APA Film


2002 DC APA FILM FESTIVAL

**Admission is free to all screenings at the Smithsonian, but tickets are required. Tickets (up to two per person) are distributed at the Freer and Hirshhorn one hour before film screenings.

Alphabetical Listing of Films

Special Programs

Date

Film

Time

Venue

Thursday, October 10, 2002

Opening Night Feature
Lolo's Child
preceded by Talk to Taka

Reception Sponsored by Anheuser-Busch and Cafe Asia

8:00 P.M.

The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

Friday, October 11, 2002

Program 1 - Feature
Lunch with Charles preceded by Vasarma's Lovers

Program 2 - Expect the Unexpected
Wild and crazy shorts!
Cat Fight Tonight
The Slug
Profiles in Science
Kung Pao Chicken
206
I Pie
100% Human Hair

7:00 P.M.



9:00 P.M.

The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

Saturday, October 12, 2002

Program 1 - It's a She Thing
Short films by fearless, female, filmmakers.
Followed by panel discussion.

26
Another Journey
Barrier Device
Captured
A True Story About Love

Program 2 - So Happy Together
Queer Asian Cinema.
Followed by panel discussion.

Guiless Guile
A Box of Cookies
Pedro + Tony?
A Haunting
Spent
For Straights Only

2:00 P.M.








4:00 P.M.

The Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Saturday, October 12 2002

Opening Weekend Party

9:00P.M.

MCCXXIII (1223)
1223 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036
202/822-1800

Sunday, October 13, 2002

Program 1 - Looking in the Mirror
What Does It Mean to be Asian and American Today?
Followed by panel discussion.

Vision Test
Shirts and Skins
After
Take a Look: NYC Chinatown Post 9.11
Life or Liberty
The Ruti Eaters
Afterlife

Program 2 - Documentaries
Toyo Miyatake: Infinite Shades of Gray
Daughters of the Cloth

2:00 P.M.













4:00 P.M.

The Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Monday, October 14, 2002

Live Music Event!
Featuring:
The Romeo Candido Karaoke Show
and other local musicians TBA

8:00P.M. - 12:00A.M.

HR-57 Center for the Preservation of Jazz and Blues
1610 14th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20009
202/667-3700

Tuesday, October 15, 2002

Encore Presentation!!
Lolo's Child

9:00P.M.

The George Washington University
Media and Public Affairs Building
Jack Morton Auditorium
805 21st Street, NW
Washington, DC 20052
202/994-7736

Thursday, October 17, 2002

Program 1 - Documentary
Presumed Guilty

Program 2 - Fried Rice
Mixed up, stir fried, and very tasty!
Vision Test
Driving Lessons
Fortune
Staccato Fugue

7:00 P.M.


9:00 P.M.

The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

Friday, October 18, 2002

Program 1 - Feature Film
Charlotte Sometimes preceded by Kenji's Faith

Program 2 - Frame X Frame
A program of animated shorts.
Hello Dolly
5 Emotions of a Bug on a Windshield
Woodcutter and his Bride
f8
Guiless Guile
Keeping the Weekend Free
Spent
Values
Pedro + Tony?

7:00 P.M.



9:00 P.M.

The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

Saturday, October 19, 2002

Program 1 - Documentary
Daughter from Danang

Closing Night Feature
Green Dragon preceded by Birju

4:00 P.M.


7:00 P.M.

The Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Saturday, October 19 2002

Closing Night Party

9:00P.M.

Club Daedalus
1010 Vermont Avenue, NW
Washington, DC
Phone: 202/347-9066

Sunday, October 20, 2002

SPECIAL ENGAGEMENT!!
with Reel Affirmations Film Festival

Bungee Jumping of Their Own
Affirming Spirits reception follows



5:00 PM

The Lincoln Theatre
1215 U Street, NW
Washington, DC 20009
202/328-6000



Smithsonian Information

Venue

Metro

Parking

The Hirshhorn Gallery and Sculpture Garden
Independence Avenue at 7th Street, SW
Washington, DC 20013
202/357-2700

L'Enfant Plaza (Blue, Orange, Yellow, and Green lines). Use the Smithsonian Museums exit to Maryland Avenue and Seventh Street SW.

Limited three-hour parking is available on Jefferson and Madison drives; metered parking is available on Seventh Street, Independence Avenue, and streets south; commercial lots are south on Fourth Street.

The Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Jefferson Drive at 12th Street, SW
Washington, DC 20013
202/357-4880

Smithsonian (Blue and Orange lines). Use the Mall exit

Limited on street parking, including reserved spaces for visitors with disabilities.




