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SAVE THE DATE, WASHINGTON, DC! 
FRIDAY, JUNE 6TH, 2014 – The Burke Theatre at the U.S. Navy Memorial!Dis/orient/ed Comedy is comin!

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

+Aparna Nancherla – Totally Biased (FX), Conan (TBS)
+D’lo – Looking on HBO, Internationally-touring solo performer, Disoriented Comedy
+Atsuko Okatsuka – MOCAtv, LittleRock, Disoriented Comedy
+Jenny Yang - ISATv, Buzzfeed Video, Disoriented Comedy
and more comics to be announced!

Closest metro stop – Archives/Navy Memorial

Tickets will be on-sale soon. Stay tuned!

 
1511382_10153998007060481_7901195973983631792_nJoin us in celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage Night at Nationals Park on Monday, May 5th 7PM as the Washington Nationals take on the Los Angeles Dodgers (with Hyun-Jin Ryu).

SEATING & PRICING
Price Location
$58* Infield Box
$31* Mezzanine Level
$18* Outfield Gallery

*Includes $4 donation. Donations will benefit DC APA Film, an organization dedicated to Asian Pacific American creatives involved with arts & film. Your contribution will also help fund the operations of their annual DC film festival.

Each ticket will have $4 donated back to DC APA Film, an all volunteer, non-profit organization.

TICKET LINK: http://mlb.com/was/ticketing/groups_events.jsp?group=apa

For more information or to purchase 13 or more tickets, please contact Soo Mee Yoon at 202.640.7714 or soomee.yoon@nationals.com.

 

 

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Come out on Monday, April 28th to the West End Cinema
for a DC Preview Screening of “CAMBODIAN SON”

Synopsis:
Director Masahiro Sugano of Studio Revolt embarks on a special North American educational tour of “Cambodian Son,” his new feature documentary that follows the journey of an exiled American spoken word poet, Kosal Khiev, from the streets of Phnom Penh to the stages of London during the 2012 Cultural Olympiad.

Thirty-five-year-old Kosal Khiev was forced to flee Cambodia to the United States as a 1-year-old refugee. Later forcibly returned to Phnom Penh as an exiled “criminal alien,” he is a volatile, charming and talented young poet whose life begins to change when he is invited to represent Cambodia at the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad.

As an infant, Kosal was one of 280,000 Cambodian refugees granted asylum in the United States after fleeing massive US bombing campaigns and the Khmer Rouge genocide. Fully American in all but citizenship, Kosal and thousands of others received prison time for serious youthful mistakes and were punished again with deportation.

Kosal wrestles with the contradictions of being banned from home for life, making his way with his fellow exiles who face depression, substance abuse and suicide while finding new freedom as an international poet.

Director Masashiro Sugano will be in attendance for a Q&A after the film.
$10 only – Seats are limited so BUY EARLY!!!

For more info on the film:
www.cambodianson.com
Trailer for Cambodian Son:
 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EHiUw0v8YSs
Tickets Available:
http://tinyurl.com/noghl9e

Thanks to Josh Levin & West End Cinema for their support.

SCREENING PRESENTED BY DC APA FILM AND THE SOUTHEAST ASIA RESOURCE ACTION CENTER (SEARAC)

 

Join DC APA film for a free screening of Someone I Used to Know on Thursday, November 7 at Busboys & Poets followed by a Q&A session with director Nadine Truong and actor/producer Brian Yang!

Charlie has recently lost his girlfriend and job and is definitely not living the life he imagined for himself. He meets up with his high school friends, Luke and Danny, at a LA nightclub to catch up. They run into another trio and the strangers go back to Luke’s place for a “few more drinks”. As the night wears on, there are confessions and revelations.

The film deals with the disappointment when adulthood doesn’t meet expectations. The film looks moody and atmospheric and the direction and writing has been receiving praise.

Someone I Used to Know was produced by 408 films and shot in LA ion 17 days on a small budget and funded in part via Kickstarter. Come support Asian American filmmakers and talent! Learn more about the direction and production of the film when director Nadine Truong and actor/producer Brian Yang stop by the screening of Someone I Used to Know on November 27th at Busboys & Poets.

The Film: Someone I Used to Know

Screening Time: Thursday, November 7, 2013 at 6 PM

The Venue: Busboys & Poets at 5th & K

Run Time: 79 minutes

Catch the trailer here! Sign up for the waiting list here!

