APA Film


2003 DC APA FILM FESTIVAL

**Admission is free to all screenings, but tickets are required at the Freer Gallery and reservations are required at the Canadian Embassy. Tickets (up to two per person) are distributed at the Freer one hour before film screenings. For reservations at the Canadian Embassy, please call 202-682-7797.

Alphabetical Listing of Films

Special Programs

Date

Film

Time

Venue

Thursday, October 9, 2003

Opening Night Feature
Book of Rules
preceded by A Ninja Pays Half My Rent

Free Opening Night Reception Follows

8:00 P.M.

The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

Friday, October 10, 2003

Program 1 - The Young and The Restless
Explore the Trials of Youth!
The Flavor
Hole
The Pickup
Yoga, Man
Why It's a Good Thing
The Good Son
Bleach
Educated
Eastside
Skin Deep

Program 2 - Stop: Motion
Animated Multimedia Extravaganza!
John's Day
J.J.
Revolve
Whizeewhig
Programmable Evolution
Vessel Wrestling
Into The Air's Memory
Home
Blue and Orange
Showa Shinzan
Eternal Gaze

7:00 P.M.












9:00 P.M.

The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

Saturday, October 11, 2003

Program 1 - Mother, Where Are We?
Short Films About Mothers and Daughters
Followed by Panel Discussion

Dim Sum (A Little Bit of Heart)
Hanaya
Another Clapping

Program 2 - Love Hurts
Matters of the Heart
What's Love Got To Do With It?
Butterfly
Trick or Treat
Bhakti (Devotion)
Last Summer
The Offering
Black Nor White

2:00 P.M.







7:00 P.M.

The Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Tickets required. Tickets (up to two per person) are distributed at the Freer one hour before film screenings.

Sunday, October 12, 2003

Program 1 - Vietnam: Bellum/Anti-Bellum
Perspectives of the Vietnam War
Followed by Panel Discussion

El Paso, Vietnam
The Anniversary
Saigon, USA

Program 2 - Cambodia: Coming Home
Cambodian American Youth
Who I Became
A Photographic meMory
Leang's Journey
Refugee

2:00 P.M.







5:00 P.M.

The Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Tickets required. Tickets (up to two per person) are distributed at the Freer one hour before film screenings.

Monday, October 13, 2003

Program 1 - Asian Queers/Queer Asians
Gay and Lesbian Films
Jun and Xin
Chinese Tom
Made In Korea
Everything
The Offering

Program 2 - Stuttering
Experimental shorts!
Carefully Taught
Sex Education for Finding Face in the 21st Century
Untitled Affair
East Broadway
Path
I am driving in my car. I am walking up the hill.
Marvelous Creatures
Swinging
Rendering Cheoyong
A-DA-DA

Co-sponsored by the Washington Project for the Arts\Corcoran (WPA\C)

6:30 P.M.







8:15 P.M.

The Corcoran Museum

Tuesday, October 14, 2003

Program 1 - Intersections
Interaction of Ethnicity, Culture, Time and Place
Crossroads: Boyle Heights
One Night At The Grand Star
i scream, floats & Sundays
Heaven's Crossroad

Program 2 - Our Place in the World
The Status of Asian Americans in the World
Under: Elegy
Olivia's Puzzle
Surveillances
One Year: The First Anniversary of the WTC Attacks
Turtle Soup
Friend or Food?
World Tourism Center
Texas Doughnut Shop

Co-sponsored by the GWU Asian Student Alliance.

7:30 P.M.






9:30 P.M.

George Washington University
Media and Public Affairs Building

Wednesday, October 15, 2003

Feature
Memories of a Forgotten War

Co-sponsored by the World Bank Group/International Monetary Fund Filipino Staff Association

7:00P.M.

World Bank

Thursday, October 16, 2003

Feature
Neither Fish, Nor Fowl
Followed by Panel Discussion

Co-sponsored by the Goethe-Institut

7:00P.M.

Goethe-Institut

Friday, October 17, 2003

Program 1 - Earth to Mouth
Earth to Mouth

Program 2 - Long Life, Happiness and Prosperity
Long Life, Happiness and Prosperity

Co-sponsored by the Canadian Embassy

6:30 P.M.