ALPHABETICAL LISTING OF FILMS AND DESCRIPTIONS

5 Emotions of a Bug on a Windshield
David Magliocco
2000, 2 minutes, Video
A care-free flying bug named Phil meets his fate on a car windshield. Guaranteed you'll never look at another bug on your windshield the same way again.

26
Ben de la Cruz
2001, 3 minutes, Video
The first installment of dcGirl's trilogy 26 chronicles a young woman's lacklustre existence as a would-be angel cyclist.

100% Human Hair
Ann Kaneko
2002, 17 minutes, Video
An action-packed musical extravaganza set in a Crenshaw wig shop, Mr. Kim struggles to keep his wig shop afloat for his motley crew of employees and customers while his yuppie daughter pressures him to retire. Can he keep the shop alive? Eureka! His streetwise granddaughter has a plan. 100% Human Hair ranges from country to opera, surprising with every song. . . .

206
Malcolm Lam
2001, 22 minutes, Video
Girls just wanna have fun…but sometimes people get in the way. One young sprite won't let anyone get her down-no matter what.

After
Ambika Samarthya
2001, 8 minutes, video
A desi re-examines his life and his personal relationships after 9.11.

Afterlife
James Espinas, Karen Aqua, Dinorah De Jesus Rodriguez
2001, 4 minutes, video
The aftermath of September 11th is addressed in a lyrical awakening to the parallel between the personal and the universal through metaphors drawn from the Florida landscape.

Another Journey
Ushma Parikh
2001, 5 minutes, 16mm
A touching look at how a young woman deals with the loss of her husband in a country where she is a new immigrant.

Barrier Device
Grace Lee
2002, 27 minutes, 35mm
A conflict of interest during a female condom research study unfolds into a poignant, hilarious drama about obsession and loyalty between two women.

Birju
Heeraz Marfatia
2002, 13 minutes, 35mm
Mischief takes the form of a small boy from India who travels through a city of smells, colors, rituals and toys.

A Box of Cookies
Lito Torres
2000, 11 minutes, 16mm
This story is about the terminal realities of AIDS in relationships. Is there anything left for loved ones? Is partner assisted suicide considered murder or mercy killing?

Bungee Jumping of Their Own
Dae-seung Ki
2001, Korean with English subtitles, 35mm
A tale of a sweet relationship between two university students in the early 1980s. Its unusual plot twist makes a unique point about love and sexuality. Features two Korean film stars, Byung-heon Lee and Eun-ju Lee.

Captured
Vivian Umino
2001, 24 minutes, video
A young woman searches to uncover the painful secrets of her past by making a film out of her deceased mother's home movies. "Captured" explores memory, identity and the deception of what we "see" to be the truth.

Cat Fight Tonight
Greg Pak
2001, 3.5 minutes, Video
Crazy woman, crazy man, confused cat.

Charlotte Sometimes
Eric Byler
2002, 90 minutes, 35mm
Michael, a young mechanic, is forced to choose between a daring tryst with an alluring stranger and the habitual comfort of his bittersweet obsession. Charlotte Sometimes is a new breed of Asian-American cinema where the focus is less on the conflict between young and old generations and more about first-generation Asians creating their own way of life in America. Charlotte Sometimes was the co-winner of the Audience Award for Best First Narrative Feature at the recent South by Southwest Film Festival. The filmmaker and cast will be present to conduct an audience Q&A. Official press release and reviews: Here

Daughter from Danang
Gail Dolgin and Vicente Franco
2001, 81 minutes, 35mm
Heidi, a bi-racial adoptee raised in Tennessee, tracks down her birth mother in Vietnam and gets a lot more than she bargained for. This bittersweet tale was named Best Documentary at this year's Sundance Film Festival.

Daughters of the Cloth
Seung-Hyun Yoo
2001, 56 minutes, video
The American dream meets the global rag trade in this chronicle of the Bang family, two generations deep in the garment industry. Between fair treatment of workers and unfair tactics of manufacturers, sewing contracting is the hardest way to make a buck - that's what you'll conclude after watching the sisters Bang fill an order. A fascinating look at what ties a family together and what ties them to a way of life.

Driving Lessons
Susan Chiu
2002, 24 minutes, 16mm
There is more to life than chili dogs and grape Snapple once Shirley realizes that parents are two people, not one.

f8
Jason Wen
2001, 12 minutes, Video
In the distant future, an unstoppable alien power has genetically altered the entire population of a planet to serve as a labor force. Amidst this scenario, one individual manages to break into a face vault to steal a particular identity and attempt a daring escape.

