Festival 2010 Events Page


2010 Festival Kickoff Happy Hour

September 30, 2010: 6-8:30 PM
ONE Lounge
1606 20th St NW
Washington, DC

Come join the party at ONE Lounge as DC APA Film gears up for its 11th annual DC APA Film Festival. We’ll be celebrating this year’s outstanding film lineup, raffling off prizes and getting ready for the forthcoming October 7 Opening Night. Be the first to get your hands on this year’s program book and be there for a chance to win an all-access, VIP pass to the festival. (value $100)

If you like good food, good drinks, good film or good people, come hang out with us at ONE Lounge on September 30. See you there.

One Lounge is the story of four friends in search of a place they all would enjoy. With backgrounds as diverse as Russia, Greece, D.C. and L.A., Filipp, Niko, Seth, and Daniel began creating what is now One Lounge. The idea was a place that offered great food, even after 10:00pm; a place that played cool music, but people could still hang out and talk; and a place that had a modern, hip atmosphere, but wasn’t a night club. Today, One Lounge is that place. Come see it for yourself! Visit the One Lounge website.

Opening Night Reception

October 7, 2010 at 9:30 PM
Asia Nine
915 E Street NW
Washington, DC 20004

A reception will follow the Opening Night screening of Au Revoir Taipei at Asia Nine immediately after the Q&A of Au Revoir Taipei. Free for ticket holders; $10 for those without. Light food will be provided.

Don’t Quit Your Day Job — A DIY Filmmaking Workshop with J.P. Chan and DC APA Film

Oct 9, 2010 at 2-4 PM
Goethe Institut
812 7th St NW
Washington, DC 20001
Tickets are VERY LIMITED, so we encourage you to purchase your tickets online to guarantee admission. Tickets will also be sold at the door pending availability.

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You’ve always dreamed about making movies, but you can’t afford the time or money to go to film school…


In this new workshop, self-taught filmmaker J.P. Chan shares his experience in making artistically serious no/low-budget short films that have played for audiences around the world.

You’ll learn how to make movies and get them seen, as J.P. did, with “no experience, no money, and no connections.” In other words, you’ll learn how filmmakers learned the craft and business before going to film school became the norm: by actually making movies.

J.P.’s two-hour workshop is suitable for all ages and levels of experience and includes:

* A screening of his four award-winning short films
* Advice on all stages of filmmaking, including the creative process, equipment, marketing, film festivals, and funding
* Extensive Q&A and participant-led discussion
* Light refreshments
* Opportunity for a personal and extended Q&A with J.P. Chan after the workshop and over dinner

Seats are VERY LIMITED so we encourage you to purchase online, although tickets will also be sold at the door pending availability.

Korean Adoption, Birth Search, and Reunion: From A Mother-Child Perspective

Oct 9, 2010 at 4:45PM
Freer Gallery of Art
Meyer Auditorium
1050 Independence Avenue,
SW, Washington, D.C. 20001
This a FREE event. Pre-registration is not required. Seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Meyer Auditorium capacity is 300 seats.

Community Sponsor:  Sejong Society of Washington, D.C.

Referencing two documentary film selections from this year’s festival, the panel will analyze the motivations, methods, and outcomes for Korean adopted persons when searching and meeting biological family members. Attention will also be paid to the experiences and status of Korean women who give birth in an economically advanced country yet still continue to relinquish children to grow up overseas.

The documentaries will provide a background and basis for this conversation with two licensed adoption social workers and a Korean adopted person. The films are Resilience, Tammy Chu’s documentary that gives rare access to a grieving Korean birthmother, and Going Home, a personal film from Jason Hoffman, a Korean adoptee that meets his birth family after 20 years. Both films will precede the panel discussion. The films will begin at 1:00pm in the Meyer Auditorium.


Abbe Levine, LCSW-C, heads the Department of Family and Post-Adoption Services at The Barker Foundation. In this capacity, she provides ongoing consultation and support to adoptive and birth families, and coordinates support groups and skill-building educational programs for all members of the adoption triad in both domestic and international programs. Ms. Levine acts as The Barker Foundation’s confidential intermediary, serving as a link between adoptive and birth families, and assisting adult adopted persons who seek non-identifying information about their birth families or undertake court-ordered searches.

Brandi Hill, MSW, LGSW, has been an adoption social worker for seven years and has helped families adopt from 19 countries. She is currently working with Children’s Home Society & Family Services as a social worker and helps facilitate pre-adoptive parent education and training, as well as support groups for parents and adopted children. Ms. Hill volunteers at several adoption and culture camps, and particularly likes to present on trans-racial adoption and identity formation, in addition to how parents can prepare children for racism and discrimination.

Anna Petrillo is currently President of APA Film. She has spent 10 years specializing in providing programming needs for young and adult adopted persons including support groups, Korean cultural exchanges and tours, and acting as an intermediary between Korean social workers and adopted persons in the United States who are seeking information and contact about their birth families.

Closing Night Reception

October 16, 2010 at 9PM-10:30PM and 11PM-12AM
812 7th St. NW
Washington, DC
Please note there are TWO screenings of The Things We Carry. Separate receptions will follow each screening, to begin after the filmmaker Q&As have ended. Your Closing Night ticket purchase includes free admission into the reception.

Help us close out the 11th Annual DC APA Film Festival immediately after the Closing Night Film presentation of The Things We Carry upstairs from the theatre of the Goethe-Institut in the 2nd floor gallery. Private reception for Closing Night film ticket holders following each screening at the Goethe-Institut. Light food and drinks will be provided.