May
13
4:00 PM16:00

Feature Film: Find Me

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Find Me directed by Tom Huang. Running time; 1 hour 42 minutes

Joe is an accountant who is on a downward spiral after a painful divorce. His only solace is his co-worker and 'office wife,' Amelia, whom he spends most of his free time with at work. Amelia loves to travel and see the outdoors, trying to get Joe to get out again and live life, which he can't yet bring himself to do. It's only when Amelia mysteriously disappears for weeks that he finally gets himself out of his shell to try to find her through clues she leaves for him in National Parks across the West.

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Block 6: Search for Self and Meaning
May
13
2:00 PM14:00

Block 6: Search for Self and Meaning

This block will feature short films with themes on self discovery, religion, and self-identification. It will also feature 2 short documentaries that APA Film has helped to produce in collaboration with the Smithsonian's Freer|Sackler Teen Council this past year that is centered on their experiences with two local Buddhist temples in the D.C. area.

APA Film also presents Double Tap, winner of the 2017 APA Film festival Script2Screen contest. This short is about two female office coworkers, male coworkers, a phone, a social media account, and the hilarity that ensues. Double Tap was written by Waka T. Brown and directed by Waka T. Brown and Stan Kang.

 

Other Films include the following: 
The Interrogation M.A. directed by Alan Wong
Huff directed by Minjae Kang
The Importance of Finding the Other directed by Marcey Lynn Frutchey
Sanzu No Kawa: The River of Three Crossings directed by Cyrus Tabar
Othello-San directed by Ted Adams III
Confucius Plaza directed by Patrick Chen

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The Interrogation M.A. directed by Alan Wong. Running time: 15 minutes

A steely Detective interrogates a mysterious woman about a murder. Things go off the rails a bit, but then get back on track. Oh wait... not really. Actually, yes. There is an ending.


Huff directed by Minjae Kang. Running time: 17 minutes

A young Korean American graffiti artist huffs spray paint to escape the daily reality of his life with his abusive alcoholic father, reflecting on the aftermath of a mother’s death and a complicated father and son relationship.


The Importance of Finding the Other directed by Marcey Lynn Frutchey. Running time: 10 minutes

"The Importance of Finding the Other" is the story of a young, biracial girl named Iris who sets out to discover what it means to be an "other." Along her way, she encounters a pair of immigrants, a homeless veteran, and a transgender female who all bring some piece of the definition to light.


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Sanzu No Kawa: The River of Three Crossings directed by Cyrus Tabar. Running time: 8 minutes

After a shooting at school takes his sister’s life,
Kento, a young Japanese-American boy, is trapped between
his memories, grief, and the reality he faces at home.


Othello-San directed by Ted Adams III. Running time: 20 minutes

Jason Wilson, a celebrated young African American actor, enrolls at a prestigious theater school in Japan to play the lead role in Shakespeare’s Othello, only to find his dreams of greatness are tempered by an instructor who challenges him to question his reason for being there.


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Confucius Plaza directed by Patrick Chen. Running time: 5 minutes

Within this building of 762 apartments there’s a story in each of them.


FS: Teen Council KPC. Running time: 20 minutes

Two short student filmed documentaries APA Film has helped produce with in collaboration with the Smithsonian's Freer|Sackler Teen Council this past year that is centered on the students’ experiences with two local Buddhist temples in the D.C. area.


Double Tap directed by Waka T. Brown. Running time: 10 minutes

Premiere of the winning script from the 2017 APA Film festival Script2Screen contest. This short is about two female office coworkers, male coworkers, a phone, a social media account, and the hilarity that ensues.

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Block 5: Home and Family
May
13
12:00 PM12:00

Block 5: Home and Family

This block will showcase family friendly and family themed short movies produced by or starring Asian American talent. 
Films include the following: 
Rubbish Robot directed by Ng Ka-kit, Law Chi-wai
The Giant with a House directed by Chan Sin-hong
Passing Rain directed by Yeung Hey-chiu
I Am Not Pretty directed by Keung Yin Ni, Sin Man Ting
Godspeed directed by Chiahao Chou
Sprout directed by Haimen Gong
Ichigo Ichie directed by Lanxin Yu
I Won't Miss You directed by Bernard Badion
Starbucks Lovers directed by Joseph Ruggieri
KCLOC directed by Ninaad Kulkarni
Special Lunch directed by Michael Kang
Aswang Next Door directed by Bernard Badion