For Straights Only
Vismita Gupta-Smith
2002, 22 minutes, Video
For Straights Only tells the story of an almost invisible minority, South Asian gays and lesbians. Told from the perspective of a straight sister about her gay brother, this film explores the prejudices faced by the gay South Asian community (India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal). Interviews with other gay and lesbian South Asians expose the deep-seated denial of homosexuality within this community and the dismissal of the gay sexual orientation as a "western vice". Through the film, Vismita points out the irony of such dismissal, as she explains that one of this culture's most treasured ancient texts, the Kamasutra, actually celebrates homosexuality.

Fortune
Eric Lin
2002, 23 minutes,16mm
An apathetic, cynical young woman who writes fortune cookies is reluctantly drawn into a controversy between the workers and the owner of the fortune cookie factory over a co-worker's death. Part surrealistic allegory, part ghost story, "Fortune" invites us to find the courage in ourselves to live with compassion and to find a way to use the machine to subvert itself.

Green Dragon
Timothy Linh Bui
2000, 112 minutes, 35mm
Featuring: Hiep Thi Le, Don Duong, Patrick Swayze, Forrest Whitaker, Trung Nguyen, Jennifer Tran
Vietnamese refugees struggle to maintain hope in the post-war purgatory of Camp Pendleton. Young Minh (Nguyen) and Anh (Tran) await the arrival of their mother and befriend Addie, a cook and artist (Whitaker). Their uncle Tai (Duong) works with a humane sergeant (Swayze) to run the camp, and shyly courts a fellow refugee (Le). More than a tale of one camp and one war, GREEN DRAGON is about discovery and rebirth, and how disparate histories collide to fashion a new sense of what it means to be American. Official website: www.greendragonmovie.com

Guiless Guile
Wil Lin
1999, 3 minutes, 16mm
Two studs and a little lady. Somebody's headed for heartache.

A Haunting
Fredeswinda Z. Santos
2001, 15 minutes, 16mm
A woman mourns the loss of her lover in this B&W experimental film.

Hello Dolly
Mariko Hoshi
1999, 3 minutes, Video
A satirical story about cloning. Selected for national tour by the wildly popular Spike and Mike's Classic Festival of Animation.

I Pie
Nobu Adilman
2001, 5 minutes, Video
The pie man knows true love. It ain't with a woman and it ain't with a man. True love is being with what the pie man knows best.

Keeping the Weekend Free
Martin Cendreda
2002, 3 minutes, 16mm
A Franklin Bruno song performed by Liquorice is the inspiration of this tale of long-distance love.

Kenji's Faith
Eric Byler
1998, 13 minutes, 16mm
Four-year-old Kenji's domain is the block that he lives on. He's been told not to go into the street. Like a true explorer, though, he desperately wants to leave his island of grass and concrete and venture forth into the street, despite the monsters waiting to pull him down in that uncharted territory. Knowing that God sees all (and looks like Santa), where will Kenji's faith take him?

Kung Pao Chicken
Richard Kim
1997, 6minutes, 16mm
How Chef Chu changed the western world forever.

Life or Liberty
Konrad Aderer
2001, 9 minutes, video
The profiling and detention of Muslims in the wake of September 11 raises serious civil rights concerns and recalls World War II internments.

Lolo's Child
Romeo Candido
2001, 95 minutes, video
Returning to Toronto to bury his father, Junior must confront all he thought he'd left behind - his nemesis Jason, his boyhood love Sarah, and his family's twisted roots of ecstatic religion and domestic violence. Turning to his sole salvation, music, Junior composes the soundtrack to his life, with a little help from Elvis-channeling Uncle Perfecto. It has been called, with some justification, the Filipino-Canadian Purple Rain. The filmmaker will be present to conduct an audience Q&A. Official website: www.thebreath.com

Lunch with Charles
Michael Parker
2001, 109 minutes, 35mm
Hong Kong screen idols Sean Lau and Teresa Lee slowly race from Vancouver to Banff in hot pursuit of love resolution, but each is weighed down by half of another star-crossed couple. A low-key screwball romantic comedy with Canuck charm to spare. You'll laugh, you'll cry...you'll learn to swear in Chinese. Official website: www.lunchwithcharles.com

Pedro + Tony?
Don Thomas
2002, 19 minutes, Video
Pedro and Tony is the story of the six month anniversary of a dog named Pedro, and his "boyfriend-who-just-happens-to-be-a-chicken", Tony. The two planned a special date, but aren't prepared to deal with the unexpected "little things" that go wrong. After their anniversary presents get broken, and dinner is burned, the couple ends up fighting and it all comes out, prejudice, disappointment, passive aggression, you name it. Will Pedro and Tony realize the need to communicate better and understand how they hurt one another? Can their love bring them together with a new commitment to each other?

