DC APA FILM Save the Date

Save the Dates  - October 2-4, 2014

Early Bird Deadline – June 30, 2014

Regular Deadline – July 20, 2014

Late Deadline – August 3, 2014

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DC APA FILM is happy to be a community co-host for this great event to learn more about the CIA.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

TAP-DC is hosting a professional networking panel that consists of CIA Asian American Officers & Community Outreach and Recruiting officers at Cafe Asia! Come find out what the CIA is like in the 21st century with other Asian-American Pacific Islander Organizations (CAPAL, Ascend, DC APA Film, and NAAAP) and build your networks at:

Cafe Asia
1550 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22209
Closest Metro: Rosslyn/Courthouse (Orange)

TAPpy Hour is open to everyone, and this is a GREAT chance for TAP-DC members to meet new/old friends from all the APA Organizations! Come meet the TAP board and find out more about our upcoming events and how to get involved! Whether you’re new to the city, are a recent transplant, or are just interested in having a good time, we want to see you and your friends!!

Hosted by Taiwanese American Professionals – Washington D.C. (TAP-DC).



5th Annual Fiesta Asia Film Festival at West End Cinema



 Let Me Out (Korea, 88 minutes) with Subtitles

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Part of the 2014 Fiesta Asia Film Festival

Internationally acclaimed film – winner of Gold Medal at New York Festivals 2014

Wednesday May 28, 8:30p.m.

Only $10

West End Cinema - Theater One

Ticket Link: CLICK HERE


Convenience store clerk/film student Mu Young is a university senior who has yet to make a film. He angers a visiting indie film maker who ironically picks Mu Young to receive his donation money to the film department. Mu Young finally gets a chance to make his debut: a zombie melodrama. But his inexperience, demands and impatience cause everyone around him to go crazy, turning his project into a nightmare. Fortunately, Mu Young never really had to fret, his zombie extras pitch in and he manages to finish his opus, barely surviving but learning that making a movie is like love, you can’t do it alone. LET ME OUT is the ultimate tribute to low budget guerrilla film enthusiasts struggling to create. It is hope.

Screening sponsored by DC Asian Pacific American Film – APA Film andGiant Ape Media and FUNimation.



FRIDAY, JUNE 6TH, 2014 – The Burke Theatre at the U.S. Navy Memorial!Dis/orient/ed Comedy is coming!


7PM SHOW (6:15PM Happy Hour)
The Burke Theater at the U.S. Navy Memorial! Dis/orient/ed Comedy is coming!

Use discount code “APAFILMDC” by FRIDAY, 5/30 11:55PM for $18 tickets (Regular price $25)

Proudly co-presented by DC Asian Pacific American Film – APA Film:


The Burke Theater At the U.S. Navy Memorial
Closest metro stop – Archives/Navy Memorial

APAICS (Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies), Asian Fortune News, ChinaUSFusion, Asian Pacific Islander Queer Sisters (APIQS), Cherry Blossom Giving Circle, DC Shorts Film Festival, Gloria Chan, NCAPA (National Council of Asian Pacific Americans), Kollaboration DC, NAPAWF-DC (National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum), National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance, VietFest/NOVAL-DC (National Organization of Vietnamese American Leaders of Greater Washington)


Washington DC– Asian Pacific American Film (APA Film) spent the summer of 2013 in partnership with Asian American Lead (AA Lead) for the sixth year of the APA Film Point of View Youth (POV) Filmmaker Workshop. Spearheaded by APA Film’s Wyman Lee, Amy Hosseinnian, and the staff of AA Lead, students aged 15 to 19 who would not normally have access to film training were able to put together short five-minute films.

The POV Youth Filmmaker Workshop is a youth filmmaking training program designed to empower and provide a voice to DC area Asian Pacific American youth through the art of visual storytelling. This summer, it consisted of a series of workshops that took place over a two-month period of time with participants of the AA Lead programs. Participants learned necessary skills and steps to create a short film from conception to completion.

Workshops were led primarily by Amy Hosseinnian where she took students step-by-step through pre-production, production, and post-production. With administrative and curriculum development help from Wyman Lee, two films were produced by students by the end of the workshop.

