12th Annual DC APA Film Festival Oct 6-15, 2011

October 6
7:30 PM

There will be an Opening Night Reception following the screening

Runtime: 108 min
Directed by: Stephane Gauger

Set in Vietnam and filled visually stunning dance sequences, Saigon Electric is a story of friendship, class, love, and dance.

October 7
7:00 PM
Runtime: 89 min
Directed by: Donald Li

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.

9:15 PM
Shorts Program: Losing Roots, Finding Home
Runtime: 91 min

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.

October 8
1:00 PM
Anna May Wong: In Her Own Words
Runtime: 57 min
Directed by: Yunah Hong

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.

3:30 PM
Runtime: 74 min
Directed by: Kenny Meehan & Bill Bowles

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.

4:00 PM
Shorts Program: Crossing Cultures
Runtime: 78 min

This collection of short films is filled with stories of the struggles of love, life, and family that resonate across lands and cultures.

7:00 PM
Shorts Program: Dance, Love, and Donkey Kong
Runtime: 94 min

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. "

9:00 PM
Runtime: 90 min
Directed by: David Ren

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.

October 9
2:00 PM
Runtime: 86 min
Directed by: S. Casper Wong

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.

4:30 PM
Runtime: 75 min
Directed by: Sé Merry Doyle

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.

7:00 PM
Directed by: Ross Tuttle

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.

October 10
October 11
October 12
October 13
Centerpiece Film: Cape No. 7
Runtime: 129 min
Directed by: Wei Te-Sheng

Centerpiece Film: The Fourth Portrait
Runtime: 104 min
Directed by: Chung Mong-Hong

October 14
Shorts Program: Mysterio/Mysteré
Runtime: 91 min

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.

Runtime: 95 min
Iris K. Shim
The House of Suh examines the complex dynamics of the Suh family, the tragedies that shaped their history, and the values embraced and rejected by Andrew and his sister Catherine. Their story culminates with them planning and executing a crime that shocked the Korean-American community and ignited a media frenzy.
October 15
4:00 PM
Runtime: 93 min
Directed by: Prashant Bhargava

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.

7:00 and 9:00 PM

There will be an Closing Night Reception following the second screening

Runtime: 82 min
Directed by: Dave Boyle

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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