Presumed Guilty
Pamela Yates
2001, 115 minutes, video
Presumed Guilty chronicles a year of trench warfare in jails, holding cells, courtrooms, law offices and police stations, revealing the criminal justice system as never seen before. Presumed Guilty is a powerful look at the triumphs, defeats and moral dilemmas of a group of lawyers in the San Francisco public defender's office.

Profiles in Science
Wes Kim
2002, 5 minutes, Video
Dr. Albert Chung is a pioneer in the field of time-lapse photography. Though plagued by technical problems and his layabout son, Dr. Chung presses onward until he makes a surprising discovery.

The Ruti Eaters
Shireen Pasha
2002, 10 minutes, Video
Tipu and his family are the Ruti-Eaters. They are in America to BE, but their ways and their dress draw suspicion from neighbors who eventually watch them to the point of harassment because they think it is their duty as law-abiding citizens. In retaliation, Tipu fights back with the only form of Jihad he knows.

Shirts and Skins
S. Casper Wong
2001, 20 minutes, 16mm
During a diversity workshop a corporate lawyer learns more than the "labels" they are teaching her.

The Slug
Wook Steven Heo
2001, 18 minutes, 16mm
Country: USA
A clever short that charts the wild journey of a mysterious coin throughout the same small town. Each individual that comes into contact with this coin attached a unique perspective upon its significance, and is touched by its presence in their own way.

Spent
Wil Lin
2001, 2 minutes, Video
A boy, despair, the one-way affair. A torrid tale for lovers of the loveless.

Staccato Fugue
Teo Carlo Pulgar
2000, 18 minutes, video
A strange and mysterious man named Noah wanders the streets of New York, unraveling the thoughts of other people.

Take a Look: NYC Chinatown Post 9.11
Kevin Lee
2001, 4 minutes, video
A closer look at one of the most historical neighborhoods near the World Trade Center finds a variety of personalities, viewpoints, and perspectives. Those who live and work in New York City's chinatown describe how their community has been affected since the attacks.

Talk to Taka
Richard Kim
2000, 12 minutes, 35mm
Academy Award nominee Pat Morita (Karate Kid) stars as a master sushi chef who loves to give advice, but his advice stinks! Also starring in the film is Mako (Pearl Harbor, Rising Sun), as the angry restaurant owner.

Toyo Miyatake: Infinite Shades of Gray
Robert A. Nakamura
2002, 30 minutes, video
Most notable for smuggling a lens and film holder into the U.S. World War II concentration camp in Manzanar, California, Toyo Miyatake was one of the few non-government photographers who documented the early Japanese American camp experiences. Ranging from his innovative photographs of the 1932 Los Angeles Olympics to his home movies of Little Tokyo, Miyatake's artistic pursuits are elegantly told in this moving portrait of his life. Featured at this year's Sundance Film Festival.

A True Story About Love
Melissa Kyu-Jung Lee
2001, 26 minutes, video
What begins as a documentary on Korean American filmmakers and their cross-cultural identity, becomes a personal and whimsical look into love, sexuality and identity.

Vasarma's Lovers
Madhurika Sona Jain
2000, 12minutes, Video
Vasarma, the great Indian artist of the 18th century, is famous for his lost masterpiece, which he tore upon the death of his lover. Over 200 years later, one half of the same painting resurfaces in an art restorer's studio in British Columbia. The painting brings with it, flashes from another world and the possibility of reincarnation.

Values
Van Phan
2000, 5 minutes, Video
Inspired by the filmmaker's own relationship with his late father, Values poignantly follows the life journey of a toddler onto his young adulthood.

Vision Test
Wes Kim
2001, 6 minutes, Video
Director: Wes Kim
What begins as a routine eye exam turns into a chilling dramatization of attitudes towards minorities in the United States.

Woodcutter and his Bride
Soo Lyu
2000, 5 minutes, Video
Based on a Korean folktale, a lonely woodcutter steals an angel's wings and she becomes his bride.