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.
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.
And remember: ANYONE HOLDING EITHER A KOLLABORATION DC OR DC APA FILM FESTIVAL TICKET GETS IN FOR FREE!
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 »
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 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 »
Choosing the right place to film a nice Asian movie can be a daunting task. But even more dramatic and frightful is the risk of personal injury on the set. We were filming in Boca Raton once and one of our ladders fell on a small child and caused some minor nose damage. Needless to say, we needed a lawyer right away as we were afraid of litigation. We hired a personal injury attorney Boca and we felt a little more protected. The filming continued all through the day without distractions or further accidents. We carry some waivers for filming now just in case there are any accidents. We go to everyone's home and make them sign within a 5 mile radius. Our cars are protected too thanks to this attorney.
Here are some facts about personal injury attorneys:
They help the needy.
An unjust harm in need deserves a lawsuit indeed.
They work out of their homes because it's dangerous outside.
Finding great properties for movie sets
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.
SAT Education in Asian Film
Okay let's get serious for a moment. Does your child have what it takes to make it big in film? Often times our children fail at living up to our dreams because of poor SAT scores. We have found that enrolling children early in an online SAT program will diminish their chances of falling to the temptations of the entertainment industry. They will excel in school and in life. The programs are online so there's no excuse that young Jimmy is too sick to go to school or that the dog ate his homework. Go to a library and continue preparing for your exams.
Some children might have the burden of making it big in Hollywood. For these children it is imperative that they think about the generously priced online courses available at their local tutor. We enrolled our children in a program offering online SAT prep and their education has improved significantly. We are firm parents and expect our children to pass their tests and prepare for a great job so that they can pay for our retirements. Sometimes a little discipline can go a long way towards achieving an effective SAT study session.
Steps to SAT success
Wake up early in the morning.
Walk at least 3 miles while reading your favorite SAT study coursework.
Do your homework even before it's assigned.
Even though you're in the film industry, do not fall victim to its temptations.
Learn to please those above you.
Get a great SAT score so that you have the skills to do your taxes.