7:30 P.M.

Canadian Embassy
Reservations required at the Canadian Embassy. For reservations please call 202-682-7797.

Saturday, October 18, 2003

Program 1 - American Families
Shorts for the Family!
Followed by Panel Discussion

More to the Chinese Side
The Red Pines
With Honors Denied
The Title of Honor

Program 2 - Closing Day Feature
Robot Stories

12:00 P.M.








3:00 P.M.

National Museum of American History



Venue 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.

The Corcoran Museum
500 Seventeenth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20006

George Washington University
Media and Public Affairs Building
805 21st St
Washington, D.C. 20052

World Bank
701 18th Street NW
Room J1-050
Washington, D.C.

Goethe-Institut
812 Seventh Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 289-1200

Canadian Embassy
501 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 682-1740

National Museum of American History
14th St. and Constitution Ave., N.W.
Washington, D.C.
(202) 357-2700




ALPHABETICAL LISTING OF FILMS AND DESCRIPTIONS

A-DA-DA
Sung Hwan Kim
20 minutes
This startling film’s title is the sound of stuttering. In examining father/son relationships, masculinity and calligraphy, it has created a narrative that is both abrupt and haunting.

The Anniversary
Ham Tran
27 minutes
A Buddhist monk is pursued by memories of war and family separation in this haunting film.

Another Clapping
Chi-Jang Yin
25 minutes
An experimental narrative about the impact of the Chinese Cultural Revolution and domestic violence on the strained relationship between the filmmaker and her mother.

Bhakti (Devotion)
V. Prasad
7 minutes
A vivid and moving depiction of love through traditional dance.

Black Nor White
Anjali Nair
20 minutes
A South Asian man and his English girlfriend face social forces they cannot overcome and are reconciled to tradition.

Bleach
Neight Gee Tang
8 minutes
While operating a laundry business, a father's strained relationship with his son is revealed when a customer makes an unusual request.

Blue and Orange
Mari Inukai
4 minutes
Explores the connection between an artist's love of her daughter and passion for her art.

Book of Rules
Sung Kim
109 minutes
A serene film about the lives of three twenty-something housemates: driven Michael, carefree stoner Bounce, and melancholic Blue. Alternating comedy with moments of emotional introspection and dramatic intensity, Book of Rules explores the housemates’ relationships with each other, their girlfriends, and others in San Francisco. Well-acted and beautifully shot, this film is an honest and unpretentious reflection of the lives of today’s youth as they struggle to find their place in (and peace with) the world.

Butterfly
Tanuj Chopra
23 minutes
This visually rich story explores the conflict between love and obligation, as a blind father attempts to help his daughter and comes to terms with his own lost love.

Carefully Taught
Valerie Soe
4 minutes
Reflections on conflict as reimagined through old Hollywood films.

Chinese Tom
Stuart Gaffney
3 minutes
This experimental recollection of a youthful experience at summer camp explores issues of biracial identity.

Crossroads: Boyle Heights
John Esaki
28 minutes
A fascinating look at a pre-World War II multi-ethnic community in Los Angeles with a rich cultural legacy.

Dim Sum (A Little Bit of Heart)
Jane Wong
38 minutes
This hilarious and insightful documentary explores the filmmaker’s relationship with her mother and her friends as they make Dim Sum, shop and gossip in Liverpool, England.

Earth to Mouth
Yung Chang
42 minutes
A meditative documentary capturing both the laborious and tender moments at the Wong Fong Farm, which is planted with Asian crops destined for Chinese markets and restaurants. Run by the strong willed Yeung Kwan, with the help of his mother Lau King Fai and Mexican migrant workers, the farm has become not only a means of survival for Lau and the workers, but also an oasis of peace for the philosophical and humble Lau.

East Broadway
Kevin Lee
8 minutes
East Broadway explores the rhythms and spaces of life in New York City's Chinatown by following a man and a woman who unwittingly cross paths morning, noon, and night.

Eastside
Kuang Lee
26 minutes
North American skateboarders travel across the Pacific and discover a love for the sport that transcends borders and cultures in this dynamically-shot, action-filled documentary.

