By Scott A. Capestany @MediaIncMag
The 2017 LA ASIAN PACIFIC FILM FESTIVAL (#LAAPFF) kicked off Thursday night at 7pm with their opening night screening of Director JUSTIN LIN (Fast & Furious) latest endeavor BETTER LUCK TOMORROW and Festival Gala beginning at 9:30pm.
Hosted at the iconic Egyptian Theater in Hollywood (6712 Hollywood Blvd), Red Carpet arrivals begin at 6pm. Lin will be in attendance tonight along with his cast from the film.
The festival will run from April 27-May 4th. While also running in Orange County from May 5-11, 2017.
This weekend’s centerpiece screening of the film GOOK on Saturday night April 29th was the 2017 Sundance Film Festival Next Audience Award winner in Park City Utah.
As we continue to cover #WomenInFilm throughout the IndyFilm secor of the industry, here’s a complete list (updated throughout the festival) of films written, directed and/or produced by WOMEN IN FILM at the this years festival.
APRIL 28, 2017 – Special Screening – 4pm
RELOCATION ARKANSAS (Trailer link)
A look at the aftermath of the imprisonment of Japanese Americans in the deep south, the reality of prejudice, and the irony of identity, told through the words of one survivor, one rebel and one woman mayor. #WomenInFilm Showcase.
This powerful sophomore feature film by Justin Chon examines race and family set against the 1992 LA riots. Just last week, Samuel Goldwyn Films announced the acquisition of the films North American rights. The film was both written and directed by JUSTIN CHON, and stars Chon, DAVID SO, Curtiss Cook Jr. and newcomer child actress SIMONE BAKER.
The LAAPFF is produced by the VISUAL COMMUNICATION Group.
Visual Communications (VC) mission is to develop and support the voices of Asian American and Pacific Islander filmmakers and media artists who empower communities and challenge perspectives. VC is the first non-profit organization in the nation dedicated to the honest and accurate portrayals of the Asian Pacific American peoples, communities, and heritage through the media arts. VC was created with the understanding that media and the arts are important vehicles to organize and empower communities, build connections between peoples and generations through the development of AAPI film, video, and media. The organization has created award-winning productions, nurtured and given voice to our youth and seniors, promoted new artistic talent, presented new cinema, and preserved our visual history.
Aside from hosting the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival and their year‐round screenings and exhibitions, the VC Group also showcases the Armed With a Camera Fellowship for Emerging Media Artists; the Digital Histories media production and digital storytelling program for senior citizens; a Media Development Fund for independent filmmakers; and C3: The Conference for Creative Content.
Visual Communications is also home to the VC Archives, one of the largest photographic and moving image archives on the Asian Pacific experience in America. We see media as a powerful tool to create and share meaningful perspectives, and our programs ensure that the AAPI community has access to the resources tell their unique stories.
Tickets and information for this years LAAPFF: