionally, Siege Ledesma’s SHIFT, MIko Levelo’s BLUE BUSTAMANTE, and Alvin Yapan’s DEVOTION make their Los Angeles Premieres. Director Mikhail Red, son of pioneering Philippine independent director Raymond Red, is slated to introduce REKORDER, and will be joined by producer Pamela Reyes and actor Ronnie Quizon.

REKORDER trailer:


SHIFT trailer:


KABISERA trailer:


BLUE BUSTAMANTE trailer:


DEBOSYON (Devotion) trailer:


Check out more information about the Filipino films on schedule:
http://laapff.festpro.com/films/country/philippines

Expanding outside of Los Angeles and Hollywood, Visual Communications will continue reaching out to audiences in the South Bay with the annual LAAPFF presence in Long Beach. A program of feature films and shorts has been selected to screen during the Closing Weekend of the Festival on May 10 at the historic Art Theatre of Long Beach. It will be a chance to see Film Festival award-winners and curated films from Pacific Islander, Filipino and Cambodian communities. This year’s Festival in Long Beach will include: a twin-bill screening of new features from Pacific Islanders in Communications, FAMILY INGREDIENTS by Ty Sanga and HULA: MERRIE MONARCH’S GOLDEN CELEBRTION by Roland Yamamoto; Angela Sun’s PLASTIC PARADE: THE GREAT PACIFIC GARBAGE PATCH; Masashiro Sugano’s CAMBODIAN SON; and Joel Quizon’s THE COTABATO SESSIONS.

And, the Festival’s Encore Weekend in Little Tokyo will be anchored by the Los Angeles Premiere screening of Marissa Aroy’s DELANO MANONGS: FORGOTTEN HEROES OF THE UNITED FARM WORKERS MOVEMENT.

DELANO MANONGS trailer:


DELANO MANONGS tells the oft-overlooked story of how Filipino leader Larry Itliong and the thousands of Filipino farmworkers rallied with their Chicano comrades to form the United Farm Workers. Their inspiring fight brought national attention to the plight of the working class and formed a legacy still celebrated today.

The 2014 Festival’s national spotlight, “The New Face of Philippine Cinema” includes:

• BLUE BUSAMANTE by Miko Livelo

• DEVOTION by Alvin Yapan

• KABISERA by Alfonso “Borgy” Torre III

• REKORDER by Mikhail Red

• SHIFT by Siege Ledesma

The 2014 lineup of special presentations includes:

• AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY: THE EVOLUTION OF GRACE LEE BOGGS by Grace Lee

• AWESOME ASIAN BAD GUYS BY Stephen Dypiangco and Patrick Epino

• THE COTABATO SESSIONS by Joel Quizon

• DELANO MANONGS: FORGOTTEN HEROES OF THE UNITED FARM WORKERS MOVEMENT by Marissa Aroy

• FAMILY INGREDIENTS by Ty Sanga

• HULA: MERRIE MONARCH’S GOLDEN CELEBRATION by Roland Yamamoto

• PLASTIC PARADISE: THE GREAT PACIFIC GARBAGE PATCH by Angela Sun

The Festival is honored to partner once again with the Directors Guild of America as its main screening venue during the Festival’s Opening Weekend. This state-of-the-art theater is where the Festival will screen its Opening Night Film as well as its Centerpiece Presentations and hold seminars.

The Festival will also screen at CGV Cinemas, situated in the heart of Los Angeles Koreatown. Festival screenings will begin on Friday May 2, through the Closing Night Gala on May 8.

The Festival returns to Los Angeles Little Tokyo with screenings at the Japanese American National Museum’s Tateuchi Democracy Forum, May 5 through May 11.

The screenings in Long Beach will be held at the historic Art Theatre on Saturday, May 10.

The 2014 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival is sponsored by:

PLATINUM: Directors Guild of America; NBC Universal / Comcast GOLD: Wells Fargo; BRONZE: Creative DCP; SAG/Indie; STAR: Friends Doing Good; The Famous Group; SAG/AFTRA; Tunnel Post; Union Bank; Writers Guild of America/west; RECEPTION: Ketel One; Stella Artois; IN-KIND: Bruce Cost Ginger Ale; Far Bar; FestPro; Creative Floral Designs; Final Draft, Inc.; Glico/Pocky; IKON Office Supplies; Molla Space; Movie Magic; Telepath Corporation; Uber; Volary Media; GOVERNMENT SUPPORT: Los Angeles County Arts Commission; Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles; California Arts Council; FOUNDATION SUPPORT: The James Irvine Foundation; California Community Foundation; Sony Pictures Entertainment; Weingart Foundation.

The Film Festival’s Venue Sponsors include: Directors Guild of America, CGV Cinemas, Japanese American National Museum, and the Art Theatre of Long Beach.

Media Sponsors for the 2014 Film Festival include: www.AngryAsianMan.com; KPFK-FM; LA-18 KSCI-TV; LA Weekly; MYX TV; Variety 411; Yelp.



04.24.14