Educated
Georgia Lee
11 minutes
A Chinese American girl is plunged into a surreal and deadly world of familial obligation and social pressure after she accidentally walks in on a friend's suicide attempt.

El Paso, Vietnam
Adele Ray
10 minutes
A Vietnamese language teacher emigrates to Texas to teach American servicemen during the Vietnam War in this personal documentary by her daughter.

Eternal Gaze
Sam Chen
16 minutes
A poignant story about an artist, his art, and reciprocated love. Inspired by the life Alberto Giacometti, the film follows the artist through the last 9 years of his remarkable life, and journeys into the depths of his famously tortured psyche.

Everything
Harjant Gill
8 minutes
A fast-paced, heart-throbbing journey through the life of a young Sikh teen as he grapples with his sexual and cultural identity.

The Flavor
Gavin Tachibana
5 minutes
A man confronts his addiction to corn dogs and discovers only carnival food can satisfy his carnal cravings.

Friend or Food?
Grace Ma
5 minutes
This comedic documentary asks, “Do the animals we choose to eat say anything about us individually or culturally?”

The Good Son
Michael Sandoval
9 minutes
Pummeling a bag, a young Filipino American martial artist forges a space for himself in a home dominated by the fire and brimstone sermons of his minister father.

Hanaya
Eun-ah Lee
28 minutes
A stunning black and white film that uses a non-linear narrative and hints of Tarkovsky to convey the angst of a woman searching for her missing child and trying to reconcile with her own mother.

Heaven's Crossroad
Kimi Takesue
35 minutes
A visually-stunning film that wordlessly recounts the filmmaker’s journey through rural Vietnam, and her encounters with its people.

Hole
Keshni Kashyap
12 minutes
A supersensitive girl navigates the urban jungle, looking for love in all the wrong places in this quirky comedy.

Home
Yi-li Lin
3 minutes
A young dandelion seed’s journey through country and cityscapes serves as a metaphor for life.

I am driving in my car. I am walking up the hill.
Jane Steuerwald & Juneyup Yi
10 minutes
Rain inspires the childhood reflections of a middle-aged American woman and a young Korean man in this experimental film.

i scream, floats & Sundays
Leah Kihara
11 minutes
The lives and histories of Hawaiian women are recounted in image, poetry and song in this playful short film.

Into The Air's Memory
Albert Ka Ho Yu
6 minutes
An elusive acquaintance between a sound seeker and a woman wandering with an empty wheelchair through the desert of the deaf. Set in a post-apocalyptic world where every person's purpose is to search for an unknown sound.

J.J.
Brian Chang
6 minutes
A man reminisces about a dreamlike encounter he had with a girl, in this Christopher Marker-inspired video collage.

Jon's Day
Peter Ko
3 minutes
A day like any other is still worth skating.

Jun and Xin
Mun Chee Yong
8 minutes
Jun wants to tell his sister Xin he's just broken up with his boyfriend. Instead he finds out she's about to get married.

Last Summer
Seunghun Yu
11 minutes
On moving day, a woman journeys to the sea and unpacks her past.

Leang's Journey
Koji Hayasaki
29 minutes
Leang, a leader in the Cambodian community of the Bronx, maintains his culture to show young Cambodians their roots. This documentary explores his life and strained relationship with his own daughter who is more at home on the streets of New York.

Long Life, Happiness and Prosperity
Mina Shum
92 minutes
Canadian Writer-Director Mina Shum's film tells the story of 12-year old Mindy Ho and her persistent use of Taoist rituals to fix her single mother Kin's financial and romantic woes. Through Mindy's misdirected charms, the story takes the audience on a hilarious and inspiring journey that tickles our sense of humor and tugs at our heartstrings.

Made In Korea
DongBack Seo
52 minutes
A documentary about the lives of three young women who struggle with their identity and sexuality-as lesbians and as Korean American adoptees.

Marvelous Creatures
Wago Kreider
2 minutes
From the taxidermied bestiary of a natural history museum to the lifelike waxworks that haunt our pop culture memories, this video descends into a vertigo of displaced anxieties surrounding our shared primal desires.