These films were a documentary about the American Dream, and a public service announcement (PSA) about bullying and stereotypes. The American Dream documentary chronicled the story of two restaurant owners: one owner a first-generation immigrant– her second-generation son the other owner. The films will be featured on the Smithsonian website later this year.

– Cherisse Yanit-Nadal


By Allison Lyzenga
My Film Habit

Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey (with the short The Problem of Gravity)

This next film I saw at the festival was pretty amazing. It’s a documentary from director Ramona S. Diaz about Arnel Pineda, the new Filipino lead singer for the band Journey. I don’t know if I’ve been living under a rock or something, but I had absolutely no idea that this had happened. First of all, I hadn’t realized that Journey was still touring, but then I also didn’t know that they snagged themselves a new, youthful front man. And, to make the story even more interesting, the band found Pineda on Youtube after he had posted several videos of himself singing with this cover band in Manila. This is such a remarkable story. Click here to read more.

Daylight Savings (with the short The Champions)

Night Three of the DC APA Film Festival had some pretty great selections of offer as well. The theme for these films seemed to be a lot lighter and breezier—perfect for a Saturday afternoon screening. The feature film in this early showcase was another bittersweet offering from Dave Boyle, starring the always-delightful Goh Nakamura. Click here to read more.


We have a full day of events on tap for today. Some highlights from today include: Daniel Henney’s hotness, a little ’80s glam rock, and lots of touching.

Shanghai Calling
Screening Time: October 6, 8:00 pm
Venue: U.S. Navy Memorial
Run Time: 100 minutes

As Asia Pacific Arts found out in may, Daniel Henney is hot. He’s also in one of our Closing Night films.

When ambitious New York attorney Sam (Daniel Henney) is sent to Shanghai, he immediately stumbles into a legal mess that could end his career. With the help of a beautiful relocation specialist (Eliza Coupe), a well-connected old-timer (Bill Paxton), a clever journalist (Geng Le), and a street-smart legal assistant (Zhu Zhu), Sam might just save his job, find romance, and learn to appreciate the many wonders of this gorgeous, modern city.

Screening Time: October 6, 2:00 pm
Venue: Goethe-Institut
Run Time: 109 minutes

At V.I.P. Nails, a Vietnamese manicurist named Tam has a new customer: Brendan, a shy mechanic who literally has a problem on his hands. He can never get rid of the oil stains around his nails, and when he tries to be intimate with his aloof wife, she always rejects him with the same excuse: “Your hands are filthy!” Desperately seeking to save his marriage, Brendan goes to the nail salon every day, where Tam scrubs his hands clean and offers him advice on how to get his wife to love him again. But soon, Tam and Brendan find themselves drawn to each other, an attraction which becomes harder and harder to resist.

Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey
Screening Time: October 6, 6:00 pm
Venue: U.S. Navy Memorial
Run Time: 113 minutes

Halfway around the world, Journey, the iconic, quintessentially American rock band who recorded eight platinum-certified albums in during their heyday, has chosen a new lead singer in a manner befitting this internet age: they found him through YouTube.


By Allison Lyzenga
My Film Habit

Night two of the DC APA Film Fest was just as enchanting as the first. But, this showcase was about comedy. Raucous girl comedy, to be specific. Both of the films on the program exhibited a delightfully sassy sense of humor on the part of the directors, and both were really fun. Click here to read more.

The late night showing on night two of the DC APA Film Festival had a completely different vibe from the light comedy of the early show. This was the horror showcase, and it ended up being much scarier than I was anticipating. Click here to read more.


The Film: “I am a Ghost”
Screening Time: 10:00 pm
The Venue: Goethe-Institute
Run Time: 75 minutes

Emily has issues. And they make it hard for her to leave her own house… even after her death.

Emily is a troubled spirit trapped in her own home. Day after day, she wonders why she can’t leave. Meanwhile, the living are eager to rid the house of her spirit. Enter Sylvia, the clairvoyant hired to get rid of her.

Once Sylvia arrives, Emily is forced into a patient/therapist relationship with her. Mysteries about Emily’s past are uncovered, but will they enable her to move on?

-Cherisse Yanit-Nadal

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