APA Film is sponsoring a free fall 2013 series. View our pillar events in the calendar below.

Our first pillar event kicks off on October 6 at the Goethe Institut, featuring a screening and Q&A with film, WILL YOU STILL LOVE ME TOMORROW. No reservations are required but we will only accept attendees on a first come first serve basis, so come early!

-10/06: WILL YOU STILL LOVE ME TOMORROW. Check out the latest info on it here | https://www.facebook.com/events/163986900473887/

Our remaining events have limited seating. Please reserve your spot via the following links.

-10/12: HAFU film screening | https://hafu.eventbrite.com

-10/13: APA STEREOTYPES IN HOLLYWOOD panel with pre-show and post-networking social | https://apahollywood.eventbrite.com

-11/07: SOMEONE I USED TO KNOW film screening with Q&A | https://siu2k.eventbrite.com


For the full list of events, including LINsanity outing information, please follow us on Twitter and Facebook the @apafilm handle.


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APA Film Free Fall Series 2013


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



Thank you to all who attended the Washington D.C. premiere of Go Grandriders which screened at Landmark’s E Street Cinema last night. It was a fun evening! Those in attendance were treated to a wonderful film and some were lucky to win prizes provided by our co-sponsor TECRO.

It was truly inspiring to see the octogenarians in Go Grandriders go after their dreams. It is never to late to pursue your dreams.



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 »


In celebration of the release of Ang Lee’s new film LIFE OF PI, AFI Silver and the Smithsonian’s Freer & Sackler Galleries team up to present a complete retrospective of the Taiwan-born director’s work. This series is co-sponsored by the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office (TECRO), Washington, D.C.

For the list of films screening at AFI Silver Theatre click here.

For films screening at the Freer, click here.


In 1867, 2,000 Chinese railroad workers organized a strike by walking off their jobs to protest their oppressive work conditions.  In 1965, Filipino farm workers joined their Mexican counterpartso form the United Farm Workers and staged the Grape Strike and Boycott of 1965. Since then, Asian Americans have been elected to political offices and are active in numerous advocacy organizations that address issues such as education, human rights, immigration, and electoral politics.  At every moment in American history, Asian Americans have been involved in protest and in politics, in realizing a more perfect union.


-What is the state of Asian American politics?

-Has the Asian American community moved from protest politics to mainstream politics?

-What does the 2012 Election say about Asian American political trends?


Join our panelists, former Louisiana Congressman the Honorable Joseph Cao, Janelle Wong, director, University of Maryland, Asian American Studies Program and Deepa Iyer, executive director, South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT), as they discuss the trends and barriers affecting Asian American political participation and the recent election. Gene Kim, executive director of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC), will moderate this discussion.

National Museum of American History
Warner Bros. Theater
14th St. & Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20560

Click here for more information


Hope you all stayed safe during Hurricane Sandy, now that the storm is over check out this great film in Virginia!

The hotly anticipated historical drama “Masquerade,” starring Korea’s world star LEE Byung-hun and written by Old Boy co-writer, HWANG Jo-yoon.

The versatile actor LEE (G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra and A Bittersweet Life) plays the dual lead as both the tragic King Gwang-hae and that of the commoner who shares a fatefully remarkable resemblance to the ruler, Ha-Seon. Deeply embroiled in palace intrigue which aims to assassinate the ruler, King Gwang-Hae orders his trusted councilor Heo Kyun to find him a body double.  When the King collapses from a mysterious poison, Ha-seon must carry off the biggest masquerade of his career to save the country from chaos while under imminent threat of death.

Acclaimed character actor RYU Seung-ryong (All About My Wife, War of the Arrows) and rising star HAN Hyo-Joo (Always) appear in supporting roles as the councilor and the queen, respectively.

Angelika Film Center & Café, Mosaic
2911 District Avenue, Fairfax, VA 22031
(For GPS use: 8200 Strawberry Ln. – Enter Strawberry Lane off Gallows Rd/Rt 650)

Here’s a review of the film:


Film fans: Now you can see all of Ang Lee’s films on the big screen!

In celebration of the release of Ang Lee’s new film Life of Pi, the Freer|Sackler and AFI Silver Theatre team up to present a complete retrospective of his work. This series is co-sponsored by the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office (TECRO), Washington, DC.

Meyer Auditorium, Freer Gallery of Art
Free, open to the public. Seating is available on a first-come,
first-served basis.

Lust, Caution
Friday, Nov. 16, 7 p.m.

Pushing Hands
Sunday, Dec. 2, 1 p.m.

The Wedding Banquet
Sunday, Dec. 2, 3 p.m.

Eat, Drink, Man, Woman
Friday, Dec. 7, 7 p.m.

Click here form more information.

The schedule at AFI Silver Theatre is still TBA. Visit afi.com/silver for AFI schedule information.


Film: Give Up Tomorrow
Venue: West End Cinema
Screening Time: Sun, Oct 14, 2012 @ 1:00 PM
Included: Q&A Session with Director Michael Collins

We heard about a cool event from friend and DC APA Film Festival alum Chris Sheridan.

Tomorrow, there will be a screening of “Give Up Tomorrow,” an amazing Filipino documentary thatThe New York Times says, “leaves one itching to understand more about the bigger picture and the political and social connections involved.”

About the film:
Murder, corruption and mystery surround this surreal true story of a young man who faced execution for a crime he didn’t commit. “Give Up Tomorrow” tells the incredible story of Paco Larrañaga whose life was turned upside down when police framed him for the murder of two young women in the Philippines. Come see the award-winning documentary the New York Times calls, “jaw-dropping” and “hard to turn away from” playing this Sunday, October 14th at DC’s West End Cinema (2301 M Street NW) at 1pm. Director Michael Collins will be there for a Q&A afterwards.
See the trailer here at www.pacodocu.com

It’s a great way to fill a lazy Sunday afternoon. Besides, all the cool kids are going.


By Allison Lyzenga
My Film Habit

Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey (with the short The Problem of Gravity)

This next film I saw at the festival was pretty amazing. It’s a documentary from director Ramona S. Diaz about Arnel Pineda, the new Filipino lead singer for the band Journey. I don’t know if I’ve been living under a rock or something, but I had absolutely no idea that this had happened. First of all, I hadn’t realized that Journey was still touring, but then I also didn’t know that they snagged themselves a new, youthful front man. And, to make the story even more interesting, the band found Pineda on Youtube after he had posted several videos of himself singing with this cover band in Manila. This is such a remarkable story. Click here to read more.

Daylight Savings (with the short The Champions)

Night Three of the DC APA Film Festival had some pretty great selections of offer as well. The theme for these films seemed to be a lot lighter and breezier—perfect for a Saturday afternoon screening. The feature film in this early showcase was another bittersweet offering from Dave Boyle, starring the always-delightful Goh Nakamura. Click here to read more.