By Allison Lyzenga
My Film Habit

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?

-Cherisse Yanit-Nadal

 

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”?

-Cherisse Yanit-Nadal

 

The Film: Mrs. Judo: Be Strong, Be Gentle, Be Beautiful
Screening Time: 7:00 pm
Venue: Freer & Slacker Gallery of Art
Run Time: 66 minutes

Every year, thousands of women come to Washington to effect change: by working on Capitol Hill or by marching on Washington. This year 99 year-old change agent Keiko Fukada joins them via documentary. “Mrs. Judo: Be Strong, Be Gentle, Be Beautiful” tells her inspirational story:

Keiko Fukada threw thousands of years of tradition out the window when she chose the sport of judo as her life path. Follow her lifelong journey which took her through four continents, nine decades, adversity, and triumph on her way to becoming the highest ranking woman in judo.

Both touching documentary and compelling sports movie, “Mrs. Judo” is a great way to start off your weekend.

-Cherisse Yanit-Nadal

 


Film blogger Allison Lyzenga has been covering the D.C. APA Film Festival for several years. What did she think of the Opening Night film Mr. Cao Goes To Washington?

By Allison Lyzenga

My Film Habit

I had the pleasure of attending the opening night festivities and of the 13th Annual DC Asian Pacific American Film Festival. And, the first night’s feature film was an absolute delight. This documentary tells the story of Joseph Cao, the first Vietnamese-American elected to Congress. And, even more remarkably, he achieved this as a Republican candidate from New Orleans—a difficult feat in a predominantly Democratic and African American district.

Click here to read the rest of Allison’s review.

 

The Film: “Traces No. 2: Union”
The City: Los Angeles
The Neighborhood: Little Tokyo

As a native Los Angeleno, I was totally geeked to see this film on tonight’s lineup. This film traces the history of the stately structure at 120 Judge John Aiso Street. Though it now provides a home for East West Players, Visual Communications, and Tuesday Night Cafe, this building stood through some pivotal moments of Los Angeles history and, indeed, Asian Pacific American History.

-Cherisse Yanit-Nadal

 

See what happens as newcomer Joseph Cao, the honorable gentleman from New Orleans, embarks on his journey as a rookie congressman.

Watch as the first Vietnamese American elected to Congress becomes the only Republican to vote for President Obama’s Health Care Reform Bill. Keep watching as his idealistic desire for change clashes with the realities of racial politics in The South and the partisan power struggles play out around him during his first term.

Will Mr. Cao’s idealism survive through his first term?

-Cherisse Yanit-Nadal

 

In less that 45 minutes, we will be kicking off this year’s DC Asian Pacific American Film Festival. We’ve been going strong for 13 years, and we’re kicking off our teens at The Landmark E Street Cinema.

If you already purchased your tickets, make sure to get there early. Remember that this is a film festival and that demand is high: as of 15 minutes prior to showing, we cannot guarantee seating– even for ticket holders.

So, if you’re sitting here reading this and you’re set on seeing Mr. Cao Goes To Washington, hurry up and get to the theatre. We’re waiting for you!

-Cherisse Yanit-Nadal

 

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.