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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



D.C. Asian Pacific American Film, in collaboration with the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative’s Office (TECRO), is proud to present Taiwan’s highest-grossing documentary, Go Grandriders, at Landmark’s E Street Cinema (555 11th St. NW, WDC) on Wednesday, May 29, at 7 p.m. This is a FREE screening that you don’t want to miss! In addition to seeing this wonderful film, you will have an opportunity to win some awesome prizes such as the highly-acclaimed Taiwanese tea and pineapple cake! Read More »


Looking for a party this weekend? DC APA and Kollaboration DC are teaming up to bring you a good one.

The Kick-off Party will celebrate the Kollaboration DC show on Saturday, September 22 and the DC APA Film Festival which opens on Thursday, October 4th and runs through Sunday, October 7th.

This shindig will be held at the Navy Memorial on September 21st and doors open at 6:30 PM. There will be a special wine tasting hosted by Cobble Mountain Cellars. Salia to appear along with other special celebrity performers. Guests at the party get an exclusive sneak peak at the DC APA trailers.


DC APA Film Tickets will be on sale at the Kick-Off Event.


Interested In Getting Involved? We still need volunteers.

Who: You
What: Volunteer Opportunities
When: September 21, September 22, During the Festival
Where: @ The Kick-Off Party, @ Street Teams at Kollaboration DC, @The DC APA Film Festival
Why: Because it’s fun! (And because we need you!)

How: By emailing ken(at)apafilm(dot)org and asking him how to get involved.


To commemorate Filipino American History Month, the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program presents a screening of the film Amigo and a conversation with the director: the critically acclaimed and Oscar-nominated John Sayles.

Amigo, the 17th feature film from Sayles, provides an optic on the easily forgotten history of the Philippine-American War, a short lived but brutal war that claimed the lives of about 4,000 Americans and between 200,000 to 600,000 Filipinos. Amigo stars legendary Filipino actor Joel Torre as Rafael, a village mayor caught in the crossfire of the war, and Academy-Award winner, Chris Cooper, as U.S. Colonel Hardacre. Filipino American scholar Theo Gonzalves, a professor of American Studies at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, will moderate the conversation with Sayles.

WHEN: Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011 from 6 to 9 p.m. (FREE)
WHERE: Rasmuson Theater, National Museum of the American Indian, 4th Street + Independence Ave, SW



This is going to be an amazing weekend for Asian Americans in the arts! Come check out our 7 pm screening of Surrogate Valentine, and you can still make it over to the Artisphere in Rosslyn, VA for the Sulu DC October show (our community partners in crime in the Asian-American arts) starting at 9 p.m.! In fact, if you bring your Surrogate Valentine ticket stub to the Artisphere, you will get $5 off of the admission price. Read More »


Our festival is winding down. Come out to see some of our very best on Friday.

D.C. APA Film is known for showing the best short films from around the country + all over the world. Friday we will screen Savasana - winner of our Best Narrative Short award. Savasana is part of the Mysterio/Mysteré shorts program. These films embark upon the world of the extraordinary: imagination and inspiration; freezing time; humanity’s reliance upon futuristic technology; and the desire for the unattainable. Read More »


Paging all our RomCom peeps:

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.

The sponsor of this film, Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the United States (TECRO) will be giving away special Centennial Pins commemorating the 100th birthday of the Republic of China. Read More »


We have some incredible documentaries for you today. We kick off the screenings with The Lulu Sessions at 2 p.m at the Goethe-Institut. This is an award-winning and critically acclaimed film – it won our 2011 Best Documentary Feature winner. The Lulu Sessions also captured our prestigious George C. Lin Emerging Filmmaker prize, awarded to director S. Casper Wong. We will be presenting the award to her after the screening. L.A. Weekly called this film a “Must-see documentary.” It has garnered so many special accolades, this is a truly special film that you do not want to miss. Read More »


A few reasons why you should come to the Opening Night of the 12th Annual D.C. APA Film Festival:

- Some people actually bought new threads to wear for Thursday night’s screening of Saigon Electric. So you’ll be seeing some sharp dressed peeps if you’re into fashion.

- The popcorn at E Street Cinema is frickin’ ridiculously good. Yes even better than the popcorn at ArcLight Cinemas in Hollywood. Yes I know because I ate buckets of popcorn at ArcLight. Read More »