VC FilmFest - the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film & Video Festival Turns Sweet 16

LA Premieres and World Premieres of Over 90 Films and Video Works and The

25th Anniversary of a Landmark Film Will Celebrate Over 30 Years of Asian

American Media



Apr 18, 2001, 01:00 ET from Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film & Video Festival

    LOS ANGELES, April 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Mark your calendars for VC FilmFest
 2001:  The Visual Communications Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film & Video
 Festival, set for May 17-24, 2001.  Now in its 16th year, the Festival will
 unreel over 90 films and videos will at the Directors Guild of America, The
 Village at Ed Gould Plaza, and the Japan America Theatre.
     Bookending the Festival is the Los Angeles Opening Night Premiere of
 "Green Dragon" by Timothy Linh Bui (co-producer and co-screenwriter of the
 multi-award-winning "Three Seasons") on Thursday, May 17 at the Directors
 Guild of America; and a special rare showing of John Korty's 1976 telefilm
 "Farewell to Manzanar" on Thursday, May 24 at the Japan America Theatre.
     Starring Forest Whitaker, Patrick Swayze, Don Duong, and Hiep Thi Le,
 "Green Dragon" (an official selection of the 2001 Sundance Film Festival) is a
 moving, multi-part story of the first wave of Vietnamese refugees housed in
 camps across the southwestern deserts of the United States in 1975. And
 "Farewell to Manzanar," based on the book by Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston and
 James Houston, is perhaps the first feature-length film to tell the story of
 the WWII internment of Japanese Americans from a unique firsthand perspective.
     "This year's VC FilmFest is representative of the coming of age for many
 of our under represented Asian American communities" said Festival Co-Director
 David Magdael.  "A majority of our festival films reflect the changing face of
 Asian America, as well as a growing cosmopolitan profile of Asian communities
 including the Philippines,  Vietnam, India, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, and
 the gay Asian communities.  This year's featured Asian American directors have
 served up a variety of works that pull no punches in being distinctly American
 while keeping true to their Asian roots.  It's all about pride -- both Asian
 and American."
 
     Featured works by Asian American makers include:
     --  The Los Angeles premiere of Anurag Mehta's Slamdance Film Festival
         Audience Award winner, "American Chai," a coming-of-age comedy of a
         young college student torn between traditional Indian values and the
         pursuit of his rock 'n roll dreams (Fri., May 18, DGA)
 
     --  Rod Pulido's much-anticipated "The Flip Side" will also make its Los
         Angeles premiere on Saturday, May 19 at the DGA.  The first feature
         effort by a Filipino American filmmaker invited to the Sundance Film
         Festival, "The Flip Side" tells the story of a young college student
         dealing with his new found Filipinoness and trying to get his own
         family to recognize their own selves.
 
     --  The highly acclaimed underground animation hit, "Wave Twisters," from
         the world famous turntablist DJ Q-Bert (Sat., May 19, DGA).
 
     --  "Roads and Bridges," the electrifying first feature by Robert Altman
         protege Abraham Lim focuses on the relationship between two young men
         working on a Kansas road crew -- one Asian American and one African
         American (Sun., May 20, DGA).
 
     --  The L.A. premiere of Amy Chen's "The Chinatown Files" (Sun., May 20,
         DGA).  This telling documentary is the untold story of how the
         anti-Communist hysteria of the 1950's targeted Chinese Americans and
         accused them of being spies and traitors.  "The Chinatown Files"
         presents first hand experiences from seven individuals who were hunted
         down, incarcerated, and targeted for deportation -- a time in Asian
         American history that has somehow been forgotten.
 
     --  The World Premiere of "Daughters of the Cloth" by Seung-Hyun Yoo
         (Sun., May 20, DGA) -- An in-depth look at the American entrepreneur
         dream as told from a Korean family in Los Angeles.  The Bang family
         struggle to pass down their garment business through their daughters
         to keep their legacy and dream alive.
 
     --  The LA premiere of Fatimah Tobing Rony's award winning "Everything in
         Between"  (Monday, The Village) provides a glimpse at gay Asian life
         as a group of young twenty-somethings strive to find self identity
         within the changing Los Angeles scene.
 
     Major international works include the Los Angeles premieres of Yongyooth
 Thongkongtoon's highly acclaimed "The Iron Ladies," Kaze Shindo's
 "Love/Juice," Djinn's "Return to Pontianak," "Spinning Gasing" by Teck Tan,
 "Rendan-A-Quartet-For-Two" from Takenaka Naoto, and "The Wrestlers" by
 Buddhadeb Gasgupta.  A standout international highlight includes "Anino" by
 Raymond Red, the first Filipino film to win a coveted Palm d'Or at the Cannes
 Film Festival.
     In addition to a full slate of seminars and panel discussions, the
 Festival will once again present the annual Golden Reel Award, and will
 additionally present the Asian Avenue.com Award to one of three distinctive
 productions by Asian American filmmakers.  And finally, in association with
 the Japanese American National Museum (JANM), the Festival will present the
 premiere of the three-part educational series, "Once Upon a Camp" on Saturday,
 May 19 at JANM in Little Tokyo.
     VC FilmFest 2001 takes place May 17-24, 2001.  For extensive program and
 ticket information, visit the Festival's website at:  www.vconline.org.  For
 telephone orders call the Japan America Theatre Box Office at: (213) 680-3700
 