Rubbish Robot directed by Ng Ka-kit, Law Chi-wai. Running time: 5 minutes

Rubbish Robot has an ideal target – Pretty Girl Robot! His new dream is to take a photo with his goddess. When reality strikes, Rubbish Robot soon finds competitions everywhere! His goddess is surrounded by so many other handsome robots. To win the love of his life, Rubbish Robot has decided to take a “chance” – to refurbish his body and impress Pretty Girl Robot after the transformation. With the help from Rubbish Dog, the two friends sets off on a new journey concurring each and every obstacle. Will Rubbish Robot stand a chance? The ending has an unexpected twist.


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The Giant with a House directed by Chan Sin-hong. Running time: 10 minutes

This is a travel story about a giant carrying a big house and a little girl.


Passing Rain directed by Yeung Hey-chiu. Running time: 6 minutes

He earned her attention by accident, on a day when she was studying in the covered playground. By chance of an unexpected shower of rain, they started to get closer.


I Am Not Pretty directed by Keung Yin Ni, Sin Man Ting. Running time: 6 minutes

Della always puts on heavy make-up, anecdotes happen because of it. Wanting to appear more confident, wanting to look adorable for loved one, wanting to get preferential treatment, and society’s tendency to judge a book by its cover, Della believes appearance means everything, heavy make-up is beautiful.


Godspeed directed by Chiahao Chou. Running time: 6 minutes

An ambitious delivery boy decides to pursue his dreams at the expense of his financially struggling father.


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Sprout directed by Haimen Gong. Running time: 3 minutes

Sprout is about how the seed of dream or hope will sprout, regardless the outside environment by finding a right path in a world with many choices. There are four seeds that wish to sprout, The film explores their choices and mixed outcomes.


Ichigo Ichie directed by Lanxin Yu. Ruing time: 5 minutes

Mayu, a 17-year-old high school student in Tokyo is always alone until one day she's invited by two male classmates, Shuhei and Ryo to form a study group after school. The three of them quickly form a bond while they conduct scientific experiments on a baseball field. As time passes, their bond expands beyond school into a genuine friendship. The end of the year comes and Mayu realize she must separate from her friends for college, but she no longer feels alone as their friendship will support her through her future journeys.


I Won't Miss You directed by Bernard Badion. Running time: 20 minutes

17-year-old Janey’s best friend Tim begins to appear in her bedroom at night after dying in a car crash and their awkward undeclared feelings begin to surface.


Starbucks Lovers directed by Joseph Ruggieri . Running time: 7 minutes

On the day you turn 18, you are given the first words your soul mate will speak to you. But what's a guy to do when he receives the words "Welcome to Starbucks, can I take your order?"


KCLOC directed by Ninaad Kulkarni. Running time: 3 minutes

KCLOC is a 3D animated documentary on people’s perceptions of time. A selection of brief interviews provide the voices for ten meticulously designed CGI clock characters, in a variety of real-world settings, as they respond to a single question: “What does time mean to you?”


Special Lunch directed by Michael Kang. Running time: 15 minutes

Sixteen year-old Sharon Foo hates her life working in her parents’ restaurant in Chinatown. One day she gets a chance to claim her independence when she invites a mysterious boy she has a crush on in for the lunch special.


Aswang Next Door directed by Bernard Badion. Running time: 6 minutes

A man is worried he may be a Filipino monster that eats fetuses, so he warns his pregnant neighbor, but he just sounds insane.

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Block 4 Feature: Finding Kukan
May
12
4:00 PM16:00

Block 4 Feature: Finding Kukan

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Finding Kukan directed by Robin Lung. Running time: 1 hour 16 minutes

Filmmaker Robin Lung investigates the case of Li Ling-Ai, the un-credited female producer of KUKAN, a landmark color film that revealed the atrocities of World War II China to American audiences. KUKAN has the rare honor of being the first ever American feature documentary to receive an Academy Award® in 1942. Lost for decades, Lung discovers a badly damaged film print of KUKAN, and pieces together the never before told inspirational tale of the two renegades behind the making of it -- Li Ling-Ai and cameraman Rey Scott.