 

photo 2APAFilm’s 2013 Free Fall Film Series continues this weekend with HAFU (Saturday, 10/12)(new documentary about the mixed race experience in Japan) and our “APA Stereotypes in Hollywood” panel (Sunday, 10/13) including special guests in media (AngryAsianMan.com blogger Phil Yu and NPR’s Kat Chow), film (director Stephen Dypianco, actor Aaron Takahashi), community leaders (Christian Oh and Simone Jacobsen) and human beatbox Chip Han.

Our RSVP lists for HAFU on Saturday, 10/12 and for the panel Sunday, 10/13 are completely full at the moment, but you can still sign up to be on the waiting lists for possible last-minute availability.

Don’t forget to join us at DAIKAYA Ramen‘s upstairs izakaya (705 6th St. NW, Washington, DC 20001) for happy hour specials from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. after the HAFU screening on 10/12.

Limited seats are still available for our 11/7 screening for “Someone I Used to Know” directed by Nadine Truong, so RSVP here now!

If you’re not attending, as you can clearly see, you’re missing out!

 

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As part of kicking off our new Fall 2013 Program, APAFilm is proud to participate in our community partner FYP-DC‘s (Filipino Young Professionals – DC) upcoming Fil-Am Community Fair this Saturday, 10/5 (10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.), at the Philippine Embassy!

We’re honored to join other local organizations such as AALead, NAPAWF-DC, KAYA (Filipinos for Progress), APALA-DC (Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance), among many others, to connect with talented students at local universities who are interested in bringing their energy, skills and gifts to our community.

APAFilm is always looking for new volunteers to help us find ways to support the voices and faces of Asian Americans in the film/media arts. Meet us there to find out how, and see you then!

 

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Join DC APA for a screening of Taiwanese film “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?” The screening is presented by the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office (TECRO), Washington, DC.  Arvin Chen’s latest film, “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?” “is a whimsical, light-hearted comedy that explores where and we get our notions of love and happiness. The film examines how society’s expectations and demands doesn’t necessarily promote individual happiness in modern day Taipei.

“Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow” reunites director Arvin Chen with his “Au Revoir Taipei.editor, Justin Guerrieri. Justin Guerriri, editor of “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?” will be in DC for the film’s October 6 screening. Guerrieri will take part in a Q & A session after the film.

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“Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?” tells the story of Weichung, a closeted gay man, who begins questioning his marriage of 9 years after his wife announces her desire for a second child. Meanwhile, his younger sister Mandy has abuptly broken off her engagement she becomes alarmed at the prospect of lifelong domesticity.

“Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?” examines where our notions of love and happiness come from. Taiwan has changed a lot in the 30 years since my parents left the island. Martial law ended, Taiwan transitioned to a democracy, and McDonald’s was introduced. When a country goes through so many changes rapidly, people begin to question traditional ideas about what constitutes a fulfilled and satisfying life.  “Will You Sill Love Me Tomorrow?” shows characters receiving different messages about love from various sources such as family, friends, the wedding album industry, and Korean dramas.

Will_You_Still_Love_Me_Tomorrow_Stills_11_copy_3The film also explores the tensions between that arise when what makes an individual happy doesn’t align with what society wants of them. It’s particularly interesting to me to see this topic explored in a Taiwanese setting where historically, major life decisions like choosing a college major have been determined by what society needs of you rather than personal interest. My friend’s father desperately wanted to be an engineer as a young man in Taiwan but college majors were determined by college entrance exam scores. High-scoring students were admitted to engineering school but the highest scoring students were sent to medical school. My friend’s father intentionally got questions wrong in an attempt to attend engineering school. However, the year he took his college entrance exam, the scores were generally lower and he still had one of the highest scores which meant that he was not admitted to engineering school but medical school instead. For Weichung, pursuing romance and desire means neglecting his familial responsibilities. I’m curious to see how Weichung balances his personal desires with what society wants of him.

“Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?” takes place in Taipei which has been called the Portland of Asia. This is a city where a hike in the mountains is just a metro ride away and people’s idea of fun is eating the night away. Taipei’s cute cafes and art galleries provide a fine setting for a romantic comedy. “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow” The film was shot in Taipei for four months. Guerriri, who was raised in the Washington, DC area, stayed in Taipei all throughout filming. Editing was completed 10 weeks after production.

