Film writer Allison Lyzenga, who has covered the DC APA Film Festival for several years, attended the D.C. premiere of Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale. The film will be in theaters starting on April 27. Read what Allison thought about the film:
I had the pleasure of being invited to attend an advance screening of this film by one of its sponsors. TECRO is the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the United States, and this organization frequently sponsors films that present or teach about Taiwanese culture. I am always impressed by movies that I really learn something from. And, just about everything in Warriors of the Rainbow was brand new to me. I’m not claiming to be so worldly as to know everything about all the countries in the world. But, I’ve found that it’s often hard to find films that cover new ground. This phenomenon is understandable. Filmmakers are eager for their work to succeed, so many tend to fall back on old, reliable material. But, I really learned a lot from this film.
DC APA Film has been around since 2000 and nobody on the staff has ever made a penny from it. Pretty amazing eh? We’re just a bunch of volunteers who love to watch films and enjoy putting together a film festival. It does involve a lot of hard work but when we see you at our screenings laughing, shedding a tear or grabbing the person next to you because you’re scared, it makes everything worth it. We also get to meet many talented filmmakers from all over the country and it is truly our pleasure to show their amazing films to you. Read More »
Join us Saturday night for a fantastic night of movie and music, not to mention fabulous food and drink at the Closing Night reception after the screening.
Goh Nakamura (playing himself) is a San Francisco musician trying to break into the music scene. In the meantime, he agrees to do a favor for a filmmaker friend and teaches TV star Danny (Chadd Stoops) how to play the guitar for his upcoming movie role. In an attempt to learn the ins and outs of being a “rock star,” Danny follows Goh on his West Coast tour. Read More »
PATANG (The Kite) Wins Best Feature Film at 2011 DC APA Film Fest
WASHINGTON, Oct. 12 ̶ D.C. Asian Pacific American Film is thrilled to award its Best Narrative Feature Award to director Prashant Bhargava and his feature film debut PATANG (The Kite). PATANG will screen Saturday, October 15, 4 p.m. at the Goethe-Institut in Washington D.C. Read More »
D.C. APA Film has gone all over the world (okay just the D.C. area, specifically the NW) to bring you Taiwan’s blockbuster film Cape No. 7. This romantic comedy music-drama is the second-highest grossing film in the country’s history, second only to that boat movie directed by the dude who did Avatar. So we hope to see all of our RomCom fans Thursday, Oct. 13 at E Street Cinema.
We’ve got a packed lineup today. Here’s a rundown on what is screening today:
Anna May Wong: In Her Own Words, 1 p.m.
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. She was the first Chinese American movie star, and started out in silent films at age 17. Read More »
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There are lots of places to film, but none better than the captivating atmosphere and gorgeous beaches of Jupiter, Florida. There's plenty of places to eat such as McDonalds and Burger King in the area to keep a film crew happy. Lately we've been considering renting a house to film a debonnaire film about a lonely hipster organic gluten free Whole Foods employee with an addiction to Starbucks lattes. We found some great Jupiter properties that are perfect for filming our indoor scenes. The beautiful lot and spectacular 4 bedrooms provide excellent scenery. Best of all, we contacted our local mortgage broker and he said we could have the house for free. No kidding! We shaved over $500,000 off our $10,000 indie budget.
Let's not forget all the other great properties available in Jupiter. There are many great movies that are made in this area but nothing can compare just driving around looking at Jupiter real estate. There are many great homes in the area and all are beautifully decorated. The lawns are huge and the grass is green. Some of the lots even have lawn ornaments and we think it's snazzy. We found this beautiful lakeside home and we can't wait to film there. There's a pesky family that already lives there and we were almost arrested for trespassing.
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