Memories of a Forgotten War
Camilla Benolirao Griggers and Sari Lluch Dalena
60 minutes
Few people today know about a difficult occupation that followed a short, triumphant war almost a century ago. More than a million Filipinos died during the brutal repression that followed the Spanish-American War, a number that far surpassed all the deaths during the previous 300 years of Spanish colonial rule. In this very personal, experimental documentary, the filmmaker recounts the history of the American occupation and relates it to her own family’s difficult past. This compelling film utilizes archival footage, still images, 16mm film and digital video to relate its intricate narrative. Memories of a Forgotten War powerfully tells many stories, never failing to captivate and move the viewer.

More to the Chinese Side
William Gow and Sharon Lee
16 minutes
An often-humorous look at a biracial Chinese American family and how they negotiate their ethnic identity in the larger Asian American community.

Neither Fish, Nor Fowl
Matthias Keilich
90 minutes
(German with English Subtitles)Michael is a Korean German adoptee who goes off on a journey of self-discovery after his German parents divorce. Leaving the provincial German town he grew up in, Michael goes to live with his best friend in Berlin. After meeting a beautiful Korean girl, Michael is forced to confront his own identity. Seen as an outsider by both the culture he has grown up with and the culture of his ethnicity, Michael struggles to find his own unique identity. A compelling story told with much humor and affection.

A Ninja Pays Half My Rent
Ushma Parikh
5 minutes
A regular guy faces down a ninja assassin.

The Offering
Paul Lee
10 minutes
A quiet, beautifully photographed story of love and friendship between a Japanese monk and his young novice, set against the slow changing of the seasons.

Olivia's Puzzle
Jason DaSilva
12 minutes
Two South Asian girls (one in Canada, the other in India) speak about their similar hopes and dreams in a film that never forgets the vast economic differences between them.

One Night At The Grand Star
Natasha Uppal
26 minutes
This documentary looks at a Los Angeles piano bar that has begun to rent out its upstairs to hip hop DJ’s. Included are the reflections of old and new patrons.

One Year: The First Anniversary of the WTC Attacks
Joshua Tsang
9 minutes
A documentary account of the reflections of one student and the survivors he encounters at the World Trade Center one year after 9/11.

Path
Nan Jayaphorn & Ake Waratap
4 minutes
A haunting cinematic montage of images reflecting a place as well as the filmmaker’s Thai heritage and cultural beliefs.

A Photographic meMory
Van Monak Chhun
7 minutes
A young Cambodian woman traces her family's journey to American and its adjustment to American society in this experimental documentary.

The Pickup
James Hou
10 minutes
This off-beat comedy serves as a “how-to” (or “how-not-to”?) guide to Asian American dating.

Programmable Evolution
Bernard Ong
1 minutes
A short film that displays the emotion of entrapment and regression of humanity in an automated, digital era.

The Red Pines
Lucy Ostrander
12 minutes
An account of the lives and struggles of Japanese Americans on Bainbridge Island in Seattle, and the legacy of their culture in the present day community.

Refugee
Spencer Nakasako
63 minutes
In this touching documentary, a simple reunion becomes a journey of discovery as three young Cambodian refugees, raised on the streets of San Francisco's tough Tenderloin District, head back to Cambodia for the first time. It is a film about families, war, separation and ultimately, acceptance.

Rendering Cheoyong
Chung Cho
7 minutes
An experimental dance performance is remixed and layered electronically into a reflection of identity and representation.

Revolve
Gene Sung
10 minutes
Traveling in circles of memories and spaces, an artist tries to escape a broken heart by illustrating his feelings as he rides on the subways, trams and buses of Los Angeles.

Robot Stories
Greg Pak
85 minutes
Robot Stories is Greg Pak's latest award-winning feature film, made up of four stories about love, death, family . . . and robots. In real life, mechanical office workers, robot babies, and digital immortality are just a heartbeat away. Funny, moving, and ultimately heroic, "Robot Stories" depicts utterly human characters struggling to connect with each other in the face of these technological changes.

