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Award Winning Films at 11th DC APA Film Festival

The Things We Carry

WASHINGTON, D.C. – D.C. Asian Pacific American Film, Inc. has been part of the D.C. community for almost 11 years now. This year, DC APA Film’s 11th Annual Film Festival will take place on October 7 to October 16, 2010 in locations throughout downtown D.C.

The critically acclaimed film Au Revoir Taipei – an award winner at the prestigious Berlin International Film Festival this year – will make its D.C. premiere on Thursday, October 7. Au Revoir Taipei, executive produced by Palme d’Or winner and Oscar nominee Wim Wenders, will screen at Landmark’s E Street Cinema at 7:30 p.m. as the festival’s Opening Night film. DC APA Film is delighted to have TECRO – Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the U.S. – as its Opening Night sponsor.

“With 10 years of success, (DC APA Film) has become one of the most prominent film festivals of its type,” said Ambassador Jason C. Yuan of TECRO. “TECRO is very proud that Au Revoir Taipei was chosen to open the 11th DC APA (Film Festival).”

In his feature length debut, director and winner of DC APA Film’s 2007 “Best Narrative Short” award Arvin Chen returns to the vibrant streets of Taipei in this charming film about old loves and new loves found. A Q&A and reception will follow the screening.

The festival’s Centerpiece film is Fog written, directed and edited by Kit Hui. Set during the 10th anniversary of Hong Kong’s reunification with China, Fog tells the story of Wai, who suffers from a rare form of amnesia that wipes his memory entirely clean, as he attempts to restart his life and embarks upon a journey of self-discovery and redemption. Fog will screen at E Street Cinema on October 14 at 7:30 p.m.

The Closing Night film, The Things We Carry, is the debut feature film of Athena and Alyssa Lobit. On her travels, thrill-seeking wanderer Emmie receives a letter informing her that her junkie mother has passed away and left her a mysterious package. Emmie goes back home to face an estranged sister and all the troubles she left behind. The film will screen at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. at the Goethe-Institut on Oct. 16. A reception will follow each screening.

DC APA Film’s 10 day film festival screens feature and short films, and will take place at venues such as the Smithsonian Institute’s Freer and Sackler Galleries, the National Museum of the American Indian, the Goethe-Institut and E Street Cinema. Throughout the festival there will be daily raffles where audience members can win t-shirts, subscriptions to Asian American magazines such as Hyphen and Giant Robot and much more. A panel on Korean adoption and screenings at the Freer are free of charge. For more information and to view the festival schedule, visit www.apafilm.org

D.C. Asian Pacific American (APA) Film is a nonprofit, 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization, devoted to encouraging the artistic development of APA media artists and raising public awareness of APA media arts through an annual festival and other events in the Washington, D.C. area. It is the only Asian Pacific American film festival held in the D.C. region. In addition to the film festival, DC APA Film sponsors a summer-long P.O.V. (Point-of-View) Youth Filmmaker Workshop, which is a youth filmmaking training program designed to empower and provide a voice to local APA youth by teaching them the art of movie-making.

To apply for press accreditation, visit:
http://www.apafilm.org/2010/docs/APA Accreditation Form 2010.doc

Media contact: Sharon Kim, DC APA Film, 202-330-5496, Sharon@apafilm.org

For information about TECRO, visit: www.ROC-Taiwan.org/us

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