FINDING KUKAN uses rare and unseen archival footage to create an unforgettable portrait of a female filmmaking pioneer, and sheds light on the long history of racial and gender discrimination behind the camera, which continues to reverberate in Hollywood today.


 

Opening Short Film  - Tiger of the White Sun. Running time: 23 minutes

China, 1941. A US pilot is forced to bail out over contested territory in Hunan Province. Desperate to find a way back to friendly lines, the pilot is discovered by a group of young Chinese soldiers already knee-deep in a critical mission - men who are his only hope of returning alive.

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Block 3: Documentaries
May
12
2:00 PM14:00

Block 3: Documentaries

This block will showcase documentaries produced by or starring Asian American talent. 
Films include the following: 
Letter to My Children directed by Joseph Juhn
Taobao directed by Noah Sheldon
Race: The Al Young Story directed by Rick Quan
The Flip Side directed by Val Wang
Through Chinatown's Eyes: April 1968 directed by Penny Lee

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Letter to My Children directed by Joseph Juhn. Running time: 13 minutes

It's the year 1905. Lured by a newspaper announcement, 1,033 Koreans endure an arduous voyage across the Pacific Ocean in search of a better life in Mexico. Among them are the 2-year old Lim Cheon Taek and his mother.


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Taobao directed by Noah Sheldon. Running time: 5 minutes

Pin'er is a model on China's largest online shopping site, Taobao. With a never-ending pile of clothes to shoot, Pin'er has developed a unique way of getting through her workload.


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Race: The Al Young Story directed by Rick Quan. Running time: 21 minutes

As the first Asian American world champion drag racer, Al Young has broken many stereotypes. But before he could find success on the racetrack, he had to overcome a learning disability. Find out how he not only did that but used his disability to become a world champion.


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The Flip Side directed by Val Wang. Running time: 25 minutes

THE FLIP SIDE presents the increasingly globalized circus world, where disparate people and acrobatic cultures come together, clash, and ultimately transform each other. We meet Daqi, a Chinese circus artist who leaves home at age 9 to train at an elite state-run circus academy.


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Through Chinatown's Eyes: April 1968 directed by Penny Lee. Running time: 25 minutes

The civil disturbances and street violence after the assassination of Civil Rights Leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr had a profound impact on all of DC. It had no less an impact on DC Chinatown, which found itself caught between the black and white struggle. Here's a look at how the Chinatown community viewed that iconic moment of history.

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Block 2: The Deadly Sins
May
12
12:00 PM12:00

Block 2: The Deadly Sins

This block will showcase short movies with sinful or adult themes produced by or starring Asian American talent. Note parental guidance is suggested for this block as some movies may not be suitable for children. 
Films include the following: 
Til We Descend directed by Joseph Le
A Doll's Hug directed by Rob Chihwen Lo
Crazy Hive directed by William Yang
The Heartbreak Factory directed by So Young Shelly Yo
Lux In Effect directed by Lyin Landre
View produced by Freddie Lau, directed by Rui Wang
Asian Man, White Woman directed by Woody Fu

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Til We Descend directed by Joseph Le . Running time: 11 minutes

Psychological creature horror short. Husband copes with his wife’s inevitable and tragic metamorphosis after a chemical spill at a water supply plant.


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A Doll's Hug directed by Rob Chihwen Lo. Running time: 20 minutes

Domestic violence, school violence, and societal violence continually challenge and threaten the Taiwanese teenage boy, XiangYu. He seeks to escape from the undesirable reality to take shelter in his imaginary Barbie doll world. He learns to fight back to seek solutions for ever-lasting redemption. However, the relief from the redemption is impermanent…


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Crazy Hive directed by William Yang. Running time: 13 minutes

The year of 2019. China suffers from a nation-wide downward plunge in the home property price. The story follows the discovery of a corpse by a common worker on his lawn and the ensuing absurdity that follows.


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The Heartbreak Factory directed by So Young Shelly Yo. Running time: 12 minutes

Imagine a place where you could fix the pains of your broken heart with a quick stitch…
A fantastical world where such a heavy pain could be cured with a simple procedure…

The Heartbreak Factory is a short that explores the inner-world of Ava, a fiery worker, determined to mend all the broken hearts of the world. One day, Ava finds a pattern in all the hearts--the ultimate heartbreak named Ollie--and vows to take him down. Within this surreal and heightened world, I wanted to explore the idea of logic versus emotion and the fragility of the heart despite one’s mindful determination to protect it.