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“Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?” premiered at Berlin and Tribeca. You can catch the film’s screening on October 6, 2013 at 2 PM in the Meyer Auditorium, Freer Gallery of Art. The screening is FREE and open to the public. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. The screening is sponsored by the Tapiei Economic and Cultural Representative Office (TECRO), Washington, DC. “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?” will be released nationwide in December 2013 by Film Movement.

The screening will be followed by a question and answer session with the editor, Justin Guerrieri. Guerreiri studied film at USC where he met director, Arvin Chen. “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?” is Guerrieri’s third film with Chen. Guerrieri also edited “Mei” which won the Silver Bear in Berlin in 1997 and Chen’s feature “Au Revoir Taipei”. Guerrieri’s feature directorial debut, “Trail of Blood” will be released by Lionsgate later this year. “Trail of Blood” is a thriller that Guerrieri also wrote and directed with his brother.

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The Film: “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?”

Screening Time: Sunday, October 6, 2013, 2 PM

The Venue: Meyer Auditorium, Freer Gallery of Art.

Run Time: 104 minutes

Q & A Session with Justin Guerrieri

 

Welcome to the Fall Film Poster Series

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Wouldn’t it be cool if every amazing memory was encapsulated as a film poster? Some memories are just too epic. Sometimes instagram pics just aren’t enough to capture the full range of emotions. So if I had to pick just one type of image to commemorate life milestones, I’d want to hire designers to create film posters. Sell that to Facebook’s timeline engineers.

Let’s think about it. Lord of the Rings film posters conjure symphonic orchestra and choir music and I feel compelled to sigh as if preparing for a journey. Anchorman’s film poster makes me think I’ve gone back in time and need to punch myself in the face for making the wrong kind of hero my role model. Whatever the case, the best film posters embody a climactic moment of the film. As for the abstract ones? Well, the filmmakers are just deep like that.

This fall, APA Film is transforming the way we think about our programming. As an organization, we are evolving to have a year-long presence as opposed to having a concentrated effort just one time per year. Our festival has been successful in the past, but we’d like to connect with our community on a more regular basis. This fall marks the beginning of this programmatic transition.

Like film posters, each of our events will focus on one film or one niche industry subject. Each event will carry a specific style. Each event will speak to a specific audience. So in honor of Our first 2013 Free Fall Series, we have a film poster series to present our pillar events. Of course, we will still have film outings (ie: LINsanity premiere on October 4), but the pillar events below were specifically created for APA Film’s Series. These are the events that you will want to remember as memorable connection with APA Film.

Stay tuned for more specifics about guest events and highlights.

 

WILL YOU STILL LOVE ME TOMORROW?
(film screening with editor Q&A)
Sunday, October 6: 2:30pm
Goethe-Institut:  812 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
First come first serve so get there early!
RSVP at the Facebook Event

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HAFU
(film screening followed by happy hour)
Saturday, October 12, 4pm
Goethe-Institut: 812 7th St, NW
Event RSVP

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APA STEREOTYPES IN HOLLYWOOD

(panel discussion with pre-show and ice cream social)
Sunday, October 13: 2pm
Goethe-Institut: 812 7th St, NW
Event RSVP

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SOMEONE I USED TO KNOW

(film screening with Director/Producer/Actor Q&A)
Thursday, November 7: 6:30pm
Busboys & Poets: 1025 5th St, NW
Event RSVP

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APA Film is sponsoring a free fall 2013 series. View our pillar events in the calendar below.

Our first pillar event kicks off on October 6 at the Goethe Institut, featuring a screening and Q&A with film, WILL YOU STILL LOVE ME TOMORROW. No reservations are required but we will only accept attendees on a first come first serve basis, so come early!

-10/06: WILL YOU STILL LOVE ME TOMORROW. Check out the latest info on it here | https://www.facebook.com/events/163986900473887/

Our remaining events have limited seating. Please reserve your spot via the following links.

-10/12: HAFU film screening | https://hafu.eventbrite.com

-10/13: APA STEREOTYPES IN HOLLYWOOD panel with pre-show and post-networking social | https://apahollywood.eventbrite.com

-11/07: SOMEONE I USED TO KNOW film screening with Q&A | https://siu2k.eventbrite.com

 

For the full list of events, including LINsanity outing information, please follow us on Twitter and Facebook the @apafilm handle.

 

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APA Film Free Fall Series 2013

 

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