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Opening Night: L.A.’s Little Tokyo Comes To DC

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


Opening Night: Mr. Cao Goes To Washington

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


DC APA Film Festival 2012: It Starts Tonight

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


Opening Night Only a Few Days Away…

Chris Rigopulos, Annabel Park and Eric Byler

Chris Rigopulos, Annabel Park and Eric Byler of 9500 Liberty

Do you have your tickets for Opening Night yet? If not, click here to get them or you’ll miss all the festivities on Thursday night.

The critically-acclaimed 9500 Liberty just won the best documentary award at the Charlotte Film Festival last Thursday. Best-selling author John Grisham is among its many fans. Read the rest of this entry »


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Opening Night Film of the 2009 Festival Announced

headerAPA Film is proud to announce that 9500 LIBERTY will be the Opening Night Film for the 10th Annual DC Asian Pacific American Film Festival beginning October 1st. This highly anticipated documentary, by local filmmakers Eric Byler and Annabel Park, examines the political and socio-economic impact of the notorious battle over immigration in Prince William County, VA just outside Washington, D.C.

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9500 Liberty to Open 10th Annual DC APA Film Festival

WASHINGTON, D.C.  —  Asian Pacific American Film (APA Film) is proud to announce that 9500 LIBERTY will be the Opening Night Film for the DC Asian Pacific American Film Festival beginning October 1st. The highly anticipated documentary, which examines the political and socio-economic impact of Prince William County’s notorious battle over immigration, kicks off an exciting program of films and events that celebrate the festival’s 10th anniversary by highlighting the role of Asian Pacific Americans in mainstream media, culture, and the political process.

“Asian Pacific Americans (APAs) have made incredible strides in the past 10 years,” said festival director Anna Petrillo. “We are more visible in entertainment, more influential at the polls, and more present in elected and appointed offices. All of these things are related, and as the APA film festival of the nation’s capital, it’s our mission to both recognize and facilitate this.”

Eric Byler

Eric Byler

Annabel Park

Annabel Park

9500 LIBERTY is based on the world’s first “interactive documentary,” which debuted on YouTube in October of 2007, inviting viewers to provide feedback and become part of the unfolding story, both online and in person. The popularity and impact of the channel (over 600,000 views to date) landed the filmmakers on local, national, and international press, leading to an invitation to testify before the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. The film is in part about their transformative journey documenting this bitter fight.

The film is directed by Asian American filmmakers, Annabel Park of Silver Spring, MD and Eric Byler of Gainesville, VA. Byler, whose critically acclaimed debut CHARLOTTE SOMETIMES was hailed by Roger Ebert as a “breakthrough for Asian American filmmakers,” returned to Northern Virginia from Los Angeles in 2006, just as ethnic tensions were mounting in Prince William County. The film, Mr. Byler’s first documentary, is his sixth film to be selected for the festival. In addition, this is the first time a documentary film about a local issue has opened the DC APA Film Festival.

“One profound lesson that we learned in Prince William County is recognizing the fragility of democracy,” Byler said. “We hope that our film will persuade people of all backgrounds, especially Asian Americans, of the importance of actively participating at all levels of government.”

Park, who immigrated from South Korea at the age of 9, believes that Asian Americans should step up to the plate and take on leadership roles in America’s ongoing debate about immigration. “Politically speaking, immigration has been cast as a Latino issue. This is unfortunate because the subject of immigration is an issue that affects all Americans. Asian Americans must not remain on the sidelines of a debate that will have such enormous significance on America’s future and identity.”

The festival runs from October 1 – October 10, 2009 in Washington, D.C., at the Smithsonian Institution‘s Freer/Sackler Galleries, the Burke Theatre of the U.S. Navy Memorial, and Landmark’s E Street Cinema. It will showcase 18 feature length films, over 40 short films, and special events including industry receptions and panels, educational workshops, and a retrospective sample of films from the past ten years of Asian Pacific American independent cinema.

Screenings are open to the public and five events will have free admission.  For more information go to: and

For press screeners and media inquiries, contact Ron Sanchez at, or (202) 330-5496.


The 10th Annual Washington, D.C. Asian Pacific American Film Festival is presented by Asian Pacific American Film, Inc., a Washington, D.C.-based registered nonprofit, tax-exempt charity under 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code that is devoted to film and media arts made by and/or about Americans of Asian Pacific Islander descent and other Asian Diasporic groups from around the world.