12th Annual DC APA Film Festival Oct 6-15, 2011
Five people meet in a tiny Chinese apartment for an afternoon game of mahjong, a traditional Chinese tile game. But everyone has something to hide in this stylized black comedy.
Young people struggling with their place in the world are the subject of these shorts. Looking for lost toys, and feeling disconnected from family and culture are not uncommon for these youth. They search for their own meaning and purpose in a rapidly changing world of jet-setting and migrations.
Star of both silent and sound pictures, Chinese American actress Anna May Wong lent her unmatched talent to such lauded works as Shanghai Express alongside Marlene Dietrich. Filmmaker Yunah Hong paints a vivid portrait of a Hollywood original, narrated in Anna May’s own words by actress Doan Ly.
As an Indian American actor working in Los Angeles, Omi Vaidya is subject to type-casting and less than desirable supporting roles. That is, of course, until he happens to land a dream role in one of the biggest Bollywood films of all time. Filmmakers Kenny Meehan and Bill Bowles, travel to India with him to document the premier of 3 Idiots, Vaidya's Bollywood film debut.
This collection of short films is filled with stories of the struggles of love, life, and family that resonate across lands and cultures.
If we’re lucky, passion and love enter our lives every day – passion for nature, romantic love, or even the love of a grandparent. This series of shorts showcases the many different ways passion and love play a role in our lives. "
Non-stop action. Murder. Sex. Beautiful women. A bad-ass antihero. Mystery. All these elements combine to make the ultimate Asian-American neo-noir in director David Ren's (Shanghai Kiss) second feature film, The Girl from the Naked Eye.
Dr. Louise "Lulu" Nutter, a world-class cancer researcher, is the subject of S. Casper Wong’s intimate documentary The Lulu Sessions. Lulu learns that she has end-stage breast cancer. Forced to face this devastating illness and her own personal shortcomings, Lulu begins a difficult journey.
Jimmy Murakami is a world-renowned, Oscar-nominated animator whose credits include When the Wind Blows and The Snowman. This film takes you through Jimmy's extraordinary life, from his childhood in the United States, through his Hollywood career and adopted country Ireland, and to his return to the Tule Lake Camp to confront his childhood pain and his still present anger with the American government that put him there.
Resident Aliens is the story of three Cambodian-born refugees that live in America, but through different situations, are deported back to their native country, Cambodia. This compelling documentary takes the audience on a tour of daily struggles, employment, old habits, self doubt, family, and responsibility.
This shorts program embarks upon the world of the extraordinary: imagination and inspiration; freezing time; humanity’s reliance upon futuristic technology; and the desire for the unattainable.
A poetic journey to the old city of Ahmedabad, The Kite (Patang) weaves together the stories of six people transformed by the energy of India’s largest kite festival. With naturalistic performances from actors and non–actors alike, bold, lyrical editing, vibrant cinematography and a kinetic score, The Kite (Patang) delights the senses and nourishes the spirit.
There will be an Closing Night Reception following the second screening
San Francisco musician Goh Nakamura (playing himself) is barely scraping by while playing live gigs and teaching guitar lessons. So when a filmmaker friend asks Goh to teach TV star Danny Turner (Chadd Stoops) how to play the guitar for his upcoming movie role, Goh jumps at the chance. In an attempt to learn the ins and outs of being a "rock star," Danny follows Goh on his West Coast tour. Directed by Dave Boyle (White on Rice, screened at the 2009 DC APA Film Festival), Surrogate Valentine is a sweet, romantic comedy showcasing the music of Goh Nakamura.
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