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Lux In Effect directed by Lyin Landre . Running time: 14 minutes

Lux and her team are hired to push people to their breaking points, forcing them to change. Meanwhile, Lux is unable to deal with her own issues.


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View. Produced by Freddie Lau. Directed by Rui Wang. Running time: 19 minutes

Nameer must take action, as he is being watched as a 'thief' by numerous viewers.


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Asian Man, White Woman directed by Woody Fu. Running time: 2 minutes

A hilarious and pointed commentary on the lack of Asian male and white female couples that speaks not-so-subtly about the gross characterization that Asian men are not sexually attractive.

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Block 1: Non-American & International Short Films
May
11
7:00 PM19:00

Block 1: Non-American & International Short Films

This block showcases Non-American films made by and starring Asians.
Films include the following:
Year Zero directed by David Siev
The Fob and I directed by Meenakshi Ramamurthy.
Pricetag directed by Myrthe Nymph Wai
A Gentle Night directed by Wouter Jansen
Tranh & Nowak directed by Geneviève Doang
Five O'Clock Shadow by Sangeeta Agrawal


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Year Zero directed by David Siev. Running time: 14 minutes

When the Khmer Rouge regime seized Cambodia in 1975, the country plunged into civil war and was ravaged by mass killings, torture, and famine. The Khmer soldiers were cold and ruthless, fully embodying Pol Pot’s philosophy towards the common people: “to kill you is no loss, to keep you is no benefit.” Faced with hunger and starvation, two brothers risk everything to ensure their survival, even with the odds stacked against them.


The Fob and I directed by Meenakshi Ramamurthy. Running time: 6 minutes

A webseries about two Indians that are different.


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Pricetag directed by Myrthe Nymph Wai. Running time: 10 minutes

The 29-year-old Jeffrey Chen works as a shop assistant in a Chinese supermarket. His fiancé is the 26-year-old Annie Li, who comes from a traditional, wealthy Chinese family with strict parents. Struggling financially, Jeffrey does not have enough money to meet the demands of his parents-in-law.


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A Gentle Night directed by Wouter Jansen. Running time: 15 minutes

In a nameless Chinese city, a mother with her daughter missing, refuses to go gentle into this good night.


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Tranh & Nowak directed by Geneviève Doang. Running time: 22 minutes

An action comedy film featuring two special agents skilled in close-up combat and specialized in undercover operations: Tranh, a young intelligent, down-to-earth woman, and Nowak, reckless, adventurous and somewhat racially biased - though not ill-intentioned. This time, their mission is to recover paintings which belong to the government, stolen by a German esthete, Otto Von Schnitzel, head of a neo-Nazi faction.


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Five O'Clock Shadow, is the story of an Indian-American mother who is the victim of racial abuse. Her worst fear rises to the surface and for the first time ever, she asks the question: Do we really belong here?

Five O'Clock Shadow is Sangeeta Agrawal's first film as a writer and director. She has been a stage actor for over 30 years and has acted in several short films in lead roles. Her films have been screened at numerous festivals, both in the U.S. and abroad. Her film, A Good Match, was screened at the Delhi International Film Festival where she won the Best NRI Actress award.

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Opening Night Feature: An Open Door
May
11
5:00 PM17:00

Opening Night Feature: An Open Door

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An Open Door is a feature-length documentary on the uplifting story of how a small Asian nation was able to save over 1,300 Jews as they fled the pogroms of Nazi Germany. It is written, produced and directed by award-winning filmmaker Noel M. Izon and co-produced by author Sharon Delmendo. This is the third film in his World War II trilogy Forgotten Stories.

This unique film will explore the rare confluence of the Pacific and European theaters. It juxtaposes momentous events in history such as the passage of the Nuremberg Laws and the inauguration of the Philippines as a Commonwealth of the United States.

An Open Door is the story of a deep friendship borne of common adversity and intense love for freedom. Together, Filipinos and Jews struggled, endured and ultimately prevailed.


 

Opening Short Film - Keepsake directed by Megan Lau. 

A documentary following the racial stereotypes of three Asian-Europeans, and their individual struggles balancing Chinese tradition and European culture.

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