“My Robot Baby” tells the story of a young, professional couple, who must prove themselves as worthy parents by caring for a robot baby before they can adopt a human baby. In the process, Marcia, the prospective mother, must confront her fears of the machine - and of motherhood itself.

“The Robot Fixer” examines a mother’s difficult relationship with her estranged son. After a car accident puts him into a coma, the mother becomes obsessed with her son’s robot toys, as if his hobby will somehow connect her with her unreachable son.

“Machine Love” explores the possibilities for human emotions between two coding machines, programmed to fit seamlessly into an oppressive work environment surrounded by dysfunctional humans.

“Clay” depicts a world where technology allows people to scan their memories, and thus their consciousness, into computers. John, an old sculptor, is reluctant to accept the new technology, despite the promise of perfect love and perfect art.

Saigon, USA
Robert Winn
57 minutes
When the heart of the Vietnamese American community is challenged by a shopkeeper's display of communist images, massive protests raise questions about individual versus community rights, generational differences, what it means to be Vietnamese in America, and ultimately, what it means to be American.

Sex Education for Finding Face in the 21st Century
Kate Hers
10 minutes
An experimental performance piece in which the filmmaker addresses sexism and its perceptions in Korean and American societies.

Showa Shinzan
Alison Reiko Loader
13 minutes
Combining 3-D animation with archival footage and drawings, this film presents a Japanese story of nature's destructive beauty.

Skin Deep
Yousaf Ali Khan
13 minutes
A young biracial Brit passes for White and joins a racist skinhead group.

Surveillances
Jay Weisman
23 minutes
A U.S. government agent forces a Japanese American to spy on his community during World War II. The trust and friendship that builds between them leads inevitably to betrayal.

Swinging
Yu-Ting Hsueh
4 minutes
Images of a childhood playground are accompanied by old popular songs.

Texas Doughnut Shop
Wook Steven Heo
21 minutes
This documentary humorously explores the mix of cultures and economics in one Korean immigrant’s doughnut shop in Texas.

The Title of Honor
Daesil Choi
45 minutes
Three elderly Korean women living as roommates in New York recount their experiences in pursuit of the American dream and share a unique camaraderie.

Trick or Treat
Alice Wu
15 minutes
A quirky comedy about a young boy who pays a surprise visit to the Chinese immigrant couple who lives downstairs.

Turtle Soup
Wook Steven Heo
14 minutes
A comedy about a culinary-challenged chef’s attempt to acquire his soup’s main ingredient: the kid-next-door’s turtle.

Under: Elegy
NaRhee Ahn
3 minutes
A man copes with his grief by endlessly riding the subway beneath Ground Zero until a chance encounter with a stranger awakens him.

Untitled Affair
Chi-jang Yin
7 minutes
This short video explores the nature of relationships, race and status all through one woman’s observation of another couple at a restaurant.

Vessel Wrestling
Lisa Yu
13 minutes
A primordial passion play about a woman's domestic space as it transforms itself at suppertime.

What's Love Got To Do With It?
Emily Ting
30 minutes
A humorous documentary looking at young, successful American Desis who are willingly placing their destiny in the hands of their parents, marriage brokers, and internet matrimonial ads.

Whizeewhig
Chih Cheng Peng
3 minutes
Can you trust your eyes? When you pay attention, a quick trip around San Francisco reveals a few new sights in this playful visual puzzle.

Who I Became
Michael Siv
20 minutes
Pounloeu Chea, a young Cambodian American, takes us on a guided tour of his world, from San Francisco's Tenderloin District to the Alemany Housing Projects, all the while grappling with parole, his absent parents and his own young family.

Why It's a Good Thing
Wes Kim
3 minutes
How different would the world be if all Asians knew martial arts?

With Honors Denied
Mimi Gan
16 minutes
Elderly Japanese Americans are finally given the opportunity to receive the high school diplomas their WWII internment precluded in this moving documentary.

World Tourism Center
Kevin Lee
11 minutes
Is there a place for reverence in our consumer-driven society, even at the site of one of the most horrific events in American history?

Yoga, Man
Nobu Adilman
6 minutes
Coffee and cigarettes serve as a warm-up for yoga, Yogi Larry-style.