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.
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
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.
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,
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.
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.
We have a full day of events on tap for today. Some highlights from today include: Daniel Henney’s hotness, a little ’80s glam rock, and lots of touching.
Screening Time: October 6, 8:00 pm
Venue: U.S. Navy Memorial
Run Time: 100 minutes
As Asia Pacific Arts found out in may, Daniel Henney is hot. He’s also in one of our Closing Night films.
When ambitious New York attorney Sam (Daniel Henney) is sent to Shanghai, he immediately stumbles into a legal mess that could end his career. With the help of a beautiful relocation specialist (Eliza Coupe), a well-connected old-timer (Bill Paxton), a clever journalist (Geng Le), and a street-smart legal assistant (Zhu Zhu), Sam might just save his job, find romance, and learn to appreciate the many wonders of this gorgeous, modern city.
Screening Time: October 6, 2:00 pm
Run Time: 109 minutes
At V.I.P. Nails, a Vietnamese manicurist named Tam has a new customer: Brendan, a shy mechanic who literally has a problem on his hands. He can never get rid of the oil stains around his nails, and when he tries to be intimate with his aloof wife, she always rejects him with the same excuse: “Your hands are filthy!” Desperately seeking to save his marriage, Brendan goes to the nail salon every day, where Tam scrubs his hands clean and offers him advice on how to get his wife to love him again. But soon, Tam and Brendan find themselves drawn to each other, an attraction which becomes harder and harder to resist.
Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey
Screening Time: October 6, 6:00 pm
Venue: U.S. Navy Memorial
Run Time: 113 minutes
Halfway around the world, Journey, the iconic, quintessentially American rock band who recorded eight platinum-certified albums in during their heyday, has chosen a new lead singer in a manner befitting this internet age: they found him through YouTube.
Night two of the DC APA Film Fest was just as enchanting as the first. But, this showcase was about comedy. Raucous girl comedy, to be specific. Both of the films on the program exhibited a delightfully sassy sense of humor on the part of the directors, and both were really fun. Click here to read more.
The late night showing on night two of the DC APA Film Festival had a completely different vibe from the light comedy of the early show. This was the horror showcase, and it ended up being much scarier than I was anticipating. Click here to read more.
The Film: “I am a Ghost”
Screening Time: 10:00 pm
The Venue: Goethe-Institute
Run Time: 75 minutes
Emily has issues. And they make it hard for her to leave her own house… even after her death.
Emily is a troubled spirit trapped in her own home. Day after day, she wonders why she can’t leave. Meanwhile, the living are eager to rid the house of her spirit. Enter Sylvia, the clairvoyant hired to get rid of her.
Once Sylvia arrives, Emily is forced into a patient/therapist relationship with her. Mysteries about Emily’s past are uncovered, but will they enable her to move on?
The Film: The Crumbles
Screening Time: 8:00 pm
The Venue: Goethe-Institut
Run Time: 75 minutes
How many of us have said this: We should start a band? Those of us who raised our hands know that those five little words unleash a crazy mash-up of emotion and a trajectory of events that either leads to the band’s success or disbandment.
This film follows Darla, who kicks off the action of this film convincing her friend that they should start a band.
Darla’s long lost best friend Elisa, a free spirit, has just moved back to Los Angeles after a devastating break-up. Because no one else in their group of friends is willing to help her out, Darla offers up her couch. And Elisa crashes there… indefinitely.
Soon, Darla realizes that Eliza is the perfect partner for the band she’s been wanting to start up. But, once the band gets rolling things start to work against them: obsession, insecurity, heartache, and hard-to-manage egos. They both share dreams of rock stardom, but can they be more than “the greatest band in the world– that nobody’s ever heard of”?
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.
Injury attorneys work hard to bring you the settlement that you deserve for your damages. When looking for a car accident lawyer Delray Beach it's wise to make a tally of your body parts that have sustained injury. For example, if you neck is hurt during a car accident, you need to talk to your lawyer before going to the hospital to determine how much money you can get from an injury lawsuit. If the hospital fixes your neck then there goes any evidence that you had sustained personal injury so it's advisable to wait before seeking medical attention. Always be careful when dealing with the court system.
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.
Buying or selling a home is always a challenge. The experienced attorneys I found for Astoria real estate lawyer are the best. They have so much knowledge regarding commercial properties.
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.
I went to the fair and ate all the fried foods. Before I had a donut burger I called a nutritionist Malvern Pennsylvania and she told me not to do it. I did it anyway but I will start my diet tomorrow.
My house burned down yesterday so I needed a miracle to be able to take a shower. I called my favorite people, a Broward Water Restoration company that specializes in, you guessed it, broward water restoration. Supposedly they are the best in the biz but my wife tells me to be careful. I'm not worried, I've seen their work...It's almost supernaturally good at fixing fire damage.
Don't tell me you can't do it. Find a nice Water Restoration Broward and make yourself a tossed salad after they get rid of the water damage. PLEASE do it now, I don't want to ask you again.