 

SOURCE Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film & Video Festival
    LOS ANGELES, April 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Mark your calendars for VC FilmFest
 2001:  The Visual Communications Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film & Video
 Festival, set for May 17-24, 2001.  Now in its 16th year, the Festival will
 unreel over 90 films and videos will at the Directors Guild of America, The
 Village at Ed Gould Plaza, and the Japan America Theatre.
     Bookending the Festival is the Los Angeles Opening Night Premiere of
 "Green Dragon" by Timothy Linh Bui (co-producer and co-screenwriter of the
 multi-award-winning "Three Seasons") on Thursday, May 17 at the Directors
 Guild of America; and a special rare showing of John Korty's 1976 telefilm
 "Farewell to Manzanar" on Thursday, May 24 at the Japan America Theatre.
     Starring Forest Whitaker, Patrick Swayze, Don Duong, and Hiep Thi Le,
 "Green Dragon" (an official selection of the 2001 Sundance Film Festival) is a
 moving, multi-part story of the first wave of Vietnamese refugees housed in
 camps across the southwestern deserts of the United States in 1975. And
 "Farewell to Manzanar," based on the book by Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston and
 James Houston, is perhaps the first feature-length film to tell the story of
 the WWII internment of Japanese Americans from a unique firsthand perspective.
     "This year's VC FilmFest is representative of the coming of age for many
 of our under represented Asian American communities" said Festival Co-Director
 David Magdael.  "A majority of our festival films reflect the changing face of
 Asian America, as well as a growing cosmopolitan profile of Asian communities
 including the Philippines,  Vietnam, India, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, and
 the gay Asian communities.  This year's featured Asian American directors have
 served up a variety of works that pull no punches in being distinctly American
 while keeping true to their Asian roots.  It's all about pride -- both Asian
 and American."
 
     Featured works by Asian American makers include:
     --  The Los Angeles premiere of Anurag Mehta's Slamdance Film Festival
         Audience Award winner, "American Chai," a coming-of-age comedy of a
         young college student torn between traditional Indian values and the
         pursuit of his rock 'n roll dreams (Fri., May 18, DGA)
 
     --  Rod Pulido's much-anticipated "The Flip Side" will also make its Los
         Angeles premiere on Saturday, May 19 at the DGA.  The first feature
         effort by a Filipino American filmmaker invited to the Sundance Film
         Festival, "The Flip Side" tells the story of a young college student
         dealing with his new found Filipinoness and trying to get his own
         family to recognize their own selves.
 
     --  The highly acclaimed underground animation hit, "Wave Twisters," from
         the world famous turntablist DJ Q-Bert (Sat., May 19, DGA).
 
     --  "Roads and Bridges," the electrifying first feature by Robert Altman
         protege Abraham Lim focuses on the relationship between two young men
         working on a Kansas road crew -- one Asian American and one African
         American (Sun., May 20, DGA).
 
     --  The L.A. premiere of Amy Chen's "The Chinatown Files" (Sun., May 20,
         DGA).  This telling documentary is the untold story of how the
         anti-Communist hysteria of the 1950's targeted Chinese Americans and
         accused them of being spies and traitors.  "The Chinatown Files"
         presents first hand experiences from seven individuals who were hunted
         down, incarcerated, and targeted for deportation -- a time in Asian
         American history that has somehow been forgotten.
 
     --  The World Premiere of "Daughters of the Cloth" by Seung-Hyun Yoo
         (Sun., May 20, DGA) -- An in-depth look at the American entrepreneur
         dream as told from a Korean family in Los Angeles.  The Bang family
         struggle to pass down their garment business through their daughters
         to keep their legacy and dream alive.
 
     --  The LA premiere of Fatimah Tobing Rony's award winning "Everything in
         Between"  (Monday, The Village) provides a glimpse at gay Asian life
         as a group of young twenty-somethings strive to find self identity
         within the changing Los Angeles scene.
 
     Major international works include the Los Angeles premieres of Yongyooth
 Thongkongtoon's highly acclaimed "The Iron Ladies," Kaze Shindo's
 "Love/Juice," Djinn's "Return to Pontianak," "Spinning Gasing" by Teck Tan,
 "Rendan-A-Quartet-For-Two" from Takenaka Naoto, and "The Wrestlers" by
 Buddhadeb Gasgupta.  A standout international highlight includes "Anino" by
 Raymond Red, the first Filipino film to win a coveted Palm d'Or at the Cannes
 Film Festival.
     In addition to a full slate of seminars and panel discussions, the
 Festival will once again present the annual Golden Reel Award, and will
 additionally present the Asian Avenue.com Award to one of three distinctive
 productions by Asian American filmmakers.  And finally, in association with
 the Japanese American National Museum (JANM), the Festival will present the
 premiere of the three-part educational series, "Once Upon a Camp" on Saturday,
 May 19 at JANM in Little Tokyo.
     VC FilmFest 2001 takes place May 17-24, 2001.  For extensive program and
 ticket information, visit the Festival's website at:  www.vconline.org.  For
 telephone orders call the Japan America Theatre Box Office at: (213) 680-3700
 
 SOURCE  Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film & Video Festival