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It’s A Wrap: Last Day of the Festival

It’s A Wrap: Last Day of the Festival
A Song for Ourselves - 2009 APA Film Best Short Documentary Winner

A Song for Ourselves - 2009 APA Film Best Short Documentary Winner

Thank you for helping us make our 10th anniversary a truly memorable one. We’ve had such a great time presenting the films and events to you and we’re thrilled that you’ve packed the venues on numerous occasions.

We have a lot of great activities on Saturday, our last day of the festival.

Check out our APA New Media Panel, featuring panelists Eric Byler and Annabel Park, filmmakers of 9500 Liberty, and Sylvia Chong, Assistant Professor of English and American Studies at the University of Virginia.

Through video clips and discussion, this panel will analyze the history of Asian Pacific American activism in media, reflecting on the contributions of early pioneers. It’s FREE at the Freer Gallery of Art, Meyer Auditorium, Jefferson Drive at 12th Street, SW, at 4 p.m.

Pre-registration is not required. Seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Meyer Auditorium capacity is 300 seats. Auditorium doors will open approximately 30 minutes before the event.

Our first film of the day is Manilatown is in the Heart, noon at the Freer Gallery of Art. In his latest film, activist, media artist and documentarian Curtis Choy pays his respects to the manongs, a generation of Filipino men that immigrated to California in the 1920’s and 30’s, settling within the Central Valley and San Francisco and coming of age during the Depression, World War II and Philippine Independence. Leaning on each other during these turbulent times, this bachelor society found a family and community, while decades passed in the pursuit of social justice in their workplaces and homes. – Anna Petrillo

The film is preceded by Here to Stay and A Song for Ourselves,
the 2009 DC APA Film Festival Best Short Documentary winner.

Another FREE film screening at 2 p.m., Freer Gallery of Art, is You Don’t Know Jack: The Jack Soo Story. Award-winning director Jeff Adachi (The Slanted Screen) marks his sophomore effort with a new documentary on Jack Soo, a Japanese American who paved the way for Asian Americans in the entertainment industry. Soo was one of the first Asian American actors cast as a lead and a regular on 1960’s and 1970’s television. Adachi’s film offers an intimate look into Soo’s life through interviews with fellow co-stars, friends and industry professionals. – Christian Oh

Preceded by Memoirs of the Last Samurai’s Geisha

Our Closing Night film Children of Invention will screen at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. at the Goethe Institut. We still have some tickets available. Get them now because they are guaranteed to sell out.

Director Tze Chun and Producer Mynette Louie are scheduled for attendance. A Q&A will follow each screening. A reception will be held in the second floor gallery of the Goethe following the screening.

One of the best-reviewed films on the indie film festival circuit this year, Tze Chun’s feature film debut, Children of Invention, finally comes to D.C. Recipient of numerous awards and accolades, this heartwarming family drama about economic hardship and the pursuit of the American dream could not resonate more with these current times.

It tells the story of struggling single mom Elaine and her two young children, Raymond, 10, and Tina, 7, and their persistence despite all the odds. Already evicted and living illegally in an unfinished condo, Elaine is soon drawn into the shady world of pyramid schemes. Meanwhile, her children look for new and inventive ways to pass the time at home while their mother is out trying to earn a living. One day Elaine disappears and Raymond is forced to look out for his little sister. – Tad Doyle

Preceded by Crocodile, winner of the 2009 DC APA Film Festival Best Narrative Short.

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